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Title: Book - "My Book of Bible Stories"
Identifier: 2003.2.6
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1913
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A book entitled "My Book of Bible Stories" with a blue linen cardboard cover with a coloured picture of a biblical scene. There is gold lettering and a blue linen spine. The back cover has a gold publisher's mark 'NST' in an artistic circular motif. This book is written for children. It contains colour plates which are glued, on one edge only, to a dark coloured page. On the inside cover reads: Darling Geoffrey From Grand Dad Harris Xmas 1913' Geoffrey Sayers(1907-1997) was the eldest child of Annie and Beverly Sayers and the only grandson to Arthur and Mary Harris of Benares. Arthur Beveridge Harris (1843-1932) was the only surviving son of Elizabeth (née Molony) (1829-1884) and Captain James Beveridge Harris (1797-1884). He later married Mary Magrath (1859-1954) and they had three children, Annie (1882-1986), Naomi (1883-1968), and Margaret (1887) who died shortly after birth. Arthur helped his father with the daily tasks of maintaining a farm. He inherited Benares in 1884, upon the death of his father, Captain Harris. In the same decade, both Arthur and Mary received a number of inheritances that made life easier at Benares. Items donated by Barbara Sayers Larson. Barbara Larson is the daughter of Annie Harris (1882-1986) and Beverly Sayers (1882-1976) and granddaughter of Arthur (1843-1932) and Mary (1859-1954) Harris. Barbara was born January 27, 1920 and was the youngest of three children. Barbara and her siblings, Geoffrey Sayers (1907-1997) and Dora Sayers Caro (1915-) donated Benares to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1969 after inheriting it from their aunt, Naomi Harris (1883-1968). Many of the items donated by Barbara originally belonged to her mother or Aunt Naomi and came from Benares. Barbara lived in the log cabin originally given to her parents by her grandparents at 1723 Birchwood Drive. Barbara still maintains a close tie with Benares and currently lives with in Kelowna, British Columbia, with her daughter.
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