Friday, November 19, 2004

FRANCE & ESTES Family Bible, Missouri & Oregon

This is from a huge old family Bible that belonged to Shepard Forrest France and his wife Sarah Catherine Estes France.

The Bible measure about 11x14 and is very heavy with many nice old engravings and it still has one metal clasp though the second is gone. It was published by James S. Virtue, City Road and Ivy Lane, London, England but no date is given. It apparently dates to the 1860's or 1870's.

There is a family register for the France family with birth, marriages and deaths for various family members. It appears the family originated in Mingo and Shawnee in Bates County, Missouri and moved to Oregon. One of the daughters married an Earl H. Jory and lived in Independence, Polk County, Oregon while a son named Wilbur King France settled in Mikkalo, Gilliam County, Oregon. Eventually it appears that the Jory family died in Salem, Marion County, Oregon.

See Ancestors At Rest website for more free Death Records