"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections. Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday-Pop's WWII New Testament

      A few weeks ago, my kids and I took on the task of cleaning out my parent's attic. My Mom has been asking us for quite a while to get it done before "the ceiling caved in."
 My Dad was in the Air Force and we had moved many times while I was growing up. I figured that since it wasn't like they had lived there all their lives  genealogy treasures wouldn't be found and that the stuff up there was just old clothes and other dusty junk. Most of it would be thrown away or donated.
 That is exactly what we found-until my Mom discovered this buried in a box full of old papers that she was planning on shredding.

Metal Front of WWII New Testament
"May the Lord be with you"
Original Owner: Benjamin Allen Hudson
©Cheri Hudson Passey
 Inside Front Cover WWII New Testament
Original Owner: Benjamin Allen Hudson
©Cheri Hudson Passey


  This is the New Testament that my Paternal Grandfather, Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976), better known to his grandchildren as "Pop", took with him when he left to go overseas and serve during WWII.
The front of this small New Testament is metal, to place in his breast pocket to protect him from being shot.
 Inside the front cover there is a place to fill out the soldiers name, who gave the book and next of kin information.
  Pop's New Testament was given to him by "Mother Baker", who would have been Martha "Mattie" Victoria Baker (1862-1947). Mattie was the maternal Grandmother of  Mary Baker Hudson (1920-2010). 
Mary Hudson, Ben's wife and my Paternal Grandmother, is named as next of kin.
Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976)

What a find! Goes to show that you never know what you might find cleaning out your parents attic!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

6 comments:

  1. Wow. That IS a treasure! You never know where something valuable will show up.

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    1. It was a very unexpected find! Thanks so much for reading my post, Colleen.

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  2. Nice find. It must have worked since he didn't get shot!

    There may be a typo in Mimi's life dates though?

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    1. Thanks for catching the typo! Seems that no matter how many times I reread a post a typo shows up every now and then.
      It was so fun finding something of Pop's.
      Thanks for reading the post!



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  3. Wow Cheri! How wonderful! Congrats on finding this treasure! Makes you wonder what gems we've all accidently thrown away!

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  4. No kidding! Thanks so much for reading my post Cindy!

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