Granny Shephards Bible

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Date: [unknown] [unknown]
Location: Miller County, Arkansasmap
Surname/tag: Green, Shephard, Kelley, Scott, Jester, Nelson, Lafayette
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All I ever knew her by was Granny Shephard, she died when I was about 7 weeks old.

I first saw the bible back in the 1980s but Aunt Cleo wouldn't let me take the bible to have it copied. Too fragile for one or afraid I wouldn't bring it back.

When Cleo passed, she gave the bible to Vera Jane Scott Humphries, a cousin. Cleo's son Jerry did make copies of the pages, but forgot the copyright page. When Vera Jane passed, the bible was lost.

Jerry's son, Brent, going thru his father's things, found the bible pages he had made, called me and was telling me about them, and I said I wanted a copy. I have been enlarging to pixilation attempting to read the names. I've gone through my records, the tree at familysearch, another cousin's tree at ancestry, and have identified most of the names. Sometimes, just from the date of birth or date of death.

Part of the family entries were written in ink, part in pencil. The ink entries we have no problem reading.

These two pages would have been facing each other in the center of the book, names on the left and dates on the right.

From the different styles of handwriting, my best guestimate was E. D. Kelley wrote the top names, but he didn't. Celester is added and she was born after he died.

Dates filled in after 1954 were filled in by Cleo, or her family.

From the images you can see how hard it was to read and determine who was whom. I enlarged images to near pixalation to attempt to read or get some kind of clue. This also included a lot of RR&D. (Research, Recon, and Duplicate) Yes, I hit Familysearch Tree and Ancestry, updated FST on sources.

I struggled with the dates of Floyd and Lloyd Nelson. I was reading it like a genealogist, 2 Jan 1940, then it hit me, Granny or whomever wrote the names used the standard month day and year. Finally 2 (feb) 6th came thru.

The spelling of Nancy Carylon is as in the bible, 1940 census has her as Carolyn.

Granny Shephard's Bible
# First Last POB DOB DOM DOD Note
1 E. D. Kelley Summittville, Indiana 8.12.1871 7.4.1895 2.7.1904
2 Angie Kelley on Deck's Hill 2.17.1879 7.4.1895 May 25 1954 looks to be eraced
3 Arrany Kelley on Dillards Plantation 4.10.1896 10 _ 1915
4 Jannie Kelley on Wittle Plantation 9.5.1897 11.23.1928
5 Detralhuann Kelley on Dillards plantation 12.27.1898 8.20.1907
6 Jesse D Kelley on Dillards plantation 12.26.1900 6-10-1973
7 Celester Kelley on Green Plantation 3.25.1904 9.30.1922 3.9.1977
8 Thomas Jefferson Scott on the Scott Place 12.10.1910 1.21.1930 11-21-1981
9 Cleo Jester on Booker Place 4 28 1913 Oct 19 1939 Oct 6, 1997
10 Ralph Jester On the Powell Place 12 25 1915 (3 June 1939 *) May 22, 1979 bd was started in the m column
11 J. C. Loyd on the Hackner Place 12 8 1919 20 Dec 1941 Nov 25 1970
12 Zelma Lucille Nelson Garland, Arkansas 1 30 1924 (2 Aug 1939*) (still living*)
13 H(erbert) L(ewis) Nelson Polk and Dillard place 4/11/1926
14 Eva Lafayette Lafayette Place 1/3/19/14
15 Guy JR Nelson R V Lewis farm Sept 18 1928
16 Maxie L Kelley (still living)
17 Donald B Kelley (still living)
18 Ophelia Elizabeth Scott McDonalds farm 4 4 1934 4 21 1934 slightly illegible, dates from FAG
19 Imogene Beatrice Nelson Aug * 1935
20 Nancy Carylon Nelson Sept * 1938
21 A F Shepherd Lauderdale, Miss 5 13 1884 5 22 1909 1 11 1941
22 Floyd Nelson 2 6th 1940
23 Lloyd Nelson 2 6th 1940 6 3 40 twins written on same line
24 Vera Jane Scott 8 10 1936
25 Veronica Geraldine Jester Crockett, Texas 8 17 1941
26 Aunt Cat Green 1893 Written on bottom of page in Cleo's hand


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