Herald of Truth - Volume VIII, Number 11 - November 1871 - pp 173,174,175
On the 12th of October, in Manor township, Lancaster county, Pa., of typhoid fever, MARY A., daughter of Daniel and Mary BRENNEMAN, aged 22 years, 1 month and 18 days. Her death caused a vacancy in the family, that will be remembered for time to come. The many tears shed at her funeral, plainly told that many hearts were connected with hers while living, by the ties of sympathy and friendship. In the bloom of youth surrounded by many warm friends, she was taken with a violent fever, attended with pain and suffering; but like Mary of old, she desired to be instructed in the comforts and consolations of the Gospel, to devote them to the benefit of her never dying soul. The messenger of death knocked at the door for entrance, and O! haw consoling it is to hope and believe that the kind and merciful Savior had knocked, and entered before, to set the house in order, and prepare her precious soul for the "Heavenly mansions." There to live in the city of the living Go, the heavenly Jerusalem, and in the presence of an innumerable company of angel. We believe that she is among those "which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb," among those who hunger and thirst no more. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them,and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Some time previous to her sickness, she expressed a desire while tears rolled down over her blooming cheeks, to live a Christian life. We hope that she was one of the wise virgins, who had her lamp well filled with oil, at the coming o her Lord, and that she entered the gate of the beautiful Zion; which is "of pure gold, as it were transparent glass," "Beyond the dark river of death," which we must all cross before we can enter there. But he who is Almighty said, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the river, they shall not overflow thee." Father, can you remember of a Jacob of old, how he was told that his son "Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt." How his spirit revived, and he said, "It is enough: JoSeph my son is yet alive." Well mayest thou say, It is enough: Mary my daughter is yet alive. Arrayed in a white robe, a palm in her hand, in the city of the living God; there to "reign for ever and ever." A.M. KAUFFMAN.
On the 23rd of October, in Holmes county, Ohio, after an illness
of several weeks, Sarah, daughter of Martin and Barbara
Shoup. Her pilgrimage in this world, was 18 years and 29
days. On the following day, her mortal remains were consigned
to the cold and silent grave, in the presence of many sympathizing
friends and relatives, who had assembled to "weep with those
who weep." Appropriate remarks were made in the German language,
by Bro. Henry Kilmer, and a funeral discourse delivered by Bro.
Joseph Bixler, in the German and English language, from Psalm
39: 4,5. Before she was taken sick, she took an interest in reading
the Scriptures. She had such a delight in that great and important
work, that she sometimes left her work to read in the Holy Word
of our beloved Jesus, and requested her friends, to read to her
and give explanations, of God's Word. By her searching in the
Scriptures, no doubt she could feel what Christ said John 5: 39,
"Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal
life; and they are they which testify of me." After she took
sick, she did not feel satisfied in her mind, that she had yet
obtained the one thing needful, to meet her God, as we read in
Mark 16: 16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved." During her sickness she had a dream. She said she
saw in her dream a very beautiful place, and she was soon going
to that place. But Oh! she could not get to that beautiful place
unless she was baptized. She could not rest contented until baptism
was administered to her. She requested her friends to send for
a minister to baptize her. After she was baptized she felt easy
and satisfied, admonished her friends to live so that they might
be enabled to meet her in that beautiful place she dreamed of.
She desired the moments to move on, more swiftly till the hour
would come, that she could depart from this troublesome world
and go to her everlasting rest. She said she was tired of this
world, that she was going far away, as a warning to her friends,
that they could see how it went with her. At the last moment she
breathed, she looked up and smiled, as though she could say with
Paul: "Having a desire to depart and be with Christ; which
is far better." Then she fell asleep in Jesus. Seldom does
it become our painful duty to record the death of one so universally
beloved and esteemed, which she gained by her more than ordinary
loving, mild and gentle disposition. The early departure of this
young sister, is remembered with feelings of deepest sorrow and
regret by all who knew her. The father and mother's hope in their
declining years were chiefly centered upon her. The brothers and
sisters, and indeed all who had been privileged to form an acquaintance
with her, looked for and found in her an example of piety and
devotedness to the cause of truth and religion, scarcely sought
or found in those of maturer age, much less in one so young. Possessing
a heart of love to God and man she was enabled to gain the confidence
and respect of all. The sound of weeping, lamentation and sorrow
as it resounded through the solemn assembly on the day of her
funeral was in a measure expressive of the confidence and love
cherished for her, on the part of the relatives and neighboring
friends. Yes dear Sarah's cup of suffering is filled; though bitter
it was, she drank it cheerfully to the very dregs, without a murmuring
word, (after she was baptized) with smiles ever beaming from her
radiant countenance as though filled with the glory with which
her enraptured soul seemed to be overflowing. Oh how solemnly
did the thought pierce through the hearts of her relations, and
companions, when they first thought of parting with her, and oh!
how keenly did they feel the tender emotions of twining tendrils
moved around their hearts, when the hour of separation was at
hand. But, let us not weep for dear Sarah, for the sunshine of
hope is brightly beaming with rays of light and glory, while we
have such excellent promises and consolations of meeting with
her again in yonder world, on the other side of the grave. How
solemn and true it is, that God in mysterious ways, yes unseen,
unknown he comes to us, just as a thief in the night, when we
least expect him; or at such a time when many are unprepared.
Therefore we ought to watch and pray. Little did we think but
a few weeks ago when we saw her in all the bloom of health, and
the promise of a long life, that her days were so few in number,
and that she was so soon to be deposited in the cold and silent
tomb. But she is gone. Her race is run, and she has taken her
everlasting flight. We hope and feel assured, from the fact that
she left this world so peacefully, so willingly, and so joyfully,
that she is now in that home, where there is rest from sin, from
sorrow and from sickness; rest from troubles, trials and temptations;
where there are no false or treacherous friends, no deceitful
associates, no unkind relatives, no bitter enemies, no sleepless
nights, no wearisome days, no secret sighs, no bitter groans,
no scalding tears, no fear of disease; no suffering of pain, no
dread of death, no dark and gloomy grave; but all is peace, happiness
and love. Let all who read this take warning and not think that
you are too young to die! You are young yet, but old enough to
die. O, ye young souls, do not live so secure and unconcerned
about your souls, and so willing, by trifle away, this precious
time of grace as though there was no heaven or hell to await.
Think of it you young unconverted friends, of your end; perhaps
it may be very close at hand,for you do not know when, how, or
where death will lay its icy hand upon you. Then you will be forever
saved, or forever lost. Be diligently at work to rescue your soul
with fear and trembling. Oh! let us prepare ourselves to meet
Jesus, while it is yet called to-day; to-day is the accepted time.
The Holy Ghost saith, "To-day, if ye will hear his voice
harden not your hearts. For we are all made partakers of Christ,
if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the
end. We then can be partakers of the enjoyment of rest provided
by Christ for his people. Young people, seek the Lord early; the
sooner the better it will be with you. "Remember now they
Creator in the day of thy youth, while the evil days come not,
nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure
"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.
On the 30th of September, in Livingston county, Ill., of croup and inflammation of the lungs, Charles Haushalter, aged 1 year, 9 month and 14 days.
On the 19th of September, in Kent county, Mich., of ulcer in the stomach and symptoms of typhoid fever, Daniel, son of Henry C. and Esther Wismer, aged 4 years, 10 months and 6 days. Funeral discourses by Daniel Wismer of Canada in German and Samuel Sherk in English, from Jn. 4:50.
On the 24th of September, in Stark county, Ind., daughter of David and Magdalena Yoder, aged 11 months and 15 days. Text, Luke 18:15-17.
On the 30th of September, in Stark county, Ind., after a sickness of two days of inflammation of the bowels, Magdalena, wife of Amos Treger, aged 27 years, 2 months and 8 day. About 15 minutes before she died, her husband asked her whether she knew that she was dying. She relied that she had no pain and only wanted to sleep. She leaves a husband and five children. She wa a member of the Omish Mennonite church. Text, 1 Pet. 1:24,25. J.D.T.
On the 24th of August, in Hatfield township, Montgomery county,
Pa., Charles, son of Oliver and Matilda Reeder,
aged 10 years, 8 months and 18 days. His disease was the sore
throat. He was buried at Line Lexington Mennonite Meeting-house,
where a funeral discourse was delivered by J Allebach from Psalm
Dear parents and sister he has left us,
And we deeply feel our loss;
Still we hope he is gone to Jesus
Who died upon the cross.
Blessed Savior, wilt thou receive him there
In the sweet home of the blest,
Where sickness and sorrow no more
Shall cross the sorrowing breast.
On the 15th of October, in Sharon township, Johnson county,
Iowa, of croup, after a few days suffering, Anna, daughter
of Levi and Susanna Knepp, aged 3 years and 15 days. Buried
at Christian Shoetlers burying-ground. Funeral services by Abner
Yoder, followed by Moses B. Miller of Pennsylvania, from Matt.
'Twas but the Saviors gentle voice,
That called an infant home,
Where she forever may rejoice,
In her eternal home.
On the 15th of October, in East Hudington township, Westmoreland
county, Pa., Elisabeth, wife of Christian Fox, aged
76 years, 7 months and 5 days. She was buried in the Mennonite
grave-yard on the 16th followed by a large concourse of relatives
and friends to mourn her loss. Funeral sermon by Peter Loucks
and John D Overholt; text Judges 5:31.
On the 5th of September, near Hudson, McLean county, Ill., of nervous fever, John F. Nafziger, aged 29 years and 5 months. He was buried at Rupps burying-ground. He had been married two years and 7 months. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn their loss. A large concourse of people attended his funeral, upon which occasion all present were reminded of their duties to God from the Scriptures by JOSEPH STUCKEY.
