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Alderman Bible Records


Brown's Self Interpreting Bible, American Publishing Company, New York, 1873.

Bound in brown leather with gold trim and remnants of two metal clasps, 12 1/2" high x 9 3/4" wide x 5" thick, in poor condition. (see photos)  Found in an old barn near Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York, May 15, 1999. Transcribed by Alice Zetterstrom.  Bible is now held by Kim Iezzi in Coral Springs, FL, a descendant of William and Clarissa Alderman.  Please feel free to contact Kim at 


Bible inscribed "Febry 27th 1882 Emline Alderman from your daughter Hattie Forester" on 2nd page inside cover.  (photo)


Births:   (photo)


William Hamilton Alderman was born July the 5, 1812

Clarrisa Emeline Aiderman was born July the 21, 1828

Frede(?) E. Alderman was born Oct the 21, 1848 [Phoebe E. per her birth record in Stephentown Town Clerk’s office]

David Hamilton Alderman was born Nov the 3, 1851

Elisabeth Alderman was born September the 24, 1853

Hattie Emeline Alderman was born July 9, 1855

Ida Jane Alderman was born March the 10, 1857

William Henry Alderman was born September the 14,1861

Sarah M. Alderman was born December the 28, 1863


Marriages:  (photo)


William Hamilton Alderman was marrid to Clarisa Emeline Hocumb June the 19, 1847


Deaths:  (photo)


William Hamilton [Alderman] died November 17,1868, aged 56

Hattie Emeline Ingram died October the 22, 1895, age 40

Sarah Melissa Shepherd died May 29, age 34



Written on a back page, in pencil and vertically:

“Leon C. Alderman, January 6, 1911”


Kim’s notes:  Leon C. Alderman was b. 8/2/1896 (per his WWI Draft Reg.) and died in 1920, per his gravestone.  At the time of this “inscription” on the inside back cover of the Bible he would have been 14 years old.  The writing does look childish and is written sideways, so I believe he just wrote his name in the Bible on this particular day and the date has no “significance.”

Kim’s notes:  One of the wonderful finds in this Bible are the married names of Hattie and Sarah.  Apparently Hattie was married to a Forester in Feb. 1882 when she wrote the inscription to her mother, but was married to an Ingram at the time of her death in 1895.  I have been unable to find either of those marriages in the Stephentown Town Clerk’s records, so she must have married in another town.  I couldn’t find her in 1880 as Forester (or Alderman) either.  I couldn’t find any births for either marriage in Stephentown. 

However, I had better luck with Sarah.  She married Barney E. Shepherd on 6/20/1897 in Stephentown.  He was 22, she was 33.  Their marriage record lists her name as “Mrs. Sarah Winne” so she was married at least once before.  She had one child with Barney, also named Barney, b. 5/2/1898 in Stephentown, but he died the same day (age “20 hours”).  Sarah died almost 4 weeks later of typhoid pneumonia (5/29/1898 according to Town Clerk records, a day off the “Deaths” in the Bible).  I could not find the marriage to “Winne” or any children born with that name in the Town Clerk records, nor a death record for a Winne, so not sure if he died or they were divorced.


A letter was found in the Bible as well.  It is written in pencil over 4 pages (transcribed “as is”):   (photos)

“Center Berlin

Dec. 5, 1904

Dear Mother,

  We recevied your kind and welcome letter some days ago and was very glad to hear from you, but am sorry to hear such bad news about Alice.  I went down home yesterday and come up to Alices this morning but she was not at home.  I was in hopes she would be for I wanted to see the poor girl.  I tell you it must of been pretty hard for her.

  George says to tell you to stay at home and keep warm. mebby if it dont storm next Sunday we will come down a little while.

  The men all went a hunting yesterday and the 5 men got 3 rabbits dont you think that is good hunting.

  George is feeling very good to day. he says he wishes you were up here with us to day for it is auffle lonesome here to day. 

  George says to tell you that he thinks he is going to be blind in his right eye for it runs all the time and he cant hardly see any thing out of it now.

  I have got to go to Berlin again Wednesday afternoon.

  how is Stellia.  I saw her about two weaks ago and she was sick then and George said he saw her twice to the Docters since.

  how are all the Children getting along.

  why don’t you ever come up and see us why don’t you come up and stay a weak or two with us.  if you don’t see any of us before then you had better come up Saturday or Sunday and stay a few days with us.

  have you heard from Grandpa lately I haven’t heard from them in about two weaks.

  well I guess I shall haffto close for this time hopeing to hear from you soon.  This leaves us both quite smart and in hopes to find you all well.

  Good by write soon from your Loving Children

  George and Rosa.

  Give our love to all.  and come up when you can.”


Kim’s notes:  I believe the “Mother” the letter is addressed to is Alice Ellsworth Alderman, wife of William Henry Alderman, who is one of the “Births” listed above.  They had 12 children including George, Rose (not sure why she signs Rosa), Estella/Stella, and Alice.  Alice was married 11/3/1900 in Stephentown at age 18, to John H. Reisner, age 22.  In the 1910 census they have two children, Walter b. 1902 and Louis b. 1906.  In the census Alice says she has borne 3 children but only 2 are living.  I’m wondering if she lost the child around the time the letter was written and that is the “bad news” mentioned, since that timeframe would be right in between the other two births – just a theory.


Also found in the Bible was an obituary clipping (photo) for Alice Ellsworth Alderman’s father.  Rufus died 12/7/1904 per the MA Return of a Death certificate, just 3 days after the attached letter was written to Alice.  He was 84y 8m 27d old at death, putting his birth date at 3/11/1820 if my math is correct. His Cause of Death was “Senility”:

“Rufus Ellsworth's Death - Rufus Ellsworth, aged 85, died Wednesday at the home of his son, Elmer Ellsworth, in Pittsfield, after a long illness incident to old age.  Mr. Ellsworth went to Pittsfield from Stephentown, NY, about 3 years ago, having conducted a farm in the latter town for many years.  He leaves three sons, Elmer and Albert of Pittsfield and George of Glens Falls, NY and two daughters, Mrs. Ida Spencer of Pownal, VT and Mrs. Alice Alderman of Berlin, NY.  The funeral will be held Saturday morning, and burial will be made in Stephentown following services in the Baptist church in that town.”


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