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PHOEBE RYERSON

Submitted by Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State - Thursday, November 19, 1874

The subject of this notice was born in Hampshire County, VA, July 16, 1795, and was, consequently, at the time of her death, which occurred at 1 o'clock on Wednesday morning of last week, 79 years, 3 months, and 25 days old. She emigrated to Green County, PA, in the year 1805, and from thence to Pickway County, OH, in the spring of 1810.

At the age of 12 years she had never heard anyone pray. She went to hear a Methodist minister preach, but the minister not putting in an appearance, the class leader sang and prayed which was the means of her conviction. She then promised God that when she became married, she would unite with the church. In 1812 she was married to SAMUEL RYERSON, and soon after she and her husband united with the M.E. Church. They went home and at once erected a family alter, which was ever sustained afterward, when it was at all possible. She was converted to God at the bedside of a dying sister, while her husband was in the Army.

They emigrated to this county and settled on Helt's Prairie in the year 1819, 55 years ago. At that time there was no Methodist meeting of any kind in that vicinity. He formed a class of 8 persons, consisting of his wife, Aunt POLLY HELT, Esquire SAMUEL RUSH, and his first wife, and others. In the year 1848, Salem Church, on Helt's Prairie, was erected, and for many years Mr. RYERSON and his wife were attendants of this church, after which they moved to Clinton where he died on the 31st of January 1862.

A short time before Mrs. RYERSON's death she made a will, of which the following shows a partial list of those whom she rewarded: $1500 to the Missionary Society; $500 to the Asbury University, Greencastle; $200 to Rev. DAVID HANDLEY; $100 TO Rev. JOHN M. STAFFORD, of Groveland, Newton County, IN, the minister who preached her funeral; $200 to her niece, Mrs. JOHN W. CASEBEER; $200 to Educational Fund of this county; $200 to Biblical Institute, of Evingston, IL; $200 to PHOEBE SKIDMORE, of Summit Grove.