I'm not sure if it's worse to not know for sure if there was a family Bible or to definitely know there was, but be unable to locate it today. I posted the will of Amy A. (Cleveland) Smith on Friday. Part of the will specifically notes:
So as of 5 May 1910 there was a family Bible and it was given to John Wesley Smith 1860-1940. Not only that but it was "his grandfather Smith's" meaning that the Bible was once the possession of James Smyth (Sr.) 1809-1885 who came from Ireland to New Brunswick, Canada. Could that Bible have a specific place in Ireland? Could it reveal James's parents names? Through other sources I know James came from County Armagh, but with a name such as Smyth/Smith I can use all the help I can.
Sadly my search for this Bible (lo these last 15 years) has not born fruit. Seek and ye shall find (my ass). [improvised from Matthew 7:7]. John Wesley Smith's widow, Mary Olivia (Snyder) Smith died on 3 November 1958, leaving her two daughters and a daughter from John's first marriage. I was told that the eldest daughter got the Bible. She was Gertrude Maude (Smith) Lefavour and she died on 19 July 1967 [which is now within my lifetime!] She had six children. When I started my search only one was still alive in a nursing home and in no shape to answer questions. None of the grandchildren of Gertrude whom I asked seemed to know where the Bible ended up. There were two theories: (1) it went to eldest daugther Ruth Lefavour who married a minister surnamed White; or (2) it went to daughter Elsie who died Elsie Piper in 1992. She was evidently a pack rat and presumably anything in that house was tossed out upon her death.
So, if you happen to come across this Bible, please let me know.