Mystery Bible: Lepton woman's mission to trace original owners of ornate family Bible

She can't remember how she acquired it and wants readers' help

Amanda Senior of Lepton is trying to trace the owner of this family bible
Amanda Senior of Lepton is trying to trace the owner of this family bible

A woman is hoping Examiner readers can help her solve the mystery of an old Bible she can’t even remember acquiring.

Amanda Senior, 47-year-old sales advisor, of Lepton says she had the ornate Bible stored away for at least 12 years or more and was having a clear out recently and came across it.

Now she wants to know if it’s possible to trace the family who may have owned the Bible many years ago.

 

She said: “To be honest I can’t even remember how I acquired it.

“I can only think I might have bought it at a car boot or a charity shop as I like old books and thought it would look nice as a feature in my room.

“Inside the Bible is a name, Sister Maureen Stephens. The next page reads marriages, Maureen Oddy and Derek Stephens, then it goes on to births, including Michael Stephens - born July 1960.

“I’m a member of a media site for old photographs in Huddersfield and thought I would post it on there with the pictures in the hope that someone would recognise the names.

“I had a lot of interest on the photography site, all wishing me luck and urging me not to give up searching.

“I’ve since found out that Maureen and Derek were married in Darlington, on December 25,1959. She was Maureen E Oddy and he was Derek F Stephens.

“I also found out that Maureen was born in Huddersfield in 1939 and their son Michael D Stephens was also born in Huddersfield.

Amanda Senior's Bible which she is trying to return to its original owner.
Amanda Senior's Bible which she is trying to return to its original owner.
 

“I got rather excited at this as the book could have originally come from anywhere. I have also posted it on a few other media sites in Huddersfield but unfortunately come to a bit of a dead end.

“Someone on the photography site mentioned the Examiner and you are probably my last hope in unravelling the mystery behind the Bible.

“I would love to be able to give it back to its owner or at least a close family member.”

 
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