Elizabeth (Staufer) Overholt was born in Fayette county, Pa, Feb. 19th, 1774, and died at the home of her son in Fostoria, Ohio, Oct. 21st, 1887, aged 93 years, 8 months and 2 days. With her husband she came to Ohio, and settled near Fostoria in 1857. He preceded her a number of years, to the Spirit world. She was the mother of six children, four of whom survive her; of her descendants there are 33 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, and two great-great-grand-children. She was a member of the Mennonite church for eighty years, and though her children became members of the United Brethren church, and have proved most efficient workers therein, she continued in the communion of the old Church to the end. Hers was a marked life. She was a woman of more than ordinary mind, and held to the end the characteristics, which made her what she was. She was of more than ordinary piety, and lived in close communion with God. For a number of years she was afflicted, but bore all patiently and without a murmur. All that loving hearts and hands could do to smoothen the pathway was hers, and as we laid her away we felt that a tie that bound us to the century past was gone, gone out not forever, gone to await our coming and to welcome us to that fair land.
RUTH.-On the 11th of November, in Toamencin township, Montgomery county, Pa., of heart disease, Benjamin Ruth, aged 40 yrs. He was buried on the 17th. Services by Jacob Moyer, Jacob Loux, Chr. Allebach and John Hunsperger, from Isa. 38:1.
TROXEL.-On the 24th of October, in Davis county, Iowa, Anthony Troxel, aged 68 years, 6 months and 17 days. Buried on the 25th. Services by Ph. Roulet from Ps. 99:12. Deceased leaves a widow and eight children to mourn their loss.
OVERHOLT.-On the 3d of Nov., in Bucks county, Pa., Hannah Overholt, aged 76 years, 8 months and 14 days. She was buried at Doyelstown Meeting-house. Peace to her ashes.
DETWEILER.-On the 4th of November in Bedminster township, Bucks county, Pa., suddenly while walking across a field to a neighbor, Joseph M. Detweiler, aged 74 years, 9 months and 27 days. He was found in the field, and no doubt had just fallen down and died without a struggle. He was a kind and loving brother. Was buried at Deep Run on the 9th.
LEATHERMAN.-On the 1st of November, in Bedminster township, Bucks county, Pa., of Cancer, Bro. Jacob Leatherman, aged 68 years, 9 months and 24 days. He was buried on the 6th at Deep Run where a large congregation was present.
KURTZ.-On the 5th of November, in Snyder county, Pa., of Cancer, Sister Catharine, wife of John Kurtz, and mother of Pre. John Kurtz, aged 57 years, 4 months and 26 days. Sister Kurtz was a consistent member of the Old Mennonite Church for many years; her seat in the house of God was seldom vacant. She leaves a husband and 3 sons to mourn their loss. Buried in the Brick Church-yard near Richfield, Juniata county, where many friends and relatives met to pay the last respects to the sister. Services by Jacob and Wm. Graybill and Wm. Auker, from Rev. 14:13.
UNSICKER.-On the 18th of Nov., in Livingston county,
Ill., of typhoid malaria, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Christian
and Elizabeth Unsicker, aged 3 years, 2 months and 1 day.
Services by Henry Shaum of Elkhart county, Ind.
"I take these little lambs, said he,
And lay them on my breast;
In me protection they shall find,
In me be ever blest."
SHIFFLET.-On the 6th of November, near Elida, Allen
county, Ohio, of brain fever, Bertha Etta, daughter of
Brother and Sister Andrew and Hettie Shifflet, aged 11
months and 23 days. Buried on the 7th at Pike Church in the presence
of many sympathizing friends.
"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!"
FORTNA. - On the 4th of November, in Franklin county, Pa., Sadie S, daughter of Curtis and Mary Fortna, aged 7 years, 4 months and some days. She was buried at the Chambersburg Meeting-house. Services by Peter Wadel and P. H. Parret from Mark 5: 34.
"Though on my grave falls many a tear,
Shed by friends and parents dear;
Though sorrow makes your hearts distressed,
Yet know that now I sweetly rest."
(transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana)
RAMER.-On the 15th of October, at Cedar Grove, Markham township, York county, Ontario, Anthony, youngest son of David and Maria Ramer, aged 18 years, 3 months and 18 days. He was buried on the 16th at Wideman's church, followed by many relatives, neighbors and friends. Funeral services by Jacob Wideman in German and Samuel Hoover in English. We trust he is with the redeemed.
HERSHEY.-On the 13th of November, in Manor township,
Lancaster county, Pa., of cancer, Sister Harriet Hershey,
aged 46 years, 9 months and 18 days. Her funeral took place on
the 15th at Millersville church, and was very largely attended.
