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Jay County Obituaries

From the Bushnell Record Friday March 30, 1888 – newspaper

George Wetzel, after a lingering illness of six weeks from
lung trouble and infirmities of age, sunk to rest at
12; 30 p.m. the 17th inst, at the age of 79 years, 4 months
and 5 days, Deceased was born in Carlisle, Cumberland Co.
Pennsylvania, November 13, 1808. His father died when he was
about five years old, and his mother was left with three small
children, he being the eldest. His mother was married a
second time, when he was about eight years old to Balser Lutz,
of Augusta Count, Virginia to which state they then moved.
At the age of 18 George Wetzel began and served an
apprenticeship at the carpenter trade. He was married to
Miss Sarah Nebergall, of Augusta County, Virginia,
April 12, 1828. They were raised under the influence of the
Reformed and Lutheran Churches respectively and both professed
faith in Christ in 1834 and united with the United Brethren
Church in 1846, living faithful and consistent Christians
until death. They moved to Fulton County, this state,
in the spring of 1845, settling near Vermont, where they
lived about eighteen months, when they removed to the vicinity
of Table Grove , where they resided six years when they Harris Township,
New Philadelphia, where the owned a home of there own and
have lived until death ended their earthly pilgrims.
This remarkable couple walked side by side for over 57 years,
sharing their joys and sorrows “together until the 14th of
November 1885,hen Mother Wetzel was called home.
They raised a family of ten children, seven son’s and three
daughters, the eldest 57 and the youngest 35 years of age,
named respectively John S. Christopher, Geo. W. William. B.
Mary, William H, Ahaz B. Mary C. (Bryan). Daniel W., Sarah H.
(Sennett) Granville L. and Eliza J (Hunnicutt), all of whom
are living in a radius of 22 miles of the old homestead and
visited their father during his last illness and were present
at the funeral, except William H., who lives in Kansas.
Two of them living in Fulton County and seven in McDonough.
The deceased lived to see his posterity number
62 grandchildren, 47 of who are living and
24 great-grandchildren, 20 of whom are living.
Since coming to this state he has made farming his occupation,
this being the occupation of all his sons and sons-in-law.
He bore his sufferings during his long illness with great
patience, saying that he was only waiting for the end, when
he could go home and rest. The funeral was held at 11 o’clock
a.m. the 19th inst., at the Point Pleasant Church, near the
old homestead. The discourse was delivered by Rev. A. Rigney
assisted by Rev. H. Cline, after which the remains were laid
to rest in the adjoining cemetery by the side of his wife,
who had recently preceded him. Not withstanding the deep mud
and almost incessant rain of the day, the church was well
filled with sorrowing relatives and friends .Uncle Geo. Wetzel’s
bright cultured intellect and answering integrity of
character, together with his fine sense of honor in all his
relations with his fellow men, and his large hearted
benevolence combined to commanded the respect and esteem of
all who knew him, so that you can be truthfully said that of
friends he had many and enemies few or none. His home has ever
been noted for its generous hospitality and sunshine, where
both friend and stranger always received a cordial welcome.

From Joyce Worthington Brewer

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