Herald of Truth Obituaries - February, 1874

Herald of Truth - Volume XI, Number 2 - February 1874 - Pages 29-31


In the January number, in the death notice of SUSAN ESHLEMAN, instead of "member of the Brethren," as handed us, read, "member of the Mennonite church."

Nov. 22nd, 1873, in Williams co., O., of Nerve fever, a son aged 11 years and 24 days, and Dec. 2nd, at the same place, BARBARA ROTH, aged 20 years, 3 months, and 14 days. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Children of Joseph and _____ Roth. Words of comfort were spoken by Jacob Naffziger and N. King.

Nov. 10th, in Somerset co., Pa., GABRIEL MISHLER, aged 61 years, 8 months, and 8 days. Sermon by Samuel Blough, sr.

Dec. 16th, in Cambria co., Pa., _____ wife of Michael GINDLESPERGER, aged 40 years, 4 months, and 26 days. Sermon by Jacob and Samuel Blough, jr.

Nov. 13th, in Lancaster co., Pa., of Spotted fever, son of John and Anna FRANK, aged 4 years, 5 months, and 11 days. Services by Tobias Shenk, John Landes, and C. Bomberger.

Nov. 18th, 1873, Bro. CHRISTIAN SCMUTZ, Bishop of the Church in Rappanau, Baden, aged 74 years. So says the Gemeindeblatt, and promises to give a further account of his life and labors in the next number.

Dec. 12th, near LaCrescent, Minnesota, WILHELM MEYER, at an advanced age. He was buried the 14th. Peace to his ashes.

Dec. 8th, in Rockhill, Bucks co., Pa., of the infirmities of age, JACOB STAUFFER, aged 81 years, 5 months, and 17 days. Funeral sermon by J. Allenbach and A. Horning.

Dec. 17th, in Franconia, Montgomery co., Pa., of Inflammation of the body, SAMUEL HUNSBERGER, aged 74 years, 10 months, and 5 days. Sermon by J. Allenbach and A. Horning.

Dec. 25th, in New Britain, Bucks co., Pa., of Phthisis, JACOB DETWEILER, aged 60 years, 1 month, and 26 days. Sermon by Isaac Oberholtzer, and Isaac Rickert, from 2 Tim. 4:6.

Sept. 12th, in Lancaster co., Pa., CHRISTIAN HERTZLER, aged 68 years, 9 months, and 11 days. He lived in Baltimore co., Md., but had gone to Pennsylvania for medical assistance. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite Church.

Dec. 27th, in Bloomville, Seneca co., Ohio, of Palsy, Sister MARY BEHM, aged 73 years, 9 months and 15 days. Three years ago she received several strokes, which rendered her almost helpless during this time. She was a sister in the Mennonite church about 40 years, and lived a christian life, until God called her home to a better world. Services by Isaac Rohrer and _____ Schantz.

CORRECTION.- In the death notice of Mary Behm, in the Feb. No., read Mary Behm, wife of Christian Behm.

Jan. 6th, in Blenheim, Canada , JULIA FISHER, aged 89 years, 6 months and two days. Services by Benj. Shupe and Jacob Hallman, from Ps. 90.

Jan. 9th, in Elkhart co., Ind., EMMA, daughter of Abraham A. and _____ Holdeman, aged 2 months and 12 days. Services by J. F. Funk.

Jan. 7th, in Jasper co., Mo., EARNEST GABRIEL, son of Joseph and Susanna WEAVER, aged 9 months, and 26 days. The Savior says, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Nov. 11th, in Richland co., Ohio, ROSA, daughter of Joseph and Hannah FREED, aged 22 years, 11 months, and 21 days. Sermon from Luke 8, last clause of 52nd verse. Jesus said, "Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth."

The following deaths all occurred in Lancaster co., Pa., the past year:

In Rapho township, on the 30th of April, of Cancer on the tongue, Sister SUSANNA KRADY, aged 75 years, 2 months, and 10 days. Sister Krady suffered very much, but it pleased God to relieve her. Her desire was to dwell with Jesus.

On the 7th of June, in East Hempfield township, Sister MAGDALENA HIESTAND, aged 80 years, 7 months, and 11 days. She suffered with Rheumatism for about 27 years; for the last 20 years she has never been free from pain. She bore her suffering with wonderful patience. She was of a remarkably meek disposition. Text, Heb. 10: 35-29.

On the 9th of June, in West Hempfield township, MARIA KASSEL, aged 77 years, 10 months, and 6 days.

On the 9th of June, near Litiz, Bro. CHRISTIAN ZUG, aged 75 years, and 5 months.

On the 14th of June, in Rapho township, widow SARAH GEIP, aged 88 years, 6 month, and 29 days. She was a professor of religion. She lingered long and patiently. Slowly her life ebbed out.

