Herald of Truth Obituaries - January, 1887

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXIV, Number 1, JANUARY 1,1887, pages 12,13


MUSSELMAN.-On the 9 th of December, in Markham, Ont., at the house of A. G. Burkholder, Anna Musselman, aged 76 years and 9 months, one day less. Funeral services were held by S. Hoover from John 11:25,26 in German and Preacher McLaughlin in English.

LEAMAN.-On the 1 st of December, near Chambersburg, Franklin county, Pa., of infirmities of old age, Brother Daniel Leaman, aged 78 years, 4 months and 1 day. He was relieved of suffering without being long confined to his bed. To those who visited him he said, It is all well. He left behind hope to his many friends. Services by John Hunsicker, S. D. Lehman and P.H. Parret.

WITMER.-On the 15 th of November, in Manor township, Lancaster county, Pa., Mary B., wife of Abraham M. Witmer, and daughter of John and Barbara Eschbach, aged 33 years, 10 months and 10 days. She leaves a husband and five small children to mourn her departure. She told her friends not to weep for her, but for themselves and the children, that she has a hope that she is going to that rest she often longed to be.

Dear Mary thou hast gone before,
To dwell on earth with us no more;
From husband and five children dear,
You've gone away, and life seems drear.

You told us not to weep for you,
But for ourselves, and children too;
That you have hope to go rest,
Where Jesus is and all the blest.

We hope to meet you once again
In heaven, where highest bliss doth reign,
Where angels praise God's holy name,
O may we help to do the same.

NISSLEY.-December 12 th, in Florin, Lancaster county, Pa., of cancer, Sister Mary S. Nissley, Widow, aged 58 years, 7 months and 6 days. Funeral on the 15 th. Text, 2 Cor.4: 16-18. Buried at Kraybills Meeting house. A sorrowing family and a large circle of of friends mourn her death.

BRUBACHER.-December 16 th, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster county' Pa., of consumption, Sister Magdalena Brubacher, Widow, aged 61 years, 8 months and 28 days. Funeral on the 19 th. Text, Rom. 6:7. Buried at Erisman's Meeting-house. Sister Brubacher was a faithful member of the Church.

KAUFFMAN.-December 17 th, near Kauffman's Meeting-house, Lancaster county, Pa., Bor. Abraham Kauffman, aged 87 years, 4 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 21 st. Text, Rev. 21:4. Buried at Kauffman's Meeting-house. A large congregation assembled in respect for the beloved brother. Peace to his ashes!

KAUFFMAN.-On the 14 th of October, in Elkhart county, Ind., after nine days suffering, John Wesley, only son of Henry and Fanny Kauffman, aged 1 year 2 months and 13 days. Services by P. Lehman and Levi Weaver.

GROVE.-On the 22 nd of November, near Tipton, Moniteau county, Mo., of brain fever, Birdie Geneve Grove, only child of Henry and Emma Grove, aged 2 years, 2 months and 6 days. Buried at Mt. Zion grave-yard. Services by M. Moyer and D. F. Driver from Psalm 39:7.

GILL.-On the 25 of November, in Morgan county, Mo., of infirmities of old age, Mrs. Gill, aged about 75 years. She was a member of the M.E. Church for many years. Buried at the Wesley burying-ground. Services by D.F. Driver from Rev. 14:13. Peace to her ashes.

MCFILLIN.-On the 6 th of November, in Elkhart county, Ind., of Scarlet fever, Clarence, son of Charley and Anna McFillin, aged 2 years, 1 month and 6 days. Services by Levi Weaver.

"Dearest Clarence, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply fell;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Weep not for me, my parents dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
O! parents, do not weep for me!"

GROVE.-On the 9 th of September, in Livingston county, Ill., of Brights disease, of which for two months, with the exception of the last few days, he suffered severely, Brother Samuel Grove, aged 61 years, 5 months and 24 days. He bore his pain with Christian fortitude, and when asked how it was with him he would say, "It is all well." Bro. Grove was born and brought up in Virginia, but spent most of his adult years in Illinois. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, and the funeral services were held by Bro. H.L. Shelley, from Rev. 14:13. Deceased leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss.

