Whitten Family Bible

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Date: 1880 to 1944
Location: Nova Scotia, Massachusettsmap
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This is a large family bible with hand-written notes in the front about births, weddings, and deaths. It also includes newspaper clippings and other small ephemera.

It was originally owned by Mary Olive (Lorman) Whitten. Most of the entries are from the 1880s to the 1920s. One is from 1936, one from 1944.

The most carefully done entry, presumably the first, is for the wedding of Edward and Mary in 1882.

This bible was entrusted to Chris Whitten by Mildred (Bartlett) Whitten shortly before she passed away. All the data that Chris could get from the bible is included in these Web pages. The bible itself is currently stored at his home in Croton on Hudson, NY.

These entries from the bible have not yet been interpreted:

  • Died 1944 Gladis (sp?) Lorman Jackam Seyesh (sp?)
  • Leniam? May Dean died September 14, 1881
  • Joseph Edward Dean died July 15, 1882
  • Sarah Elizabeth Dean died July 6, 1883
  • William Dean died at his home at February 22, 1911, burial at the Edson Cemetery in Lowell, Mass. (A clipping about Julietta says there is a "family plot" at the Edson cemetery.)
  • Childery (children?) of William and Leyia Jane Dean (this was above the notes for Mary Elizabeth Kershaw, Grace Lorman, William, etc. This must be William Dean and Elizabeth Jane (Lorman) Dean. Need to get their children from the census records to straighten all this out.)
From the 1881 Census:
William Dean, M, 28y, Nova Scotia
Eliza J. Dean, F, 28y, Nova Scotia
Robert W. Dean, M, 4y, Nova Scotia
Joseph E. Dean, M, 3y, Nova Scotia
Lilian M. Dean, F, 9m, Nova Scotia[1]
  • Mary Elizabeth Kershaw from Monteral (sp?) Canada June 29, 1883
  • Grace Lorman October 29, 1883 (born in Lowell, Mass.)
  • William and Mary (???) Kershaw born Lowell August 12, 1885
  • Leyia Jane Dean born August 20, 1885, in Lowell, Mass.
  • Harvey Wade (sp?) Whitten born July 20, 1885 in Lowell, Mass.
  • George Henry (sp?) Lorman born November 14? 1887
  • Alphia Kershaw born July 13, 1887, Lowell Mass.
  • Kate Kershaw died (wod?) November 15, 1888, Lowell, Mass.
  • Alice Emily Maxwell born July 19, 1889 in Lowell, Mass.
  • Frederick Maxwell born April 17, 1885, in Lowell, Mass.
  • Juletta Maxwell died on Christmas eve December 24, 1916. Burial at West Lawn Cemetery at Lowell, Mass.
  • September 26, 1902 Alford (sp?) Charles Leach South Fitchburg, Mass.
  • George (sp?) Lorman died December 25, 1907.

These clippings are also largely un-interpreted:

  • A newspaper clipping about the marriage of George H. Lorman and Mabel Bourassa, where the reception was held at the groom's mother's house, Elizabeth Lorman of 57 West Fifth Street. (Can't figure out the Lorman family tree.)
  • A clipping about the funeral of Mrs. Julietta S. Maxwell, who died at her home at 1276 Bridge Street. The burial was at the Edson cemetery in the family plot. Rev. Earnest Bartlett (any relation? probably not) of the Dracut Centre Congregational church conducted the services.

The following notes have recently been interpreted:


  1. "Canada Census, 1881," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6G-DDB : accessed 16 March 2016), Eliza J. Dean in household of William Dean, Ward no. 6, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 81; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13168, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,804.

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This makes me a 28 degree relative by marriage and DNA
posted by Robert Smith
my mother nathel rigby meadors was born on jan 31 1921 as iv been told I know that she passed away on may 30 1989 her father was james I rigby from south Carolina born nov 22 1872 expired on feb 17 1937 her mother carrie dowell rigby born some where around 1885 in Tennessee usa expired around 1930 not sure about her neither they were married in Campbell county Tennessee usa may 18 1907 that's about all I know.
posted by Mildred (Meadors) Arms