Herald Of Truth - Volume VII, Number 5 - April, 1870, page 62-63
Death notices should be written as briefly as possible, and when poetry is added, it should not exceed eight lines.
On the 8th of March, in Plumstead township, Bucks county, Pa., SARAH NUNEMAKER, widow of John Nunemaker, deceased, aged 78 years and 6 months.
On the 17th of March, in Dublin Bucks county, Pa., POLLY ANGENY, widow of Jacob Angeny, at an advanced age.
On the 9th of March, in Upper Salford, Montgomery county, Pa., CONRAD HERRING, at the advanced age of 91 years, 8 months and 29 days. The deceased was the oldest man in that neighborhood. Funeral sermons were preached by Jacob Landis and Isaac Clemmer, from Jn. 8:51
On the 21st of March, in Line Lexington, Bucks county, Pa., BARBARA FRETZ, widow of Mark Fretz, deceased in the 85th year of her age. She was buried at the Deep Run Church. Remarks were made by J. M. Haldeman, S. Leatherman, S. Godshalk and I. Moyer.
On the 19th of March, in Allen county, Ohio, HENRY, son of John and Fanny Shenk, aged 32 days. Buried on the 20th. Funeral sermon by C. Culp.
In Millersburg, Elkhart county, Ind., on the 8th of March 1870, BENJAMIN SCALF, aged 105 years 9 months and 28 days. He was born in Johnson county, North Carolina, May 10th 1764, and consequently was about 12 years old at the time of the Declaration of Independence. He moved to Illinois at an early day, and afterwards removed to this county, probably about 15 years ago. He retained his mental faculties until his death. He had been a member of the M. E. Church over 50 years, though he was 50 years old when he joined the church. He was peculiarly fond of speaking of his religious comforts and *christian enjoyments, which he enjoyed even unto the end.
On the 8th of February, in Warren township, St. Joseph county, Ind., son of A. and Elizabeth BROWN, aged 6 months and 19 days. Funeral discourse by Samuel Yoder.
On the 7th of March, in Warren township, St. Joseph county, Ind., of consumption, NANCY, wife of Albert B. TINSTMAN, aged 22 years, 8 months and 15 days. Funeral discourse by Joseph Peffly, from Amos 4:12, and Samuel Yoder from Luke 12:40. The day previous to her death she was baptized according to her request. She was sensible to the last.
"Sister, thou was mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low,
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shalt know."
Dearest Sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life has fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
On the 2nd of March, in Elkhart county, Ind., of Lung fever, ELIZABETH EMMA, youngest child of David D. BLAUGH, aged 9 months and 3 days. Funeral discourse by Yost and John Miller from Mar. 10-13-17. J.L. Miller
On the 8th of March, in Elkhart county, Ind., of Lung fever, JOSEPH, Son of Abraham and Catharine COPPES, aged 7 months and 19 days. He was buried on the 10th, upon which occasion John Brown and John F. Funk preached funeral discourses from Mar. 10:14.
In Elkhart county, Ind., on the 3rd of March, SARAH JANE, wife of Henry CLAY aged 21 years, 11 months and 10 days. Although she did not openly profess religion until within a short time previous to her departure out of this world, yet in the accepted time she sought and found Christ precious unto her soul giving satisfactory evidence of her conversion. She spoke many words of kindly admonition to her friends and relatives, and poured forth her soul in earnest prayer in their behalf. She was received into the church by baptism and partook of the sacred emblems of the broken body and shed blood of the Savior. Her earnest countenance beaming with glowing love to the Savior she had found, will be long remembered by the loved ones to whom her admonitions were addressed, and for whom she so earnestly prayed. As the familiar hymn "Oh how happy are they" &c., was sung in her hearing, she said, "Oh it was so beautiful."
She was buried on the 5th. Appropriate discourses were delivered by Jacob Beitler and the writer from Rev. 14:13.
Dear sister, how we miss thee,
Since thy voice we hear no more.
Yet we hope we soon shall meet thee,
Over on the other shore.
Sister dear, we all do miss thee,
Thou hast gone from earth away,
To rejoice with they dear Savior,
In the realms of endless day.
