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Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Autobiography of Lydia Sexton

Lydia Sexton was the sister of my great grand father (x6) Anthony Wayne Casad. She was a well known evangelist in her time and she was one of the first female evangelists.

I became fascinated with her when I discovered that she wrote an autobiography toward the end of her life and I set out on a quest to find a copy of the book. Several major libraries in my area had a copy listed but they all were "missing" or "lost." It took me over two years and many web searches before I finally found one for sale.

Now that I have the book, my goal is to transcribe it and post it here on the web so that anyone who wants to read it can find it. The book is too fragile to bend the spine and lay it flat to be scanned. I could do it but I would no longer have an intact book and I'd like to keep the book.


  1. Dear Leila:
    I have just managed to get my hands on a copy of this bio. I am interested in Lydia because she's the grandmother of a suffragist who lived in Little Rock, AR betten 1868 and 1899. Her name, Clara Ann Cox, appears in the family tree at the start of the book. This family tree was originally a double page, but unfortunately the first half of the page is missing. Do you have it and would it be possible to get a scan or photocopy of it? Bernadette

  2. BC, If I can find a way to send you the page you requested I'll happily forward it to you. I don't know how to contact you because your profile is blocked.

  3. My brother has posted out family copy of Lydia's biography under Scribd. It shows up at the bottom of the search results page when you Google Lydia Sexton.

  4. Just got a copy of her book last night . Published 1885 and in decent condition . If interested I'm at . Please head any e-mail with her name . I don't do things like this just thought you might be interested .

  5. I am working on transferring this book into an eBook format and I am currently about 3/4 of the way through. I have recreated the tree and if anyone is interested in a copy please let me know via e-mail Also you can let me know if you would be interested in the e-book when completed.