DeKalb County Indiana Obituary


Esther Tilton Davis Dines Stepelton
Contributed by Roselyn (Mills) Wells


Dec. 17, 1915   Friday  The Butler Weekly Record
     Esther Tilton was born in York sate, May 9, 1836 and died at he home of Mr. & Mrs. Ben Woodring, north of Newville, December 8, 1915, aged 79 years, 6 months and 29 days.
     June 2, 1855 she was united in marriage to Aaron Davis at Columbus, O.  One daughter was born to this union.  Mr. Davis died August 20, 1857.  She was again married to Francis Dines.  This husband also preceded her to the great beyond.  Her third marriage was to Anthony Stepelton.  Mr. Stepelton passed away November 17, 1900 at their home in Orangeville where they had resided a number of years.
     The subject of this sketch has lived in York State, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.  She has resided in this vicinity for nearly 40 years.  Her home for the past 10 years has been in Newville.
     Owing to ill health and the cold weather she was residing with her daughter when her death occurred.  Grandma Stepelton, as her neighbors familiarly called her, although a constant sufferer always had a cheerful smile, the glad hand a kind word for everybody.  She was very seldom every heard to speak an unkind work to anyone.  She loved to have the neighbors come and sit with her and talk about the Scripture.
     So many years ago that the date has been forgotten, she united with the Christian church and was baptized in Christ.  She has been for a number of years unable to attire herself to attend services, but she read her Bible and prayed and she testified that the Lord was with her very much.  She died looking up in faith and praying the good Lord to come quickly and relieve her from her suffering and her prayer was answered and she fell asleep in Jesus.
     She leaves to mourn their loss, one daughter Mrs. Ben Woodring, 3 granddaughters, one grand son, 4 great grand children, 2 brothers, 2 half sisters, one half sister and other relatives and friends.
     Will she be missed?----Ah!  She was a loving mother and grandmother, a kind friend and a good neighbor. She will be missed--but she is at rest.
     The funeral was held at the U. B. church Saturday forenoon Rev. J. T. Keesy, the U. B. pastor, officiating.  Interment in Newville cemetery.



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