McELHATTAN — A woman from Clinton County is searching for answers after she found something that she believes could have some historical value.
It’s not the Declaration of Independence, but the find resembles the famous document and may be just as old.
Bill Barner and his daughter Amanda Hoy are not quite sure what they have on their hands.
“She says dad, I know how much you like old things, you won’t believe what I think I have,” remembered Barner.
It appears Hoy has an old copy of the Declaration of Independence. It is weathered and discolored but there are the words and the signatures of John Adams and John Hancock.
It was election day and Hoy was helping her grandparents in McElhattan clean out their basement, when she stumbled on that document that looks mighty old. Now she wants to know how old it is, and if it’s not necessarily from the 1700’s, she thinks it’s a piece of family history.
“Whether it’s original or real or whatever, it is still a piece of our family, and it remains a piece of our family,” said Hoy.
Hoy said her grandfather got it in 1946 when he helped clean out a home that had been hit by flooding.
Now she’s hoping someone out there knows how old the document is and if it’s a piece of history.
Newswatch 16 sent a photo of the document to an expert at Lycoming college and is waiting for a reply.