Margery Steddom, Andrew Campbell and Lemuel Ridgely Newell

Image and transcription contributed by Judy Simpson on 24 June 2004
The Western Star, dated 19 September 1851 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)
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Margery Steddom

DIED on Saturday the 30th ultimo, Mrs. Margery Steddom, wife of Samuel T. Steddom, in the 35th year of her age. The deceased was reared and educated in the Society of Friends, and remained a consistent, conscientious member of that denomination, until the close of her earthly existence. During a painful, and protracted illness of several weeks, she manifested much patience and Christian fortitude; talked calmly of her approaching dissolution, and gave her attendants every reason to hope that the mild, and gentle being, that had so often met with them to offer up the silent breathings of her heart in worship to a spiritual God, had gone to mingle with glorified spirits in the world above, and bask in the holy light emanating from the throne of the Eternal. To speak of her many virtues would be useless, for all who knew her felt their influence, and though gone she is not lost, for her example will long continue to be felt throughout the community in which she lived. No doubt her bereaved husband, as he views the vacant chair by the fireside, and sees the new grave in the church yard, will feel that he has been forced to drain to its very dregs the bitter cup of woe. Her children too must feel that their loss is irreparable, for true it is

“There is not,
In all this cold and hollow world,
Such a fount of deep, strong, deathless love,
As that within a mother’s heart.”

Yet although her mortal remains are hid from their gaze by the cold clods of the valley, and her body is returning to the dust whence it came, still her image is ever before them—she lives in their memories, and the fond wife and mother whispers into their wounded hearts words of comfort and consolation, and bids them sorrow not, but prepare to meet her in the regions of bliss. We trust that the numerous relations and friends that so faithfully watched over her, and administered to her wants—that lingered around her dying couch to ‘wipe the cold dew and stay the sinking head,’ may like her be prepared for the great change that awaits us all, for ‘Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, they rest from their labors and their labors and their works do follow them.’

Andrew Campbell

DIED—At the residence of his mother, near Franklin, on Friday the 5th inst., Andrew Campbell, M.D.

Lemuel Ridgely Newell

DIED—Of Cholera, on the 14th inst., Lemuel Ridgely, son of Rev. Samuel Newell, of Lebanon.

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