Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1875

Herald of Truth - Volume XII, Number 12 - Dec 1875 Page 205, 206, 207

Sudden Death. John I Gish of East Donegal township, several miles Southwest of Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., who had been suffering some time from dropsy of the heart, died suddenly on Friday afternoon, 12th of November, while sitting in a chair conversing with his son B.M. Gish. He was in his 76th year; and the only son of the late John Gish who died several years ago at the great age of 97 years.
Friend Gish was a prominent Minister of the River-brethren branch of the Tunkers or German Baptists. He might be called the missionary of that church having traveled about preaching more than probably any of his brethren. His last tour was to Canada, from whence he returned quite sick about a month before his death. Several years ago he crossed the Atlantic and made a missionary tour through Germany and Switzerland. For many years did he give almost his whole time to the ministry, without pay and bearing all travel expenses. Ministers of that church, unless they are poor, are not paid.
His funeral, held on Monday forenoon, was one of the largest ever held in this vicinity.

Transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana)

In Marshall Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Oct. 17th Bro. Romky Hygema, aged 48 years, 10 months and 27 days. Funeral services were held by M. Krieder, Daniel Neff, and the writer, from Psalm 73:24-26.
Bro. Hygema was born in Balk in Friesland, and afterwards removed to Holland, where he remained until he arrived at maturity. Here he married, and in June 1853, he joined a colony, consisting of Bishop John Smith, Symensma, John Rystrock and others, emigrated to America, and settled in Elkhart Co.; soon after, however, he removed to Marshall Co. Bro. Hygema has been a faithful member in the Mennonite church for many years. Faithful as a Christian parent, bringing up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He was respected by all who knew him. He was permitted to live with his family until the 13th of December 1874, when his companion was called away by death, who was also a faithful Sister. In July 1875, in company with several others, he returned on a visit to the land of his nativity, where he enjoyed a season of pleasure with his brethren and friends. He returned to his home October 7th to his children and found them well. After his return while visiting amongst his friends, he was stricken with typhoid fever, and at the end of seven days his spirit took its flight to God who gave it. His remains were placed by the side of his wife in the Whitehead graveyard in the presence of an immense congregation of friends and neighbors, who mourn the loss of one much beloved. Their loss, however, is his eternal gain. He frequently said that he would rather depart and be with Christ which is far better. Yet for him to live was Christ, and as a Christian parent had a desire to remain with his family a little season.
Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Dear children, as you are now bereft of your parents, remember the kind admonitions of your mother. Be kind and affectionate to one another, for this is well pleasing in the eyes of the Lord. Though the Lord hath deeply afflicted you, though he has caused you to mourn, yet will he have compassion according to the abundance of his mercy; for he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. If we are willing to be guided by his counsel, when we are done serving his righteous will here he will receive us in glory. J. M. Culbertson

Sept. 24th, near Hagerstown, Washington Co., Md., Bro. JOHN REIFF, aged 49 years, 10 months and 27 days. Buried the 27th at Reiff's burying-ground, at which time remarks were made by Daniel Roth, and Jacob Overholt.

Oct. 1st, near Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., ELIZABETH MEYER, wife of Wm. Meyer, aged 59 years, 6 months and 18 days. Buried at Perquasee.

Oct. 15th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., DANIEL, son of Daniel and Barbara METZLER, aged 7 months and 22 days.

October 24th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., SARAH E., daughter of John C. and Lucinda MELLINGER, aged one year, 2 months and 28 days.
Parents dear, weep not for me,
Naught but pain had I to see;
Now I'm gone to rest above,
Where all is joy, and peace, and love.

Parents dear, do not delay,
Come to Jesus while you may;
Seek the things which are above,
That we may meet where all is love.

October _____in Montgomery Co., Pa., ANNA MININGER, wife of Joseph Mininger, aged 85 years, 7 months and 5 days. Buried the 25th, at Plain burying-ground in the presence of a large concourse of friends.

