Herald of Truth - Volume VI, Number 4 - April 1869 - pages 63 & 64
Correction. - Daniel Lesher died in Franklin county, Pa., instead of Lancaster as stated in his death notice in the February number
On the 18th of December, near Dayton, Rockingham county, Virginia, Mary, widow of John Witmer, dec., aged 89 years, 6 months, and 6 days. On the 20th she was followed to her final resting-place by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Appropriate remarks were delivered by Samuel Coffman and Solomon Garber from Ps. 90. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Peace to her remains.
On the 24th of December, 1868, in Cass county, Michigan, Joseph Hooley, aged 39 years, 10 months, and 11 days. On the 26th his mortal remains were brought to their resting-place at Widow Yoder's burying-ground. Funeral discourses were delivered by Christian Naffziger from Rev. 16: 15, and by Jonas D. Troyer from Ps. 145: 15-17. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss.
On the 13th of January, in Caledonia, Michigan, Abraham Ries, aged 76 years, and 10 days. Funeral discourses were preached by H. Wismer and A. Detwiler from Joel 3: 5.
On the 20th of January, in Conemough Township, Somerset county, Pa., Josiah S. Thomas, aged 15 years, 10 months, and 13 days. On the 28th of January, Catherine S. Thomas, aged 1 years, 7 months, and 29 days. On the 29th of January, Henry S. Thomas, aged 3 years, 8 months, and 25 days. On the 3d of February, Franey S. Thomas, aged 10 years, 2 months, and 15 days. These four were all children of Samuel S. Thomas. Their disease was diptherea. Funeral discourses were delivered by Jacob and Samuel Blough.
On the 8th of February, in Cass county, Missouri, Lydia, wife of C. P. Yoder, aged 43 years, 1 month, and 10 days. She was a faithful sister in the Mennonite Church. She leaves a husband and 8 children to mourn their loss.
On the 18th of February, in Rockhill Township, Bucks county Pa., of brain fever, Enos Horning, aged 34 years, 4 months, and 9 days. He was sick some six days, and bare his suffering with christian patience until death released him. He was buried at Gehman's Meeting- house, where J. Allebach and H. Nice preached appropriate discourses. In the spring of 1856 he went to the state of Illinois, and from there to Madison county, Iowa; from there to St. Joseph, Missouri; from there to Pikes Peak; thence to Taos, New Mexico, Texas, and California, traveling through the Rocky Mountains on a gold-mining expedition, and returned again to Pikes Peak, from where he went to Oregon, and the northern limits of the United States, returned to San Francisco, California, and from there went to Idaho, where he spent the last four years of his life. He left Idaho on the 3d of November, 1868, and in December arrived safely and in good health, at his father's house, where he met his mother, brethren, and sisters, who did not recognize him any more, having been gone some 13 years. Tears of joy were shed when he made himself known, but the joy was of short duration, as he so suddenly took sick and passed from earth away. All who knew him deeply mourned his loss. He made many a weary journey over mountains and valleys to gather earthly treasures, and also brought some with him to his home, but how soon death called him to leave them all; therefore let us all seek to gather heavenly treasures which will never perish nor be taken from us. A. H.
On the 22d of February, in Cass county, Missouri, of lung fever,
Peter, oldest son of C. P. Yoder, aged 17 years,
and 11 days.
I no more see a laughing eye,
Of joyous boys at play;
My body in the clods must lie,
Till the great rising day.
On the 24th of February, 1869, in Spring Garden Township, York county, Pa., of disease of the heart, Joseph Kauffman, aged 66 years, 8 months, and 14 days. He was buried on the 27th at Witmer's Meeting-house where funeral discourses were delivered by Abraham Witmer of Lancaster county, and Frederic Stauffer of York county from Isaiah 55; 6-7. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church.
On the 27th of February, in Markham, Ontario, Jonas Miller, aged 1 year, 10 months, and 10 days. He was buried at Wideman's burying-ground. Funeral discourses were delivered by the brethren J. Berky, J. Wideman, and H. Berky from Matt. 18: 3.
