Herald of Truth
August 1866 - Vol. III, No. 8
Page 67, 68

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On the 10th of May 1866, in Fayette Co., Pa., of Consumption, Catharine, wife of Emanuel M. Saylor, aged 26 years, 3 mo. and 11 days. She was buried on the 11th, upon which occasion a funeral discourse was delivered by Bro. David Johnson, from Rev. 14: 12, 13. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and leaves a husband and one child to mourn their loss.

On the 1st of May, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Bro. John S. Eshleman, aged 56 years, 6 mo. and 14 days. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Martin and John B. Shoemaker from Rev. 22: 12.

On the 29th of July, in Doylestown township, Bucks Co., Pa., Joshua Hiestand, son of Pre. Jacob Hiestand, aged 49 years, 5 mo. and 16 days. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his early death.

On the 16th of June, in the vicinity of New Bloomfield, Perry Co., Pa., of spotted fever, Benjamin F. Ayle, aged 4 years, 3 mo. and six days. He was sick only about twelve hours. Funeral services by Bro. Geo. Rupp from Cumberland Co., who was here on a visit through Perry and Juniata Counties.

On the 20th of March 1866, in Salsbury township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Lizzie, wife of Christian Kurtz, and daughter of Geo. Weaver, deceased, aged 76 years, 9 mo. and 8 days. She was buried on the 23rd. A funeral sermon was preached from Rev. 14: 12, 13. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude. Shortly before she died, she said, "I saw my deceased children---I am going to them." She was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years.
Our friends and neighbors fall upon our right and left; one by one they lay off their mortal robes and put on the habiliments of the grave, and we, too, will soon be numbered with the multitude of the dead, and our spirits will go to try the realities of an eternal state of existence.

On the 10th of June, in Markham, York Co., C. W., Susanna Laman, widow of Abm. Laman, dec., aged 77 years, 5 months and 10 days. She was buried on the 12th, at the burying-ground on her old homestead. Funeral sermon preached, at Wideman's Meeting House, by Samuel Schlicter and the writer, from Ps. 90: 12, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom." She was a member of the Mennonite Church. During her earthly pilgrimage, her hopes were often beclouded with doubts and fears, yet in the last moments of her life, she could exclaim with a bright hope, "There is room in heaven." We hope she is now enjoying the rest that remains for the people of God.

On the 5th of July, in Fairfield Co., Ohio, of croup, Noe, son of Eli and Catharine Zook, aged two years, 7 mo. and 29 days. He was buried on the 6th, on which occasion a funeral sermon was delivered by the writer from Matt. 18: 2, 3. It was an only child and very dear to its parents, but they need not mourn like those having no hope, but can rest assured that it is well with the child.

How soon the lovely child has gone
To its eternal happy home;
To such as Noe rest is given,
And he is now with Christ in heaven,

Where he forever will remain,
Nor e'er return to you again;
But if your heart to God is given,
At death,you meet your child in heaven.

Therefore, dear parents, weep no more,
Although it is a trial sore,
To part with those the Lord has given,
For your dear child is now in heaven.

On the 23rd of June, in Haldimand Co., Canada West, of a protracted illness, Bro. Jacob Swartz, in the 55th year of his age. He was buried on the 25th at Huber's M. H., where a funeral sermon was delivered by Abraham High, C. Gayman and _____ Anderson.
Bro. Swartz was a minister in the Mennonite Church. He was ordained to preach in June 1838, and was a faithful steward in his Master's house. He earnestly admonished his hearers to flee from the wrath to come, and to refrain from the follies of the world, its vanities and pride.
During his sickness, his great concern was to speak to those who came to visit him about religion, and to exhort them to humility-to lay aside the things of the world, to deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Christ. The last words he spoke to me, he said, "I have considered all my things and I think I can make them no better. I feel that I have grace in Jesus, that I can meet him and obtain the crown of glory, where there will be and love." "He slept with his fathers and they buried him in the city of David." 2 Chron. 27: 9.

On the 6th of June 1866, in the Alleghany Valley, in Brecknock township, Berks Co., Pa., Elizabeth Good, aged 80 years, 7 mo. and 17 days. Her maiden name was Bowman. On Sunday the 8th she was buried at the neighboring churchyard, on which occasion Bish. Moseman preached an appropriate discourse from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

On the 11th of June, in Juniata Co., Pa., Elizabeth, wife of John Stelley, aged 55 years and 3 months. She was a member of the Mennonite Church 36 years. She was buried on the 13th. Funeral sermon was preached by the brethren Jacob Graybill and Samuel Winey, from Rev. 7: 16, 17. We hope she is, as she desired on the night of her death, "with Jesus."

On the 16th of June, in Holmes Co., Ohio, David Yoder, aged 81 years, 11 mo. and 20 days. A funeral sermon was preached on the 17th by the brethren Moses and Levi Miller. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and leaves 8 children, 55 grand-children and 49 great grandchildren.

On the 6th of June, infant daughter of Bro. and Sr. Isaac and Eliza Hershberger, aged 3 mo. and 13 days. Funeral sermon by the writer from Matt.18: 3.
Livingston Co., Ill.

On time 27th of July, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., of consumption, Esther, wife of John Schrack, aged 25 years, 1 mo. and 8 days. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and had a desire to depart and be with Christ. Funeral sermon by the brethren Dan. Brundage and Daniel Brenneman from 2 Cor. 5: 1.

Volume III, No. 8, August, 1866
Herald of Truth, page 67
(not in obit column)

Fatal Accident.

On Wednesday the 18th of July, Jacob Gotbold met his death very suddenly, near St. Mary's, Canada West. He was employed as a brakesman on the Grand Trunk R. R. He was standing on the roof of a freight car, as it was approaching a deep cut where the road passed under the bridge of the National Cross Road. Not seeing the bridge, he struck his head against it, and was instantly killed. His body was taken in care by the superintendent of the road and brought to Berlin, Waterloo Co., where his parents reside and on Friday the 20th it was deposited at the Mennonite grave-yard (Eby's), there to rest free from all earthly pains. He was about 19 years of age.

Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas

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