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Longman Oldfather Papers found in a Bible
1 Mary Elizabeth Longman was born April 22nd 1852. age 32
2 Martha Ann Longman was born December 29th 1853
3 Lovina Catharine Longman was born October 17th 1855
4 Lucinda Alice Longman was born December 16 1857
5 Flavious Josephine (Josefihns?) Longman was born January 26 1860
6 Horatio Anderson Longman was born March 24th 1862
7 Hattie Sophia Longman was born May 6th 1864
8 Abraham Lincoln Longman was born August 28th 1866
9 Rufus Napoleon Longman was born January 12th 1869
10 June Edith Longman was born October 10th 1871
11. Truman Franklin Longman was born November 24, 1873.
12. And last is Winfield Webster was born. April 15th 1875.
ELDER PETER OLDFATHER died of pleuro pneumonia, in Lewisburg, Preble county, Ohio, March 5th, 1881, aged 76 years, 9 months, and 11 days.
Brother Oldfather was of original Reformed stock. His parents were Henry and Catharine Oldfather of Somerset Co.,
Pennsylvania. He was born May 24, 1804, and removed to Ohio with his parents when he was only four years old.
In 1808 he settled near Germantown, Ohio, where he lived until he had grown to full manhood, when he removed to Harrison Township, a few miles west of Lewisburg, Preble County. Here he lived upward of forty years. He was married to Julia Pence, sister of Rev. John Pence. This union was blessed with nine children. A son and daughter preceded him to the better land.
The former died on the battlefield, doing service to his country, during the late war. The daughter died in the West.
Brother Oldfather reared his family to be men and women of the highest respectability and women of the highest respectability and social standing. One son, Jeremiah, is a missionary at Oorumiab, Persia. At an early age Brother Oldfather joined the Reformed Church, and continued a faithful and devoted member until death. The last thirty-five years he was ruling elder in the Church. How sadly we will miss our venerable father in the counsels of the Church. His place in the sanctuary was never vacant unless caused by sickness. His house was his pastor's home. His charities to benevolence were liberal. His whole heart went out toward the Church and her institutions. No one knew him but to love him. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord", can be truly said of him. His summons was sudden and unexpected; yet not unwelcome. He died in the triumphs of faith and the blessed hope of immortality. His funeral was largely attended. A sermon was preached by his pastor, from IL
Thess. iv. 13, 14. He rests in peace.
by Mrs. Lydia Holmes.
Lines for the Reformed congregation of Millville, Ohio, in memory of our dearly beloved pastor, Rev. W. H. Fenneman:
'Tis but a few short weeks since we Assembled here at duty's call, To pay our last respects to one Who had endeared himself to all. And while our church still wears the badge Of mourning, for its honored dead, This tribute, written in his praise,
Our hearts would o'er his memory spread. Our pastor, in the years gone by, His willing services had given, As day by day he sought to lead Our souls away from earth to heaven. Our children, "christened," by his hand, Daughters and sons by him "confirmed," Duty to God and to his church, They from his loving counsel learned. Our social joys, he shared with us, As brother, minister, and friend; Oh, may we meet in that blest world, Where friendships have no more an end; When sorrows came, as come they will, And we were left our way to grope, 'Twas he, as "messenger of Christ,"
Inspired our souls with faith and hope. But in God's word we read that blest Are they, who in the Lord have died; They rest
from labor, and their works, That in the Master's name they tried, Will follow them, a monument Outlasting any earthly stone, Or words of praise that man can give, The Savior's plaudit of "Well done." Oh, that we all may so fill up The measure of our days below, That when we reach the other shore, That word on us He may bestow. Pastor and people may we there Unite in one glad song of praise, To Him who purchased for our souls Eternal life and endless days.
Every little bee doth help to fill
The hive with honey sweet;
Although the load is very small,
It often they repeat.
But then you see so many bees,
Together in one hive dwell,
When all contribute their little mite,
It fills the empty cell.
Thus it is in all great tasks,
We undertake to do;
The little mites doth greatly help,
To swell the number too.
For like the bees if all but add
A trifle to the list,
You ne'er will fell the little loss,
And yet it will assist.
So, young friends, you must not think,
Your gift however small,
Will never help to roll along,
Education's glorious ball.
This is to Certify That (written)
Contributed One Dollar (written)
for the benefit of Heidleberg
College located at Tiffin Ohio.
Signed: H. (?) Leonard Agt.
No. 692 Recorded in Vol. 1
A Pioneer Gone.
Died, Saturday. July 4, 1896, J. P. Oldfather, at his home in Banner township, aged 67 years, 8 months and 18 days. The
funeral services were held at the First Christian church, of which he is a member, Sunday afternoon. Elder Apply conducted the services. Three years ago last June he received a stroke of paralysis and has almost made him an invalid. Since the first stroke he has received two others, one being a year ago and the other resulting in his death. He leaves a wife and eight children. Mr. Oldfather came to this country from Knox county, Ills., in 1878. He has been unable to leave his bed only at very short intervals for the past three years, and while he has suffered much and been unable to be amongst his friends he will be missed by his them [sic] and his dutiful wife and loved ones.
This is a Beautiful Certificate Printed on thin rice paper.
This is to Certify, That Rebecca Oldfather after having sustained an approved examination, and made a credible profession of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, was received into the communion of the German Reformed Church, on the 12th day of May in the year of our Lord, 1855 (55 written) signed: Isaac H. Reiter (believe the last letter is r: Pastor of the German Reformed Congregation, for Farmersville, Ohio.
On the first approach to the Lord's Table.
Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow thee;
Naked, poor despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition,
All I've sought, or hoped, or known;
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heaven are still my own.
Let the world despise and leave me,
They have left my saviour too;
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
Thou art not, like them, untrue;
And whilst thou shalt smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me;
Show thy face, and all is bright.
Go then, earthly fame and treasure,
Come, disaster, scorn and pain;
In they service pain is pleasure;
With thy favour loss is gain.
I have called thee Abba, Father,
I have set my heart on thee;
Storms may howl and clouds may gather;
All must work for good to me.
Man may trouble and distress me,
"Twill but drive me to they breast;
Life with trails hard may press me,
Heaven will bring me sweeter rest,
Oh! 'tis not in grief to harm me,
While thy love is left to me;
Oh! 'Twere not in joy to charm me,
Were that joy unmix'd with thee.
Soul, then know thy full salvation;
Rise o'er sin, and fear, and care;
Joy to find, in every station,
Something still to do or bear.
Think what Sprits dwells within thee;
Think what Father's smiles are thine;
Think that Jesus died to win thee;
Child of Heaven, canst thou repine?
Haste thee on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith, and wing'd by prayer;
Heaven's eternal day's before thee,
God's own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy early mission,
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope shall change to glad fruitions,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.
Printed at the "German Reformed Messenger" Office.