Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1867

HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume IV, Number 9 - Sept. 1867, Page 143

On the 8th of August, in Walnut Creek Township, Holmes Co., Ohio, MAGDALENA, wife of Jonathan MILLER, and daughter of Jacob Stutzman, dec'd, aged 36 years, 8 months, and 13 days. She was buried on the 9th, at Walnut Creek Meeting-house Burying-ground. Funeral services were delivered by Abraham Mast and Eli S. Miller from 1 Cor. 15:49-58, Eccl. 38:16-18, and Rev 14;12-13. She was married seventeen years and leaves nine children, the youngest of which is only seven months old, and a husband besides a large number of friends to mourn their loss. The Lamb in the midst of the throne shall feed her and lead her unto the living waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from her eyes. She was a sister in the Omish Mennonite Church, and is now, we hope, and will be forever happy under the protection of the Most High.

On the 21st of June, JECOBINA KINSINGER, aged 18 years. A funeral sermon was preached by Pre. Joseph Augspurger.

On the 7th of August, son of John Sloneker, aged 5 months and 15 days. A funeral sermon was delivered by Pre. Joseph Augspurger from Matt. 19:13-14.

On the 11th of August, in York County, Canada West, of apoplexy, SARAH, wife of Jacob BURCHHOLDER, aged 58 years, two months, and 16 days. Her maiden name was Bereki. She was buried at Weidman's Churchyard. A funeral sermon was preached from 2 Cor. 4:16-18, by Bro Jacob Weidman in German, and by J. Stecky from the same text in English. She was a sister in the Mennonite Church.

On the 16th of July, in Westmoreland County, Pa., of palsy, DAVID MUMAW, aged 86 years, 4 months, and 16 days, He was buried on the 17th. Funeral sermons were preached by Jacob Blauch, of Sumerset Co., and by John D. Overholt, of Westmoreland Co., from Rev 14:13.

On the 22nd of July, in Carnarvon Township, Lancaster County, Pa., ANNA WITMER, aged 60 years, 1 month and 17 days. Preachers Tobias Wanner and George Weber delivered impressive sermons from Rev. 1:3.

On the 18th of July, in Montgomery County, Pa., of spotted fever, MICHAEL R. son of Daniel and Mary LANDES, aged 19 years, 11 months, and 24 days. He was buried at the old Skippack Mennonite Burying-ground. Funeral sermons were delivered by Abraham Wismer and Henry Neisz.

On the 15th of July, at the same place, WILLIAM T., son of Joseph W. and Mary Z. HUNSICKER, aged 11 months and 24 days.

On the 23rd of August, in Allen County, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Bishop JOHN THUT, aged 66 years, 6 months, and 5 days. His remains were committed to their final resting-place, on the 25th, in the Swiss Mennonite Burying-ground, in the presence of a large concourse of friends, brethren, sisters, and neighbors. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his departure. Funeral addresses were delivered by Bro. Christian Kulp in German, Bro. Geo. Brenneman in English, and Bro. John Moser in German, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8; and at the grave another address was delivered by Bro. David Geiger. He was married on the 13th of September, 1832, to Christina Bechtel and on the 25th of September, 1843, was ordained by lot a preacher of the Gospel, and by a unanimous vote was chosen to the office of Bishop, on the 6th of October, 1857. He was the father of thirteen children and fifteen grand-children, thirteen of whom are still living. He faithfully discharged the duties of his office, and, as a good shepherd, he cared for his flock. But now has the Lord inflicted on his family a deep wound, and the vacancy caused by his death will be deeply felt by the church. But God is good: he wounds that his hand may heal; and God does all things well.

On the 19th of July, in Wadsworth Township, Medina Co., Ohio, of general debility, BARBARA GEISINGER, aged 99 years, 10 months and 20 days. Her maiden name was Kulp. She was born in Lehigh Co., Pa., on the 19th of August, 1767, She was married in her native State on the 5th of October 1785. Soon after her marriage, she joined the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until her death. In the spring of 1800, she removed with her family to Canada, where, after a residence of five years, her husband was killed by the falling of a tree. Since that time, a period of 62 hears, she lived a widow. She removed to Wadsworth Township, Medina County, Ohio, about 50 years ago, where she lived with her daughter, wife of John Long, deceased. Her memory was unusually retentive until within the last year, when it began gradually to fail. During the last six weeks of her life, she was confined to her bed. Her funeral sermon was preached by _______ Sutton and Abm. Rohrer, from 1 Peter 1:13. She had eight children, five of whom are still living, and were present at her funeral, the oldest being 81 years, and the youngest 68 years of age. She had, also, as near as could be ascertained, 75 grand-children, of whom 60 are still living, 381great-grand-children, of whom 304 are still living and 62 great-great-grand-children of whom 52 are still living. The whole number of her posterity is 526, of whom 421 are still living.