On the 27th of February in Bowne Township, Kent county, Mich., infant son of Jonas and Magdalena Kauffman, aged 2 months, and 17 days. Funeral sermons were delivered by the brethren Peter Keim and John Speicher from Mark 13: 15.
On the 27th of February, near Dallas city, Illinois, Jacob King, aged 78 years, 8 months, and 27 days. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in the 22d year of his age. He bore his sufferings with great patience and resignation. His mind was undisturbed unto his end. We mourn our loss but rejoice in his eternal gain. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
On the 2d of March, in Westmoreland Township, Lancaster county, Pa., of croup, son of Benjamin Musser aged 5 months, and 22 days. Funeral sermons were preached by Henry Shenk, Abraham Witmer, and John Landis.
On the 4th of March, in Penn Township, Lancaster county, Pa., of dropsy, widow Fanny Eberly, aged 74 years, 10 months, and 6 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. She leaves 3 sons and 3 daughters to mourn her departure. Funeral sermons were preached by John Brubacher and Christian Bomberger from Rev. 20: 6.
On the 5th of March, in Elkhart county, Ind., Justus Walter, aged 57 years, and 10 days. He was buried on the 7th. Funeral addresses were delivered by the brethren J, M. Christophel, D. Brundage, and D. Brenneman from 2 Cor. 5: 1--4 and Job 14: 14. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years.
On the 6th of March, 1869, in Cass county, Mich. Savina, daughter of Solomon and Esther Kauffman (her mother is dead), aged 3 years, and 6 days. A funeral sermon was preached by Christian Werry from Matt. 18: 2-5; and 1 Pet. 1: 24. She was buried in Yoder's burying-ground.
On the 6th of March, 1869, in Elkhart county, Indiana, Alice, daughter of Joseph Holdeman, aged 2 years, and 3 months. She was buried at Shaum's Meeting-house, where funeral addresses were delivered by Jacob Beidler, John Snyder, and J. F. Funk from Tit. 2: 13.
On the 8th of March, in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster county, Pa., of cramp and disease of the heart, David Brubaker, aged 55 years, 5 months, and 23 days. On the day of his death he and his wife had been in the city of Lancaster, and at 9 o,clock in the evening he was dead. O how uncertain is life, and how certain is death. Funeral sermons were preached by Jacob Brubaker, Christian Herr, and John Landis.
On the 9th of March, in Westmoreland county, Pa., Martin Stauffer, aged 88 years, 6 months, and 7 days. On the 10th his mortal remains were brought to their resting-place at the Mennonite burying-ground in Fayette county. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from his youth. His seat in the house of God was rarely unoccupied during services until within the last few years when old age and disease made it impossible for him to attend. He was one of the earliest settlers of the church here. He leaves three children, and a number of grand- and great- grand-children to mourn his departure. Funeral sermons were preached by John D. Overholt and ----- Stoner from Rev. 14: 13.
On the 11th of March, in Woodford county, Illinois, John Risser, aged 37 years, 5 months, and 3 days. He was a member of the Omish Mennonite Church. Funeral addresses were delivered by Jacob Naffziger and Christian Risser from 1 Cor. 15.
[The following two death notices were accidentally delayed. They should have appeared in the February number.]
On the 4th of November, in Bucks county, Pa., Anna Moyer, aged 74 years, 3 months, and 23 days. She was buried on the 7th at Deep Run, followed by a large concourse of friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral discourses were delivered by Samuel Gross, John Holdeman, Isaac Moyer, and J. Overholt from Isa. 36: 10. She bore her sickness with great patience.
On the 7th of December, in Bucks county, Pa., Fanny, daughter of John Holdeman, aged 20 years, 6 months, and some days. She was buried at Line Lexington. Funeral addresses were delivered by S. Godshalk, Samuel Leatherman, and Jacob Loux. In baptism she leaned on her Savior's breast, Great consolation for her parents bereft: She has gone to the land of the blest There with her Savior to rest.
Transcribed by Sandra Poulton, Ontario