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Margaret Wolf Newcomer 1821-1897

NEWCOMER, WOLF, BARNUM, LEWIS

Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 8/27/2010 at 21:48:10

Obituary
At the home of O. D. Barnum in this city, Thursday morning, August 3rd, Mrs. Margaret Newcomer departed this life, aged 76 years, 7 months and 16 days.

Margaret Newcomer was born in Center county, Penn., January 16, 1821. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wolf. She was married in 1839 to Geo. W. Newcomer, and in 1846, the family moved to Illinois where they lived in and near Freeport until 1871 when she moved with her daughter, Mrs. O. D. Barnum, to Greene, Iowa, with whom she lived until her death. Her husband and son lie on Southern battle fields. Two daughters died while the family resided in Freeport. One son, J. W. Newcomer of Sterling, Illinois, and two daughters, Mrs. W. W. Lewis, of Greenville, Ill., and Mrs. O. D. Barnum, of Estherville, survive her. Mrs. Newcomer was a sincere and devoted Christian. From her early childhood she was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. She was a life member of the American Bible Society and also of the Missionary Society of the M.E. church and a member of the Epworth League. She has been a constant subscriber to the Northwestern Christian Advocate and the Epworth Herald. After a long and painful illness of over two months she died on Tuesday morning at 8:45. Her last moments were passed in perfect peace. The funeral services were held at the family residence this morning, conducted by her pastor, Rev. H. G. Pittinger, assisted by Rev. Wm. M. Evans, pastor oft the Presbyterian church.

Why should our tears of sorrow flow
When God recalls His own.

And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown.

Is not een death a gain to those
Whose lives to God were given?

Gladly to earth their eyes they close
To open them in heaven.

Their toils are past, their victory won
And they are fully blest.

They fought the fight, the vicoty won
And entered into rest.

(Weekly Northern Vindicator, Estherville, IA, August 5, 1897)

Death of Mrs. Margaret Newcomer
Mrs. Margaret Newcomer died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. D. Barnum, in this city, aged 76 years, 6 months and 17 days, after an illness of several months.

Margaret Newcomer was born in Center Co., Penn., Jan 16, 1821. Was married in 1839 to Geo. W. Newcomer and in 1846 the family moved to Illinois where she resided in and near Freeport until 1871 when she moved with her daughter, Mrs. O. D. Barnum, to Greene, Iowa, with whom she resided up to the time of her departure to her home among the blessed in the sweet land beyond the skies where she is at rest. Her husband and one son lie buried on the southern battlefields. Two daughters died while the family resided in Freeport. One son J. W. Newcomer of Sterling, Ill., Mrs. W. W. Lewis, of Greenville, Ill., and Mrs. O. D. Barnum, of our own city are the only children surviving her, and all of them are here to mourn on this sad occasion. Mrs. Newcomer was a life member of the American Bible Society, also of the Missionary Society of the M.E. church and an honorary member of the Epworth League. From early girlhood she has been a consistent and devoted member of the M.E. church. Her last moments were passed in perfect peace. The funeral will take place at the Barnum home Thursday morning, the services being conducted by Revs. Pittenger and Evans and the remains interred in the West Side cemetery. The sympathy of our good people goes out to the beloved relatives of the deceased in their hour of sorrow. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, August 4, 1897)


 

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