LEHMAN.-In Fayetteville, Franklin county, Pa., October 19 th, of consumption, Katie M. wife of Samuel B. Lehman aged 41 years, 4 months and 24 days. She was a constant member of the Methodist Church, a dear companion, and a kind mother to that now doubly bereaved family.

"Loving friends, weep not for me,
I long to be at rest;
How happy, happy I shall be
When pillowed on my savior's breast.

'Twas sad to see thee breathe thy last,
But Jesus lovingly said, "Come!"
Now thy sufferings are all past,
And thy sweet sprit rests at home.

O! the hope, the hope is sweet,
That we soon see in Heaven may meet;
There we all shall happy be-
Rest from pain and sorrow free.

WEAVER.-On the 18 th of November, in McPherson county, Kansas, of croup, Aquilla Marion, son of David K. and Louisa Weaver, aged 4 years, 5 months and 2 days. Buried in the Spring Valley burying-ground. Funeral services were held by Daniel Brundage and Jacob Holdeman. Text 1 Peter 1:23,24. About 12 hours before his death he spoke the following words: "I am Jesus' lamb."

Father, mother, do not weep for me,
I am now from pain and sorrow free;
Be prepared to meet me in that land,
Where I'm singing with the angel band.

YODER.-On the 11 th of November, in Ashtabula county, Ohio, of consumption, Owen Yoder, aged 32 years, 7 months and 19 days. He was buried in Oberholzer's grave-yard in Mahoning county, Ohio, where services were held by John Burkholder and Joseph Bixler. The deceased leaves a widow and four children to mourn his early departure.

SHAFFER.-On the 9 th of December, after a few days of sickness of lung fever, Elizabeth, wife of Brother Hiram Shaffer, aged 43 years, 9 months and 6 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and was a kind mother, beloved by all that knew her. Funeral services by Jonas Blauch and---(could not make out the name. Ed.)

BURKHOLDER.-Died at his late residence in Campbell Township, Iona county, Michigan, on the 31 st of October, Joseph Burkholder, aged 67 years, 10 months and 18 days. The deceased was born in Gore District, Upper Canada, on the 13 th day of December 1818, and for many years was a resident of Michigan. He was a member of the River Brethren Church for many years, and an earnest christian. He leavesa wife and seven children to mourn their loss. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church in Bowne, from Heb. 4:9 by Henry Davidson, assisted by Peter Kime of the Mennonite Church.

MILLER.-On the 16 th of December in Henry County, Ohio, Henry, son of Ambrose Miller, aged 20 years, 2 months and 6 days. He was buried at Ridgeville burying-ground. On the 16 th he was in school, and in the evening went to a mock serenade or Charivarie. Here he drank intoxicating liquors from the effects of which he was a corpse before midnight (11:30 P.M.) dying while his companions were taking him toward his home. We would gladly refrain from adding additional pain to the family and friends of the deceased by making this sad death public, were it not a duty to use this example as a warning to other young men who may be inclined to indulge thoughtlessly in which at last "biteth like a serpent,and stingeth like an adder." Let every parent who reads this warn his sons, and let every young man remember that there is poison and death in the intoxicating cup, and that it usually brings down its victims at a time when they are not thinking of death, and at places where they are not likely to be prepared for the solemn change. Let this be a warning too, to young people, not to go into company that is seeking pleasure in ways that are sinful; especially, let it be a warning against charivari parties which almost always make hard feelings or do greater harm, and so often result in an untimely death that puts a sad chapter into the life of families, which the grave only can hide.

