Georgiana Pomeroy’s Bible

Since I was in town, I stopped at local book store to have a look around. As I drifted aimlessly from one section to another, looking, pausing to pull an interesting looking tome from the shelf, I discovered a book that appeared out of place.

1875 Holly Bible 001

Upon a closer examination it was a Holy Bible tucked between two larger volumes on the history of World War II. The binding was stiff, so I opened it as gently a possible to have a look at the title page:

1875 Holly Bible 004

Continuing to leaf through it I also located an extremely faded inscription, written in leaded-pencil. The writing is a beautiful and delicate cursive, that is typical of previous generations and which reads:

1875 Holly Bible 002

Deeper still inside the bible, between the end of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament, are two pages labeled with the heading of ‘Family Record.’ On each page are the subheadings, ‘Marriages,’ ‘Births,’ and ‘Deaths.’

Under the marriage subheading it reads:

1875 Holly Bible 005

Under births:

1875 Holly Bible 006

And finally, under deaths:

1875 Holly Bible 007

In the back of the Bible, on the insert is written in ink, the inscription:

001

An Internet search shows that Georgiana Pomeroy was born in 1862 in Canada. U.S census records show that between July 1870 and June 1880, she lived at 190 Curtis Street in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado, with her father Thomas, stepmother and brother Richard.

A 1904 book, edited by John Thomas Brown, states that Thomas was instrumental in the founding of the Central Christian Church of Denver in 1871. A year later, this church disbanded and the Church at Denver was formed two years later, again under the direction of Thomas.

Those services were held over a saloon and that necessitated a new sanctuary. By 1874, the church had built a new place of worship, complete with a baptistery.

It was there that on April 23, 1874, that the first baptisms within the Church at Denver took place – including “Miss Georgie Pomeroy,” Thomas’ daughter. The same book also mentions a “Mrs. Ann Pomeroy,” whose name is written in under deaths.

Still known as the Central Christian Church at Denver, this much-storied and historical ‘body of Christ’ can be found at 3690 Cherry Creek South Drive.  And you know I’d love to return this cherished bible to the family should they want it.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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