A holy mystery
A woman found a family Bible in Canada with ties to Wilkes-Barre — but she has no idea how it got there.
This Holy Bible appears to be a family heirloom kept for generations after a couple was married in Wilkes-Barre in 1929.
Nobody seems to know how it ended up all these years later in the home of an unrelated woman in a rural fishing town in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Carol Gaudet found the Bible while clearing out the home of her deceased mother-in-law, Greta M. Belliveau Comeau, who died in December 2014 at age 93.
Now, she’s hoping to reunite it with descendants.
“It absolutely is a mystery,” Gaudet said. “How did it get from WilkesBarre to this little rural fishing community is Nova Scotia? My common law husband has no relatives in the United States.”
Gaudet said her mother-in-law was a religious woman, so it’s no surprise she had some Bibles. But she can’t understand where she would have gotten this one.
The Bible in question dates back to the July 1929 marriage of Stanley Quigley and Violet Griffiths in Wilkes-Barre.
Another page in the Bible lists the births of people who appear to be relatives, starting with Alice Quigley, who was born in July 1930 and married Alan Clark on in December 1950.
Other names listed include Nancy Clark, born in December 1952, Craig Clark, born in September 1954, Christopher Clark, born in September 1958, and Caryn Clark, born in November 1961. The final name is Nathan Clark, born in January 1983.
Gaudet said she has had little luck in tracking down any of those people, so she decided to contact The Citizens’ Voice to help track down descendants of the Quigleys.
Marriage license records on ancestry.com indicate Stanley Quigley, 23, of Prospect Street, Wilkes-Barre, married Violet Griffiths, 22, of Blackman Street, WilkesBarre, on July 31, 1929.
The couple still lived in Wilkes-Barre as of 1940 when Stanley Quigley filled out his registration card for the military draft.
By 1953, they were living in Buffalo, New York, the genealogy records show.
The home where the Bible was found was in Meteghan, Nova Scotia, about 800 miles from Wilkes-Barre and more than 925 miles from Buffalo.
Gaudet assumes her mother-in-law came into possess of the Bible during her first marriage when her last name was Belliveau.
Family members can’t recall ever seeing the Bible before, so she never had the chance to ask her, Gaudet said.
“We couldn’t ask her, ‘Why do you have this Bible in the house that comes from Pennsylvania?’ It’s nice. It’s leather bound. It has color photos,” Gaudet said. “We think this might be important for somebody — like a family heirloom. We have to get down to the root of who this belongs to.”
Anyone with information about this family Bible can call Citizens’ Voice reporter Bob Kalinowski at 570-8212055.
carol gaudet found a Holy Bible with ties to wilkes-Barre when cleaning out her deceased mother-in-law’s home in nova Scotia, canada.
The family Bible found in Canada lists the wedding of Stanley Quigley and Violet Griffiths in Wilkes-Barre. The couple was married July 31, 1929.