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Mar 31, 2017 by Will Maule

Old Family Bible Miraculously Finds Its Way Back Home, 1,000 Miles Away

A Bible that dates back to 1881 has found its way back to its owners after being tossed in the trash. The Bible was discovered last month outside a $1 million home on the Florida Keys by William Sherman, a waste-disposal worker who then brought it to his girlfriend Holly Skillings, reports New York Post. 

The scriptures were intact, and within the cover, there was a name Ellen Aycock, with a backward N — and just before Genesis, a list of her children and dates, including Susie in 1899 and Martha in 1901. Incredibly, Skillings managed to trace the Bible’s roots to more than 900 miles away in Fremont, North Carolina, the birthplace of former Gov. Charles B. Aycock, who served from 1859 to 1912.

“It consumed my life,” said Skillings. “I became so attached to it. I learned all the details of this woman’s life. All I ever wanted to find is somebody who would care for this and love it and treasure it.”

The worn Bible was eventually returned to Ellen Aycock’s grandson Franklin Nichols, 86.

“I was scared to handle it,” Nichols admitted.

His own son, Greg, is happy to have the relic back in the family where it belongs.

“We’re tickled to death with it,” said Greg. “It was a little more emotional than I even expected, even though it was a person I never met.”



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