Herald of Truth - Volume X, Number 3 - March 1873 - Pages 61-63
Died on the night of Feb. 6th, at his residence in Richland
county, Ohio, Pre. JOSEPH FREED, aged about 65 years. His
burial on Sunday the 9th was largely attended. On the day previous
to his death, he was in his usual health, with the exception of
a severe cold; he was able, however, to do his usual amount of
labor about the house, such as chopping wood and carrying it into
the house. He ate a hearty supper, went to bed as usual after
which his wife brought him a cup of tea, which he drank and upon
lying down, she asked him whether he thought he could now sleep;
to which he replied, "Oh yes." She then left him a short
time, when upon retiring she thought he was resting so well that
she would not disturb him, and so she went quietly to bed and
fell asleep. In the morning she again arose quietly so as not
to awake him, for she thought he was still resting well. She went
to the kitchen and when breakfast was ready she returned to his
room to call him, when she noticed one of his feet uncovered,
and upon touching it she exclaimed, "Oh Pap, how cold your
foot is," and in trying to cover it she found that it was
not only cold but stiff. On going to his head she found that he
While writing the above, my mind reverted to the many personal interviews, and the pleasant associations which I have been privileged to enjoy with the dear brother. Amongst the many pleasant reflections of my mind I have thought of a visit he and I made to the church in Allen Co., Ohio, some years since. I related to him the circumstance connected with the sudden death of our aged brother and Bishop, John Good, of Fairfield Co., Ohio. I told him among other things that he had previously expressed his desire that if it were the Lord's will, when his time was to come to an end in this world that he might be called away without suffering long under a lingering disease; and as I related to him how God had granted his request, and that his death was more like going to sleep than otherwise, with brightening countenance he hopefully responded, "That is also my prayer." Thus we see in two instances the fulfillment of God's promise in which he said that "the desire of the righteous shall be granted."
Bro. Freed labored in the ministry about thirty years, and in his removal, the little flock, over which he has, for many years, been keeping watch, will feel heavily the loss they have now sustained. Being left as sheep without a shepherd, they will only be comforted at the thought that God "doeth all things well," and that their loss is the eternal gain of their pastor who, we feel assured, shall now rest from his labors and his works shall follow him.
At his death ten children were living, but one day after his death, his daughter (sister Nusbaum of Lagrange Co., Ind.), was also called to her long home. Thus a loving wife and nine children with many mourning friends are left to weep over his sudden and unexpected departure. May God sustain and comfort all the mourners. Elkhart, Ind.
August 7th 1872, in Elm Grove, Lagrange county, Ill., of Hemorrhage of the bowels, JACOB NEWHAUSER, aged 30 years, 1 month, and 7 days. He was a brother in the Amish Mennonite Church. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss. Services by A. Ropp and Jacob Unzicker.
October 16th, in St. Joseph county, Ind., MARY ELLEN, daughter of Michael and Elmira BOLINGER, aged 4 years, 3 months, and 9 days. Sermon by James Culbertson and D. Brenneman.
December 10th, in York county, Pa., Sister BARBARA MOSEY, aged 77 years, 2 months, and 22 days. She was a faithful sister for many years. She has now gone to that rest prepared for all those that love and serve the Savior. Discourse by Geo. Rupp, in German, and by Sam. Zimmerman, in English.
December 24th, in Elkhart county, Ind., JOHN S, son of Samuel and Mary YODER, aged 16 days. Services by C. and J. M. Christophel.
December, 20th, in Waterloo county, Ont., of Consumption, LEAH, daughter of John Y. SCHANTZ, aged 17 years, 9 months, and 22 days. A year previous to her death she found peace for her soul, and sealed her peace with God by baptism. O, dear young souls, take this young sister in the Lord for an example, and come to Jesus, who will give you peace.
January 5th, in Allen county, Ohio, of Typhoid fever, Sister ELISABETH BRENNEMAN, aged 47 years, 8 months and 7 days. She was a kind and faithful sister, and leaves a sorrowful husband and 4 children to mourn her departure. Services by Christian Christophel of Elkhart county, Ind., and C. Culp.