WITMER.-On the 17 th of December, near Coalport, Jefferson county, Iowa, of apoplexy, John Witmer aged 47*years less 10 days. He was a resident of Washington county, Iowa, and had accompanied his son-in-law Peter Rich to visit some old friends. He died suddenly soon after he got out of the buggy. His wish was finally answered, for he had often said he hoped he could die without being sick long. He was a brother in the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by Benjamin Eicher and Stephen T. Miller.
*Correction: John Witmer died at age 74 rather than 47. He was born on Dec 29, 1812in Bouverance, Vaufrey, Dept. Doubs, France. From Mona Mann

HUNSBERGER.-On the 26 th of December in St. Joseph county, Ind., of dropsy, of which she suffered about 8 months, wife of Samuel Hunsberger, aged 71 years, 5 months and 12 days. She was twice married, her first husband, Havourd with whom she had three children, died many years ago. Her second husband and nine children survive her. She was buried at the Shaum meeting house on the 28 th, where services were held by George Lambert and John F. Funk, from 1 Pet. 1:24,25. She suffered much, but she gave evidence of an abiding confidence in Him from whom all our help cometh.

FREED.-On the 20 th of November, near New Stark, Hancock Co., O., Sophia, daughter of Bro. and Sister Paul Freed, aged 9 years, 2 months and 7 days. Little Sophia, though so young, had learned to love her Savior and was very careful to do nothing that she thought would displease him. Through her pleasant and affectionate ways she won the love of all who knew her, and she will be missed by many; but especially will the bereft family feel sad and lonely because she is no more with them.

"But oh the hope the blissful hope which Jesus' grace has given
The hope when days and years are past we all may meet in Heaven."

Sophia's mother once read from the HEROLD the following lines in Sophia's presence:

"Ach liber, ich bitte Dich,
Ein frommes Maedchen mache mich;
Sollt ich aber das nicht werden,
So nimm mich lieber von der Erden,
Und bei Dir im Himmelreich
Mache mich den Englen gleich."

Sophia said she thought these lines are so nice and committed them to memory. A short time before she died she said to her mother, "I repeat this little hymn every evening before I go to sleep."

(Translated into English by J. Shenk.)

"O blessed Lord, I pray to thee,
A holy Virgin make thou me,
While here on earth I stay;
If otherwise thy will should be,
Take me to heaven to live with thee,
Like angels there to be."

Transcriber's note-typed as written

Transcribed by: Joe Lawson, Oklahoma


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXIV, Number 2, JANUARY 15,1887, pages 30,31


NEWCOMER.-December 28 th, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Elizabeth Newcomer, aged 78 years and 16 days. Funeral on the 30 th. Text, Rev. 14:13. Buried in the "Nissly" family grave-yard. Sister Newcomer was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite church.

ROOT.-Jan. 1 st, 1887, of Jaundice, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Benjamin Root, aged 71 years, 9 months and 17 days. Buried on the 4 th. Text, Rev. 16:17.

SNAVELY.-Jan 2 nd, of Palsy, Bro. John Snavely, aged 91 years, 1 month and 11 days. Funeral on the 5 th. Text, 1 Thes. 4:13. Buried in the family grave-yard. Bro. Snavely was a zealous member of the Old Mennonite church. He could give good advice. Peace to his ashes!

HERTZLER.-On the 4 th of December, near Churchtown, Cumberland county, Pa., of brain fever, Elva Margaret, only daughter of John and Mattie Hertzler, aged 1 year, 5 months and 18 days. Remarks were made by ---Stewart and J. M. Herr.

ROSENBERGER.-On the 21 st of November in Bucks county, Pa., of dropsy of the heart, Elizabeth, wife of Martin D. Rosenberger, aged 78 years. Buried at Blooming Glen Meeting-house. Services by samuel Godshalk and Abraham M. Moyer.

ROSENBERGER.-On the 4 th of Jan., after a lingering illness, M. D, Rosenberger, husband of the above. He was buried at the same place on the 9 th.

ROSENBERGER.-On the 27 th of November in Bucks county, Pa., of Brights disease, Isaac Rosenberger, aged 68 years, 5 months and 19 days. Buried at Blooming Glen Meeting-house. Services by Josiah Clemmer, A. Moyer and others.

