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Woman Gets 200 Year Old Bible Back Into Her Family

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A 200 year old bible is finally back in the hands of a Kentucky woman. It's not just any bible; it's a sacred book that belonged to her great-great-grandfather.

The text made it from the Netherlands, to a flea market in Virginia Beach and finally back to the Kentucky woman.

"When I saw the pictures of it, I couldn't believe how small it was," said Kathy Clark.

Kathy Clark never fought so hard to open a package, anxious for a family reunion long overdue.

And when she finally could reach out and touch her loved ones, it's like they almost came back to life.

"It's so much family history and the proof is here," said Clark.

Clark says this Dutch bible belonged to her great great grandfather Hendriks Albert Sprik.

Born in 1808, Sprik carried the world with him on a steamship as he emigrated from the Netherlands to Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Trientje Sprik in 1874.

She died six days before they reached America.

"Imagine him holding this bible when his wife was buried at sea," reflected Clark.

The names and birth dates of all of their children is handwritten on the opening pages. It's in remarkably good condition, pages still crisp with scripture written in Dutch.

The last known Sprik descendent to own this bible is in 1910. It was then passed outside of the bloodline, until last week.

"Seeing this, I realized I just hit gold, diamond and oil all at the same time ‘cause you can't find any of this in a census or an estate document," said Kerry Moulton. "This is tied directly to the family."

Kerry Moulton found the bible in a rummage bin at Virginia Beach flea market.

"They wanted 1000 dollars for it, then 250, and I was eventually able to get it in trade for some work because I really just wanted to get it back to the right people," said Moulton.

She found Clark's name with an ancestry search online.

"And how in the world did it get to Virginia? I have no idea," remarked Clark.

It's the ultimate story of lost and found.

"You just have to be thankful that there are people like Kerry who thought enough to get it and not leave it in the trash," said Clark.

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