MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 146
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007
MRS. ELIZABETH MAHIN died Jan. 28th, 1884, in her 81st year, having been born in Rose county, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1803. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Hare. She was married in her native State in 1823 to Jacob Mahin, who died in 1872. Together they shared the hardships of pioneer life in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, coming west of the Mississippi in 1843, when Iowa was a territory. The deceased was the mother of twelve children, six of whom survive her. The Davenport Democrat, in noticing her death, kindly says: “The best tribute that can be paid her is in the lives of her children – three sons who are prominent and honored in the communities in which they live – three daughters who are blessings in goodly homes.” She had suffered many years from mental infirmity that gave her relatives and immediate friends great care and concern, yet she was a firm believer in the Christian religion, having been from her youth a member of the M. E. Church, and for some years past was ready and waiting for the Master’s call. Her death was as calm and peaceful as one falling asleep. XXX
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH MAHIN
The Old Settlers of Muscatine county are called upon to record the death of another of their number.
“How peaceful and how powerful is the grave,
The young, the middle-aged and the old,
The sceptered King, the burdened slave,
The humble and the haughty die,
The rich, the poor, the base, the brave,
In dust without distinction lie.”
Mrs. Mahin lived many years; a large family had been matured and cared for until they were old enough to fight life’s battles and share in its victories and defeats – to make for themselves an honorable name and place in the world among their kindred and associates. The father passed away some years ago, a son followed, and now the mother, feeling her way in mental darkness, with glimpses of the shining light beyond, like a weary traveler has put aside her staff to rest in the bosom of mother earth. We pass on for a little space toward the same goal, to await the dawn of that morning which shall enable us to realize the wonderful mysteries of immortality and eternal life.
D. C. RICHMAN SUEL FOSTER } Com. D. C. CLOUD
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