Dearest Sister, though we miss thee,
We could wish you here no more,
From earth's cares and toils and sorrows
Thou art free forever more.
We'll not murmur, though we miss thee.
Rest thee now from all thy care;
Soon we hope with wings celestial,
To be borne thy joys to share. ---- D.B.
In Medina county, Ohio, on the 23rd of Feb. ELIZABETH OBERHOLTZER, formerly of Bucks Co., Pa., aged 70 years, 1 month and some days. She was buried on Friday following.
On the 15th of March, in Champaign county, Ohio, LYDIA, wife of Samuel P. LANTZ, aged 45 years, 5 months and 16 days.
On the 11th of March, in Champaign county, Ohio, SAMUEL LANTZ, aged 70 years, 10 months and 20 days, **
On the 8th of March, in Allen county, Ohio, Sister ELIZABETH SMITH, wife of Jacob Smith, aged about 63 years. Her maiden name was Risser. She suffered a long time of disease of the heart. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn their loss, yet they mourn not as those having no hope. The departed sister had an earnest desire to partake of the emblems of the broken body and the she blood of Jesus, but was not permitted to obtain them. On the 19th her remains were laid to rest in the silent earth, upon which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by J. M. Brenneman and preacher Bliss, from Jn. 5; 25, and Ps. 8: 5, 6. B.
On the 8th of March, in Logan county, Ohio, of consumption, JOHN PLANK, aged 66 years. He was sick only a short time, but suffered great pain, which he bore with christian patience unto the end. He was a member of the Omish Mennonite Church. He was buried on the 11th followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives, upon which occasion Daniel Plank and the writer preached in German and Joseph Kauffman in the English language, from 2 Tim. 4:1, 9. John P. King
On the 1st of March, in Pequea township, Lancaster county, Pa., MARGARET, widow of John BRENNEMAN who died about five years ago. Aged 72 years, 10 months and 9 days. She had been failing for several years. Two days before she died she had a stroke of palsy. She bore her sufferings with *christian fortitude and not long since she said, her time was long yet she thought she had not yet suffered enough. Funeral sermons were preached at the house in the German language by Joseph Burkholder, and at Hubers Meeting-house in English by Amos Herr, from Heb. 9:27, 28, A large concourse of friends and relatives followed her to the grave. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church from her youth. She was the mother of 11 children, 58 grand, and 6 great-grand-children. We have the hope that our loss is her eternal gain, and that we shall meet her again, on that bright shore where parting is never known, and where death can not come.
On the 10th of February, in Monroe township, Snyder county, Pa., of consumption, CYRUS GINGERICH, a grandson of Pre. Christian Graybill, aged 24 years, 2 months and 8 days. He was baptized before he died. He was buried on the 15th. Funeral services by S. J. Winey and Thomas Graybill in German, and William Graybill in English from John 11:25.
On the 11th of February, in Delaware township, Juniata Co., Pa., ANNA daughter of John AUKER, of brain fever, aged 18 years, 1 month and 18 days. Funeral discourses by J. S. Graybill and S. G. Winey in German, and Wm. Graybill in English, from Mark. 13:35, 36, 37.
On the 23d of February, in Londonderry township, Dauphin Co., Pa., MARY KATE GRABY, daughter of George and ____ Graby, aged 6 years and 26 days.
On the 17th of February, in New Britain, Bucks Co., Pa., after a lingering illness, CHRISTIAN B. FRETZ, aged 55 years. He was buried on Sunday, the 20th, at Line Lexington burying ground, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral discourses by J. M. Haldeman in the English language, and J. Allabaugh in the German.
On the 12th of March, in Grundy Co., Ill., Preacher JOHN BACHMAN, aged 70 years, 8 months and 8 days. He was unwell all winter, and one day while out in the timber splitting rails, a wooden wedge was thrown against his knee with such force as to knock him down, and he had to be taken home. After a few weeks he got better and walked to Gardner, about two miles and back. After this he gradually grew weaker until he died. He had no pain, a good appetite and retained his senses to the last. His desire, while on his death bed, was that God might take him home. He desired rather to go than to stay longer among the living and we hope he now rests from his labors in Heaven, He leaves a widow and five children,* Funeral services were conducted by H. L. Shelly and Peter Lehman, from 2, Tim. 4:7, 8, H. L. S.
