William Gooderham Family BibleThe Bible was found at the Distillery. The Family register includes William and Harriet Gooderham and their children plus entries up until 1905 in a different hand recording additional births and deaths.
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Dinah Cruse-Hunter, whose 4th g-grandmother was a sister-in-law to William Gooderham’s son, Alfred Edward Gooderham, was given this bible by a friend who rescued it from under the feet of a worker at the Distillery District. Dinah writes the following about the bible:
My husband and I have been historical re-enactors for the past 15 years or so. We belong to a group called On-gwe-ho-way (first peoples of Turtle Island) and interpret as Native participants in the War of 1812, mostly. We also interpret as 1812 naval participants and camp followers. On occasion, we also participate as my 3rd Great Grandparents (Col. and Lucy Bridgford) in The Rebellion of 1837.
One of our 1812 re-enactors who knew of my connection to the Gooderhams, asked if we would be interested in a Bible he found while doing renovations at the Distillery District in Toronto. He rescued it from the floor. It had been used as a “step-up” by one of the workers to reach a ceiling fixture. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to be caretaker of the Bible.
The Bible is big!! It’s about 9 ½ “ x 11 ½ “ x 3” thick. I looked through the book and lo and behold, I found handwritten entries for William Gooderham’s family! I was stunned! The Bible itself was published in Boston by Robert H. Sherburne, 1848. It is leather bound, but the front cover has completely separated from the binding and the spine is detached from the binding. Bible is about 9 ½ “ x 11 ½ “ x 3” thick
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