She leaves a husband, one son, and one daughter to mourn her departure.
Sister Hershey bore her sufferings with patience; her pains were
at times almost unbearable, but we heard her say that though her
pain was great, yet it was not equal to the sufferings of her
Savior, in whose merits alone she trusted for redemption. One
week before her death she comemmorated His dying sufferings by
partaking of the Lord's supper and further showed her faithfulnss*
by desiring to have the ordinance of feet-washing performed. A
few hours before her death she was asked by her dutiful daughter
(who seldom left her side), whether she was thirsty or hungry
for anything, when she replied, "Yes, for Jesus." Oh
that she may have gone home where her longings may be satisfied.
"When we awake in his likeness,
Then shall we be satisfied."
And may she have gone to the shores of eternal deliverance, there to enjoy that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.
HARTZLER.-On the 3d of November, in Mifflin county, Pa., Bro. Adam Hartzler, aged 63 years, 9 months and 17 days. This brother was of a very quiet and retiring disposition, and was much concerned to walk faithfully as a pilgrim in the narrow way. In his life he did various helpful acts as directed in Matthew 6:3. With no family to provide for, he bethought himself in his later years to apply a portion of the things which the Lord had intrusted to him, so as to be helpful in Gospel work, when his attention was called to the desire of the Mennonite Publishing Company to enlarge their means by selling shares of stock, so as to assist in printing and circulating the Martyrs Mirror and other good books, he bought a few shares, desiring thus to lend a hand in so good a work. In his will he set aside a sum of money for the use of the congregation, with whom he had worshiped for many years and expressed the desire that a part of it at least, be applied to defray the traveling expenses of ministers engaged in laboring for the peace and unity of the Church. Over our brother's short-comings and faults we gladly and lovingly draw the mantle of charity, while we recall the goodness and faithfulness which the grace of God enabled him to exemplify, and thus endeavor to "consider on another and provoke unto love and good works." The funeral services conducted by Joseph H. Byler and Abram D. Zuk, were attended by a very large concourse of friends and neighbors.
LEHMAN.-On the 25th of October, in Fulton county, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Enos, son of Bishop Abraham Lehman, of Williams county, Ohio, aged 25 years, 9 months and 9 days. He led a moral life and was highly esteemed by all; yet when he was laid upon his bed of sickness he saw the necessity of a change of heart and became greatly concerned about the salvation of his soul. He desired to be baptized, but on account of his great weakness and occasional lapses into a delirious state it was not administered. He was buried on the 27th near West Unity, Williams county. Services were held in the Pleasant Grove meeting-house by C. Freienberger and --- Schinauer from John 5:24-29. O, what a solemn warning this is to all to prepare for death before it is too late. Baptism and joining a church will not save us, but a full resignation to Christ and a simple trust in His power to save are the requirements of all who would make sure of their eternal welfare. Let us be ready, for the Son of man may come when we do not expect Him, and then the difference whether we are ready or not ready will be for us either the cause of eternal happiness or everlasting horrors and pain in the blackness and darkness.
SCHAD.-On the 10th of October, near Archbold, Fulton
county, Ohio, brother Christian P. Schad, aged 51 years,
5 months and 4 days. He lived in matrimony 25 years, 2 months
and 16 days and had 11 sons and 1 daughter, of which 6 sons have
preceded him. He was buried on the 12th at Lockport, followed
by many friends and relatives. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite
church and as a kind father and generous neighbor, he will be
sadly missed by all. On the 19th of September, in company with
his brother Joseph, brother C. Eicher and brother Schad went to
brother J. Wyse about 7 1-2 miles distant and bought two sheep.
When they had proceeded about a mile on their way home, the horses
took fright and ran away. Brother Schad was thrown under the frame
which they had on the wagon, fracturing his spine and two ribs,
and rendering him com-completely* helpless. For three weeks he
suffered intense pain, but he bore it patiently and with Christian
fortitude, until God finally released the longing soul from the
body of pain. Hence we mourn not as those who have no hope, but
look forward to the time when the meeting with our dear brother
will be sweeter than the parting here was sad.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.
SHIRK.-On the 5th of November, in East Earl, Lancaster county, Pa., Samuel W. Shirk, aged 48 years, 5 months and 27 days. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and was buried at Weaverland.
MARTIN.-On the 10th of Nov., in East Earl Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., Anna, daughter of Barton Z. and Emma Martin, aged 3 years, 1 month and 29 days.
MUSSER.-On the 26th of Oct., in Brecknock, Lancaster county, Pa., Lizzie, daughter of David and Hannah Musser in the fifteenth year of her age.
