Stanford family works to solve WWII heirloom mystery


STANFORD, Ky. (WTVQ)- It was months ago when a Lincoln County family found a bible in their dining room cabinet. They didn’t imagine it would turn into the adventure of a lifetime, working to find the family of the soldier it belonged to.

Mark Young says the cabinet was his mother’s. He says it was a piece of furniture he was familiar with, but he had no idea there was ever a World War II era bible in it.

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“Been in and out of there a bunch of times, family pictures, this and that. Never saw the bible in there,” says Young. He and his wife found the book in the cabinet.

Since then, the Youngs have worked to track down the family of the bible’s owner, Milton C. Cummins. Cummins’ name was on the inside of the book, along with information on his title in the U.S. Army.

The Youngs say they’ve been contacted by genealogists from all over and have had some false alarms, but ultimately they’ve identified a niece and nephew of Cummins.

“It’s a family heirloom to someone and it’s a veteran and that really meant a lot,” says Deanna Young.