Obituaries:  Hannah Weymouth Alexander Shafer

Richland Co., Ohio



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Hannah Weymouth Alexander Shafer

Source:  INDEPENDENT-STAR (Bellville):  30 May 1889, Vol. 2, No. 7 as re-printed from the PLYMOUTH ADVERTISER


Submitted by Amy


Hannah Weymouth Alexander was born in Bellville, Ohio;  December 6, 1854;  died May 15, 1889, aged 34 years, 4 months and 11 days.

Deceased spent the days of her youth and young womanhood in the home of her parents until 19 years of age, when she was united in marriage to Mr. A.T. Shafer Jan. 2, 1873.  After a residence of about five years in Bellville, they removed to Plymouth in 1878, where they have since lived happily together.  On Sabbath, May 19, the heart broken husband and the two grief-stricken children, and over thirty friends, accompanied the remains to Bellville, Ohio, where they were fondly and amidst tears, laid away to await the resurrection morn.

Deceased possessed many noble characteristics.  She was a pure minded, obedient, dutiful girl, and when she went out from the home of her parents to organize a home of her own, these characteristics followed her, for she was a noble wife, a tender, loving mother and one who knew her better than we, says that she had not a particle of contention in her nature.  She was tender to a fault, having no evil thing to say of anyone, being more willing to excuse than censure, and the poor of Plymouth had no better friend than Mrs. A.T. Shafer.  Her religion  was one more of deeds than otherwise, though she was reared in a Christian home, had faith in God and hope in the everlasting ------.  Her home was her sanctuary,  her family her all and as a mother she was kind and indulgent, but no mother appreciated her office more, and as a neighbor and friend she was held in high regard by all who knew her.

Funeral exercises occurred at the M.E. Church, Bellville, services conducted by Rev. Place, of Plymouth, assisted by Rev.'s. Kelly and Philpott, of Bellville, with music by the Presbyterian choir, of Plymouth, the services being very largely attended.

Messrs. F.W. Kirtland, J.D. Fate, T.J. Webber, F.P. Smith, G.W. Hofman and J.A. Moore officiated as pall bearers, and as the remains were quietly lain to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Bellville, the clouds above seemed to join in the sorrow, as the pure drops of rain gently descended to the earth, and thus was performed the last sad act, for a gentle daughter, kind mother, loving wife, and esteemed friend.

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