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Lancaster, Margaret E. "Maggie" 1880-1881

LANCASTER, KNEWSTUBB

Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 3/20/2021 at 18:30:33

LeMars Sentinel, Thursday, June 23, 1881
Page 8

LINES.
Lines on the death of little Maggie who followed Janie to the grave in one week.

Disease came swiftly stealing,
No power on earth could save,
It crushed thee little lily
And swept thee to thy grave.

Asleep in the silent city
Thou art gone to an early tomb,
Storms they may sweep above thee,
But flowers will o’er thee bloom.

O’er this wide world of sorrow
Thy feet had scarcely trod,
Sin had not stained thy purity
Ere thou went back to God.

Pale were thy waxen fingers,
Oe’r the bright flowers pressed,
Pure as a white robed Angel
Taking thy long last rest.

The Angel gently whispered
Come join our glorious band.
Opening her eyes in wonder,
She gazed on that spirit land.

She’s saved, she’s crossed the portal,
Her harp seraphic rings,
As close by the throne of glory,
She like a seraph sings. E.M.R
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LINES
Lines on the death of Jane Lancaster, aged eight years, who went to sleep in Jesus May 21st, 1881.

They bore her away to the Heavenly land,
Her attendants were Angels when crossing the strand;
The Savior hath washed her and made her robes white,
She is rescued forever from darkness and night.

A harp tuned to melody glorious and sweet,
A voice that will harmonize, perfect complete;
And the songs that she sings on the Heavenly shore,
Are never learned by mortals till deaths scenes are o’er.

Sing songs of rejoicing, a thanksgiving hymn
For her cup, though a small one is filled to the brim,
All the glories of Heaven, she surely will share
For the Savior went forward, a place to prepare.

Do not weep dearest father and mother, she said.
The Angels are ‘round me, they’re guarding my bed:
I cannot stay longer, for me they’ve come down:
I am going to my Jesus to wear a gold crown.

Farewell little Janie, thy mission is o’er,
Thy feet young and tender shall wander no more.
The kind Father who lent thee doeth all for the best.
He hath taken his own to the home of the blest.

Seney, Iowa, 1881 E.M.R.
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**Family Notes*
No formal obituaries were located for these two sisters who died within a week of one another. The above poems were written in Tribute and printed in the newspaper. The sisters share a tombstone and are buried in the Elgin Township, Seney Cemetery, Seney, Iowa.
Jane Lancaster
Born: 10 Dec 1874
Died: 21 May 1881 (aged 7 yrs, 5 mos, 11 das)

Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” Lancaster
Born: 18 Sep 1880
Died: 27 May 1881 (aged 8 mos, 9 das)
Parents of these two girls were William C. & Margaret “Maggy” (Knewstubb) LANCASTER.
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