Many of the boxes contained historical documents of a family in Massachusetts; family photos, birth and death certificates dating back into the early 1800s; a massive family Bible that Braswell opened with the greatest care because of its age. There were locks of hair and flowers pressed between the pages.
The genealogical information focused on the extended family and dated to the 1500s. One of the family members came over on the Mayflower, Braswell said. There was a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow book of poems first published in 1893 that included “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”
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