On the 18th of May, at his residence in Madison township, Franklin
county, O, Bish. Jacob Bowman; aged 71 years, 2 months
and 22 days.
The deceased was born in Franklin county, Pa., on the 13th of February, 1813, and in 1842 came to Ohio and settled in the neighborhood in which his life was brought to a close. He was married to his now sorrowing widow on the 23d day of March, 1837. To them were born eight children, five sons and three daughters. On the 12th of March, 1846, he was received into full communion with the Mennonite Church. In 1849 he was chosen to the office of deacon; in 1853 he was ordained to the office of the Gospel ministry, and in 1879 was invested with office the of * Bishop.
Father Bowman was held in the highest esteem and enjoyed the confidence of all who knew him. During the past year his health had been gradually failing, and for several months before his death he had been confined to his room. His sufferings, at times, were great, but were endured with wonderful patience. He spoke with calmness of his approaching death, for he had learned to know Him in whom he had put his trust.
His funeral, which was largely attended, took place on the forenoon of the 20th inst*, the services being conducted at the Asbury M. E. Church, by J. Heffley of the Reformed Church, assisted by the brethren Brenneman and Martin of the Mennonite Church.
* Transcriber note: Typed as printed.
STAUFFER. - On the 9th of May, at Blue Ball, Lancaster Co., Pa., George Stauffer, aged 86 years, 6 months and 16 days.
MORROW. - On the 9th of May, in Upper Leacock township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Catharine Morrow, widow of Abraham Morrow, deeeased (sic), aged 78 years, 1 month and 29 days. She was a member of the Dunker Church for more than forty years, and was beloved by all who knew her. Services by R. Reidenbach and Henry Light. Text, Isaiah 40 : 8. She was buried at Mohler's Meeting-house, at Ephrata.
MILLER. - On the 11th of May, in Summit township, Somerset Co., Pa., of heart disease, Jonas P. Miller, aged 24 years, 4 months and 14 days. He was a faithful and pious member of the Amish Church. He leaves a wife and two children. Services were held in the Lower Church in Elk Lick township, by Manasseh Beachy, from John 5 : 24-29.
GEHMAN. - On the 3d of April, in East Earl township, Lancaster Co., Pa., very suddenly, John Gehman, aged 68 years and 11 months. He was buried at Weaverland. Services by John Zimmerman, Amos Shenk and Jonas Martin. The deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church.
MISHLER. - On the 6th of May, in Shelby Co., Mo., unexpectedly of congestion, Nancy (Hershey), wife of Levi Mishler, aged 46 years, 6 months and 15 days. She was buried at the Mennonite grave-yard. Services by J. Brubaker and J. Hays, from Matt. 24 : 44. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her departure.
MILLER. - On the 11th of May, near Farmerstown, Holmes Co., Ohio, Mary, wife of Jonathan J. B. Miller, aged 26 years, 9 months and 6 days. Services by Moses Bitchy and Christian Troyer. She leaves a kind husband and two children. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
KLOPFENSTEIN. - On the 15th of April, in Johnson Co., Mo., of rheumatism, Anna (Kauffman), wife of John Klopfenstein, aged 57 years, 5 months and 21 days. It was her desire to depart and be with Christ. Services by D. Morrell and C. Y. Kenegy.
MOCK. - On the 14th of May, in Jewell Co., Kan., Benjamin Mock, aged 6 months. Services by John Snyder.
PLANK. - On the 3d of May, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of puerperal fever, Melinda, wife of Jonathan Plank, aged 35 years, 5 months and 22 days. She, a beloved and peaceable sister, was a member of the Mennonite Church.
HORST. - On the 15th of May at his residence in Waterloo Co., Ont., of old age, Bro. David Horst, aged 80 years, 3 months and 17 days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. A wife, children and 32 grandchildren mourn their loss, which we hope to be his eternal gain. He was buried at Martin's Meeting-house. Services were held by Elias Snyder and Abraham Martin, from Rev. 3 : 19. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing friends.
YODER. - On the 19th of May, in Mifflin Co., Pa., of liver and lung fever, Bishop Samuel Yoder, aged 59 years, 8 months and 27 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow and six children. In 1850 he was chosen as deacon of the Amish Church and after a service of 14 years he was ordained to the office of a bishop. Funeral services were conducted by J. Lantz, Jonathan Werie, and D. J. Zook. Texts, 2 Tim. 4 : 6, 7, and Isa. 33 : 24.
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HEATWOLE. - On the 29th of April, in Rockingham Co., Va., Shem S. Heatwole, aged 54 years, 1 month and 23 days. He was buried at the Bank Church. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and suffered affliction from disease about a year. Services by Samuel Coffman and Jacob Thomas.
BRUNK. - On the 20th of May, in Rockingham Co., Va., of disease of the stomach and lungs, Bro. Jacob Brunk, aged 62 years, 5 months and 6 days. He was buried on the 21st at Weaver's Church. Services by J. S. Coffman (of Elkhart, Ind.) and John Geil, from 1 Cor. 15 : 15. His funeral was largely attended.