October 26th, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., INFANT SON OF LYCURGUS AND SUSANNA HAWKINS. Buried at Shaum's burying-ground.

November 2nd, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., INFANT SON OF FREDERIC AND MARY FOX. Buried on the 4th. Services by J. M. Culbertson.

October 27th, in Clay Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. JOSEPH EBERLY, deacon in the Indiantown congregation, aged 81 years, and 5 days.

October 27th, in Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Pre. CHRISTIAN BECKER, aged ____. He has been minister at this place for 38 years. On the 30th his remains were deposited in the Petersburg burying-ground in the presence of many people.

Oct. 29th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Bro. HENRY STAUFFER, aged 72 years, and 17 days. His sufferings were severe, yet he bore them with Christian patience, until it pleased his Redeemer to take him home.

Nov. 1st, in New Britian, Bucks Co., Pa., ELIZA J. KERNS, wife of Allen Kerns, aged 18 years, 10 months and 9 days. Sermon by J. M. Haldeman.

Nov. 1st, in New Britain, Bucks Co., Pa., MAGDALENA HALDEMAN, widow of Jacob Haldeman, aged 82 years, 6 months and 24 days. Services by J. M. Haldeman, and Isaac Rickert.

Nov. 4th, in Warrington, Bucks Co., Pa., MARGARET WILLIAMS, aged 87 years, 8 months and 6 days. Services by J. M. Haldeman.

Nov. 7th, in Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., ABRAHAM FRETZ, aged 81 years, 8 months and 25 days. Sermon by J. M. Haldeman and Jacob Moyer.

Oct. 28th, near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, SAMUEL BRENNEMAN, aged 25 years, and 9 months.

Nov. 6th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., EVE CULP, aged 2 years, 10 months and 8 days. Services by Christian Christophel and J. A. Beutler.

In Elkhart Co., Ind., on the 11th of Nov., of croup, ROSA ANN, only daughter of William and ____HOLDEMAN, aged 2 years, 3 months and 8 days. Rosa was a bright little girl, and much beloved by those who knew her. She was especially dear to her parents, and they mourn with heartfelt sorrow the loss of their only child. But little Rosa has only gone to the home of the blest, there to wait the coming of those who now so deeply mourn her early departure.

Oct. 14th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, Sister KEZIAH EBY, wife of Bro. Enoch Eby, aged about 35 years. Funeral the 16th, at Shaum's burying-ground. Services by John M. Christophel and J. A. Beutler.

In Elkhart Co., Ind., on the 19th of November, of paralysis, Sister BARBARA ROOSE, aged 75 years and 11 months. She was buried at Yellow Creek, on the 21st. Services by J. M. Christophel and J. A. Beutler. She leaves six sons and four daughters to mourn their loss. She was followed to her last resting place by a large concourse of relatives and friends.

Oct. 27th, in Kulpsville, Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, JOHN FUNK, aged 75 years, 1 month and 10 days.

Nov. 15th, in Medina Co., Ohio, EMELINE KINDY, daughter of William and Sarah Kindy, aged 22 years, 11 months and 27 days. Buried the 17th in Guilford burying-ground. Funeral sermon by J. Nice and Isaac Good.

Nov. 7th, in Morgan Co., Mo., of sore throat, MALINDA J., daughter of Christian and Susanna DETWEILER, aged 4 years, 9 months and 19 days. Services by David Kauffman.
Dearest daughter, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Nov. 19th, in Oregon, Ogle Co., Ill., of dysentery, JACOB ROSENBERGER, aged 59 years, 2 months and 11 days. Services by ____Detweiler.

On the 19th of Nov., near Streator, Livingston Co., Ill., WIFE OF DAVID HOLMES, and daughter of H. YOTHER, aged 39 years, 11 months and 2 days. She was sick 12 weeks, leaves an affectionate husband and one child to mourn their loss.

Transcribed by Donna Schrock Birkey, Illinois.

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