HORST.-On the 10th of Nov., in East Earl Twp, Lancaster
Co., Pa., of spinal disease Menno Horst, son of Henry M.
Horst, aged 21 years and 6 months. Deceased was a member of the
Mennonite church for some years, and was widely known, and had
a host of young friends who followed him to the grave. Father,
mother, one brother and three sisters survive him. Services at
the house by Bros. Martin, Horning, Zimmerman and Eby.
RUTT.-On the 17th of November, in Sterling, Whiteside county, Ill., David, son of Samuel and Veronica Rutt, aged 22 years, 7 months and 22 days. Funeral services by H. Nice and Pre. Brown from Phil. 1:21.
SHROCK.-On the 24th of November, near Plevna, Howard county, Ind., Elizabeth, widow of Jacob Shrock, aged 81 years, 6 months and 25 days. She came with her husband from Ohio in 1849. On Sept. 6th 1857 he died, leaving her with 8 sons and 3 daughters, of which all but one son survive their mother. She was a beloved and faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services by Daniel C. Miller and E.A. Mast from 1 Cor. 15:51-58, and A.J. Troyer from Hezek. 83:11.
BLOUGH.-On the 8th of November, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset county, Pa., after a long illness, Sister Sarah, wife of Bro. Abraham Blough, aged 65 years, 11 months and 27 days. She was buried at the Blough Church. Services by Jonas Blough and Jonathan Harshberger. The deceased leaves her husband and 6 children besides a host of friends, by whom she was loved and respected. She was a member of the church for about forty years.
BLOUGH.-On the 24th of November, near Golstown, Cambria county, Pa., Sister Christina, wife of Bro. John Blough, Sen., aged 82 years, 8 months and 24 days. She lived a consistent, christian life and loved to be at the house of worship. Her sight had been poor for some time before her death. At times she suffered much pain, but she bore it all patiently. She lived in matrimony 60 years, and was the mother of 9 children, of whom seven survive her. Besides these, 34 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren comprised her posterity. She was buried on the 25th at the Weaver Church, followed by many loving friends. Services by S. Gindelsperger, C. Hershberger, Moses B. Miller and C.C. Beery of Michigan, from 2 Cor. 5:1.
ROTH.-On the 25th of Nov., near Wayland, Henry county, Iowa, of old age, Christian Roth, at the age of 80 years, 4 months and 28 days. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite Church. He was buried on the 27th in the Mennonite burying ground. Funeral services by S.F. Miller and S. Gerig in German and by Benj. Eicher in English from 2 Cor. 5:1-10.
YODER.-On the 24th of November, near Middlebury, Elkhart county, Ind., of paralysis Bro David C. Yoder, aged 70 years, 2 months and 24 days. He had been on a visit to three of his children in Iowa a few weeks before his death, and while there felt unwell, but at that time nothing serious was apprehended. He fell camly* to sleep in Jesus. He leaves 6 brothers and sisters, 10 children, 67 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren to mourn his departure, yet they feel assured that he has gone to rest. During his sickness his sweetest food was the word of God and singing. He longed for release from this mortal body that he might dwell in the home of the soul. May his virtues stand as a shining light for his posterity. Six of his children were present at the time of his death. He was a member of the Old Amish Mennonite Church and was buried on the 26th in J.J. Stutzman's family grave-yard. Services by D.S. Kauffman from John 5:19-30 and 2 Cor. 5:1-10.
METZLER.-On the 28th of November, near Wakarusa, Elkhart county Ind., of palsy, Bro. David Metzler. He was found about noon at the strawstack in the barnyard in a helpless and unconscious condition, in which state he remained about 12 hours when he died, aged 65 years, 11 months 13 days. He leaves a widow, 9 children and 27 grandchildren to mourn their loss, which we believe to be his eternal gain. He was buried on the 30th at Shaum's, the funeral was largely attended. Services by C. Shaum, M. Hoover and D. Burkholder. He was born in Lancaster county, Pa. The bereaved friends have the sympathies of the neighbors and friends.
HERNLEY*.-On the 2d of Dec., in Mt. Joy Twp., Lancaster
county, Pa., Bro. Benjamin Hernly, aged 62 years, 4 months
and 8 days. Bro. Hernly was "A Light to the world, and a
salt to the earth." His funeral was held at Kraybill's Meeting-house
on the 6th where a large congregation was assembled. Services
by Peter Nissley, Martin Rutt, and Ephraim Nissley.
*Transcriber's note: Name spelled 'Hernley' and 'Hernly'.