On the 31st of March in Elkhart county, Indiana, SUSANA, wife of Noah HOCHSTETLER, aged 21 years, 1 month and 6 days. She was buried on the 2nd. *Funerel services by John Ringenberg and Daniel Brenneman. Text, Job 17; 11. She expressed a willingness to meet death and a desire to go to her dear friends who had passed over the Jordan of death before her. She leaves a Mother, a husband, brothers and sisters, and an infant babe to mourn her early departure.
On the 20th of March, in Haw Patch, Lagrange county, Indiana, of Croup, -------- Son of Jacob and Barbara MILLER, aged 6 months. Buried on the 21st. Funeral sermon by Br. Isaac Schmucker from Lu. 18:16.
On the 24th of March, near Clarence Centre, Erie Co., NY., of consumption, Widow MARY BEAVER, aged 47 years, 11 months and 2 days. She was buried on the 27th at the Harris Hill burying ground. She was sick about 14 years and bore her suffering with Christian patience, till she was called home. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and leaves 8 children. Funeral services were conducted by J. Hahn and John Lapp, from 1, Pet. 1.
On the 9th of March, at the residence of her son-in-law, in East Lampeter township, Lancaster Co., Pa., ELIZABETH WENGER, aged 80 years, 3 months and 5 days. She was buried at Groffsdale, M. H. on which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by Amos Herr, from Heb. 9:27, 28, and John Landis, from Job. ----. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She bore her affliction with Christian fortitude and resignation. We hope she has met her God in peace and now rests from her labors, where pain and afflictions are known no more.
Mother, dear mother, farewell!
How oft we wept for you,
We have loved you so tenderly;
Now we must say adieu!
How oft with folded hands,
And with a tearful eye,
Thou hast looked upward to thy God,
Who heard thy mournful sigh.
And came and rescued thee,
And took thee to His breast;
Oh may we too, soon meet thee there,
And also be at rest.
Dear Lord, how sweet the thought,
In Heaven with Thee to dwell,
Where parents, children and dear friends
Shall no more say farewell.
On the 24th of Feb., at Downington, Chester Co., Pa. NANCY, widow of Morgan REESE, in her 76th year.
On the 22nd of February, in Mount Joy township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister ELIZABETH EBERSOLE, aged 83 years, 3 months and 11 days.
On the 25th of March, in Manor township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmaties* of old age, ELIZABETH MANN, widow of John M. Mann, aged 89 years, 5 months and 17 days. She was buried on the 27th in the family burying ground, on which occasion J. J. Strine and Abraham Witmer delivered funeral discourses.
On the 19th of March, in Washington township, Berks Co., Pa., of consumption, SUSANNA, only remaining daughter of Abraham EHST, aged 15 years, 4 months and 29 days. Her mother died some three months ago. On the 23d she was buried in the Herford Mennonite burying ground. Funeral discourses were delivered by Andreas Mack and John B. Bechtel.
On the 20th of March, in Waterloo township, Waterloo Co., MARY, wife of Enoch BAUMAN, aged one day less than 21 years. She was a Sister in the Mennonite Church. She was buried on the 22nd at Christian Eby's burying ground, where Moses Bauman and Jos Hege, by the help of God, preached to a large concourse of people from Matt. 24:34, 44 and Is. 40:8. She was not sick any time. In the evening she prepared supper and the next morning she was a corpse.
About 3 o'clock in the afternoon of the 11th of March, there occurred in the neighborhood of Marshallville, Wayne Co., Ohio, a terrible accident, by the explosion of a steam boiler in a saw-mill, whereby six persons were instantly killed and the seventh died in about four hours. These were all the men that were working in the mill. They were shockingly mutilated; one of them was thrown about twenty rods. What indeed is our life? but a vapor that continueth for a little while. ---- John Amstutz
* as written
Transcribed by Rose Burkholder, Ohio