By William Walker
From page 21 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
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In 1804, a 37-year-old explorer named Joseph C. Criner (1769-1843) and his younger brother,Issac, accompanied by Stephen McBroom, came down from Tennessee to explore what is now called Madison County, Alabama. Aided by friendly Indians, the men were led to a clear fresh water spring, called Big Spring, now occupying the center of Huntsville.A rare find was recently made of two lost Criner family treasures. Included in some of the articles removed from trunks stored in the old Capt. Elijah F. Walker house, on Gate Street in Gurley, was an old family Bible bound in leather and printed in 1824. As of 2010, this Bible is 186-years-old. It was discovered that this was the Joseph Criner family Bible owned by Joseph and his wife, Eleanor Ingram Criner.