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1771 American Family Bible with Fryer Family Genealogical Records and Borrowed Cow !
For your consideration I am pleased to offer an early American Bible that belonged to the Frayard (Fryer) family who emigrated from France through Holland and ultimately to Columbia County in the state of New York in the middle of the 18th century. When they arrived in America they changed their name to Fryer which is found among Roots web and the Mormon genealogical research center with the exact names listed in this Bible. I have provided many pictures for your inspection that details the birth records. In addition the Bible is inscribed twice under the church's seal by the acting minister. By far the most intriguing inscription in this Bible is located in the back of the bible where the inscription reads that in the year of 1791 John Fryer took a cow of from David Fryer and is to deliver the cow back after the term of three years has expired and in addition to its first calf. The inscription goes on by saying if the cow is killed by lightning, fallen or other they would not be held responsible. The Bible contains a gospel hymn section and measures 3 1/4 x 6 1/4' inches. Finding Revolutionary period American bibles is certainly a treasure to behold.
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