Martin Bushman and Elizabeth Degen Family Bibles

On the 10 of May in 1840, Martin and Elizabeth Bushman were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Below are photographs of their Bibles.  As you can see, they were well-used, and well-loved.  No doubt what they learned in these pages prepared them to accept the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ when he and Elizabeth were 38 years old.

They were taught by LDS missionaries, Elisha H. Davis and Henry Dean, in Lancaster County, PA in 1840.  Martin and Elizabeth were baptized 10 May 1840. These missionaries are not forgotten in our family.  You can read more about them here:

Here is a short history found in  Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 6, p.486:
Elizabeth was married to Martin Bushman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1827. He was the son of Abraham and Esther Banks Bushman. They made their home in Lancaster until 1840 and during the years seven children were born to them. That year the Mormon missionaries came to their home and brought the gospel to them. Feeling their teachings were from the Lord they accepted them and soon moved with other Saints to Nauvoo, Illinois. After the exodus of the Mormons from that city the Bushmans went to Hiland [sic] Grove, Ohio and here they planted crops and stayed a number of years. In the fore part of 1851 they arrived in Salt Lake City.


Degen Bible Elizabeth Degen's name

Elizabeth Degen Bible

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Elizabeth Degen Bible

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Elizabeth Degen Bible

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Elizabeth Degen Bible

Elizabeth Degen Bushman

Degen, Elizabeth portrait


Martin Bushman

Bushman, Martin 1802


Bushman,   Martin Bible 1833

Martin Bushman Family Bible

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2 Responses to Martin Bushman and Elizabeth Degen Family Bibles

  1. Krisi Summers says:

    Hi Ann, are you in possession of Elizabeth Degen’s bible? Where did you get these awesome images? I would love to get higher resolution images of this bible for my documentary if you have them, or if you can point me in the right direction of where to find them… Thanks,
    Krisi Summers

    • Hi Krisi! I found the owner of the family Bible from this note on Find-A-Grave:
      Elizabeth Degen is one of my favorite ancestors in the Bushman family. Perhaps it is because we have treasured her German Bible for years and years and have something tangable that she actually held in her loving hands. In her Bible she wrote in German and to the best of our knowledge this is the translation: “Jesus is the most beautiful name of all that came from heaven. Gracious, splended virtuous who became God himself. No other name far and wide compares to it.” Elizabeth loved Jesus and she loved others. She was a true disciple of the Savior and went about doing good.

      She was a most beloved member of the Lehi community because she helped, as a mid-wife, in the delivery of so many babies. Women often named their daughters after Elizabeth.
      She gave birth to ten of her own children.

      Elizabeth was born in Holstein,Basel,Switzerland to John Casper Degen and Anna Maria Graf. Martin Bushman & Elizabeth were married in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
      20 Mar 1827 and were pioneers into Nauvoo and on to the Salt Lake Valley. They raised a noble family and many descendants now bless their names. I know that we do.

      Charles & Eleanor Law Johnson
      December 2009

      The last time I contacted her, her home was in Las Vegas. her email is
      Her ph# is 702 804-4943

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