This old Bible, published in 1828 in New York City, holds hand-inscribed birth and marriage information about Caroline (Cupp) Younkin (born 1840), her parents Thomas and Catherine (Bowling) Cupp and grandparents Joseph and Anny (Weimer) Bowling.
Published by J. Emory and B. Waugh, printed by J. Collord and stereotype-set by James Conner, this edition was intended for use by the Methodist Episcopal Church, 14 Crosby Street, New York.
The aged and tattered book was passed down through the family, from Caroline to her daughter Ella Hauger and thence to Ella's daughter Olive Younkin and granddaughter Ellouise Theo Kreger. In September 1981, after Ellouise's parents had passed away, she gifted the Bible to her aunt, Olive Eagle, of Rockwood. Grace was so moved by the gesture that she wrote a note on lined tablet paper and taped it to the title page. Her note read:
This is Grandma Younkins family Bible (Cupp Bible). We think it is at least 200 yrs. old. Someone please keep it and take care of it. Given to me by Olive Younkins family (Clark Younkin). I am Grace Hauger Eagle, this is a very precious piece of property.
Today, the original Bible is preserved in the collections of the Rockwood Area Historical Society in Somerset County, PA. The volume was re-discovered during an inventory in 2019 by Society volunteers and Younkin cousins Kristi (Gross) Brandt (of the family of Harry David Miner) and Linda Marker (of the family of Frederick J. Younkin). Photographs of the key pages graciously were furnished to the founder of this website to post on the site and widely share.