Aunt Edythe had this bible and George included a scan of the pages in his giant book of genealogy. I thought I would try to transcribe it. The bible belonged to Dr. Robert Bell Smith Hargis who was a doctor in Pensacola before and after the Civil War. He played a pretty prominent position in the fight against yellow fever, writing a couple of books about it, and also getting yellow fever in the process. Dr. Hargis, originally from North Carolina, wasn’t related to us, but his wife was a descendant of Dr. Eugene Sierra, like us. Their son, Dr. John Whiting Hargis, married Paw-Paw’s sister, Edythe Grant (hmmm . . . also a descendant of Dr. Sierra; by my calculations they were second cousins, once removed), and their daughter was Mom’s cousin, Edythe.
Each page has two columns, so I am including the headers for those columns as “Births,” “Marriages,”, or “Deaths.” In keeping with the format of the original pages, some additional marriages and deaths were added at the end. Some of it is hard to read and I may not have gotten things right, and some is impossible to read. I will post pictures if I get them.
At ½ past 7 o’clock on the evening of the 23rd of November 1854 Dr. Robert B. S. Hargis was xxxx bonds of matrimony to xxx Modeste Sierra by the Rev. W Bxxx a of the City of Pensacola
Robt. W. Hargis and Miss Merced Bonifay were married on the 5t March 1874 by the Rev. F. A. Bergrasst in the city of Pensacola
At 5 o’clock in the afternoon of the 24th day of October 1889 Dr. Warren E. Anderson was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Catherine F. Hargis by the very Reverend J. B. Beasima both of the City of Pensacola.
Joseph Sierra Hargis was born on the 27 day of August A.D. 1855 ½ past 2 o’clock A.M.
Palmire Mary Hargis was born on the 21st September 1857 ½ past 2 o’clock A.M.
Thomas Archibald Hargis was born at 15 minutes past 7 o’clock on the morning (Sunday) of the 5 February 1860.
The three children whose births are recorded above were born in the city of Pensacola, Fla.
Maria Bell Hargis was born in Greenville Alabama at 10:30 A.M. 24th of March 1863.
Robert Wetmore (xxx) Hargis was born at Mt. Pleasant, Monroe County, Alabama on the 9th day of September 1847 in the morning
Born in Pensacola
Kate Fannie Hargis born on the 16th of February 1867 at 10 O clock P.M. (Feby 16th)
John Whiting Hargis born on Sunday morning Oct. 3rd (at 1:30?) 1869
Modeste Pitmella Hargis born on Friday morning at 2:30 August 7th 1874
Virginia Eva Hargis born Saturday 11 A.M. January 12th, 1878
Isabel Hargis McConaughy Born July 22, 1906 Sunday 7:15 PM Pensacola Fla.
If we have received good things at the hand of God, why should we not receive evil? Job.11.10
Died in Pensacola, Fla. At ½ past 7 oclock on Friday evening April 20th 1860 our dear little boy Joseph Sierra aged 4 years 7 months and 22 days. “Gentle mother, cease to weep” “near the tomb where sxxxx thy boy; “Thy beloved, from his sleep” “Hathe meke to heavenly joy” “If xxx could make him beek twould bell” “Thee in tears for him to see”
In Greenville, Ala Died on Thursday the 8th of October 1863 our dear little boy Thomas Archibald, aged 3 years and 7 (8?) months and 3 days. Our dear little Archie!
Died in Pensacola Dec 28th 1871 Mrs. M. B. Hargis “The pure in heart shall see God.”
Died at xxx Prince Wxxx Cxxxby , Va Jan 4 1882 xx C. N. xxx Weary heard xxx xxx xx
Died at Pensacola June 30, 1885 Therbald Mo. Leonard Aged 84 May he rest in peace
Robert Bell Smith Hargis M.D. Born in Fayetteville, N.C. June 7, 1818 died in Pensacola Fla. Nov 30th 1893 “He giveth his beloved sleep.”
At 11 o clock in the morning of the 8th day of December 1904 Mr. James Thomas McConoughay was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Bell M. Hargis by the Rev. Fachs Robt Fuhte both of the City of Pensacola.
At 8:30 o clock as high as the 20 day of Jun 1905 Mr. William E. Craig was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Virginia E. Hargis by the Rev. Francis John xxx both of the city of Pensacola.
Modeste Sierra Hargis born in Pensacola Fla June 13, 1837 died Jan 22, 1904 “God is rest”