Herald of Truth - Volume VI, Number 11 - November 1869 - page 175
On the 9th of October, in Union County, Pa., Bro. Stephen Kurtz, aged about 65 years. He was buried on the 11th. A funeral discourse was delivered from John 14: 23. Brother Kurtz was a member of the Omish Mennonite church.
On the 23rd of September, in Woodford county, Illinois, Susanna Sauder, daughter of Henry and Catharine Souder, aged 2 months and 9 days. Funeral sermon by Bro. Jost Bally, from Mark 10: 14, the last part of the verse.
Note: two spellings of Sauder/Souder
On the 26th of August, near Cold Spring, Washington county, Maryland, Henry S. Shank, aged 49 years. He was buried at the Mennonite burying-ground. Funeral sermons were delivered by Daniel Roth and Benjamin Leasher, from Rev. 14: 13, He was a member of the Mennonite church.
On the 22nd of November, in Waterloo county, Ontario, Mary, widow of Jacob Shantz (who died some two years ago), aged 85 years, 7 months, and 11 days. He leaves a posterity of 159 souls.
On the 19th of August, in Blandford township, Oxford county, Ontario, Henry F. Musselman, aged 43 years, 9 months and 19 days. He was buried on the 21st at Blandford burying-ground. A funeral discourse was delivered by Enoch Detwiler from Rev, 3: 5. He was a member of the Mennonite church.
On the 15th of August, in Lagrange county, Ind., Isaiah, son of Moses Miller, aged 2 years, 6 months and 7 days. He was buried on the 17th. He was an only child. The parents had left him at a neighbor,s house while they went to meeting. During their absence the child left the neighbor,s children and started towards home, and was found drowned on the way, by the folks returning from the meeting. The loss of this child caused much sorrow and many tears, but he has passed away into the world of light and joy. Funeral sermons by David Miller and John Nusbaum.
On the 15th of October, in Champaign county, Ohio, Abraham, son of John K. and Ferronica Zook, aged 17 years, 4 months and 19 days. He was buried on the 17th, upon which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by Christian Zook from Miffin county, Pa., and John P. King, from Matt. 24: 44. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed him to the grave. He was He was* killed by a fall from a house. He lived about 24 hours after the fall and suffered great pain, but bore it all patiently as a lamb. I was with him during the time of his suffering and until he died. He frequently told his parents not to mourn his death so much, for he hoped to see them all again. He also had five little brothers in that land of rest, all of whom he hoped to meet. He also left a goob* counsel for all youthful souls, namely, that they should always obey their parents, and he regretted very much that he had not read his Bible more diligently. Truly this is a warning for the young. Oh! dear young friends, do not think that you are too young to die. He said also that he was still young, but yet he was old enough to die. Often during his sufferings he wished for his end, and said he was not afraid to die, because he trusted in God. He prayed for himself and desired others to pray for him, and desired to go and be with Jesus. We hope the loss of the parents and friends will be his eternal gain. John P. King.
On the 10th of October, in Noble county Ind., John, son of Rev. David Hartzler, aged 7 years, 2 months and 10 days. He was buried on the 11th at the Haw Patch Amenite grave-yard. Funeral sermon by Isaac Schmucker. He was a helpless child from his birth to his death, caused by a Nervous Affection* of the Spine.
On the 12th of September, near Kalida, Putnam county, Ohio,
Catharine C., daughter of Daniel and Susanna Smith,
aged 2 years, 5 months and 16 days. Funeral sermon by G. Brenneman.
The pleasant child is now at rest,
From pain and misery free;
No grief shall e,er its peace molest,
To all eternity.
On the 13th of October, in Michigan, Ezra, son of Jacob Byler, of Haw Patch, Noble county, Ind., aged 11 years, 1 month and 28 days. He was buried on the 15th at the Haw Patch Amenite graveyard. Funeral sermons by Isaac Schmucker and Dr. Cramb. He left home a few days before, on a visit to his grandmother in Michigan, and took sick suddenly, which ended in death after about two days duration. His parents reached his presence the morning previous to his death. They sorely lamented the loss of their only child, which left home in full bloom of health, and a few days after was brought back a corpse.
On the 29th of October, in Salungo, Lancaster county, Pa., Catharine, wife of Tobias Stauffer, aged 42 years, 8 months and 8 days. She was buried at Landisville burying-ground, where impressive sermons were preached by the brethren Henry Shenk and John Brubaker in the German language, and Jacob N. Brubaker in the English language from 2. Cor. 4: 16-18. Her disease was Consumption. She bore her afflictions with patience unto the end, and had a desire to leave this world and be with Christ.
On the 27th of October, on Muddy Creek, Rockingham county, Virginia, Nancy F., daughter of Frances Whitmer, widow of David Whitmer, dec., aged 16 years, 10 months and 29 days. She was afflicted with Scrofula from almost a child, which in the last stage of the disease affected her lungs and soon put an end to her life. She was buried at the Bank church, where funeral discourses were delivered by Samuel Coffman and Daniel Heatwole from Rev. 14: 13. She bore her afflictions with great patience. Through all of her sickness not one murmering* word escaped her lips; as young as she was her deportment and disposition was that of a pious woman. Several weeks before her death she became a member of the church of Christ by the rite of baptism. When the time of her departure was at hand and her strength was very nearly exhausted, she had a desire to speak to those around her, and called her two little sisters to her bed-side and spoke to them like an affectionate dying sister, exhorted them to be good children and try to meet her and their affectionate father and little brother that had already gone before her. In her last moments Pre. S. Coffman came in and asked her whether she was ready to depart. She seemed to be perfectly rational and said, yes, if the good Lord would but take me away this moment it would not be too soon for me. In this strong hope she fell asleep.
* Transcribers note: as written
Transcribed by Sandra Poulton, Ontario