On the 3rd of July, near Manheim, Sister ELIZABETH HOCHSTETTER, widow of Bishop Jacob Hochstetter, who died about eight years ago aged 91 years, 9 months, and 3 days. She sighed and wept much and earnestly desired to die. In due time the Lord called her home. Her remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Text, Rev. 14:13.

On the 8th of July, in Rohrerstown, Bro. GEORGE GISH, aged 39 years, 10 months, and 28 days. Bro. Gish suffered of a Consumptive disease. In the evening of his life he was baptized and received into the Mennonite church. He appeared earnestly engaged in serving the Lord.

On the 28th, of July, near Landisville, very suddenly, ADALINE, wife of Samuel NISSLEY, Jun., aged 22 years, 10 months, and 11 days. A loud call to the young.

On the 28th of July, in West Hempfield township, sister MARY SHERK, aged 50 years, 10 months, and 29 days. She suffered long of Consumption. She bore her sufferings patiently and endured sore trials, but she was strong in faith. Buried on the 2nd of August. Text, Rom. 5:1-5.

On the 18th of Aug., in RaphoTownship, Sister MARIA HERNLY, aged 80 years, 7 months, and one day. She was long a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Text from Rev. 7:9.

On the 18th of Aug., in Mount Joy, Sister CATHARINE BRENNEMAN, aged 42 years, 6 months, and 6 days. She suffered extreme pain from Cancer in the stomach, until death relieved her of her sufferings.

On the 31st of Aug., in Rapho township, PETER BILLET, aged 80 years, 4 months, and 29 days. He was a member of the Evangelical church and appeared to be a patriarch in Israel.

On the 6th of Sept., in Rapho township, Sister ANNA HOSER, aged 32 years, 1 month, and 6 days. She had much sorrow.

On the 26th of Sept., in East Donegal township, sister MARY KRABILL, aged 51 years, 11 months, and 8 days. She suffered much from Rheumatism and Dropsy, which she bore patiently. She was an affectionate and earnest member of the Mennnonite church: may her example in life, her patience during sickness, and her hope in death, make a deep impression upon her friends and relatives.

On the 3rd of Oct., in Litiz, Sister MARIA HUBER, aged 66 years, and 11 days. She died trusting in the Lord.

On the 10th of Sept., in West Hempfield, Bro. JACOB ESHLEMAN, aged 71 years, 1 month, and 10 days. Buried on the 14th. Text, Col. 5:3, 4.

On the 4th of Oct., in Lancaster city, Bro. MARTIN MEYER, preacher in the Mennonite church, aged 75 years, 6 months, and 1 day. Bro. Meyer faithfully discharged his ministerial duties until within several years previous to his death when his mind became impaired. He was of a patient disposition. The last few years of his life he was very feeble both in mind and body. Peace to his ashes. His remains were buried on the 7th. Text, Luke 2:29-32.

On the 22nd of Nov., near Habaker's Meetinghouse, Manor township, very suddenly, MARY R., wife of Amos LEHMAN, aged 25 years, and 26 days. She was married on the 5th of January, 1873, thus living with her husband only the short space of about ten months. Oh, how uncertain are our lives. Think of this young people.

On the 22nd of Dec., near Junction, Bro. MARTIN STAUFFER, aged 95 years, 1 month, and 7 days. Bro. Stauffer was a faithful and zealous member of the Mennonite church. He was somewhat feeble the last few years of his life. He was industrious, confident in hope, trusting in the Lord.

On the 30th of Dec., near Mt. Joy, Sister SUSAN, widow of Bro. Abraham HERSHEY, aged 64 years, 1 month, and 13 days. She was very feeble during the last few years of her life.
Her affliction was Rheumatism and palpitation of the heart. She had much sorrow - being acquainted with affliction and grief; and would often retire to her secret chamber and there wrestle with God in prayer, and, as she said, be comforted. She wept much, often with tears - desiring death to come. On the night of the 28th (Sunday night), supposing that the long wished-for hour had come, she bade farewell to all present, and wished to see her grand-children, - those of one of her sons living with her. She named them and addressed a few words of advice to them. O may they ever remember their grand-mother's death-bed scene. She remarked, "Oh! How good is heaven, Oh! How beautiful!" Funeral on Jan. 2nd. Text, Rev. 7:16, 17. Praised be God through Christ Jesus, that the hour of death may be a blessed ours, but this it is only to the faithful Christian.

Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana


Herald of Truth - "An Extra No. for February 1874" - Pages 46-47

A Distressing Accident

On Wednesday, January 14th, as Israel Buckwalter, of Paradise Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., was cutting fodder with a horse power cutter, and as he was in the act of kicking some of the loose stuff away, his foot caught a cornstalk, which threw him, and in the act of falling one of his hands was caught in the gearing and was drawn in until it stopped the machine. He was alone at the time, yet with his other hand he reversed the machine till his hand was loosed. Some of the fingers were bruised and smashed. A physician was soon called, and one or two fingers amputated.
On Friday morning there were symptoms of lock-jaw, and before Saturday evening he was so bad with it that he was beyond the reach of medial skill.
In all his distress his mind was good, and he wished to fulfill the precepts of his Lord in his last hours of suffering. He expressed sorrow that he lived so long without showing his obedience to his Maker. In all his sorrow he had a hope, and felt thankful that it went so, saying it was to be thus, so that he can prepare to meet his God. One Sunday evening he breathed his last under a severe struggle.
On the 21st his remains were consigned to mother earth in Mellinger's burying-ground. He was about 36 years of age. Appropriate remarks were made by Benj. Herr, John L. Landis, and David Witmer from Ps. 40, and John 4:25.

Sad Intelligence

From the WEEKLY PILGRIM, we copy the following: "We have just received the sad news of the departure of Eld. HENRY KURTZ. He died very suddenly. On Sunday the 11th, he was as well as usual, attended meeting and took an active part in the services, and on the morning of the 12th, at 9 o'clock he was found dead in his rocking-chair. Eld. Kurtz was extensively known throughout the Brotherhood as the originator of the GOSPEL VISITOR, the pioneer paper of the Brotherhood. As we have the promise of a more extended notice, we will say no more at present, hoping that at an early date we may be enable to give our readers a full biography of our old cross bearer."


CORRECTION.- In the death notice of Mary Behm, in the Feb. No., read Mary Behm, wife of Christian Behm.

Oct. 21st, in Marion co., Kansas, of Typhoid fever, Bro. HENRY G. BRUNK, aged 37 years, and 8 months. In order to escape military service, he left Virginia during the war, and went to Ill., where he and his family remained until they started for Marion co., Kansas, to enjoy again the privileges of the church, which they had so long hoped for. The Lord kindly spared him to bring his family here, and then in eight days he passed away. He leaves a deeply afflicted wife and 7 children to mourn their loss.
Farewell dear friend though death has called
Thee from our social circle here,
We hope we may, through hope in Christ
Around the heavenly throne appear.

On the 19th of December, in Marion county, Kansas, of inflammation of the bowels, FANNIE JANE, aged 5 years, 1 month and 20 days; and on the 22nd, of Consumption, after recovering from Typhoid fever, SARAH CATHARINE, aged 11 years, 3 months and 5 days, children of Henry G., and Susanna BRUNK.
Happy children gone to rest,
Removed so soon by terror king;
But in Jesus they are blessed,
And in heaven glory sing.

Dec. 28th, 1873, in Shelby co., Mo., ANDREW J. POTTER, aged 18 years, 7 months and 18 days. About five years ago his back was strained, and he could walk only with crutches, and he was confined to his bed a great deal of his time. He bore his sufferings with patience. Funeral discourses by Benjamin Hershey, and Abraham, and Benjamin Lapp, from Heb. 9:27.

Dec. 28, in Haldeman co., Ont., of Dropsy, Sister MAGDALENA CULP, aged 78 years, 8 mos., and 25 days. She was patient in her afflictions, and had a desire to go to those heavenly mansions prepared for the children of God. Remarks were made by Christian Gehman and Bernhart Wagner.

Dec. 21st, in Waterloo co., Ont., _____ LICHTY, wife of Joseph Lichty, aged 66 years, 9 months, and 19 days. She was sick three months, yet bore her afflictions with patience. A husband and 6 children are left to mourn their loss. Services by _____ Smith, and _____ Gehman.

Dec. 13th, in Livingston co., Ill., of Nerve Fever, MAGDALENA NEUHAUSER, aged 12 years, one month, and 27 days. Funeral services by Joseph Gascho, Daniel Steinman, and J. P. Schmitt.

Dec. 25th, in Bucks co., Pa., of the Infirmities of age, SAMUEL SHELLY, aged 77 years and 12 days. His remains were placed in Deep Run burying-ground, at which time appropriate remarks were made by John Gross, Isaac Oberholtzer, and Isaac Moyer. He served as deacon in the Mennonite Church for many years.

Dec. 25th, in Livingston co., Ill., of Nerve fever, ANNA ALBRECHT, aged 34 years, one months, and 10 days. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church. The funeral occasion was improved by Jacob Nafziger, of Woodford co., Christian Schlegel, and John P. Schmitt from Matt. 22:23-28; 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

Dec. 27th, in Lagrange co., Ind., Sister ELIZABETH YODER, wife of Herman Yoder, aged 45 years, 8 months, and 2 days. Services by Jephtha, and David Miller, from John 5.