On the 22nd of October, in Elkhart county, Ind., Conrad Kaanan, aged about 45 years. The deceased had been working for John Brown. On Sunday morning he left the house, but the family supposing him to have gone somewhere on a visit, felt no alarm. On Monday by chance one of the boys found him lying in the barn a cold and lifeless corpse. He had for many years been subject to apoplectic fits, and in all probability these were the cause of his death. He was buried on Tuesday the 24th, at Shaums burying-ground. Funeral service by Jacob Wisler and Daniel Brenneman from Heb. 13:14.
On the 28th of October, in Elkhart county, Ind., William, son of Frederick and Catharine Landis, aged 16 years, 8 months and 15 days. Funeral services by J. Wisler, J. Beutler and D. Brenneman from Eccl. 9:10.
On the 12th of September, in Kent county, Mich., after an illness
of three days, --- daughter of Abraham and Barbara Detweiler,
aged 13 years, 1 month and 17 days. Funeral discourse by John
P. Speicher, from 1 Jn. 2:4 and by Samuel Sherk from Matt. 24:44.
On the 4th of October, of Invagination, Mrs Barbara Albright, of Jordan Ont. Daughter of John And Elizabeth Rittenhouse of the same place. The deceased leaves a husband and four children.
On the 2nd of May, in McLean county, Ill., of old age, Christian Schertz, aged 48 years. He was buried on the 3rd. Funeral services by Christian Schlegel from the 102 Psalm and by G.J.P. Schmitt from the 90 Psalm. He was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite church. All who visited him were edified thereby. He was rejoiced at the thought of his redemption. Several months before he died, he dreamed that he was in the heavenly Jerusalem, and said that its beauty and glory were indescribable. Thus it seems the Lord gave his faithful servant before his death a foretaste of what he has prepared for those who love him.
On the 25th of July, in Livingston county, Ill., of sore throat Catharine Sutter, aged 9 years, 7 months and 28 days. Funeral discourses by Chr. Schlegel and J.P. Schmitt.
On the 13th of August, in the same county, also of sore throat, Regina Dierberger, daughter of Jacob Wagler, aged 27 years, 4 months and 9 days. On the 14th her remains were buried, followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral discourses were preached by the same as the above. She bore her suffering with patience, was willing to die, and desired to be with Christ. A few minutes before she died, she was asked if she wanted water. "No," she replied, "I have now better water to drink than that." She leaves a husband and 4 children. She was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite church.
On the 19th of August in Livingston county, Ill., of sore throat, Magdalena Springer, aged 7 years, 6 month and 8 days. Funeral discourses by John P. Schmitt and Christian Schlegel.
On the 15th of August, in the same place, Catharine Kinig, also of sore throat, aged 5 years, 4 months and 20 days. Funeral service by the same as above.
On the 23rd of August, of the same disease, Solomon Kinig, aged 7 years, 3 months and 2 days. Funeral discourses by the same.
On the 26th of August, of summer complaint, Rebecca Kinig, aged 1 year, 1 month and 28 days. The above three were all children of Samuel S. Kinig and died in the course of 11 days.
On the 2nd of September, in the same place, of summer complaint, Maria Stahly, aged about 1 year. Funeral discourse by Christian Naffziger of Tazewell county.
On the 15th of October, in the same place, of sore throat, Anna Eicher, aged 10 years, 4 months and 1 day. Funeral discourses by Chr. Schlegel and John P. Schmitt.
On the 13th of September in Richland Bucks county Pa., after suffering some years of Scrofula, Oliver M. Landis, aged 49 years, 6 months and 11 days.
On the 11th of September, in Montville, Medina county, Ohio, of cancer in the face, Abm Gehman, aged 75 years, 6 months and 23 days.
On the 12th of September, in Guilford, Medina county, Ohio, of cancer in the bowels Abraham Leatherman, aged 65 years.
On the 19th of October, in Franconia, Montgomery county, Pa., Henry Aldarfer, aged about 60 years. Funeral discourses by Jacob Landis and J.M. Haldeman.
On the 24th of October, in New-Britain, Bucks county, Pa., at the residence of his son-in-law, Samuel Krout, Christian Young, aged 83 years, 11 months and 26 days. Funeral discourse by Samuel Leatherman, J.M. Haldeman and S. Godshalk.
On the 31st of October, in Columbiana county, Ohio, Magdalena,
wife of Anthony Whisler, aged 62 years, 1 month and 28
days. She was buried on the 2nd of November, at Oberholtzer's
burying-ground, where Funeral discourses were delivered by P.
Basinger and J, Culp, from the 39th Psalm. She suffered greatly
for a long time; but she bore her suffering with great patience,
until death released her, and we trust her soul has gone to the
world of eternal felicity.
On the 13th of September, in Kalamazoo county Mich., Julia Ann Kindy, wife of Jacob Kindy, aged 34 years, 11 months and 13 days. He was buried on the 14th. Funeral sermon was preached on the 5th of November by C.D. Beery from 2 Timothy, 4:7,8. She left a husband and 6 children to mourn their loss but they need not mourn as those that have no hope. She was a devoted sister in the Mennonite church. The last word she uttered to her hsband was, "I am going to heaven."
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah