Goodwill Workers Find Centuries-Old Bible In Warehouse

Employee returns to descendant of original owner

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Typical Goodwill finds tend to include incomplete board game sets and button-down shirts that were last fashionable in 1970, but a recent discovery goes way further back than that--centuries back, in fact.

According to NBC affiliate KUSA, workers at a Denver Goodwill found an 1812 bible in their donation warehouse. Originally published in England, it made a circuitous journey across continents and centuries--and now it's being returned to a descendant of its original owner.

Believe it or not, this sort of thing happens every so often. The Goodwill employees found an inscription inside the book, which read, "Wm Burbidge, Long Bucky, Northhamptonshire, born May 20th 1812, Died August 9th 1882." Another inscription described a family member who died in 1932.

Joyce Schlose, the company's Chief People Officer, heard about the find from Goodwill's CEO. A genealogy buff, she decided to try to track down the family of the original owners--if they were still around.

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They were. Researching online, Schlose traced the bible to a descendant of the Burbidge family in London, who then pointed her to his brother, Roy Evans of Denville, New Jersey.

"Our great, great grandfather was the nephew of William Burbidge, born in 1812," Evans, who couldn't say how the bible ended up at a Colorado Goodwill, told KUSA. "I intend to take good care of it for future generations."

So the next time you lose something and have no idea where it went, just think about the fact that it could be halfway to a Goodwill in Denver by now. But don't worry--they'll give it back.

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Terry and Mandy

Goodwill hires many handicapped people as warehouse people and pays them less than minimum wage. Yet, the CEO takes home in excess of $3million per year. Quite a scam!

April 04 2014 at 2:34 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Terry and Mandy's comment

The individuals you refer to, participate in work at Goodwill and other sheltered programs, as a part of their enrichment programs. They live in group homes, paid for by community programs and government funds, and are unable to live independently.

There's a difference between exploiting people, and providing an opportunity to have a place to go to do very basic tasks. DON'T knock what you know nothing about! Goodwill is a solid organization, that does help people who cannot do for themselves.

April 07 2014 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What? My button-down shirts from the 70's are unfashionable? I'm wearing one as I type this comment. I also happen to have a pony tail and beard. Next thing you know, they'll be saying those are out of fashion too. Geez.

April 03 2014 at 6:27 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tom's comment

Depends upon where you live, I suppose.

Having been around long enough to have worn 'button down' shirts in the 1970's (remember Kenningtons?), I somehow doubt that you're very concerned about whether others find your attire to be 'fashionable.'

I know I'm not.

April 03 2014 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 03 2014 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to LOU's comment

Where auction site?
Their site, perhaps?

April 03 2014 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cool story!! My husband buys Bibles everywhere he goes, yard sales, thrift stores, etc... makes me crazy because we do not need that many Bibles!!! lol But he hates seeing them sitting there... I'll have to ask him if we have any really old ones...

April 03 2014 at 1:14 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lbreamer's comment

Must be an interesting collection.
Think of all the discarded family photos, 8mm films, letters that future generations will miss.

April 03 2014 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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