(repost from another part of the message board - I was told to post it here)
I am not related to this family but I have a very rough copy of the Birdseye family bible that I would like to get back to the original family if they want it.
I bought an old bible which is dated 1794 about 50 years ago. It came from the upper east coast.
It has a lot of handwriting it showing births (and a lot that I cannot read) and the one I was able to trace was Thaddious Birdseye born Sept 9. 1810. There are also other names - Joseph Birdseye born 12/17/180?, Ephraim Birdseye born April 8th, a couple Rebecca’s etc.
Some of these entries are near impossible to read but I uploaded them to Imgur in case you could use them in your family tree details. The front and back boards both have "Joseph Birdseye - His Book" written on it. This is probably be the Joseph Birsdseye who is the father of David, and the grandfather of the rest of the names. There’s also a signature of James Birdseye.https://imgur.com/Dy296i5https://imgur.com/YWbARUkhttps://imgur.com/13M5xbQ
Please don't contact me if you just want the bible to sell. It's really not worth that much on the open market but it's priceless to someone who is a direct descendant of one of the Birdseye family members.
I had tried sending a message to someone who had the same surname and also the other names and dates in their tree but they never responded so then I found that Ancestry had a forum to post things.
The only thing I ask is that whomever can match this to their family and wants it that they at least pay the shipping. Media mail is only a couple of dollars but I woke up one day and suddenly found myself old and disabled (time flies by way too fast) and so I really need to watch my pennies.
This is the signature of who owned the book:https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39925665/joseph-birdseye
His son David had Thadieus and the birthdate matches exactly to https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107230482/thaddeus-gould
This is why I bought this book back when I was a kid - we both were born on Sept 9.