Herald of Truth
July 1866 - Vol. III, No. 7
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On the 17th of April near Doylestown, Bucks Co., Pa., of dropsy, Barbara, wife of Jacob Heistand, aged 72 years, 3 months and 4 days. For over a year she was obliged to sit in her chair, in a forward leaning position. She bore her suffering with great patience and Christian fortitude and longed for the time of her redemption. She was buried at the Doylestown burying-ground, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Bro. Gottshalk preached in the English language at the house of the dec'd, and Bro. Isaac Moyer at the Meetinghouse in German.

On the 23rd of January, 1866, near Cocolamus Creek, in Perry Co., Pa., Nancy, wife of Henry Lauver, aged 65, years, 2 months and 23 days. She had a fire for the purpose of boiling soap, when, in some manner, her clothes caught, and it being very windy, she was very severely burned before any one could come to her assistance. She had also been affected with dropsy. She lingered fourteen weeks, and bore her suffering with much patience and forbearance. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, and we have good hopes that she died happy. She was buried on the 25th. Funeral sermon by the brethren Jacob Graybill and Samuel Winey. She leaves an aged husband, who has been blind four years.

On the 25th of May, in West Lampeter Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of disease of the kidneys, Samuel Barr, in the 74th year of his age. He was a worthy member of the Mennonite Church, a zealous Christian, and died in the hope of a blissful immortality. A funeral sermon was preached by the brethren Benjamin and Amos Herr from Rev. 21: 6, 7.
J. F. F.

On the 2d of June, in Bluffton, Allen Co., Ohio, Noah Steiner, aged 16 years, 10 months, and 2 days. He was buried on Sunday, the 3d. A funeral sermon was delivered by the writer from 1 Pet. 1: 24, 25. David Geiger spoke at the grave.

On the 13th of June near Buffalo, Erie Co., N. Y., Nancy Ann, widow of Daniel Kreider, formerly of Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 77 years, 10 months, and 20 days. On the 15th her mortal remains were deposited in the grave in the presence of a large concourse of friends and acquaintances. A funeral sermon was delivered by the writer from John 11: 25 26, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die. Believest thou this ?"
She has been for many years a sister in the Mennonite Church, and we have the hope, that she has entered into the rest prepared for the people of God.

On the 26th of June in Herson Township, Elkhart Co., Indiana, Christian Gingrich, aged 56 years. He was buried on the 37th at Yellow Creek Church. He leaves a widow and several children to mourn his departure. His funeral sermon was preached by Daniel Brundage, Jacob Wisler, and Martin Huber from Acts 10: 34, 35.

On the 26th of May, in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Noah Stemen, aged 40 years, 4 months, and 28 days. The deceased was engaged, at the time of his death, in burning deadened timber, when a burning limb fell from a tree across his back and shoulders, bruising him horribly and rendering him help-less. Before assistance could reach him in this painful situation, the burning limb roasted one of his arms, shoulder, neck, and side of his face to a crisp. His sufferings were extremely great, till Saturday night about eleven o'clock, when death came to relieve him. He was buried on the 28th at the Old Bethel Church. The funeral sermon was preached by Joseph Hendricks from 1 Thes. 4: 13-18. It was a very solemn scene. He was a member of the Tunker Church, and appeared to be ready for the great change, which he was so suddenly called to make. Truly in the midst of life we are in death. Then, let us be faithful, and watch, and pray; for in such an hour as we think not the Son of man cometh.
Bremen, 0.

On the 22d of June, in Walpole Township, C. W., of consumption, Pre. Jacob Swartz. He was buried on the 24th. A funeral sermon was delivered by Pre. Christian Gehman and Pre. Abraham Hoch. The deceased was an impressive speaker in English and German in the Mennonite Church, and seemed to be very zealous in the discharge of his official duties in rebuking, encouraging, and admonishing. As he became weaker and more emaciated in body, he seemed to gain from day to day greater spiritual strength in the inner man, in the life that is of God. He was visited during his sickness, by many persons, whom he diligently admonished, and reminded of their duties to God. He frequently pressed on their minds the apostle's admonition, that we have no abiding city here, and that we ought to give the more earnest heed to the word of God, that we may he permitted to inherit the mansions of which the apostle says, "A building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." We have a firm hope and confidence, that he is now in the perfect enjoyment of that which he has so often and so earnestly recommended to others. Oh what a consolation it is in the hour of death, to have in the heart the comforting assurance, and living in unwavering hope of entering into the rest prepared for the people of God. Dear readers of the Herald, we too are all traveling to our eternal home, and we know not in what hour the last voice may awake us; for the mouth of God has revealed it as yet to no man. It is, therefore, one of our highest duties to examine our hearts, to ascertain whether we, through the grace of God and the mercy of Jesus Christ, enjoy in our hearts the comforting assurance, the living hope, that we shall meet God in peace, when the hour of our departure is at hand. I firmly believe that, if we seek after these things earnestly and sincerely in fervent prayer, we shall also receive a like evidence; for God never leaves his faithful children without witness. St. John says: "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. Then can we also have the joyful and blessed hope of again meeting, in a world where there will be no more parting, our brethren and sisters, friends and acquaintances, who have died in the Lord. We shall do well, if we will take the advice of the apostle, when he says, "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;" unchangeable and ever the same, who said, "He that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out." Who, then, would draw back, and refuse to accept this free grace, which yet flows for all men? Whoever will, can take it freely.
Harris Hill, N. Y.

On the 3d of July, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of typhoid fever, Susanna, wife of Christian Lehman. Her Maiden name was Shenk. She was buried on the 4th at Oberholzer's Meeting-house, where many friends and relatives were present to mourn her departure. Funeral Sermon was preached by Bro. J. Blosser, from Rev. 21: 1--6. She was a member of the Mennonite Church.

Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas

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