Herald of Truth
February 1866 - Vol. III, No.2
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On the 23rd of Dec., 1865, in Washington Co., Iowa, of lung fever, sister Mary, widow of Daniel Conrad, aged 58 years, 10 mos., and 17 days. She was buried on the 25th, on which occasion the writer preached a funeral discourse from Jn. 14: 1, 2. She leaves ten children to mourn their loss.

On the 3rd of Jan., 1866, in the same place of liver complaint, Bro. Jonas Becht, in the 44th year of his age. He leaves a mourning widow and three children. Both the above persons were members of the Omish Mennonite Church.

On the 22d of December, 1865, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of typhoid fever, Michael Shank, aged 66 years and 16 days. Funeral sermon was preached by John Blosser, from Isa. 57: 2.

On the 19th of November, 1865, in Strasburgh township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cramp in the bowels, John B. Mellinger, aged 47 years and 2 months. Funeral sermon was preached by the brethren Benjamin and Amos Herr.

On the 1st of Nov., 1865, in Hamilton Co., Indiana, of diarrhea, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. John Correll, formerly from Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 61 years, 7 mos., and 24 days. Her trust was in Jesus. We hope she has gone to everlasting rest and happiness, "where God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and where there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.

On the 17th of Nov., 1865, in Allen Co., Ind., Polly, wife of Michael Rodgeb, in the 70th year of her age. As no minister was present, the funeral sermon was deferred until the 7th of Jan., 1866, when it was preached by the writer from Rev. 14:13. She was a member of the Mennonite Church.

On the 25th of Dec., 1865, in Clay Co., Ind., Samuel Hostetler, aged 74 years, 11 mos., and 4 days. He was buried at the Mennonite Burying ground. Funeral sermon was preached by the brethren Jacob Bower and Eli Mishler. Text, Matt. 16: 19. Near 18 months before his death, he had a severe stroke of the palsy. Since that time he has been almost helpless, and, a short time before his death, he expressed a longing desire to depart.

On the 20th of December, 1865, in Alleghany Co., Md., David Schrack, aged 79 years, 6 mos., and 26 days. He was buried on the 23rd, in the grave-yard on the Roquel farm. A funeral sermon was preached by Bros. Jonas Peachy and Jacob Brenneman. He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., where he resided until 1860. He was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite Church.

On the 31st of October, 1805, in Somerset township, Somerset Co., Pa., Susanna, consort of Joseph Gashaw, aged 59 years, 8 mos., and 14 days. Her maiden name was Stutzman. She was buried on the 2nd day of Nov. A funeral discourse was delivered by the writer from 1 Thess. 4: 13-18. She was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite Church, until called to the future world, where we hope she will meet the Savior, in mansions above, where all tears shall be wiped from her eyes, and where there shall be no more sorrow, nor pain, nor death.

On the 28th of December, 1865, in Augusta Co., Virginia, very suddenly, of apoplexy, Solomon Miller, aged 62 years, 8 mos., and 18 days. He was in usual health during the day, until about 5 o'clock, P. M., when his family found him at the barn, in an insensible condition. He never spoke again, and died about ten o'clock the same evening. He was a good neighbor, an affectionate husband and father, and a consistent member of the Brethren (Tunker) church. His body was followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Daniel Brower of that church and Jacob Hildebrand of the Mennonite church preached the funeral sermon. May all take warning from this dispensation of Providence, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man will come.

The same was sent also by Pre. J. HILDEBRAND.

On the 27th of December, 1865, in Markham, C. W., of liver complaint, John Steckley, aged 59 years, 3 mos., and 19 days. He bore his severe illness, which lasted about two weeks, with great patience and resignation, longing for the hour of his departure, and leaving his family the comforting assurance, that his spirit is now at rest with the blessed. He was buried on the 30th in Heises' Burying Ground, upon which occasion J. Wideman and Peter Koler preached in German, and S. Schneider and the writer, in English from John 5: 25-30. He was a faithful member of the Tunker church, and leaves a mourning wife and five daughters. His only son died last June two years ago, and his father about a year ago. Lord so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

On the 1st September, 1865, in Wood Co., Ohio, of typhoid fever, Israel Pletcher, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Pletcher, aged 24 years and 25 days. He was sick 27 days and suffered greatly. He was baptized and received into the church last spring. Funeral sermon by Bros. Jacob Kaempfer and George Tyson.

