Bible of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway of Fairfield, Maine.
The Bible, which measures about 11" by 7" by nearly 3-1/2", has several pages of family records and a few mementos tucked inside. Images of the mementos appear at the end of this post.
The Bible was printed in 1836 by Fessenden & Company of Brattleboro, Vermont. Seth and Thankful were married in 1832; their son and daughter were born in 1834 and 1836. The Bible was presumably purchased, as soon as it could be afforded, because of the childrens' births.
Births and Deaths - [hopefully I've interpreted the digits correctly - if you disagree, please let me know!]
- Seth Holway, born August 10, 1803; died March 2; 1880; married Thankful Smith on December 6, 1832
- Hannah C. Smith, born July 30, 1808; died October 16, 1879; married Seth Holway on December 6, 1832
- Oscar Holway, son of Seth Holway and Hannah C. (Smith) Holway; born June 23, 1834; died July 17, 1901 [see obituary below]
- Hannah Holway, daughter of Seth and Hannah C. (Smith) Holway; born January 12, 1836
- Oscar Holway [son of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway] and Olive A. Fowler married on November 30, 1859
- David Harpster and Hannah Holway [daughter of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway] married on June 21, 1870
- Charles A. Holway, twin son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born May 26, 1861; died March 16, 1862
- Melvin Smith Holway, twin son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born May 26, 1861
- Charles Oscar Holway, son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born August 21, 1863
- Charles Melvin Harpster, son of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born September 13, 1873
- Lidia Thankful Harpster, daughter of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born December 26, 1875
- David Harry Harpster, son of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born April 19, 1877
Seth and Thankful had a son Oscar and a daughter Hannah, who both married and had children. Oscar married Olive Augusta Fowler and stayed in Maine. Hannah married David Harpster and moved to Ohio. Read more about Oscar Holway in his obituary at the end of this post.
- Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway are buried in the Tozier Cemetery at Fairfield Center, Fairfield, Maine.
- Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, and at least two of their three sons, are buried in the Forest Grove Cemetery at Augusta, Maine.
- David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster, David's third wife, and at least two of their children, Dr. Charles Melvin Harpster and Lida [Lidia in the Bible] (Harpster) Van Loo, are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Toledo, Ohio.
See another post that features the cabinet photograph of an older woman identified on the reverse as "Aunt Eliza Holway".
Mementos in the Bible
- very old scrap of paper certificate of approbation given to Nathan L. Fowler by Nathaniel Stedman. Nathan was presumably the father of Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, wife of Oscar Holway.
- very old scrap of paper certificate of approbation given to B. Nye by Harriet Tutle [not sure of surname]. B. Nye may have been Barrett Nye or his son Barrett Nye, maternal grandfather and maternal uncle respectively of Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, wife of Oscar Holway. Harriet drew a lovely clock face.
- 1833 paper scrap where Dr. John Diell, "Seaman Preacher at Oahu, Port of Honolulu", gave a book to Richard L. Smith, presumably Richard Lawrence Smith, brother of Thankful C. (Smith) Holway
- religious items, including the program for the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Kennebec Conference of Congregational Churches, at Gardiner, Maine, on June 13-14, 1893. Mentions:
- Rev. W. G. Wade of Monmouth, Maine.
- Rev. J. S. Williamson of Augusta, Maine
- Rev. Edward Chase of Hallowell, Maine
- Rev. C. W. Porter of Winthrop, Maine
- Rev. T. B. Williams of Winslow, Maine
- Rev. S. N. Adams of South Gardiner, Maine
- Bro. Henry L. Tappan of Waterville, Maine
- Rev. James Richmond of Litchfield Corners, Maine
- 1901 obituary of Oscar Holway, with a photograph, an account of his extensive businesses and mention of the first Holway to emigrate to New England.