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Found family Bible sends local genealogy society on hunt for decendants

February 16, 2018 – Recently, the Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives received a large family Bible that was published by the Methodist Board of Publication in 1876.

Because the Bible doesn’t seem to have obvious ties to the Excelsior Springs community, the museum entrusted members of the Excelsior Springs Genealogy Society to map the family tree in order to locate any living descendants to return the lost Bible to a relative.

The ornate Bible is quite large, measuring 10 x 13 inches and 4.5 inches deep. Towards the center of the Bible, a marriage certificate details the original owners.

On November 8, 1869, Thomas Roberts, of Civil Bend, Mo., married Emily Mariah Perham, of Santa Rosa, Mo,. in a ceremony performed by Martin DeHart, Justice of the Peace, in Santa Rosa. The marriage was witnessed by L.W. Perham and S. M. Perham, who genealogists believe may be Emily’s brother, Lester Perham, and his wife Sarah (Canfield) Perham.

Bev Fitzhugh, one of the volunteers with the ES Genealogy Society, believes she has traced the family line to two remaining relatives that may still be living.

Thomas and Emily Roberts had a daughter, possibly named Lula, born in 1877. Unfortunately, the family moved to California and records after 1900 cannot be located.

Lester Perham and his wife, Sarah, had a son named Clyde E. who was born in Missouri. In 1900, the Perham family lived in Richmond, Mo., owning a clothing store. By 1910, Clyde married Lydia, and they lived in Iola, Kan., with their two sons, Wendell Woody Perham, born in 1904, and Warren Perham, born 1908.

Wendell, sometimes denoted as Woody, was a colonel in the military and was married to Frances. Woody also was in the Kansas State Agriculture Class of 1925.

Frances and Woody had two children, both born in Kansas, and genealogists at the museum hope to locate these two to unlock the puzzle of the Bible.

Charles Perham was born in 1934, and Jane Frances Perham was born in 1936. Today, the siblings would be approximately 84 and 82 respectively.

The museum wishes to get in contact with the living descendants to return this Bible that seems to have been lost or misplaced after 1884, when the last birth is recorded.

If you know or are the descendants of the Perham or Roberts families, please contact the museum at 816-630-0101. Please leave a message for Bev Fitzhugh of the Genealogy Society.

By Standard Staff •

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5 Responses to Found family Bible sends local genealogy society on hunt for decendants

  1. Becky Jones Reply

    February 16, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I love this. Good job!! I know its a huge task. Ive been searching Louisville Kentucky for this type of thing for 30 years. What a treasure trove of information this will be for some very fortunate family! I hope you can locate them. Very exciting.

  2. Lola Roberts White Reply

    February 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    my name is Lola roberts white and i have a lot of info on my fathers side of the family im trying to find info on his mothers family

  3. Stacey Reply

    February 19, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Frances, Woody and their daughter Jane all passed away in and are all buried in Virginia. Jane married Peter B. Coppola. She passed away in 1981 from ovarian cancer. Frances outlived them all. She passed away in 2003. She was 97. Her obituary states she was survived by 2 grandchildren and one great grandchild. No names were given for them. They may be Jane’s children.

  4. Jason T Reply

    March 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Good job. The title of the article is a little off though, “Found family Bible sends local genealogy society on hunt for ancestors.” Ancestors are those that lived before you, descendants are those that live after you. If you are looking for living people related to the family in this Bible, you are looking for their descendants. If you are looking for the great grandparents of the people in this Bible you are looking for their ancestors.

    • Brittany Zegers Reply

      March 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you for the information, Jason. We appreciate the feedback and have amended the story to denote descendants instead of ancestors.

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