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Trailer Family Bible

Trailer Bible Cover

William and Sarah Trailer were early settlers in Brighton Township. The cover of their Bible is inscribed "William and Sarah Trailer", but according to photocopied documents found inside the Bible the original spelling of the surname was Traylor. Birth, marriage and death entries range from 1832 to 1886. It appears that William's first wife (Sarah A. Bell) died early in 1868 and he remarried later that same year to another Sarah (Sarah E. Johnson). The first page of birth records appears to be with his first wife, and the second page with his second. The old handwriting is somewhat difficult to read, but a "best effort" transcription is included below. Original images have been included. Click on the images for an enlarged view.

Found between the pages of the Bible were photocopies of Henry Traylor's 1824 "license and marriage contract", evidently made by a great-grandson/daughter. The license and marriage contract photocopies have also been included, but due to the quality of the photocopy no attempt has been made to transcribe the contract. Both are dated July 21, 1824. Handwritten notes on the contract specify "Gerrard County". The contract was signed by Henry Traylor, and apparently also by Elizabeth Robinson [or Robison as specified in the original Bible record pages?]. Henry and Elizabeth were the parents of WIlliam Trailer.



Trailer Family Bible Records Page 1

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MISCELLANEOUS
Henry Trailer born April 15th 1800
Elizabeth Robison born Nov. 4th 1800
Thos. Johnson born July 1st 1805
Elizabeth Storer born Jan. 21st 1817

Polly Pullum born Jan. 1st 1800
[Pencil written notation below has arrow pointing to Polly and reads "mother of Sarah Bell, who was grandfather Trailer's first wife." NOTE: Pullum is spelled Pulliam in other records.]


Trailer Family Bible Records Page 2-3

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BIRTHS
William M. Trailer was born Feb. 19th-1832
Sarah H. Bell was born Oct. 17th 1832
Sarah E. Johnson was born Oct 26th 1838
Harriet E. Trailer was born April 25th 1854
John H. Trailer
Marion S. Trailer was born July 21st 1858
Mary M. Trailer was born Aug. 7th 1860
Artelissa Trailer was born Sept. 6th 1863
Jacob H. Trailer was born July 11th 1866
Franklin Trailer.

BIRTHS
Emily J. Trailer June 17th 1870
William Trailer Oct. 20th 1871
James E. Trailer Jan. 9th 1873
Francis H. Trailer May 27th 1875
M. Othello Trailer Sept. 1st 1876
Grace Viola Trailer Jan. 4th 1886

Trailer Family Bible Records Page 4

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MARRIAGES
William M. Trailer and Sarah A. Bell Mar. 22nd 1853
Wm. M. Trailer and Sarah E. Johnson July 1st 1869
Lewis S. Allen and Harriet E. Trailer Mar. 19th 1873
Marion S. Trailer and Rose Marvin Oct. 22, 1880
Earl F. Squires and Mary M. Trailer Mch. 14th 1881
James Woods and Artalissa Trailer Sept. 29th 1886

Trailer Family Bible Records Page 5

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DEATHS
Sarah A. Trailer Feb. 9th 1868
John H. Trailer
Franklin Trailer
Emily J. Trailer Sept 11th 1871

Trailer Family Bible Records Page 6

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MISCELLANEOUS
Henry Trailer died Jan. 6, 1867
Thomas Johnson died June 11, 1869
Elizabeth E. Johnson Mch. 14th, 1880
Elizabeth Trailer.

Contributed by John Hill, May 2012. The Trailer Bible was loaned to John by a
distant cousin, Mary Lou Fisher, and has since been returned to its owner.


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