In Elkhart Co., Indiana, on the 28th of July, of typhoid fever, sister REBECCA, wife of Daniel HOOVER, aged 37 years and three months. An aged mother, a fond husband and sic children, and a large concourse of relatives and friends followed her to the grave. She suffered much during her sickness, which she bore with patience and resignation; though at times her mind was much bewildered, she still seemed to have a firm reliance on God and a well-grounded hope. It was my privilege to visit her during her illness, but found her so feeble that it was thought she could not be spoken to with profit. She recognized me and seemed glad to see me, and after I had bid her farewell and left the room, she called for me again, desiring to hear words of admonition. Her funeral sermon was preached by J. M. Christophel, Daniel Brundage, and the writer, from Isa 38:17.

Note from a family researcher: This is Rebecca SHANK (maiden name).

On the 22nd of July, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of spotted fever, from which she suffered about five months, EMELINE, daughter of John and Elizabeth SHAUM, aged 10 years, 11 months, and 10 days. Though so young in years, she talked a great deal during her illness, and did not seem to dread death, but expressed her desire to die and be released from suffering. She selected several hymns during her illness, which she desired to have sung at her burial. One of which was "I am glad that I am born to die," &c., which she requested to have sung at the house, and the other the German hymn "So grabet mich nun immer hin," &c., which she requested to have sung at the grave. She also requested that her shroud and coffin should be plain. Let us as parents learn from the above circumstance the value of storing the minds of our children with religious knowledge, and inculcating into their young minds correct principles. She had also selected Jer. 22:10 as a text from which she desired her funeral sermon to be preached.
D. B.

On the 21st of June, in Towamencin Township, Montgomery Co., Pa., JOHN DRAKE, aged 76 years and 5 days. He was buried at Towamencin Meeting-house. Funeral sermon was preached by Henry Nice and S. M. K. Huber.

On the 25th of July, in the same township, of dropsy, JOSEPH MUSINGER, aged 43 years, 7 months and several days. He was buried at Plain Meeting-house. Funeral sermons were preached by Jacob Kulp, Jacob Loux, and Henry Nice.

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On the 17th of July, near Bowman's mill, Rockingham Co., Va., NANCY, wife of Pre. Daniel SHOWALTER, aged 63 years, 11 months and 17 days. She was buried at Trissel's Meeting-house. Funeral sermon was preached by Christian Brunk, John Geil, and Samuel Coffman from Isa. 3:10, and Heb 13:11. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church over forty years.
"Dearest mother, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

"Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low;
Thou no more wilt join our number
Thou no more our sings shalt know.

"Oh! We would not wish thee, mother,
In this world of tears again;
But we'll try to meet thee yonder,
Where with Christ we'll ever reign."

On the 28th of July, in Hatfield Township, Montgomery Co., Pa., daughter of Jonathan and Catharine KRUPP, aged about 4 months. Funeral sermon was preached by Jacob Loux and John Allenbach.

On Sunday, July 28th, 1867, in Franconia Township, Montgomery Co., Pa., of typhus fever, SUSANNA, daughter of Joseph SWARTZ, in the 25th year of her age. A brother of the deceased passed from time into eternity a few weeks before her, with the same disease, and her father also has been very sick. The deceased had abundant opportunity to enjoy the good things of this life, but alas, how soon they pass away. On her death-bed she desired to be baptized and requested that all her likenesses which she had given away among her friends should be collected, and, together with her hoop skirts, should be taken after death and burned. Let us remember that we are but dying creatures, and that the vain indulgences of fashion must bring us only sorrow and regret. She was buried at Franconia Meeting-house. Funeral sermons were preached by Henry Nice and _______ Clemmer.

On the 21st of August in Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Indiana, of consumption, GEORGE H. KULP, aged 29 years, 2 months, and 22 days. Funeral sermons were delivered by J. M. Christophel and Daniel Brenneman from Phil. 3:20-21.


Transcribed by: David W. Mann, Arizona

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