|Herald of Truth
March 1866 - Vol. III, No. 3
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On the 16th of Jan., 1866, in West Manchester township, York
Co., Pa., at the house of Elias Bentzel, Lydia Witmer,
aged 57 years, 6 mos., and 14 days. She was buried at Newcomer's
School House. Funeral sermon by Frederick and Daniel Stauffer,
from Isa. 38: 1. She was a member of the Mennonite church and
On the 11th of Jan. 1866, in Markham, York Co., C. W., after an illness of several weeks, Veronica, wife of Abraham Groff, aged 32 years, 7 mos., and 24 days. She leaves a husband and five small children to mourn their loss. Her remains were buried at Weidman's Meeting House, where a funeral sermon was preached by Pre. Henry Berkey from Jn. 11: 23-27. Evidently the voice of the Holy Spirit had been moving the heart of our departed sister for some time. Frequently as she sat listening to the preaching of God's word tears were seen coursing down over her cheeks, and a few hours before she died, she was baptized and received into the church, which she greatly desired.
On the 5th of Feb. in the same place, suddenly, Christina,
wife of Daniel Horner, aged 72 years, 8 mos., and 28 days.
Funeral sermon was preached on the 8th at her residence by Pre.
Samuel Schneider from Isa. 1: 1. She leaves a husband and an only
DANIEL B. HUBER.
On the 19th of Jan., in Montgomery Co., Ohio, after a brief
illness, Bro. David Neff, in his 75th year. He was buried
on the 21st. His funeral was largely attended.
On the 26th of Jan., in Waterloo Co., C. W., wife of David Baringer, aged about 34 years. She was beloved sister in our church.
On the 30th of January, in Wilmot township, Waterloo Co., C.
W., Anna, daughter of Jacob Kressman, aged 15 years
and 10 months. Buried on the 1st of February.
On the 26th of Jan., in Greencastle, Franklin Co., Pa., Anna
Shank, widow of Abraham Shank, aged 78 years, 3 mos., and
14 days. Funeral sermon preached by Michael Horst in German and
L. C. Kefer in English, from 2 Cor. 5: 1. She was a faithful member
of the Mennonite Church.
On the 5th of Feb., of erysipelas, Barbara, wife of
John Kohli, aged 45 years and 11 months. Funeral sermon
preached by Bro. John Thut and John Moser from Phil. 1: 21-23.
She bore her sickness with great patience. She was a beloved sister
in the church, and possessed the affections of her children. The
Lord loved her too, and took her to the heavenly mansions, where
she now may rest, with Lazarus in Abraham's bosom, where there
shall be no more sickness, nor conflict, nor sorrow, and where
God will "wipe away all tears from their eyes."
On the 27th of January, in Clay Co., Ind., of consumption and palpitation of the heart, Elizabeth, wife of Brother Franklin Hamilton, aged 41 years, 9 mos., and 10 days. She was buried at the Mennonite M. H. Funeral sermon preached by Jacob Bower and Eli Mishler. She appeared very willing to leave this world, and we hope she died in the triumphs of a living faith, and the hope of a blessed immortality in the world to come. May our loss be her eternal gain.
Correction from the April issue of H of T. -- "In the last No. of the Herald, the death of Elizabeth Hamilton is given as having occurred in Clay Co. It should be Owen Co."
On the 26th of Jan., in Marion township, Owen Co., Ind., of
brain fever, George, son of Israel and Sophia Boyer,
aged 9 years, 7 mos., and 14 days. He was buried at Funk's grave
yard, in Clay Co. Funeral sermon preached by Bro. Jacob Bower,
from 1 Pet. 1:24. He was a child greatly beloved by all the family,
and it was hard to give him up. Death has already visited this
family six times; but they may encourage themselves with the thought,
that they have a little family to meet in heaven.
Correction from the April issue of H of T. -- "The names in the death of George, son of Israel and Sophia Boyer are also incorrect. It should be George, son of Jacob and Sophia Royer."
On the 3rd of Feb., in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of Typhoid fever,
Bro. Jos. Bear, aged 51 years, 6 mos., and 12 days. Funeral
sermon was preached by Joseph Bixler and John Blosser from Ps.
39: 4-6. He heaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss.
Their loss, we hope, is his eternal gain.
J. M. C.
On the 14th of Febr., in Wayne Co., Ohio, Veronica, widow of
Jacob Conrad, aged 88 years, 11 mos., and 9 days. She was
buried on the 16th, upon which occasion the brethren Jonathan
Schmucker and J. K. Yoder delivered funeral discourses from Phil.
The deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She confessed her Lord and Master in her youth and entered in covenant with Him in the Mimblegarten Church in France, whence she came to America, about 44 years ago. She was a faithful member. During the last several years she was very feeble, and suffered much, yet without complaint, until the time of her departure was at hand.
On the 9th of Feb., in Wayne Co., Ohio, Martin Leidig,
aged 22 years, 3 mos., and 19 days. His funeral sermon was preached
by Henry Martin and J. K. Yoder, from Jn. 5: 24-20.
J. K. Y.
In Hockerville, Dauphin Co., Pa., on the 13th of Jan., Pre. John Oberholzer at an advanced age. He was a minister in the Mennonite Church nearly 40 years. He was found in the morning, dead, in his bed. He was a kind father, a good neighbor and beloved by all who knew him.-- Christ. Volksb.
On the 18th of December, 1865, in Hilltown township, Bucks Co., Pa., at the residence of her son-in-law, Isaac Rosenberger of cancer, Anna Bishop, widow of Jacob Bishop, aged 77 years, 9 months, and 20 days, interred in the Doylestown Mennonite burying ground.
On the 12th of Feb., in Union Co., Pa., Barbara, wife of Michael Swartz, aged 76 years, 10 mos., and 27 days. Her maiden name was Stoltzfuss: she was married twice. Her first husband's name was Isaac Lapp. She was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite Church. She looked forward anxiously to the hour of departure. Funeral services by the brethren Christian King and Elias Rihl from Isa. 57: 2.
On the 14th of Feb., near Blairsville, Cumberland Co., Pa., of dropsy, from which he suffered much for a long time, Benjamin Burkholder, aged 52 years, 5 months, and 25 days. He desired ardently that the hour of his deliverance might come, and that he might go to be with those holy ones in the celestial mansions above. Funeral services by the brethren John Hunsicker and Daniel Keller from Rom. 14:
On the 3rd of February, in Leacock township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Magdalena, wife of John Yoder, and daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Yost, aged 26 years and 6 months. She was buried on the 5th, on which occasion Eli Zug and Jacob Stoltzfuss delivered impressive discourses.- Volksfreund.
Feb. 8th, in Bedminster township, Bucks Co., Pa., Jacob Beidler, aged 89 years, 4 months, and 3 days.
December__, 1865, in St. Joseph County, Michigan, Elizabeth Hertzler, aged 54 years, 7 months, and 11 day. She was buried on the 17th. A husband and six children mourn her departure but with the comforting hope that she fell asleep in Jesus. A funeral sermon was preached by J. D. Treyer from John 5 : 24-30.
On the 8th of January, 1866, suddenly lost his life on Hofstettler's
steam-sawmill in Elkhart County, Ind., Shem Shoetler of
Iowa. He was buried on the 10th. Discourses were delivered by
D. D. Miller and J. Genegy.
On the 8th of February, in Dry Grove township, McLean County,
Ill., Magdalena, wife Pre. Jonathan Yoder, aged
68 years. She was buried on the 9th. A funeral sermon was preached
by the writer from the 14th chapter of Job.
Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas
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