|Herald of Truth
May 1866 - Vol. III, No. 5
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On the 16th of March, 1866, in Dover Township, York County,
Pa., of typhoid fever, Eli, aged 9 years, 10 months, and
7 days, and on the 17th, William, aged 14 years, 4 months,
and 1 day, both sons of Jacob and Susan Welkum. They were
buried on the 18th in one grave at Newman's Schoolhouse. A funeral
sermon was preached by the brethren Frederick Stauffer and John
Frantz from 1 Sam. 3: 18. The funeral was largely attended.
On the 19th of April, 1866, at the residence of her nephew Augustus Stauffer in East Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pa., Sister Magdalena Frey, widow of Henry Frey, who died at Galena, Illinois. Her age was about 63 years. Sister Frey had early united with the church in Germany and has continued a faithful member till her death. She had great trials to endure. She possessed but little of this world's wealth, but was rich in heavenly treasures. Her trust was ever fixed on the Lord, and under his protecting care and dispensation, she always found brethren and sisters who kindly administered to her wants, both in Illinois and in this place. She suffered for two years from dropsy and about the 1st of November last she was rendered helpless by an attack of hemiplegy(sic?) of the left side, and had to be handled like a child, which duty was most faithfully performed by her nephew and his wife with the assistance of the neighbors, brethren and sisters. She esteemed herself unworthy of the love which was manifested toward her. Though greatly desiring to depart, she bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude. She was buried on the 19th in the Weberland Buryingground. Funeral discourses were delivered by the brethren Tobias Wanner and George Weber from Rev. 14: 12, 13. P. S.
On the 8th of April, in Richland Township, Cambria County,
Pa., of consumption, Levi Weber, aged 31 years, 3 months,
and 26 days. His remains were committed to the earth on the 10th.
The aged brother Jacob Blauch delivered a funeral address from
Rev. 14: 13, speaking comfort to the bereaved family and friends.
Only a few days before his death, Brother Weber became anxious
to make his peace with God and his Redeemer Jesus Christ, and
to be admitted into the visible Church, and accordingly he was
received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism, which was
administered by the writer. He leaves a widow and three small
children to mourn their loss. Yet we hope that their loss is his
On the 22d of March, 1866; in Mount Joy Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Christian H., son of Henry Nissley, aged 41 years, 2 months, and 27 days. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his departure. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. His remains were deposited in their family graveyard on the 25th. A funeral sermon was delivered by the brethren Peter and Christian Nissley.
On the 31st of March, in Conoy Township, Lancaster County, Pa., of inflammatory rheumatism, wife of Preacher and Bishop Peter Ebersole, aged 73 years, 2 months, and 16 days. Her remains were buried in the family graveyard on the 3d of April. Funeral addresses were delivered at Good's Meeting-house by the writer and Bro. Nathaniel Shope. She had been afflicted for several years and bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and I sincerely hope that our loss is her eternal gain.
On the 1st of April, in Mount Joy Township, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., after an illness of about five days of typhoid fever, Catharine,
wife of Benjamin Lehman and daughter of Pre. John Risser,
aged 45 years, 8 months and 7 days. On the 3rd her remains were
followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives,-nearly
200 carriages-to the family graveyard. The procession then proceeding
to Rissor's Meeting-house, a funeral discourse was delivered by
the writer and Bro. Nathaniel Shope from 2 Cor. 5: 1. She was
a beloved sister in the Mennonite Church. She leaves a bereaved
husband and three children to mourn their loss, which, we trust,
is her eternal gain.
On the 17th of March, at his residence in Mount Pleasant, Pa.,
John Fox, aged 88 years, 4 months, and 18 days. A funeral
discourse was delivered by the writer from Phil. 3:10, 11.
On the 17th of April, near State Line, Franklin Co., Pa., of
a chronic disease Pre. Benjamin Eby, aged 68 years, 4 months,
and 11 days. Bro. Eby's health had been failing nearly all winter,
so that he could not attend to his ministerial duties. He labored
in the ministry for more than 33 years near Litix, Lancaster Co.,
Pa. He was highly esteemed both in and out of the church, and
continued faithful in the discharge of his duties till God called
him from the scenes of his earthly labors. On the 21st of March,
he moved from Lancaster to Franklin County; but never had the
opportunity of ministering to his new congregation. He was buried
on the 20th at Whitmer's Church. A large circle of friends and
relatives followed his remains to the grave. A number from the
place of his former residence was also present at the funeral.
A funeral discourse was delivered by the brethren Christian Bomberger,
John Risser, and Peter Eshleman. The two former were from Lancaster
County, and had come to pay their last respects to the memory
of their departed brother. The funeral text was 2 Tim. 4: 7, "I
have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
On the 29th of March, in Mount Joy Township, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Abraham S. Hackman (age not stated). He was at Philadelphia,
and, while taking a glass of something to drink, he fell over
and soon expired. He had been afflicted with an affection of the
heart, which was probably the cause of his sudden death. He was
an active, energetic business man; but amid all his anxious labors,
death came suddenly upon him. The apostle says, "We brought
nothing into this world and certain it is, we can take nothing
out." Let us therefore watch and pray; for we know not in
what hour the Son of man will come.
JOHN D. HERSHEY.
On the 17th of April, in Doylestown Township, Bucks Co., Pa., Mrs. Barbara Heistand, aged 72 years, 3 mos., and 4 days.-Bucks Co. Int.
In the latter part of March, from injuries caused by a fall from a sleigh accidentally thrown over, near Berlin, C. W., wife of Peter Dunke. She died in 24 hours after the accident.
On the 6th of April, in Waterloo Co., C. W., Widow Maria
Schumacher, at the advanced age of 91 years and 24 days. Her
disease was chiefly the infirmities of old age and finally also
the palsy. She was a member of the Mennonite Church.
On the -- of April, in Lagrange County, Ind., Bro. Joseph
Biem, in the 33d year of his age. He was buried on the 3d.
He was a faithful brother in the Omish Mennonite Church. Funeral
addresses were delivered by Bish. Joseph Miller of this place,
and Bish. Levi Miller of Holmes County, Ohio, from John 5: 21.
He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his departure.
On the 1st of April, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of lung fever, Hewlette Sheldon, son of James and Harriet Dodge, aged 2 years, 5 months, and 23 days. He was buried on the 3d. A funeral sermon was delivered by the writer from John 11: 23.
Hewlette Sheldon, 'tis for thee,.
That affection's tears are shed.
Must we be content, to see
Thy loved form thus low be laid?
'T is for thee a father grieves,
And a mother's heart does bleed,
Though 't is true, as each believes,
Thou from sorrows all art freed.
Rest thou now, for ever free:
Ah! why should we weep in vain!
Thy sweet face we soon shall see;
For thou soon shalt rise again.
Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas
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