Following is a transcription of the above person's (TN) obituary from The Murfreesboro News of Murfreesboro, TN, dated November 28, 1860:
DIED.--MRS. RACHEL THORNHILL, at the residence of her son-in-law, Capt. G. W. Reed, Allegheny city, Pa., on Thursday, Nov. 8th, 1860, aged 57 years. She was a zealous member of the M. E. Church and was punctually in her seat at class meeting. The last 28 years of her pilgrimage on earth has been the widows life, her husband having fallen during the cholera of 1832. Her disease, a difficulty of the heart, caused severe distress. To her christian friends especially, it will be pleasant to know that her last days were not only comforted by the presence and kind attention of Capt. R., and family, with whom she has resided the past 12 years, but best of all, with the presence of Christ. She said, "I am ready to go." She has gone where the weary of earth find repose, and none are heard to say, "I am sick."
"Beyond this life of hope and fears,
Beyond this world of grief and tears,
There is a region fair,
It knows no change and no decay,
No night, but one unending day,
Oh! say, will you be there?
No drooping form, no tearful eye,
No hoary head, no weary sigh,
No pain, no grief, no care;
But joys which mortals may not know,
Like a calm river ever flow,
Oh! say, will you be there?"
Initial transcription by Stan Magnesen. Verified and prepared for the Web by Vanessa Slea.