The Bible was published in Edinburgh in MDCCLXXVIII (1778). It has been in the possession of the descendants of Nancy ALEXANDER >> Elizabeth MORRISON >> Florence McLELLAND >> Thomas McLelland STEVENSON >> Edward Ward STEVENSON. It is now in the archives of the Genealogical Society of Iredell County, North Carolina in Statesville.
Inside the first flyleaf are inscriptions setting forth birth dates of James Alexander April 18, 1749 and Betsey (Elizabeth) Ross October 21, 1753; their marriage date October 15, 1772.
On the next page is marriage of James and Betsey Alexander October 15, 1772 followed by births of eleven children as follows:
Reuben Alexander was born Jany 21st 1774
John Wilkes Alexander was born March 6th 1776
Horatio Gates Alexander was born June 20th 1778
Nancy [Ross] Alexander was born August 28th 1780
Astasia [?] Thomson Alexander was born Jany 18th 1783
William Harris Alexander was born Sept 19th 1785 -- Died Dec 31st [30th?] the same year
Rachel C. [Cunningham] Alexander was born Dec 8th 1786
Easter [?] Sharpe Alexander was born 21st of February 1789
Alexis Alexander was born March 12th 1791
Oswyn Alexander was born May 15th AD 1792
Elam Alexander was born March 22 1796
Since the Bible was published in 1778, and some births as well as the marriage of James and Elizabeth took place before that year, the earliest entries were written after the events. This does leave leeway for errors in those entries.
Words within brackets [ ] are mine . . . . . . . J. Thomson