|Herald of Truth
Volume I, No. 4. April 1864
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In Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., on Feb. 22nd, Joseph Tyson, aged 65 yrs. 10 mos. and 16 days. He was buried on the 25th, at Deep Run burying ground on which occasion bros. I. Gross and I. Moyer preached from Isaiah 26:16. His disease was consumption, which he bore with patience and in faith. He was a faithful brother in the church.
In the same place, on Feb. 28th, Catharine, daughter of Aaron and Maria Anna Hockman, aged 7 yrs. 6 mos. and 8 days. Her disease was inflamation(sic) of the stomach. On this occasion bros. Samuel Gottschalk and I. Moyer preached from the Gospel according to St. John, 16: 22. I. M.
On Feb. 22nd, in Elkhart Co., Ind., John, aged 3 yrs.,
10 mos. and 8 days. Funeral sermon preached by Bro. Daniel Brundage
from I Peter, 1: 24, 25.
On March 4th, William Henry, aged 1 year and 20 days. Funeral sermon preached in the English language by brother Daniel Brenneman, from Matt. 18:3.
On March 10th, Almyra, aged 13 yrs., 3 mos. and 8 days. Funeral sermon preached by bro. Daniel Brundage, in English and German, from John 5: 25-30.
All of scarlet fever, and all children of John and Mary Yoder. As will be seen, they died within a space of three weeks and were buried, one on each of three consecutive sabbaths. Out of a family of nine children, (two of whom Isaiah and Samuel, died in Jan. 1857, and one, Abba, Sept. 9th 1862,) are thus left, three daughters to comfort and cheer the hearts of the afflicted and bereaved parents. The hand of the Lord sometimes seems to fall heavily upon his children; but "whom the Lord loveth be chasteneth." Heb. 12: 6. And with the afflicted Job may we also be able to say: "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1: 21. C. S.
In Lancaster Co., Pa., on Sunday afternoon March 13th --------- son of Benjamin Ruth, aged, 20 yrs, 5 mos. and 26 days. Funeral discourse was preached by bros., John Landis and Christian Herr, from Luke 12. chap. and part of 40. verse:"Be ye therefore ready also." The circumstances connected with the death of this young man are very sad indeed. It happened as follows: Some of the neighbors boys had met together at bro. Ruth's that afternoon and were turning the horse power at a very high rate of speed. The young man was pressing a piece of wood against the band wheel, which bursted, and a piece striking him, killed him instantly. These are warnings to us, to line on our guard--to watch. May God give us faith to believe what Jesus says: "Be ye therefore ready also," and may the Lord also give us grace "to will and to do of his good pleasure." Phil. 2:13. G. B.
On the 16th of March, after a brief illness, at his residence
in Elkhart Co., Ind., brother David Good, [deacon] aged
59 yrs., 11 mo., and 24 days.
It was my happy privilege to form a partial acquaintance with our departed brother, just in the evening of his life. Though prostrated by disease, and his remaining bodily strength fast failing, yet like all true Christians, he was resigned to the Master's will. Well might he rest contented, having stayed his confidence and dependence in One who is mighty.
His speedy removal is deeply felt by all, and more especially by the church in which he was for a number of years a faithful member and an active laborer. He was prompt and faithful in the discharge of the duties whith(sic) his office imposed upon him, and we confidently hope and believe that he now "rests from his labors"---"Let us also labor to enter into that rest.
Elkhart, Ind. D. B.
It was my privilege also to enjoy an acquaintance with brother
Good, during nearly two years past, and I remember him as a sincere,
warm-hearted, devoted Christian. I mourn his death with this blessed
assurance that he has gone to the bright land above. Let us feel
that our loss is his eternal gain.
A few months since I received from him a letter in which he writes as follows:
The summer-time of my life is past, and the hoary frosts of winter are coming upon me, and will, by and by, take me away from the stage of being, in this vain world. But may the Lord grant, that it be my lot, and the lot of all my dear brethren and sisters, and all dear friends, to live in eternal youth and beauty, in the world to come; where strife, war and bloodshed will never disturb us but peace and unity, and love will reign forevermore, Amen."
"Let us be diligent amid persevering in the obedience of the Gospel of our blessed Redeemer, that we may meet in a better world, where there will be no more adversity and no more disappointment."
Farewell, dear Christian brother!
Earthly toils are thine no more--
Thy labors, leave another,
Rest thee now, on yon bright shore.
Farewell brother, fare thee well!
Earth's dark days are ever o'er,
Heaven's anthems thy song shall swell,
Rest then, on yon shining shore.
J. F. F.
Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas
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