In 1585 George Stovold sat unnoticed on a hillside at the outskirts of Albury, Surry Parish and watched a group of Royal Solders murder a lone cargo hauler, mistakenly taking him for a heretic Bible transporter. During the commotion a lone crate tumbled from his wagon and fell down a ravine, unnoticed by the group. After their departure he moved his horse down the hill and pilfered through the crate, finally removing a large leather bound book before hiding the crate under a pile of rocks.
Later he and his wife recognized the words written in the book to be an outlawed English version of the Holy Bible. For the remainder of their life they studied the text and made personal recording on the pages which would serve as a guide to his lineage for future generations.
By the time it reached Bartholomew’s father’s hands it was filled with words of knowledge, hope, and inspiration. The treasured ‘Stovall Bible’ would eventually become the guide Bartholomew used to direct him to his destiny away from the depressed conditions of England to the new world of young America.
George Stovall and his wife Joan, Bartholomew’s parents, continued the personal recording, and used its message as a justification to move away from the Church of England’s views, to the Quaker ways. The Tyndale Bible serves as one of the central themes in ‘Bartholomew Stovall– The English Immigrant’.