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.

The Citizens' Voice - - Front Page - BY BOB KALI­NOWSKI staff Writer

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.

Cour­tesy of Carol Gaudet

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.

COUR­TESY OF CAROL GAUDET

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.

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