Friday, 7 February 2014
My grandmother, Edith Butler was sadly orphaned before her first birthday when both her parents, Charles and Everil Butler, died of bronchopneumonia in 1900 and 1901; this was before the days of antibiotics.
Edith herself also died at the age of 25 following an accident at home when her apron caught fire as she was dusting the mantelpiece. My mother was 3 at the time so did not remember her mother. She did have her Bible and prayer book.
Edith had written two addresses in the Bible, the first being Rose Cottage, Ravenfield which was their home address and also Leyburn Hall, which I think is where she worked in service. It also says given her by her loving grandmother.
The next page she has written from John 15 verses 13 & 14
Inside the back cover she has also written quotes.
The next book I have is a Holy Communion Book which Edith received on her Confirmation in 1915 at the age of 15.
I also have Edith's book of Common Prayer and Hymns.
I think Edith must have been very fond of this one as she had inscribed messages inside both covers.
Difficult to read but as far as I can make out it says:
"Steal not this book for fear of shame
for here you see the owner's name
For if you do the Lord will say
Where is the book you stole that day.
Inside the back cover this one says
Not to be taken away.
This last book is not a Bible of prayer book but it is a Christian book published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. I think I read this book as a child but can't remember the story.
It was given to Edith at Christmas 1908 as either a prize or Christmas gift from St James' Church, Ravenfield
Mum has written her name inside the cover of this one. Hilda Stobart whose name is above mum's was mum's cousin. Don't know why her name is there though.