Michael Hoskins discovered a 188-year-old King James Bible in a New Jersey town's trash bin. The sheepskin-covered book was printed in Pittsburgh in 1818 and, according to Hoskins' research, is one of less than six copies in existence.
Hoskins also looked into the Bible's history and discovered that it belonged to the Enoch family. "So, I also did research on the Internet and found a descendant of Isaac Enoch, one of the names listed in the Bible," Hoskins said.
Enoch was born on Jan. 25, 1775, and he and his children are listed on the outer pages of the Bible. "I talked to a man named James Lockhart in Coolville, Ohio, and he claims to be a direct descendant of Isaac," Hoskins said.
The two talked for several hours, and 71-year-old Lockhart told Hoskins that he has researched his family genealogy for 40 years and always felt there had to be a family Bible out there.
"I mailed him copies of the family history from the Bible, and he said it helped him fill in some of the gaps in his research," Hoskins said.
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