George Frederick Tall Bible, Frederick, Maryland


Antique Bible, dated 1889, printed by the American Bible Society, New York, 1889. I no longer own this Bible, which I bought in an antique store, but thought someone may find this information useful.


Inside the front cover is written: “Charles A. Tall, Frederick City, Maryland.” On the inside of the back cover is written: “Charles Augustus Tall 37 ____ Street, Frederick City, Maryland.” Then on the page after page 616 is the Family Record page which has this information:

George Frederick Tall Born Aug  16th (or 18) 1836

Harriet Ann Tall wife of George F. Born July 21, 1833

Charles Augustus Tall  Born Oct 11th, 1872

George – Tall Born Dec. 16th, 1874

Mary Elizabeth Tall Born April 16th 1883

Jeanette Virginia Tall Born Jan 22, 1887

Rebecca May Tall Born Oct 27, 1903

Harriet E. Tall Born July 19, 1901

On the back of this page is this:

George F. Tall Died July 17, 1910

Charles A. Tall Died October 29, 1903



There are also newspaper articles and notes that have been cut out and placed inside the Bible, giving more clues to who this family was. It appears this was an African-American family. One of the articles is from the Afro-American [newspaper], Baltimore, Saturday, March 2, 1929: “Miss Harriette Tall of Frederick, Md., Sophomore in Storer College, W.Va., was the weekend guest of the Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Mitchell.” And also, an obituary: “Charles W. Tall, colored, died at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Tall, corner Bentz and DeGrange street, this city, Thursday night, of consumption, aged 31 years and 18 days. The deceased was a barber by trade and had lived in Harrisburg, Pa. …… Services will be held at Asbury church and internment at Greenmount cemetery.”



I’ve tried to find out more about this family. This is what I’ve found, but further research will need to be done to prove that this info is on the same family: 1910 Census, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, I found a George Tall, age 35 born in Maryland, with a wife named Cora (age 28, born in MD) and son Harry (age 11 born in MD). Also found a Jennie Tall who was born Jan 22, 1884(?) and died in 1968 in Lakewood, Ocean City, New Jersey. Her Social Security Card was issued in Maryland. Also found a George F. Tall (colored) who is buried at the Lebanon Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA. He was in the U.S. Navy and died May 8, 1918 at age 80. He is possibly the same George F. Tall whose name appears on the rolls of the 30th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry. This regiment was raised at Camp Stanton, Maryland in 1864. Again, these are just bits and pieces of info that may or may not be related to the family in the Bible.  



George Frederick Tall born Aug. 6/18, 1836 – died July 17, 1910


Harriet Ann Tall, wife of George F., born July 21, 1833 – died in _____ after 1910.

Lived at 201 DeGrange Street, ________ at time of death, age 72. Member of

Asbury Church and Order of Good Hope. Buried at Greenmount Cemetery.


Charles Augustus Tall born Oct 11, 1872 – died Oct 29, 1903. Bible belonged to him.

He lived in Frederick City, MD (per Bible). Obituary (no date): Charles W.

Tall died at residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Tall corner Bentz

and DeGrange (this city), of consumption, age 31 years and 18 days. . Barber by

trade and had lived in Harrisburg, PA. Funeral at Asbury Church and interment at

Greenmount Cemetery.


George __, Tall born Dec 16, 1874 – Lived in Harrisburg, PA when his Mother died.

[1910 census-Harrisburg, Dauphin Co, PA age 35 b.MD, wife Cora age 28 MD,

son Harry age 11 b.MD, b.c.1899]


Mary Elizabeth Tall born Apr 16, 1883


Jeannette Virginia Tall born Jan 22, 1887 – “Jennie” – Single and lived at home when

her Mother died. Found a “Jennie” Tall who was born Jan 2, 1884 in MD, and died Feb 1968 in Lakewood, Ocean City, NJ [ref: Social Security Death Index].


Rebecca May Tall born Oct 27, 1903


Harriet E. Tall born July 19, 1910 – Lived in Frederick, MD in 1929 and Sophomore at

Storer College, WV.


**one daughter married Charles Craig and lived in Lancaster, PA when her Mother died.