Tippecanoe Journal and Lafayette Free Press
Death Notices

March 20, 1840

In Lafayette, on Saturday, the 14th inst., MRS. BASHEBA BAKER, consort
of JOSHUA BAKER, and daughter of ALLEN and RACHEL LUPTON; aged 21 years
2 months 13 days.  The deceased was greatly endeared to a numerous
circle of relatives and friends by her gentle and affectionate
disposition, and kind and assuming manners.  To her affectionate husband
the loss is irreparable.  But "they mourn not as those who have no

August 25, 1841

In this town, on Friday last, the 20th instant, MRS. MARY JEWETT, wife
of Doct. LUTHER JEWETT, of this place, and daughter of COL. ELLIS COBB,
of Barton, Vermont.  She was married at her father's hte 6th of July
last, and removed here with her husband, apparently in good health, and
in two weeks after her arrival, he was called to weep for her untimely
death.  She was attacked with fever on Wednesday evening, the 11th
inst., and all the exertions of the kindest neighbors and attentive
physicians to restore her to health, and the society of those friends
she had just come among, proved utterly unavailing.  All who knew her,
sincerely mourn her loss.--Communicated.

September 8, 1841

In Lafayette, at a quarter past two o'clock on Tuesday morning last, at
the residence of her son-in-law MR. J.D. SMITH, MRS. SARAH BEMISS
(relict of ELIJAH BEMISS, late of Cincinnati) in the 66th year of her
age. The deceased was a native of Montville, New London Co.,
Connecticut, but for many years a resident of the West, and for the last
six years a citizen of Lafayette. She has left a large circle of
relatives and friends, to whom as a tender and affectionate mother, a
kind and attentive friend, and a pious and exemplary Christian, she was
greatly endeared. Their loss is doubtless her gain. She died in the full
hope of a blessed immortality.

Oct. 20, 1841

In Lafayette on Monday 18th inst., MRS. SOPHIA E. ENSMINGER (aged 26
years) wife of COL. HENRY ENSMINGER, of this vicinity, and daughter of
JOHN BRICE, Esq. of Crawfordsville.

As a daughter--wife--mother and sister, MRS. ENSMINGER endeared herself
to her relatives, by all those excellent qualities of mind and heart for
which she was conspicuous. The sufferings of a protracted illness of
many weeks continuance, were borne with meekness--and perfectly
conscious of the approach of death, she passed out of life without a
fear or a murmur, anticipating the Christian's recompense in a better
state of existence.

March 12, 1846

In this city on Wednesday, the 4th inst., after a short illness, MRS. ELIZABETH,
wife of MR. JACOB HOMAN, in the 31st year of her age.
--Indianapolis papers please copy.

--On the evening of the same day, JAMES QUIGLEY, son of HENRY and

--In Montgomery county, In., on the 16th ult., MR. ISAAC WHITE, in the
72nd year of his age.  The deceased was a native of Maryland, and in the
latter part of his life a resident of this State.  During his stay upon
Earth he was endeared to all who knew him, by his upright walk as a
Christian and virtuous living.  But it was the Methodist Episcopal
Church (of which he was an acceptable member for more than 50 years,)
that his virtues shone most conspiculy [sic], and there his loss will be
particularly felt.  The friends and relatives of the deceased, while
they are afflicted with this heavy dispensation of Divine Providence,
have the consoling reflection to cheer them that he has departed from
this world of affliction and sin, to that of Eternal Blessedness; for he
lived and died in hope of Heaven.

May 7, 1846

DIED--in this city, on the 29th day of April, MARIA MATILDA, daughter of
MR. and MRS. JOSEPH H. WILLIAMS, aged 3 years and 3 months.

May 14, 1846

DIED--In this city, on Monday the 4th inst. after an illness of 2
months, MRS. MARY ANN PARKER, consort of ISAAC PARKER, in the 36th year
of her age.  MRS. PARKER was a native of Hampshire county, Virginia, and
with her husband emigrated to the West in the year 1832.