Dec. 26th, in New Britain, Bucks co, Pa., JACOB DETWILER, aged 61 years. Funeral service by Isaac Overholt, and Isaac Rickert.

Dec. 30th, in New Britain, Bucks co., Pa., SARAH, widow of George BARNDT, aged 80 years, and 27 days. Sermon by J. M. Haldeman, and Wm. Yerick.

Jan. 1st, 1874, in Somerset county, Pa., MARY, daughter of John D., and Rachel BLOUGH, aged 2 years, one month, and 5 days. Discourses by Jacob, Tobias and Peter A. Blough.

Jan. 4th, in Franconia, Montgomery co., Pa., at the house of Jacob Hechler, of consumption, SUSAN DELP, aged 81 year, and one month. The occasion was improved by Henry Nice, Henry Price and Samuel Harley.

Jan. 6th, in Huron co., Ont., Bro. ABSALOM FREED, aged 41 years, and 9 months.

Jan. 10th, in Somerset co., Pa., of Dropsy. Sister POLLY, wife of Daniel WEAVER, aged 48 years, 7 months, and 3 days. Buried in the family graveyard the 12th. Sermon by Jacob and Samuel Blough, and Henry Hostetler, from Heb. 4:9-10.

On the 13th of Jan. 1874, in Holmes co., Ohio, HANNAH, wife of John M. Freed, aged 24 years, 8 months, and 14 days. She was buried on the 15th, at the Mennonite Meeting-house, on which occasion, appropriate discourses were delivered by Preachers Brown of Mt. Eaton, from 1 Peter 1:24, and Polton of Wilmot, from 2 Cor 5:7. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives, who deeply sympathised with the afflicted husband and parents, brethren and sisters of the deceased. This was the second wife of Friend Freed, and they had been married only four days over a year. Previous to her death, they conversed with each other about their happiness, and how they had enjoyed themselves together, when he said to her, "If we can only continue so, till we arrive at a good old age." But soon the sad messenger came and she passed from the earth away. What a solemn warning this should be to us all; surely our lives are but a hand breadth.
God his message sent to call her,
From her labors here below.
As we trust, to those fair mansions
Where the weary pilgrims go.

Jan. 15th, in Hilltown, Bucks co., Pa., SARAH, wife of Levi Yoder, aged 39 years. Funeral sermon by J. M. Haldeman, Abm. Moyer, and Isaac Overholt.

January 16th, in Hilltown, Bucks county, Pa., ELIZABETH GEISINGER, aged 71 years, and 2 days. Funeral occasion improved by J. M. Haldeman, Isaac Rickert, and John Allabach.

January 18th, in St. Joseph co., Ind., of Typhoid fever, DAVID GRISE, aged 58 years, 3 mos., and 8 days. Appropriate remarks were made by Chr. Wengert, from Matt. 24:44.

January 15th, in Conoy, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. AMOS EBERSOLE, aged 25 years, one month and 25 days. He leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his loss. Sermon by Benjamin Lehman, Jacob N. Brubaker, and Peter Nissley, from Phil. 1:21.
I hear a voice you cannot hear,
That says I must not stay:
I see a hand you cannot see,
That beckons me away.
A soul prepared needs no delays,
The Savior calls, the saint obeys.

January 22nd, in Medina co., Ohio, AMANDA, wife of Abram BAKER, aged 19 years, 4 months, and 3 days. Buried on the 24th. Funeral services by Preachers Teider and Henry Beery, from Rev. 14:13.

Jan. 26th, in Huntingdon co., Pa., CHRISTIAN YODER, aged 57 years, and 15 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife and 10 children. Services by Christian Bitze.

Jan. 29th, near Norristown, Montgomery co., Pa., Bro. SAMUEL JONES, aged 76 years, 10 mos., and 13 days. Buried at the old Mennonite Meeting-house, Skippack. Funeral services by John Hunsberger and Jacob Mensch, from Phillipians 1:21.

[Phillipians transcribed as written.]

Jan. 29th, in Elkhart co., Ind., MARY ANN, daughter of Daniel and _____ WATERMAN; aged 1 year, 11 months and 2 days. Funeral sermon by J. F. Funk, and Chr. Christophel, from John 28:29.

Dec. 14th, 1873, near Connelsville, Fayette co., Pa., Bro. CHRISTIAN STONER, aged 80 years, 2 months, and 4 days. He was buried at the Church in Westmoreland co., where he attended worship many years. Services by J. D. Overholt and J. Blough.

Jan. 26th, in Lagrange co., Ind., JACOB S. MILLER, aged 78 years, 1 month and 16 days - Sermon by David Miller.

Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana

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