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Bible find sparks appeal for Keighley family
9:20am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Keighley
A book collector from the Channel Islands hopes to trace someone with a possible Keighley connection so they can reclaim a family heirloom.
Wendy Anderson bought an old Bible from a house clearance shop in Jersey. The book contains records relating to a family called Brooksbank, with several Keighley links.
Mrs Anderson, who has lived in Jersey all her life and works as a legal secretary, said: “This very large family Bible is believed to be more than 100 years old.
“About halfway through it, there is a special page where you can fill in your own family details. This features records relating to the Brooksbank family, and I wondered if there was a way of tracing their descendants to see if the Bible would be of any sentimental value to them.
“If it were me and there was a Bible from my family from 100 years ago, I know I would like to have it.”
The book’s full title is The Self Interpreting Family Bible, and it was published by William Bruckshaw in Bolton-Le-Moors, Lancashire.
Among the family details is a mention of a Walter Brooksbank, born in July 1862, who married Annie (nee Parker) Brooksbank at Keighley Register Office in March 1886.
Annie was born in October 1863 and died in April 1905 in Fallowfield, Manchester.
The children listed are Doris May Brooksbank (born in Lancashire in July 1903 and died in May 1919), Percy Leroy Brooksbank (born in Ipswich, USA, in May 1887) and Willis or William Parker Brooksbank (born in Keighley in September 1888).
The following deaths are also listed: Robert John Brooksbank (died January 1934), Rebecca Hartwell (July 1935), Raymond Jones (March 1934) and Gladys Hartwell (August 1935).
Mrs Anderson, 45, added: “Inside the Bible I found an invoice from S&F Webster, which was a bookbinders and paper rules business in Highfield Road, Blacon, Chester.
“The invoice number was CH 21770, and this Bible was either repurchased or rebound there on August 6 1970 for the sum of £5.”
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with Mrs Anderson.