Mrs. Leannah (Griffey) Madera died 1838
GRIFFEY, MADERA, BASTION
Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 9/24/2017 at 00:08:14
Saturday, March 24, 1838
Paper: Iowa Territorial Gazette and Burlington Advertiser (Burlington, Iowa) Volume: 1 Issue: 37 Page: 3
OBITUARY-LEANNAH, the daughter of Wm. Griffey, Esq., and consort of Charles Madera, died at the residence of her husband, 2 miles north of Burlington, on Sunday, the 11th of March, 1838, aged 26 years, of remittent fever, terminating in inflammation. She was a native of Monongalia, Vt.; emigrated to this place in company with her father’s family sometime in April last, and although permitted to remain so short a time with her newly acquainted friends , it was sufficiently long to endear her to the hearts of all who knew her. When society losses such a member, it is a calamity felt by all – but the loss is still greater to her family and her immediate relations. It is one that cannot easily be supplied. We trust that she has gone to a happier home, as she died in the full faith of her Redeemer, and however great the bereavement, all can find consolation in the assurances she had of a better and happier existence “beyond this vale of tears, where there is no more sorrow.” If an exemplary life merits such a reward, we are sure Mrs. M., will receive it. She has left two small children to mourn the loss in the best and most indulgent of mothers, a husband who will in vain mourn the loss of her; which to him as the wife of his bosom, never can be equaled. And her parents in her, lose a daughter which is filial affection, amply repaid all the cares and anxieties of childhood; and as a sister, she will long be remembered by those who are left, as a being too good and pure, to remain long on earth. We are conscious that it is not in our feeble power to portray he many virtues; suffice to say, she will live in the hearts of those that are bereaved, as long as goodness and excellence are among the virtues to be remembered. She bore her last sickness with fortitude and Christian forbearance, and on being assured that her children would be taken care of, expressed her willingness to die. Her remains, after a sermon from the stationed preacher, the Rev. Mr. Bastion, followed from the residence of her father, in Burlington, by her numerous relations and friends, to her last home, on Monday, the 12th inst., where she may rest in peace, awaiting the sound of the last trump.
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