AUGSBURGER. - On the 24th of March, near Trenton, Butler Co., Ohio, of homesickness, Elizabeth C., wife of Henry G. Augsburger, aged 24 years, 4 months and 22 days. The deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves a husband, parents, brothers and sisters, who mourn her departure but not as such that have no hope.
BERKLEY. - On the 25th of May, in Cambria Co., Pa., Jacob Berkley, aged 78 years and 12 days. The deceased was buried in the family burial-ground. Services by Conrad G. Sint, of Myersdale, Somerset Co.
BARTHEL. - On the 6th of May, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of consumption, Barbara (Cripe) wife of John D. Barthel, aged 34 years, 7 months and 14 days. She leaves a husband, a child, parents, brothers and sisters to mourn her departure. She was member of the Brethren Church for fifteen years,
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 is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.
MOYER. - On the 18th of May, Isaac Moyer, aged 23 years, 5 months and 29 days. He was buried on the 22d at the Deep Run Meeting-house.
SPISINGER. - On the 2d of June, in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Kate Spisinger, aged 19 years, 3 months and 13 days. Services by G. W. Athy. She bore her afflictions patiently. She was a member of the United Brethren Church, received as a member during her sickness.
ALLGYER. - On the 25th of May, in Champaign county, Ohio, Joseph Allgyer, aged 60 years, 5 months and 17 days. He was buried in the Ludlow grave-yard; services by John Yoder from Wayne county, Ohio, and Pre. Drake from 1 Tim. 4 : 6, 8. Deceased was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Dec. 8th, 1823. He removed to Wayne Co., O., in 1874, where he resided till 1875, when he removed to Champaign Co., where he resided until death. He was joined in marriage to Barbara Zook in 1847. By this union there were born to them six children, of which four are yet living. The deceased was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church since early boyhood. He suffered most intensely during his sickness, from cancer of the stomach; for thirteen weeks he required constant attendance, during which time friends and neighbors tendered their services generously, greatly to the relief of the bereft family. He bore his sufferings and trials patiently and eagerly awaited the end for which he was longing, which came peacefully and calmly, and the spirit of the husband and father was gently wafted to "That Home of the Soul,
GEIGER. - On the 2d of May, in Wilmot Twp, Waterloo Co., Ont., Daniel Geiger, aged 85 years, 1 month and 14 days. Services by Moses Bowman and Noah Stauffer, from Ps. 37 : 25; John. 19 : 30. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.
CRESSMAN. - On June 2d, in Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Magdalena Cressman, aged 61 years, 8 months and 3 days. Buried at Eby's Church. She departed in peace with a bright hope of heaven. Services by Moses Erb and Noah Stauffer. Texts, 2 Cor. 5 : 1; Rev. 3 : 5.
BONTRAGER. - On the 21st of May, in Fairfield Co., Ohio, of cholera, Francis, son of J. D. and Emma Bontrager, aged 6 months and 13 days.
HELMAN. - On the 5th of May, at Iona, Lebanon Co., Pa., Emanuel Helman of Bloomfield, Perry Co., Pa., aged 62 years, 11 months and 14 days. Funeral in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co. Text, 1 Sam. 20 : 3.
LITWILLER. - On the 27th of May, in Tazewell Co., Ill., Deacon Joseph Litwiller, aged 84 years and a few months. The funeral was very largely attended. Services by Joseph Springer, Christian Naffziger and Noah Augsburger. He was a peaceful member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
FREED. - On the 28th of May, in Steuben Co., Ind., of consumption, Daniel, son of Anthony and Elizabeth Freed, aged 20 years, 6 months and 3 days. Services by Eli Stofer, James Coyle and Henry Huber. He manifested his faith in Christ and was baptized three weeks before his death, with eight of his associates.
MARTIN. - On the 7th of June, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Elizabeth (Eyman), wife of Deacon David Martin, aged 45 years, 1 month and 16 days. She bore her sufferings with patience and resignation to the will of God, and we trust she has been received with the blessed in the paradise of God. She was buried on Sunday 8th. Her funeral was very largely attended. Services by H. Shaum from Phil. 1 : 21, and Noah Metzler from Rev. 14 : 13.
NISSLY. - On the 1st of June, near John Moore's Mill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Barbara Nissly, widow of John Nissly, aged 63 years, 5 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 3d. Text, 1 Thess. 4 : 13 - 18. Buried at the family grave-yard. A large congregation of friends and neighbors assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved sister.
EBY. - On June the 5th, near Kinzers, Lancaster Co., Pa., Harry B., son of Bishop Isaac Eby, aged 16 years, 4 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 7th. Text, Rom. 6 : 23. Buried at Hershey's Meeting-house. A solemn call to the young people.
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