KLOPFENSTEIN.-On the 2 nd of January, in Burlington, Iowa, from injuries received from a locomotive engine while crossing a rail-road track, Bro. Peter Klopfenstein, aged 65 years. He was buried on the 9 th at his home in Lee county, Iowa. His desire that he might leave this world without a lingering illness was fulfilled. He was highly respected by all who knew him. The widow, 5 surviving children and numerous friends mourn their loss. Funeral service by Ben. Eicher from 1 Cor. 53-58.

SCHLABACH.-On the 4 th of January, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., widow Veronica (Borntreger) Schlabach, aged 83 yrs, 3 months and 12 days. She was born in Somerset county, Pa. in 1803 and was married to David Schlabach of Holmes county, Ohio. In 1838 he traveled west to visit friends where he took sick and died. She saw him no more. Through the 48 years of her widowhood she was ever constant in the faith and lived a consecrated Christian life, living with her son-in-law Joseph J. Miller. She was buried on the 5 th followed to the grave by a very large concourse of friends. Funeral services by John L. Miller and Levi Weaver from John 5:20-30 and Rom. 8:1. She leaves 4 brothers and 3 sisters, 11 grand-children and a large circle of friends to mourn her departure; but we believe that she departed this life at peace with God.

MILLER.-On the 26 th of December, near New Carlisle, Holmes county, Ohio, of cancer, Catherine, wife of Isaac A. Miller, aged 47 years, 1 month and 11 days. Buried at Walnut Creek Mennonite Burying-ground. Funeral services were held by David Beachy and A. Mast of Walnut Creek and Fred Mast of Berlin.

NEUHAUSER.-On the 3 rd of December, near Gap, Lancaster county, Pa., of consumption, Brother Jacob Neuhauser, aged 19 years, 9 months and 26 days. Funeral services were held at the Millwood Meeting-house.

WHITEHILL.-On the 20 th of December, in Logan county, Ohio, of consumption, Mary, wife of George Whitehill, maiden name Funk, aged about 26 years. She was sick about 2 years, lying down most of the time. She had professed faith in Jesus, and had her consolation in Him.

BIXLER.-On the 8 th of November, 1886, near Pandoga, Putnam county, Ohio, of inflammation of the bladder, Jacob Bixler, aged 55 years, 5 months and 4 days. He was sickly over a year and during the last three months he suffered much pain. He submitted to an operation, but survived it only seven days. He bore it all patiently but longed to be freed from the pain which he had to bear and live with Christ. He was born in Wayne county, Ohio, where he also married. He leaves a wife, 2 daughters and many relatives. Funeral services by John Moser from Heb. 4:9,10,11.

OBERHOLTZER.-On the 2 nd of November, in Foutz's Valley, Perry county, Pa., Samuel H. Oberholtzer, aged 49 years, 6 months and 4 days. He was buried in the brick church cemetery near Richfield, Juanita county, Pa. He was followed to the grave by many friends and relatives, Services by Jacob and Wm. Graybill from Rev. 2:10.

AUKER.-On the 5 th of December, at the home of her son-in-law, Jacob S. Escheman in Lower Allen Twp., Cumberland county, Pa., of infirmaties of old age and throat trouble. Sister Mary (Weaver) Auker, aged 79 years, 8 months and 17 days. Funeral services were held on the 7 th by John K. Brubaker and Samuel Hess in the Mennonite church at Slate Hill.

Death has robbed us of grand-mother,
Whom we loved and cherished dear,
It was mother, dear grand-mother!
Can we help but shed a tear.

Yes we miss her, oh we miss her
When we see her vacant chair!
And how sad the room without her,
For grand-mother is not there.


We received a communication from Ontario county, Ontario, giving the death of some person there, aged 71 years, 5 months and 24 days, but as no name was given we are unable to publish it. When sending marriage or death notices please be sure to write plainly all the names of the parties concerned, as that will avoid a good deal of unnecessary trouble and a good many mistakes.-ED.

Transcribed by-Joe Lawson, Oklahoma

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