In the same place, on the 29th of Dec., 1865, Henry, son of John and Franey Legron, aged 21 years and 10 months. He had suffered greatly during the last five years with fits. On the evening before his death he went to bed in usual health, and was found dead the next morning. His father formerly lived in Lancaster Co., Pa. Funeral sermon by the same as the above, from 2 Kings 20:1.

"Attend, young friends, while I relate
The dangers you are in;
The evils that around you wait,
While subject unto sin.
Although you flourish like the rose,
While in its branches green;
Your sparkling eyes in death must close
As we have often seen."

On the 13th of January, 1866, near Milton, Northumberland Co., Pa., Leah, daughter of Abm. and Leah Angeny (formerly of Bucks Co.), aged 28 years and 5 days. She had been sick with the measles, but apparently recovered, returned home from her sister's and immediately took sick again; suffering greatly for three days, when the spirit left its clayey tenement. During her sickness, she spoke of death frequently, and said, "I do not think I shall get well this time, but feel resigned to the will of God." On the morning before her death, her sister said to her, "I do not think you can live over today. Do you feel willing to die ?" She said, "Yes: death seems best;" then added, "But not my will be done, but thine, 0 Lord." A little while after another sister was standing by her bedside when she repeated the following lines:

"Shall we know each other there
In that beautiful land?"

In three months, three new graves have been made, and three loved ones from the same household are sleeping there, but our Father knoweth best, and He doeth all things well.

On the 12th of January, 1866, in Tazewell Co., Ill., at the house of Bro. Samuel Hirstein, of disease of the lungs, Magdalena Hartman (grand-child to the above, aged one year and 12 days. Buried on the 14th. Funeral sermon by Nicholas Roth.

On the 7th of January, 1866, in Hilltown township, Bucks Co., Pa., sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Henry Clymer, in the 75th year of her age. She had been sickly over a year, and the last two or three months preceding her death, her sickness became more severe. But she bore it with Christian resignation, waiting for the coming of the Lord, and we hope her spirit has been received into the realms of everlasting bliss. She was buried on the 9th at Line Lexington M. H. Funeral sermon by Bros. Samuel Leatherman and John Allenbach.

On the 16th of Jan., 1866, in Plumstead township, Bucks Co, Pa., our beloved Bro. and pastor John Geil, aged 87 years, 9 mos., and 7 days. He was buried on the 19th at Line Lexington M. H., where appropriate addresses were delivered from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8.

[For want of space, we are compelled to give only this brief notice of the death of Bro. Geil, as it came just as the Ger. ed. was ready for the press. In our next we will give a more extended notice of the life and the labors of one who, for over half a century, stood a faithful watchman on the walls of Zion.]


Volume III, No. 2, February 1866
Herald of Truth, page 14
(separate listing - not in obituary column)


For the "Herald of Truth."
A sad and fatal accident.

On the 21st of Dec. 1865, John Leib, a member of our church, who was working in the grain elevator in Buffalo, went on the roof to secure a skylight, which had become unfastened, and on returning, his foot slipped, and he fell from height of 30 or 40 feet, on the pavement below, fracturing his thigh bone very badly, also breaking his cheek and jaw bones. He was taken up senseless and carried home, when medical aid was immediately procured, but all to no avail. He lingered on until Monday, the 25th, when he died about ten o'clock A. M.
I visited him the day after the accident, and found him quite rational and conscious of his condition. The doctor told him his injuries were such, that there was no hope of his recovery. He said he was willing to submit to God's will, that he felt at peace with his God and was willing to die, entertaining a hope of entering into that rest which remaineth for the people of God. He retained his senses to the last.
The funeral services were observed on Wednesday the 27th, at our meeting house in Clarence, where a large concourse of friends and relatives congregated, to pay their respects to one whom they loved. Funeral sermon was preached in German by A. Lapp from Mark 13: 33, and in English by ______ Badgley from 1 Cor. 15: 57. He was my son-in-law and eldest son of Deacon A. Leib, who died a short time ago. He was 50 years, 6 mo. and 25 days of age.

Clarence Center, Erie Co., N Y.

Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas

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