SCHMIDT.-On the 21st of Nov., in Wilmot Twp., Waterloo county, Ont., of infirmities of old age, Sister Salome, wife of the late Pre. George Schmidt, aged 76 years, 8 months and 21 days. Buried on the 24th at Shantz's Meeting-house. She was a beloved mother, a devoted Christian and a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Services were held from her own chosen text, Phil. 1:21, by N. Stauffer and M. Bowman.
BINGEMAN.-On the 18th of November, in Blenheim township, Oxford county, Ont., infant son of Titus and Mary Bingeman. Buried on the 20th at Blenheim's Meeting-house, where services were held by Moses Bowman from John 14:4 and N. Stauffer from 2 Sam. 12:23.
MARTIN.-On the 26th of November, in Woolwich Twp., Waterloo county, Ontario, Bro. Moses Martin (Deacon), aged 55 years, 3 months and 15 days. He was buried on the 30th at the Elmira Meeting-house. Services by S. Bowman and Joseph Gingerich.
GERIG.-On the 13th of November, in Henry county, Iowa, Menno, son of Christian and Mary Gerig, aged 2 months and 3 days. Buried in the Mennonite graveyard. Services by S. Gerig and S.T. Miller from Mark 10:14.
MAST.-On the 29th of November, in Henry county, Iowa, of dropsy of the heart, Bro. Joseph Mast, aged 64 years, 6 months and 29 days. Services by S. Gerig, S.T. Miller and B. Eicher from John 11:25,26 and Rom. 8:26. He suffered much pain but bore it all patiently and looked up to God with a steadfast hope of a speedy release from all pain. To a brother he said before his death; "My house is prepared; I am ready." He leaves a widow and 10 children to mourn the loss of a dear christian companion and father. Besides these he leaves two brothers and one sister. He was member of the Amish Mennonite Church for many years.
KAUFFMAN.-On the 3d of Nov., in Clinton township, Elkhart county, Ind., of heart disease, Joseph M. Kauffman, aged 45 years, 3 months and 17 days. He leaves a widow and four children to mourn his early departure, but not as those who have no hope. About six hours before his death he expressed his regret for not having been more faithful and diligent in keeping God's commands and once more commemorated the suffering of his dying Savior by taking of the bread and wine. He was buried on the 5th, at Forest Grove, where many friends and neighbors had gathered to pay their farewell tribute. Services by D.P. Johns, From Heb. 4:1-11.
MILLER.-Nov. 14th, at Chestnut Hill Meeting-house, suddenly, John H. Miller, aged 60 years, 8 months and 6 days. Buried on the 17th, in "Greider's" family graveyard. Text, James 4:13,14. A deeply afflicted wife and daughter, and a large congregation of friends met and followed the remains to the grave.
HELT.-Nov 22d, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer, Harriet, wife of Abram Helt, aged 52 years, 5 months and 13 days. Buried on the 25th at Hernley's Meeting-house. Text, Rom. 6:23.
MILLER.-On the 11th of November, near Schrock's Mills, La Grange county Ind., of paralysis, Jephtha Miller, aged 81 years, 9 months and 10 days. He was born near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 18th, 1806. He was married three times and had 19 children, 13 of whom are yet living; 66 grand-children and 63 great-grand-children. He was for many years a member of the Amish Mennonite church and was buried in Miller's burying ground near the Town-line Church. Services by Henry J. and Christian J. Miller, from Romans 14:7-9.
BOLLER.-On the 23d of Nov., in Johnson county, Iowa, of dropsy, Sister Magdalena Boller, aged 32 years, 7 months and 7 days. She suffered much, but bore it with great patience and fortitude. As a sister in the Amish Mennonite and as a Christian friend, she was much loved and respected. Service by Daniel Yoder and Christian Werey from Rev. 14:13.
GRAFF.-On the 12th of November, in Wayne county, Ohio, John Graff, aged 57 years, 3 months and 6 days. Deceased came from Switzerland. A little more than a year ago, he was received into the church by baptism and was a worthy brother. He was buried on the 14th, in the Pleasant Hill grave-yard. Services by J.K. Yoder and D. Hostetler, from Isa. 3:10,11.
YODER.-On the 30th of Nov., in Wayne county, Ohio, Lydia Kurtz, wife of Christian H. Yoder, aged 58 years and 14 days. She was buried on the 2d of Dec., in the Oak grove graveyard. Services by J.K. and D.Z. Yoder, from 1 Cor. 15:51-58. She was a beloved sister in the Amish Mennonite church.
BRENNEMAN.-On the 1st of Dec., in wayne* county, Ohio,
Sister Annie, wife of brother Chr. Brenneman, aged 69 years,
7 months and 28 days. She was buried on the 4th, in Martin's graveyard.
Services by J.K. Yoder and David Ervin, from Isa. 3:10,11. She
was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church.
Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah