The Chalice and the Covenant ~ My latest find and still finding

So in my ever increasing quest for family knowledge I find myself holding a copy of “The Chalice and the Covenant” written by Mark Sexton. Special thanks to Ryan Lane who happened to have a copy of it and sent me free of charge I might add!

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So I had every intention of reading this book, however, being a wife and mother of three along with having a job doesn’t exactly leave me with the leisure time to sit and read a 300 page book with a glass of lemonade. So yesterday while I was at the optometrist office I managed to remember to bring the book with me and had a chance to crack it open in the waiting room. I headed straight for page 138 – my favorite page so far for obvious reasons. (Page 138 has a large photo of my 2X Great Grandfather Wiley Henry Edwards) I scoured the next page to see if I could find anything but there were just a large amount of names that I didn’t know, so I decided to start from the beginning… The beginning of THAT chapter lol


So I found myself skimming across pages waiting for the little boy in the waiting room to stop singing – while incredibly adorable, it was killing my concentration. But that’s when I found this…

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Just what I was looking for, the answer to the question that I had… “Why is my 2nd Great Grandfather in this book” and there is was….  “The first deacons of Macedonia….. Wiley H. Edwards”. Personally I find this wonderfully amusing considering the fact that my own grandfather (Odell Choates) is a deacon at Zion Temple Church our home church here in Maryland.


I noticed that there were other names that caught my eye along with my 2X great grandfather… Jeff Choate (My 3rd great grandfather – on the other side of my grandfathers line ) and Jeff Bryan (My 3rd great grandfather – Wiley H. Edwards father-in-law). I think its great that it is that my 4X

So once everything got quiet in the waiting room I decided to start reading at the beginning of the chapter. Just as I got to the bottom of the page my eye wandered over and I saw something; a name “Lalah Wolfe”.       IMG_1165

I knew it sounded familiar but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I called my grandfather (Odell) and thankfully he was able to break the  mystery for me. Lalah Wolfe is the former Lalah Edwards ~ My great grandmother’s (Oma Hazel Yeoman) sister! I’ve never seen a picture of her before so it was exciting to see.  IMG_1167

I showed the book to my grandfather  and he took a look at the picture and quickly realized that he knew quite a few people in the book. I can’t wait until my family reunion in North Carolina to share and get new stories and information…

So it looks like I really am going to have to read the entire book cover to cover. I’m debating scanning every page of this book so that I can have a digital version to have with me at all times but I’m not sure where I’ll find the time to do that

Until next time…


One Comment Add yours

  1. Juli says:

    I found this blog post via a Google search about The Chalice and the Covenant. I’m helping my friend discover her husband’s family history as well. We’ve made a tree in I hope to help them find some info in this book, as I’ve just requested it through interlibrary loan.

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