I wonder how many old family Bibles were destroyed by fires. Supposedly one of my ancestors Clement Nance had a whole trunkfull of family papers that were destroyed by a house fire in the New Albany, Indiana area. I recently received my first-ever-ordered pension packet on my Civil War ancestor Albertus Van Hoesen. With the price of copying the file, you get only the first 100 pages and you have to pay extra to get any beyond that. So Albertus's was beyond that by 43 pages, and so I'm awaiting the rest. I'm planning on transcribing some of the letters contained therein. But one thing that's interesting and why I think context is so important it that Albertus tells how he doesn't have any proof of his birth because the family Bible was burned in 1878. That would have just been some little factoid in my brain without any kind of depth of understanding of the reality of it if I hadn't read before that from the Clarksville Star newspaper about the house of R.C. Van Hoesen (who was Albertus's father) burning down. (see post farther down). Even the little, common place things are interesting.