Lancaster, Elizabeth 1810-1890
Posted By: Plymouth Co. Coordinator (email)
Date: 11/12/2003 at 22:35:46
LeMars Weekly Sun
LeMars, Iowa, December 18, 1890
At the home of her son, John Lancaster, in Seney, on the 13th (sic 14th) inst., Mrs. Lancaster, aged 80 years. Deceased was born in Yorkshire, England, on the 13th December, 1810.
LANCASTER: (from family scrapbook)
Elizabeth Lancaster was born in the County of York, England,
Dec. 13, 1810, and passed home to God, Dec. 14, 1890. She married Wm.
Lancaster in 1836, and moved to this country in 1848. Six children were
born to them, four of whom, along with the husband, mourn her sad loss. She
and her husband joined the M.E. church in 1840, and, according to universal
testimony, she lived a consistent Christian to the last. The two of her
children who preceded her to Heaven were Christians, and the four left are
on the way to meet her in glory. She was one of those sweet mothers in
Israel, who never murmured in any trial. The funeral service was held in
the M.E. church, Seney, Iowa.
OBITUARY LeMars Sentinel, LeMars, Plymouth Co., Iowa, USA December 19, 1890
Mrs. Elizabeth Lancaster, one of the early settlers of Plymouth County removed to the better land Dec. 14th, 1890. She was born at Topliff , England , Dec. 13th, 1810, making the remarkable coincidence of her death just 81 years after her birth. Mrs. Lancaster's maiden name was Elizabeth Middleton. She was united in marriage in 1870(should be 1830) at the age of 21 years with William Lancaster also of Topliff , England . She came with her husband to American in 1845. The husband now 83 years old, and four son, Thomas, of Wisconsin; William, John and Edward of Seney; survive her. She received the last kind offices of her earthly friends at the residence of her son, John. She united with the M.E. church at the age of fifteen and has been a consistent member for fifty-six years and has gone to her reward without a shadow on her Christian character. A Methodist of the primitive stamp, believing, working trusting and happy. She tasted the deep things of God and knew by her experience that the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin. I never knew any one so well fitted to bear the loving name of Grandma, as she was familiarly called by everyone. Her heart was open as the gates of day. She shed around the rays of her loving kindness as freely as the sun sheds light. Having lived such a Godly life, as might be expected, died sweetly trusting in Jesus, giving her last illness, many expressions of her confidence, hope and joy. She was perfectly submissive to the will of her dear Savior. But our dear friend has passed away and though we mourn her loss, for ourselves, to her it is eternal gain.
She was much too good, too pure for earth,
God sent his messenger to take her home,
Amid the heavenly choirs to dwell and sing
Praise to him who sits upon the throne.
Could she from that bright eminence
Aught of what passes, in this world of woe;
Could angels spirits hover near to those
Whom they hold dear, when living here below.
Me thinks she would in tender accents low,
Cry, dear ones, do not mourn for me,
I only go where we again shall meet
In a bright, happy, immortality.
December 20, 1890
Mrs. William Lancaster, generally known as Grandma Lancaster, died at the home of her son, John, Sunday morning, Dec. 14th, of dropsy. She was eighty-one years of age and one of the earliest settlers of Plymouth County. The funeral was held Monday afternoon and interment was at the Seney cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. Morrow, of the M.E. church, of which she was a devote member. She leaves an aged husband, three sons and one daughter to mourn her loss.
Plymouth Obituaries maintained by Linda Ziemann.
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