A rare find in a Virginia dumpster site

July 29, 2006 at 2:50 PM
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DANVILLE, Va., July 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. electrician has made a rare discovery at a Pittsylvania County, Va., dumpster site -- a 188-year old King James Bible.

The Danville (Va.) Register-Bee says Michael Hoskins of Danville has discovered a variety of treasures at the dumpster site over the years -- in Britain they call dumpster-diving "binning" -- but the Bible he found on July 10 is unique.

Hoskins told the Register-Bee he found the Bible in a box of old books.

"I found the Bible in four pieces, put them together and took it home," he said.

The Bible, which appears to have been partially damaged in a fire, was found to have belonged to the Enoch family. Hoskins then did research on the Internet and found a descendent of Isaac Enoch listed in the Bible, the newspaper said.

Hoskins found that Enoch had been born on Jan. 25, 1775. Enoch and his children are listed on the outer pages.

"I talked to a man named James Lockhart in Coolville, Ohio, and he claims to be a direct descendant of Isaac," Hoskins said.

Hoskins said he talked to the 71-year old for several hours. Hoskins told the Register-Bee that Lockhart had been very grateful to Hoskins for his help in putting together the Enoch family history.

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