January 9th, at the residence of her son-in-law, Abraham Hallman, in Montgomery county Pa., of the infirmities of age, widow HELENA JOHNSON, aged 96 years, and 11 days. Interred at the old Skippach Mennonite burying-ground.
Transcriber's note: [Skippack was spelled Skippach in obituary of Helena Johnson]
January 10th, in Elkhart county, Ind., of Scarlet fever, RUFUS MIRON, son of Jacob and Catharine LONG, aged 1 year, 7 months and 3 days. The same day, in St. Joseph county, of Scarlet fever, ROSETTA, daughter of Christian and Miranda HOLDEMAN, aged 10 months, and 22 days. Also an infant of _____ FAULKNER. These three children were buried at the same time at Shaum's grave-yard on Sunday the 12th. A very large assembly of persons were in attendance. Services by J. Metzler, H. Shaum, and D. Brenneman from Ps. 16:6; Matt. 18:3.
January 13th, in St. Joseph county, Ind., VIOLA, daugher of M. and A. BOLINGER, aged 4 months, and 28 days. Services by J. Culbertson, J. Krupp, and D. Brenneman.
January 17th, in Juniata county, Pa., of old age, Sister ELISABETH HECKMAN, aged 70 years, and 14 days. She was a sister in the church for many years. Another saint has gone to the reward of her labors. Services by Jacob Grabill, and Martin Bowers from Ps. 132:14.
January 18th, near Shippensburg, Franklin county, Pa., of Hemorrhage
of the bowels, Sister ELISABETH HORST, wife of deacon Peter
Horst, aged 43 years, 8 months, and 11 days. She leaves a husband,
2 children and 4 step-children to mourn their loss. Funeral discourse
by John Hunsicker and Peter Waddle in German and by Philip Parret
in English, from 1 Peter 1:24.
Dearest sister thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Janaury 20th, in Henry county, Ohio, of Typhoid and Lung fever,
Sister SARAH BRILLHART, aged 55 years, 3 months, and 5
days. She was confined by sickness about six weeks, during which
time she suffered severely. She leaves a bereaved husband and
7 children to mourn their loss.
No more shall grief and bitter tears,
Disturb her peaceful rest;
After her trials and sorrows here.
How sweet to be at rest.
January 24th, in Juniata county, Pa., of the Infirmities of age, Sister FANNY AUKER, widow of Pre. Chr. Auker, who died about 20 years ago. Her age was 72 years, and 28 days. Interred in the Lost Creek burying-ground in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives. Another saint is called home to glory. Discourses appropriate to the occasion were made by Samuel Winey and Wm. Grabill from Matt. 7:17.
January 27th, in Lagrange county, Ind., at the residence of his daughter, CASPER HEHELMAN, aged 84 years, 7 months, and 2 days. Discourse by J. J. Borntreger from Ps. 62: 6-13; and Chr Miller from Luke 5:19-21.
January 28th, in Mahoning county, Ohio, of Rheumatism, MARY, wife of Christian LEHMAN, aged 39 years, and 16 days. Appropriate remarks were made by J. Bixler and J. Culp from Luke 10:42.
January 30th, in Waterloo county, Ont. of Consumption, THEODORE EBY, aged 27 years, and 30 days. Discourse by C. Halm in English and J. Woolner and Joseph Hege in German.
January 30th, in Waterloo county, Ont., of Typhoid fever, CATHARINE, daughter of D.C. SCHNEIDER, aged 10 years, 2 months, and 19 days. Sermon by R. Schmitt.
February 8th, in the same place, of Typhoid fever, JACOB, son of D.C. SCHNEIDER, aged 19 years, 5 months, and 24 days. Sermon by R. Schmitt.
February 9th, in Elkhart county, Ind., MARY ELLEN, daughter of Robert and _____ JOHNSTON, aged 4 months, and 21 days. Discourse by Henry Shaum.
