|Herald of Truth
February 1865 - Vol. II, No.2
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In New Britain Township, Bucks Co., Pa., on the 17th of November,
Catharine Godshalk, aged 98 years, 7 months, and 23 days;
widow of the late Samuel Godshalk of Doylestown Township, who
died 33 years before her.
On the 16th of July 1864, in Hunter Township, Edgar Co., Ill., of consumption, Jacob Hully, aged 30 years. During the latter part of his sickness he became anxious for his soul's salvation, and started to go to Owen Co., Indiana, his former place of residence, for the purpose of being baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, by one of our ministers. He met with some of his friends on the way, but became so poorly that he returned home again, hoping his health would improve, so that be would be able to come and receive the ordinance of baptism afterward. But he grew worse and calculated to send for a Bishop of the Church to visit him; but he soon discovered that his stay on earth would not be long enough for this Bishop to get there. He then requested of his beloved companion as follows: "When I am gone and you return to your friends, have my funeral sermon preached by a Mennonite minister," which request also was complied with by Bro. Michael Mishler in the German, and Bro. Elias Mishler in the English language, from Matth. 24: 42, in the Mennonite meeting house in Owen County, Ind.
In the hospital, in the State of Texas, Andrew Weaver, aged 18 years and 9 months. He had volunteered and joined the army, contrary to the wishes of his parents, and his time of service had almost expired, when he was called from this to another world by Him who doeth all things well.
Also, on the 19th of November 1864, near Middleburg, Clay Co.,
Ind., Elizabeth Weaver, (sister of the above) aged 14 months.
The funeral services of the above two children were held at the
latter place. Funeral discourses were delivered by Bro. Elias
Mishler in the English, and Bro. Jacob Bowen in the German language.
On the 14th of January, in Hancock County, Ohio, of typhoid
fever, Rebecca Freed, consort of Bro. Paul Freed, aged
42 years, 9 months and 22 days. Her burial on the 5th, was attended
by many sympathizing friends and relatives, and a funeral discourse
was delivered by the writer in the English language from Jno.
11: 25, 26. Appropriate remarks were also made in German by Bro.
Freedly. She leaves a kind husband and an affectionate daughter
to mourn her loss.
It was evidently very painful and heart-rending for the only daughter, to give up her dear mother, whom she acknowledged as having always been so very good and kind to her. But we entreat her to bow submissively to the will of Him, who doeth all things well, and cast her burden upon the Lord. He in due time will remove every sorrow and wipe away every tear.
Near Mt. Joy, Lancaster County, Pa., on the 10th of January,
Fanny, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Brubaker, aged
4 years, 5 months, 15 days. Her disease was diptheria(sic). A
short time of suffering, between health and death, and all was
over. In the midst of life we are in death. Never to young to
die -let us consider its importance. No doubt the child was dear
to its parents, yet their loss is its eternal gain, and if we
heed the loud call which God has made upon us through the removal,
by death, of this dear child, and become truly reconciled to Him,
who gave his life for us, we may rest in the hope and promise,
that we shall meet her again on those bright shores where parting
is never known, for we have the hope that God, in taking her from
us, has only called her home to join the angel-throng and enjoy
endless glory and happiness.
A funeral sermon was preached by the brethren John Landis, Christian Nissley and John Brubaker. Text: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
JOHN D. HERSHEY
In Hocking Co., Ohio, on the 26th of December 1864, of typhoid
fever, Salome Blosser, wife of Andrew Blosser, aged 51
years, 8 mo., and 18 days. She was buried on the 27th. A large
concourse of friends and relatives followed her remains to the
Her funeral sermon was preached by Bro. John Hunsacker from Job 22: 21; after which remarks were also made by the brethren Joseph Hendricks and David H. Landis. She was a member of the Tunker Church for many years and lived up to her profession. She was beloved and respected by her neighbors, and by her godly walk and conversation declared plainly that she sought a better country.
H. B. BRENNEMAN.
In York Co., Canada West, on the 1st of August, 1864, Ab'm.
Groff, aged 59 years. Funeral sermon was preached by the brethren
Jacob Weidman and Jacob Burkholder. The deceased was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., and came to Canada in 1808.
In Wilmot Township, Waterloo Co., C. W., on the 26th of December,
our sister Magdalena Eby, aged 87 years, 10 mo., and 26
days. She was a widow, and entirely blind for some years, yet
under all her afflictions she manifested the greatest Christian
fortitude and the living hope of a better life, after her sufferings
here were over. Her maiden name was Erb; she was a sister to Benjamin
Erb of Wayne Co., Ohio. She has a sister still living here, who
is in her 91st year and still able to go about with ease.
Bro. Brubaker from Pennsylvania, who was here on a visit, preached on this occasion, from the words in Isa. 40: 6, 7, 8; and the writer from Hebr. 4: 14.
A Sad and Fatal Accident.
A sad accident occurred near Bowling Green, Clay Co. Indiana, on the 13th of December. Wm. A. Abel and his brother Silas W. went out to hunt, and when about sixty rods from their father's house, Silas heard the report of his brother's gun, and looking round he saw him lying with his back across a log which he had just stepped over, shot through the head, He lived about four hours afterwards and was buried on the 15th. A funeral discourser was delivered from Job 14: 10. "But man dieth and wasteth away; yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?"
Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas
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