The manager of Demelza charity shop in Eastbourne is calling for the owner of a donated Bible to come forward in the belief the apparent family heirloom was handed in by accident.
Karen Wood, who owns the store on Terminus Road, was sorting through a series of donations when she came across the 19th-century Bible.
Upon closer inspection, the book contained a family tree, old photographs and letters, leading Karen to believe the donation was made in error.
Concerned that someone may have got rid of such a treasured item by mistake, Karen got in touch with the Herald in the hope of reuniting the Bible with its owner.
She said, “I had this Bible that was donated to my shop and then found out it had a family tree and a couple of old photographs tucked inside.
“The family tree dates back to 1819 and from paperwork inside the Bible, it looks like it has been in this family for 180 years.
“My first thought was that this was some sort of family heirloom that was handed in by mistake.”
The Bible contained two passport photographs of an elderly woman and a handwritten note inside, which appears to have been written by a John Bacon as part of a school exercise in 1960.
It reads, ‘This Bible is 127 years old. It was given to my great-great-grandfather in 1833 for good conduct at Sunday school. His name was Thomas Carrington.’
Both Thomas Carrington and John Bacon feature in the family tree, too. Thomas is the eldest name mentioned, born in 1819, while John is at the end of one of the many branches.
It appears John was born in Grimsby in 1950 and married a Portuguese woman named Maria Lucilia Lino Ceroleina in 1986.
The most recent date mentioned on the family tree is January 1999 - that of the death of a Jack Haywood, who was married to Florence Bacon.
If memory serves her correctly, Karen thinks the items were handed in by a gentleman who could, perhaps, even be Mr Bacon himself.
She said, “The Bible was handed in along with a lot of other old books.
“The note makes it look like the Bible was in the hands of John Bacon at some point and looking at the family tree, he could have been the most recent owner of it.”
If you are the owner of the Bible or have any information that may help with finding who it belongs to, either call the Demelza shop on 739 206 or the Eastbourne Herald on 414 484.
The charity shop sells a selection of clothing, accessories, collectibles,ornaments, toys, games, books, music, furniture, electrical goods and gifting to raise money for Demelza, which is a charity providing hospice care for children with life-limiting illnesses in the South East.