Rachel Dustimor Alexander


Bellevue News 6/14/1892, pg.3, col.5

DIED - ALEXANDER__At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Theophilus Gardner, Saturday, May 28, 1892, Mrs. Rachel Alexander, aged 87 years, 5 months and 15 days.  Rachel Dustimor was born in Rockingham County, VA., Dec. 13, 1804.

In 1810 she came with her parents to Ohio and settled in Coshocton county. She afterwards removed to Tuscarawas county, where she became acquainted with Wm. R. Alexander, with whom she was united in marriage Oct. 21, 1824. With her husband she removed to a farm in Hancock county, where she resided until 1849, when she came to Huron county and settled on a farm near the Columbus pike. In 1869 she left the farm and settled in Flat Rock. Here she was widowed, the death of her husband occurring Sept. 1, 1879. After Mr. Alexander's death she continued to live in Flat Rock until nearly four months ago, when she came to Bellevue to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Theophilus Gardner, where she remained up to the time of her death, May 28, 1892, being 87 years, 5 months, and 15 days old.

Her life was one of toil and constant activity. In her youth the primeval forests stood, and the dusky Indian roamed the plain. The land was to be cleared before seed could be sown. In this heroic age her zeal did not falter, but she stood as a helpmeet indeed to her husband, aiding him in his work besides discharging the onerous duties which pertained at that day to a wife and mother. She clothed her family with the products of her own loom, weaving as high as eight yards of linen a day in addition to her usual household duties.

She was the mother of eleven children, five of whom have died, viz,:

Charles, Samuel, Julia A., John H. and Rose B. The six surviving children are, Ambrose, of Bryan, Erastus, of Kansas, Urias, of Milan, and Russel B., Mrs. Mary Clemens and Mrs. Justina Gardner, of Bellevue. She has 20 living grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. One sister survives, Mrs. Margaret Courtwright, who lives in Coshocton county.

Mrs. Alexander was converted about 68 years ago and united with the Methodist church and has always retained her membership therein.  She was a devout and sincere Christian. Her faith was simple, yet strong enough to afford support in life's strongest trials. She manifested the greatest patience in suffering and endured uncomplainingly the Divine will. Her strong tower was the Word of God. Her well worn Bible shows constant use, as well it might, for she had read it through many times and much of it was committed to memory. The blessed book was her companion to the very last.

She was ministered to in her old age by her children, all of whom were devoted to her. She was made to rejoice in the consciousness that those to whom she ministered when they were babes and children, did not forget or neglect her in her old age. Her last days were attended by the presence of her children and their loving hands closed her eyes for her last sleep.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist church.

Note:  Rachel lived in Huron Co. Lyme (Bellevue) from 1849-1860, but she lived later in Seneca Co., and died in Sandusky Co.

Cathy Lauer


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