Obituary of Tobias Whitesell
Tobias I Whitesell, son of Henry and Mary M Whitesell, was born in Montgomery County , Ohio, September 10, 1816. Died December 4,1910. Age 94 years, 2 months, 24 days. He came with his parents to Randolph County, Indiana, where they settled on a farm in Wayne township, not far from Saratoga. In a few years he returned to Montgomery County Ohio, where he was married to Catharine A. Garrison. In 1844, he again came to Indiana, settling on a farm in Jackson Township, Randolph County, where he continuously called his home till death called him away.
In 1866, his beloved companion departed this life and left him to journey alone on his weary pilgrimage for almost a quarter of a century. He was the father of ten children, seven of which are still living; namely, Daniel, Catharine, Margaret, Ann, Henrietta, Peter and Louisa.
He had been in poor health for several years, but able to go about most of the time. A few weeks ago, while at the home of his son, Peter, in Jay County, Indiana, he fell breaking the bones in one limb, making him a constant sufferer the remainder of his time on earth. With a continual prayer on his lips, he called upon his Lord and Savior, to take him to that Home in the skies, where a mansion had been prepared for his reception, and where no pain nor death ever come. On Sunday afternoon, the same day of the week that his dear wife departed this life, the Angel called, and his spirit took its flight back to the God who gave it.
Uncle Toby, as he was familiarly known by everybody, was a representative pioneer of this section of the country. He has seen it in its development, from its swamps and dense forests where roamed the deer, the wolf, and other wild animals, to its rich and fertile fields as we see them to day; its roads which were merely crooked paths through the woods to the broad thoroughfares of gravel and stone. From the round log cabin, with its huge fireplace occupying one whole end or side of the room to the stately mansions we now see.
It was indeed a marvelous story that uncle Toby could tell you about the experiences of the early settler of his day: their trials and hardships but happy in the thought that they were making a home for themselves and posterity. Let us bow our heads in reverence as these pioneers, one by one, are passing away, and more fully realize the enormous debt we owe them for the many blessings we enjoy through their efforts to make the world a better place for the enjoyment of the children of men. For more than a half a century, he was a faithful member of the German Reform Church, living a life above reproach; believing that every man was his brother; ready at all times to lift up his fallen brother and whisper words of consolation and encouragement to him.
Besides his immediate family, he leaves twenty-six grand-children, fourteen great grandchildren and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn the loss of a devoted father in Israel.
Funeral services were held in the church at New Lisbon. He was buried in the cemetery at that place, Wednesday Dec. 7, 1910.