February 6th, near Morgantown, Berks county, Pa., Sister RACHEL
MAST, wife of Daniel Mast, aged 67 years, 9 months, and 21
days. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church,
and was a bright and shining light in the large circle of friends
and acquaintances among whom she lived, and may they follow her
example in following the meek and lowly Lamb of God. Her sickness
lasted four weeks, which she bore with christian resignation,
when God called her home. She leaves an aged consort and 8 children
to mourn their loss; yet their loss is her everlasting gain. Peace
to her ashes. The burial occasion was improved by John Stoltzfus
and Christian Umble, from Rev. 14:12, 13.
There is a world above,
Where parting is unknown;
A whole eternity of love,
Form'd for the good alone:
And faith beholds the dying here,
Translated to that happy sphere.
In Elkhart county, Ind., on the 6th of February, of Bilious Colic, MARY ANN, daughter of John N. and Elisabeth CHRISTOPHEL, aged 22 years, 8 months, and 19 days. She had been sick only one day. She was buried on the 8th, at Yellow Creek Meeting-house, followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral services by J. A. Beutler, H. Shaum and J. F. Funk from Matt. 24:42-44. What a solemn warning this should be to all of us and especially to the young. One day so full of life and health and the next, cold in death! Truly we should not, neglect to make due preparation to meet our God, for in a day and an hour when we think not the Son of man may come.
On the 29th of January, in Lagrange county, Ind., CHARITY, daughter of John and Elisabeth NUSBAUM, aged 1 year, 2 months, and 7 days. Funeral services by H .A. Miller, J. J. Weaver and D. Brenneman from Matt. 18:3.
In Lagrange county, Ind., on the 8th of February, of Consumption, ELIZABETH, wife of John NUSBAUM, Jr., and daughter of Pre. Joseph Freed of Ohio, aged 39 years, 7 months, and 10 days. She had been afflicted some time but bore her sickness with patience and christian fortitude, and appeared to be fully prepared to leave this world of sorrow and be with Christ. Before she died she said she was going home to her child which had died only about a week previous. She was married on the 25th of November 1852, in Richland county, Ohio, and moved with her husband from there to Indiana in 1860. She was the mother of ten children, three of whom died before her. Funeral services by J. J. Weaver, H. A. Miller and J. F. Funk from Jn. 11.25.
Transcriber's note: [Elisabeth Nusbaum, mother of Charity, and Elizabeth Nusbaum who died appear to be the same person, but the first name was spelled differently in the two obituaries.]
February 1st, in Hay, Huron county, Ont., SARAH LEAHMAN, aged 5 months, 29 days.
February 7th, in Hay, Huron county, Ont., Sister VERONICA, wife of Bro. Joseph SMITH, aged 38 years, and 1 month. Sermon from Rev. 14:13; 2 Sam. 22:31.
February 6th, in Richland county, Ohio, very suddenly, Pre. JOSEPH FREED, aged about 65 years. See Obituary.
February 7th, in Cass county, Missouri, of Lung fever, CHRISTIAN KINSINGER, aged 55 years, 11 months, and 24 days. He leaves a wife and 4 children to mourn his removal.
February 9th, in Bucks county, Pa., at the residence of her son-in-law H. W. Hines, LEAH, widow of the late Abraham GARGES, aged 69 years, 11 months, and 3 days. Services by Jacob Reinhart and J. M. Haldeman in English, and Isaac Rickert in German.
February 13th, in St. Joseph county, Ind., REBECCA, daughter of John and _____ BRENNEMAN, aged 11 years, 11 months, and 18 days. Services by John Weaver and Jacob Wisler from Jn. 5:25.
February 10th, in Elkhart county, Ind., of Brain fever, AMOS, son of Richard and Susanna PARCELL, aged 5 years, 7 months, and 27 days. Funeral services by D. Brenneman from Ps. 49:15.
February 15th, in Elkhart county, Ind., CATHARINE, wife of Lewis SALSBURY, aged 40 years, 6 months, and 15 days. Her remains were deposited in the Union Church burying-ground, where appropriate remarks were made by D. Brenneman from Job 19: 25, 26.
