Herald of Truth Obituaries - October, 1867

HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume IV, Number 10 - Oct. 1867, Page 159.

On the 4th of September, 1867, in Elkhart Co., Ind., MARY, youngest daughter of David and _____ WITMER, aged 5 months and 24 days. She was buried at Yellow Creek Meeting-house. Funeral sermons by J. M. Christophel, from Ps. 103; 1517, and J. F. Funk, from Isa. 40:11.

On the 4th of September, in Westmoreland Co. Pa., HENRY RUTH, aged 71 years, 4 months, and 26 days. He was buried on the 5th at the Mennonite burying-ground. A funeral address was delivered by the writer in English from 1 Cor. 15:22-23, and followed by John D. Overholt in German, from John 16:16. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves a wife and a child to mourn their loss.

On the 5th of September, in Leacock Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., at the residence of his son-in-law, Joseph Hershey, HENRY HARTMAN, Sen., formerly of East Lampeter Township, aged 90 years and 13 days. The deceased was a faithful member of the old Mennonite Church for more than 60 years. He was buried on the 7th at Mellinger's Burying-ground. A funeral discourse was delivered by Samuel Wenger, in the German and Jacob Andrews in the English language, from Heb. 9:2728, and we hope our loss is his eternal gain.

"He is not dead, but sleepeth; look upward weeping eyes;
Behold the treasure of our heartslife safe in paradise:
No night of sorrow, none of pain, but perfect peace and rest,
Redeemed and saved, he sweetly sleeps upon his Savior's breast."

Yet again we hope to meet him,
When the day of grace is fled;
Then in Heaven with joy to greet him,
Where no farewell tear is shed.
A Friend.

On the 13th of August, in Lower Salford township, Montgomery Co., Pa., MARY JANE, daughter of Jacob W. SWARTLEY, aged 1 year, 5 months and 15 days. She was buried at the Towamencin Meeting-house. Pre. Josiah Clemmer preached a funeral sermon at the house of mourning, and Pre. Henry S. Bower at the Meeting-house.

On the 29th of August, in Bucks Co., Pa., MARY, daughter of Jacob TYSON, aged 7 years, 4 months, and 20 days.

On the 1st of September, in Lower Salford Township, Montgomery Co., Pa., RACHEL KRATZ, wife of Abraham Kratz, aged 33 years, 10 months, and 6 days. Her maiden name was Moyer. She lived happily in wedlock for 16 years, being the mother of one son and two daughters. On the morning of the day of her death, she went with her husband to meeting, apparently in good health: on returning homeward, she complained of being unwell, and by evening she was already lying in the cold embrace of death. Thus again is verified the saying of the pious, "What is man's life? It is a shadow that fleeth away, as a flower that fadeth." The deceased was loved and esteemed by all that knew her. An aged mother, several brothers and sisters, three little children, and a heavily stricken husband and father stand mourning at her grave. Preachers Isaac Clemmer and Isaac Moyer delivered funeral discourses.

On the 7th of September at Plumstead Township, Bucks County, Pa., ELIZABETH LEATHERMAN, aged 92 years, 3 months, and 18 days. Funeral sermon by Isaac Moyer and the writer. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for upwards of seventy years.

On the 6th of August, in Bucks Co., Pa., ISAAC, son of Christian GEHMAN, aged 7 years, 3 months, and 20 days. Funeral sermon by the writer from Jn. 16:16.

On the 7th of September, in Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pa., REED, son of Lewis MOYER, aged 8 months and 22 days. Funeral sermon by J. Gross and the writer.

On the 25th of June, in Bucks Co., Pa., SARAH ELIZABETH FRETZ, aged 2 months and 17 days. Interred at Hilltown Mennonite burying-ground.

On the 1st of August, in Bedminster Township, Bucks Co., Pa., very suddenly of Palsy, ELIZABETH, wife of Philip FRETZ, aged 49 years and 11 months. She was a faithful sister in the Church. Funeral sermon was preached by I. Moyer and the writer.

On the 25th of July, in Bucks Co., Pa., JACOB, son of Joseph JOHNSON, aged 22 years, 10 months, and 18 days. Funeral sermons by Samuel Gross, J. Richert, and the writer.

On the 18th of September, in Clear Spring Township, Lagrange Co., Indiana, JONATHAN MILLER, aged 78 years, 6 months, and 4 days. He leaves a large family of children and grand-children. He is a native of Ohio. Funeral sermons were preached by David D. Miller and John Yoder.

On the 14th of September, 1867, in Washington Township, Wayne County, Indiana, after an illness of nine days, GERTRUDE, wife of John BINKLEY, dec'd., and daughter of Jacob Kauffman, aged 88 years, 9 months and 1 day. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and in her youth became a member of the Mennonite Church, in which connection she continued till her death. She lived in the holy estate of matrimony about 28 years, and was the mother of six sons and two daughters. She emigrated to Indiana in 1859. She continued in moderate health till prostrated by her last illness which was supposed to have been brought on by a cold from which in connection with her great age, her strenghth rapidly declined till her spirit, released from its tenement of clay, winged its flight into the spirit-land. She leaves three sons besides a number of grand and great-grand children to mourn her departure. The funeral was preached by Pre. Herst, from Isa. 57:12.
"Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Un oken * by the last of foes!"
E. L. S.

*Transcriber's note: Unable to determine letters which are covered by an inkblot. I am guessing the word is "unbroken."

On the 25th of September, in Rapho Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, ESTHER METZLER, aged 68 years, 6 months, and 9 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral sermon was preached by Jacob N. Brubacher, John Landis and John Brubacher, from Rev. 14:12, She bore her affliction with Christian fortitude, and rejoiced at the approach of her end, trusting in the Word of God, which gives so much comfort to those under trial and tribulation.

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On the 24th of September, in Noblesville Township, Hamilton Co., Ind., of bowel complaint, of which he suffered eight days, JOHN GASCHO, aged 83 years, 4 months, and 17 days. He was born in Manor Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., and removed to Hamilton Co., twenty years ago. Funeral sermons were preached by Eli Caylor and John Caylor. He was a member of the Mennonite Church about fifty years. He died in peace, and we hope our loss is his eternal gain.

Transcriber: Mona M. Mann

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