WEAVER, John 1830-1894
WEAVER, WELLSLAGER, SHIPLEY
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/8/2011 at 20:49:50
Last Sunday we received the sad news that Grandma Weaver, aged 86 years, had died the night previous; and on Monday the news came that John Weaver, her son with whom she had been living, had died at seven o'clock that morning of pneumonia, the result of la grippe. What makes these sudden and unexpected deaths occurring so near together doubly sad is that Mrs. John Weaver is in California visiting four of her boys, whom she had not seen for twelve years, and was not able to be present at the funeral, which occurred today (Tuesday) at the Felix church, Rev. Robt. Miller of Whitten officiating. A goodly number of neighbors and friends were present at the funeral. Deceased leaves two young boys here who were present when their father died. The mother and son were both devoted members of the M. E. church and have gone to reap their reward.
--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 19 April 1894
The sudden and unexpected death of these two old settlers of Grundy county calls for more than a passing notice. Madalene E. Wellslager was born in Baltimore, Md., 1812, and died at the residence of her son, John Weaver, in Felix township, April 14, 1894, aged 83 years. She married Daniel Weaver Sept. 24, 1829, and moved to Iowa, settling in Grundy county 1865, where she obtained for herself a good name and many friends. She was a professor of religion over sixty years and died in the faith of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was laid to rest in the Melrose M. E. church ground to await the resurrection of the just.
John James Weaver was born Sept. 13, 1830, in Baltimore, Md., died in Felix township, Grundy county, April 16, 1894, being 63 years, 7 months, 3 days of age. He was converted in early life, being but 18 years old. And those who knew him best bear loving testimony to the fact. His purpose was to serve the Christ, with a motive ever looking toward that end his death was triumphant. He married Elizabeth A. Shipley June 5, 1854, who proved to be a helpmate in every particular. Nine children blessed their union; three daughters, one deceased, one in California, one in Baltimore; six sons, four in California, two in Iowa. For thirteen years they had not seen the part of the family in California, and it was mutually agreed that the wife should make a visit there with a view of settlement should she like the climate, etc. She had been there but two weeks when the sad news was sent to her that two of those she loved had gone to the better land where no change of season or place effects the inhabitants, where they are never sick or never say goodbye. The obsequies were in charge of their pastor, Rev. Miller, and were conducted at the M. E. church, of which he was a long time a member. The discourse was well-timed and the well merited tribute was given. Text 2 Cor. 5:1.
He has gone beyond the clouded days and years
Of blighted hopes, and doubts and fears, a
Glorious life has come.
A morn eternal bright and fair, a day without a care.
And with the blest who ever share the Father's love divine;
They have immortal spirit free from woe, and sin and misery;
Sustained in life shall ever be an heritage of thine.
God bless the stricken mother's heart; soothe the
Pain, the ache, the smart; and when the
Tears unbidden start and weeping eyes are dim;
Comfort alike, oh Lord, we pray, the offspring fatherless today;
Lead them in wisdom's hallowed way,
Till all are brought to him.
--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 May 1894
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