She was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of this place, and was
distinguished for the sweetness of her disposition, her consistency of
deportment, her devotion of spirit and benevolence of heart.  Hers was
a piety of no ordinary stamp.  It was gentle and unobtrusive, but
constant, deep toned and highly devotional.  It was not infrequently the
privilege of the writer, to converse with her, on the subject of
personal piety during her life, and the impression invariably left upon
the mind, was "There are but few who have embibed more of the Spirit of
Christ."  In a portion of her diary, which was found after her decease,
she gives an interesting and deeply affecting account of the first
special operations of divine grace in her heart: producing conviction of
sin and resulting in her conversion to God; and she there records her
solemn and determined purpose, by the grace of God to consecrate her
whole life to his service.  Her experience during her protracted
illness, was such as might be expected, in the case of an humble and
devoted follower of the meek and lonely Jesus.  She had endeavored in
health to serve Him, and He did not forsake her in the hour of her
distress.  At an early period of her sickness, she received the
impression that she could not recover, and although there were
occasional clouds to distress her, and a large family of interesting
little children, to draw her back to earth, and even expressed a desire
to depart and be with Christ.  Her death bed scene was one of
indescribable tranquility and triumph.  She calmly bade farewell, to
each one of her numerous friend around her couch, and blessed each one
of her children with a mother's parting counsels and prayers, and then
expressed her earnest desire for her happy release.  So long as she was
able to articulate she spake the love of Jesus, and when her tongue
forbade to speak, she indicated her peace of mind, by a pressure of the
hand, in answer to the questions of her friends.  So undisturbed was her
serenity of mind, that she even requested her afflicted partner to close
her eyes, that she might sleep in Jesus.  Thus sank to her rest, a
devoted christian--her death was the gradual and peaceful extinction of
a taper, which had for many years shed a beautiful and brilliant lustre
on the pathway to heaven, and led many to admire the consistency of
Christian character.  Her remains were conveyed to the 1st Presbyterian
Church, on Tuesday at 3 o'clock, P.M., where an appropriate discourse
was preached, by Rev. E.W. Wright, from Mark 14-3, "She hath done what
she could;" and afterwards attended to the grave, by a large concourse
of friends. "Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of his

South Branch Intellegencer, and Cumberland Civilian, please copy.  W.

--On Tuesday last, RICHARD EAGLESTON, an old and respected citizen of
Lafayette.  His life was an exemplification of the true Christian
character, and his death was PEACE.

May 18, 1842

--Died, at the Western Hotel, kept by Col. D. WEBB in this place, on the
14th inst., after an illness of several weeks, MR. JOHN EDWARDS, a
native, or lately a resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania.  The
deceased, although a stranger in a strange land, received every kindness
and attention that medical aid, hospitality and sympathy could bestow
during his illness.  The funeral rites were performed at the Methodist
Episcopal Church, from whence his remains were conveyed to the "narrow
house, appointed for all living," attended by a large and respectable
concourse of citizens.
--Chester County papers will please copy.

--DIED, in Lafayette, on the 10th inst., MR. LEWIS NEIGHBORS, aged 27.
The deceased sustained an irreproachable character.  He was ever
faithful and affectionate as a friend and was a useful citizen.  His
loss will be long felt, his virtues will be long remembered.  Sensible
that his life was about to end, he place his confidence in God and
become reconciled to his will.  He lived and died a believer in
Universal Salvation.  Farewell happy man, thou art free from pain,
distress and woe.  May we all evince our respect to thee by practicing
thy worthy examples.

December 17, 1846

--In this city, December 3rd, 1846, ELBERT HARRIS MINER, aged 4 years 7
month and 6 days.

--Dec. 6th, 1846, MARY ALICE MINER, aged 2 years 8 months and 11 days.
Permit us to return our thanks to all our friends for their sympathy and
kindness during our affliction, and the last sad offices to the
departed.  Our thanks to F**** for the following counseling effusions
from her pen.
S.G. and S.W. MINER
(a poem follows but not all of it was photocopied)

On Tuesday last, SIMON WHITCOMB, an old resident of this city.

December 31, 1846

--In this city, on the 26th Dec. 1846, MRS. MARY EMELINE, wife of MR.
JONATHAN ROCKWELL--aged 21 years and 1 day.  She was a member of the
Methodist E. Church--adorned by her profession of a consistent life and
crowned it by a hopeful and triumphant death.
--Terre Haute papers please copy.

--On Monday night last, MRS. ELIZABETH, consort of MR. ABRAHAM KESSINGER.

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