"A boy of sixteen who prized his father's Bible above
to save from his wrecked home, LeFevres are not ashamed of."
George Newton LeFevre
History of the LeFevre Bible
Isaac LeFevre was indeed a Frenchman,
using the French language to list the birth of each of his children, even
after they had come to America. After the name of each child is in
French "est ne" meaning "is born."
Isaac remained loyal to his Huguenot Christian faith and carried this Bible with him throughout his travels until his homegoing at the age of 83. Afterwards, it was passed down through several generations before finally reaching its permanent home at the Lancaster County Historical Society. This Bible remains the greatest treasure of the Pennsylvania LeFevres.
The Recent Preservation Effort
Hopefully this will preserve our old family Bible for at least another 400 years! Since the Bible now officially belongs to the Lancaster County Historical Society, they made all the arrangements, but the LeFevre Cemetery and Historical Association paid that cost of $3,000 through the good office of Franklin D. Lefever, at that time their Secretary/Treasurer.
This work was done in 1998 by
the Conservation Center, 264 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103,
telephone 215-545-1013. Mr. Rolf Kat is the conservator of Bibles.
View the LeFevre Bible at the
The LeFevre Family Bible may
be viewed by appointment. The Society requests that at least one
week's advance notice be given. For contact information, hours of operation, and directions,
visit the Society's web site.
Franklin D. Lefever holding the LeFevre Bible