January 23rd, in Lower Salford, Montgomery county, Pa., ISAAC KRATZ, aged 81 years, 2 months, and 4 days. The 26th, he was buried in the presence of many relatives and friends in the Lower Salford Mennonite grave-yard. Services by M. Gottschall.
January 24th, in Elm Grove, Louisa county, Iowa, BARBARA,
wife of Michael BUZZARD, formerly of Northampton county,
Pa., aged 74 years, 3 months, and 2 days. Interred the 28th, in
Spring Run grave-yard. Services by Pre. Huhn in English, and Pre.
Yust, in German, from Rev. 14:13. She leaves a husband and 6 children
to mourn their loss. She was a sister in the Amish Mennonite Church,
about fifty years, and was always zealous in the cause of Christ.
My mother died and is no more,
Upon this vale of tears;
Her spirit's fled to that bright shore
Where pleasures banish fears.
Her body's lying in the tomb,
Her soul is with its God;
Nothing of her on earth is found,
She's gained the rest she sought.
February 4th, in Franconia, Montgomery county, Pa., of Convulsions, ROMANAS, infant son of Daniel S. and Catharine GEHMAN, aged 9 months, and 16 days. Services by J. Landis, H. Nice, and J. Clemmer.
February 14th, in Lagrange county, Ind., of Consumption, EMMA, daughter of John and Catharine YODER, aged 15 years, 10 months and 20 days. Buried in Forest Grove burying-ground. Sermon by Eli S. Miller and Levi Weaver from Ps. 89:5, 6.
February, 14th, in Tazewell county, Ill., MAGDALENA KENNEL, aged 81 years, 8 months, and 23 days. This aged sister in the Amish Mennonite Church, has been a faithful follower of Jesus for 67 years and remained firm unto the end. She leaves 6 children, 34 grand-children and 28 great-grand-children. The burial was to have taken place on the 16th, but owing to the heavy rain it was deferred until the following day, however, as a considerable number of persons were assembled there were services at the house. Interred the 17th. Funeral services by Peter Gingerich, Peter E. Stuckey, and Joseph Unzicker.
February 20th, in Elkhart county, Ind., of Scarlet fever, CORA MAY, daughter of the late Simon, and Josephine CASTEN. Buried the 22nd. Funeral services by H. Shaum and J. F. Funk.
January 10th, in Wayne county, Ohio, the wife and child of Jacob Sholenberger. The funeral was set for the 12th, but on the morning of that day, JACOB SHOLENBERGER died. On the 13th, the husband, wife, and child were buried. Age of the child 2 weeks. They leave 8 children, to mourn their loss.
In Hilltown, Bucks county, Pa., ANNA MARY, wife of Abraham FRETZ, aged 25 years, 5 months, and 9 days. Services by Jacob Reinhart and J. M. Haldeman.
October 4th, in Waterloo county, Ont., of Typhoid fever, TILMAN, son of Christian B. SCHNEIDER, aged 10 years, 4 months, and 3 days. Funeral services by A. Martin and Samuel Weber.
December 6th, in Waterloo county, Ont., of Typhoid fever, JOS. GROSS, aged 18 years.
February 17th, in Waterloo county, Ont., of Typhoid fever, NELSON, son of Christian B. SCHNEIDER, aged 22 years, 1 month, and 25 days. Buried the 19th, in the presence of many relatives and friends, in Martin's burying-ground. Funeral services by Samuel Weber, Moses Bauman and A. Martin.
February, 13th, in Waterloo county, Ont., GEORGE BETZ, He was hauling stone to Berlin. After dinner he went out to load his sled and intended, as is supposed, to push his sled forward, as he had often done. At 5 o'clock in the evening, as the children were returning home from school, they found him lying on his face, and the sled on one of his legs, and his neck broken. He leaves a bereaved wife and 7 children to mourn their loss.
February 3rd, in Allen county, Ohio, of Diptheria, LYDIA
M., daughter of C. B. and Susanna BRENNEMAN, aged 7
years, 1 month, and 20 days. Funeral services by C. Culp, and
Dearest Lydia, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Transcriber's note" [Diphtheria was spelled diptheria in Lydia M. Brenneman's obituary.]
Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana