DENVER – The distance between Denville, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado is about 1,750 miles, depending which route you take.
Across two centuries, a London family's heirloom traveled at least that far, somehow finding a path from the east coast suburb to a Goodwill donation warehouse in Colorado's capital city.
The 1812 Bible was originally published in England.
When Denver Goodwill employees discovered it, they found an inscription inside the tome, beginning in elegant black script, "Wm Burbidge, Long Bucky, Northhamptonshire, born May 20th 1812, Died August 9th 1882,'' and ending with "Grace Ann Burbidge, Born July 31st 1854, Died 12th May 1932."
When Goodwill's Chief People Office Joyce Schlose, a genealogy enthusiast, heard about the discovery from Goodwill's CEO, she knew she had to find the family.
Her online search led her to descendant Roy Evans of Denville, New Jersey.
Schlose had traced the Bible back to a descendant of the Burbidge family out of London. That relative then reached out to his brother, Roy.
Evans said he had no idea how a family Bible dating back two centuries ended up in a donation bin at the Colorado thrift store.
"Our great, great grandfather was the nephew of William Burbidge, born in 1812. I intend to take good care of it for future generations," Evans said.
Goodwill has promised to return the Bible to Evans.
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