Hannah Bracher Bundy

Image and transcription contributed by Judy Simpson on 11 June 2004
The Western Star, dated 12 Oct 1849 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)
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DIED—On the night of the 22d ult., Hannah Bracher, consort of Joseph Bundy, in the 56th year of her age, after a severe illness of nine weeks. Mrs. Bundy was a native of England, having emigrated to this place with her husband and one child, in the year 1819, arriving in Lebanon on the 6th day of October in that year, and continuing to live in the neighborhood till the Lord was pleased to take her home. Mrs. B. has always been respected by those who knew her as a kind neighbor, a friend to the needy as far as she had it in her power, and in her early days was very kind to the sick night and day; but the last twenty-one years of her life has been a continued scene of affliction, and at times she has suffered very much. When she was in tolerable health she was very lively with her friends, and did much to and for the comfort of her family. She was a loving and kind wife, a tender and affectionate mother, always endeavoring to set good examples before her children, and giving them good instructions as long as she lived. She has left a kind husband and seven children to mourn her loss, through they have no doubt but their loss is her eternal gain. Notwithstanding her long and severe afflictions she was never heard to murmur, but would say—The Lord’s will be done: Lord enable me to be reconciled to thy will. And in her last illness she was often heard to sing

“Jerusalem, my happy home,
Oh! how I long for thee.”

and would say, Lord Jesus come quickly and take me to thyself and out of this suffering world.

Mrs. Bundy in 1821, through hard temptations, was brought to see herself a sinner, and to see there was no help but in Jesus. She suffered on till early in 1827, when the Lord was pleased to bring her to rejoice in a Crucified Redeemer, and in March of that year she was received into the Regular Baptist Church. She remained a faithful member of that church until she died triumphant in a crucified and risen Savior, although, through severe afflictions, she was for many years deprived of its privileges. But as she then saw as through a glass darkly, she now sees face to face, and knows even as she is known by her Savior. “Oh! let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.” The Lord hath need of her.

A funeral discourse on the occasion of Mrs. Bundy’s death will be delivered by Elder Samuel Williams, at 11 o’clock on next Lord’s Day, (14th) in the West Baptist Church.

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