|Stefani Evans on 15 March 2005|
|Dennis Van Vleet obituary, The Watchman, Connersville, Indiana, 8 November 1834, no page, no column; micfofilm, Fayette County Public Library, Connersville, Indiana, copy sent 2000 by Paulette Hayes, Librarian, to Stefani Evans|
|Van Vleet - Hinkson marriage announcement, The Watchman, Connersville, Indiana, 13 June 1834|
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|it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall
know it no more." But why are we surpri-
sed. Death comes to all. It has ever been
so, and ever will be so, until he himself
"shall be swallowed up in victory." From
the time that we were born, Death has been
dealing his blows all around us. That blow
strikes down our distant acquaintance---
this prostrates the near and dear friend or
companion that stands close by our side.
Anon, the icy arrow is sped to our own bo-
som, and the current of life is frozen up at
-------"How perished is the joy that's past!
-------The present, how unsteady!"
---And can it be that our friend is really
dead?--that "his place knows him no
more!"---Just here, but now gone? Just then
a breathing, walking, sentient, honorable,
kind and estimable being, as ever was---
but now a tenant of the grave--a chilled
and lifeless lump of earth. Can it be?---
Would that it were not!--But it is too true!
We saw the breathless trunk just as Death
felled it--saw it laid in the coffin--followed it to
the grave--heard the mournful rumbling of
the clods--the lamentations of acquaintan-
ces and friends, and the heart-rending wail-
ings of the young and disconsolate widow,
sisters and little brother! Yes, it is too
true--the wind of death has passed over
him, and he is gone.
---The hearts of all who knew the deceased
will tell the eulogy of his thousand virtues
--a life marked and noted from early boy-
hood for every good habit--a heart that lo-
ved his friend, that cherished a benevolence
forgetful of self & scarcely knowing bounds
and a stranger to fraud--lips that knew no
guile--feet that never stepped but in the
paths of industry, virtue, and honor--a char-
acter and reputation that were spotless and
above suspicion. His name will long
breathe a sweet smelling savor behind him.
Farewell--a long Farewell, to our friend!
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