Looking through the Burdick family Bible is almost like stepping back in time to visit them. Mementos and souvenirs are found pressed between and written into many of the pages. In the middle of the Bible are pages with handwritten lists of family births, marriages and deaths.
This particular bible was published by John E. Potter Publishing in Philadelphia. They specialized in making custom Bibles for an affordable price. Buyers could customize the cover, add pages for family records and photographs, add a dictionary, and could even add a clasp for the Bible if they wanted.
This Bible was purchased by Minnie’s parents, Duty and Alteria Saunders, during the 1860s. With numerous treasures tucked inside this well loved family bible is part holy text, part memory album.
Click to enlarge any of the select pages from the Saunders – Burdick Family Bible.