Stephen Francis Newman
Posted By: Lisa Walden (email)
Date: 9/9/2020 at 15:19:37
NEWMAN. At Lamoni, Iowa, September 22nd, 1883, Mr. Stephen F. Newman, aged 73 years, 10 months, and 14 days.
He was born in 1809, in Seneca county, New York; but for the last fifty years was a resident of Chatauque county, where he was honored and esteemed for his integrity and uprightness. He also so trusted in the honesty of others that he lost the most of his property through men who proved unfaithful to their word and to his trust.
Although he seemed to be strongly opposed to our faith in Christ, yet his last wishes showed that he was not without confidence in it. For after residing here last winter, he returned in the Spring to New York, and while there defended us in conversation, and in his last illness he desired to return to Lamoni, requesting that if he should not live to make the journey, that his body should be brought here for burial. His physician there said that he was sustained by this strong desire, and so the journey was made lying upon a bed, and he lived nearly a week after his arrival here.
His wife, Sr. Lovina [Klock] Newman, survives him, as do all of the five daughters who were born to them. Two of them are members of the Reorganized Church of Christ, namely, Sr. Kennedy of Logan, Iowa, and Sr. Vicks of Lamoni. Of Mr. Newman, as expressed by one of old, it may be said, "A good name is better than rubies." The funeral sermon was preached by Elder H. A. Stebbins.
Obituary Source: The Saints' Herald - volume 30 (1883) pgs 694-695 [The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints]
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