In the late 1980’s my children’s mother and I went to Bucks County, PA to visit her grandparents, Bernard Woodrow Lawhon (1913-1988) and Ruth Virginia Davie (1913-2002), on a day when their sons were helping them clean out their garage in preparation for a move.
On that day I acquired a family Bible which was inscribed as you see above. I do not know how Ruth came to possess the Bible, but she was bookish and intellectual so it is no surprise that she saved it from ruin. There was no family connection that I have been able to detect. Between the pages of the Bible were several newspaper clippings, and there was a very nice “Family Record” page.
Today I drove up to Bucks County and donated the Bible to the Bucks County Genealogical Society.
I think the above young gentleman is John Barton Montgomery Sr. who was born in KY in May 1887 and died in IN on 8 March 1951. He was variously known as John, Bart, and a combination of these two. He had a son whose name was John Barton Montgomery Jr. (1926-2009) according to what is written on his tombstone.
“Bart” married Heathy E. Mitchell in September 1916, and they had four sons and two daughters.
If you’re a member of this family and would like more information, just give me a holler.
I purchased this photograph during Thanksgiving week 2015 at Sturgis Antiques on The Avenue in Hampden, Baltimore, MD.
***Update on 28 March 2016*** Today I heard from some of John’s grandchildren who live in Georgia and I mailed them the photograph this afternoon.