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Obituary Notice of Angelina Weeks Swearingen from Bellville Times, October 19, 1883

“Death of a Veteran”


            Again is the Times called upon to chronicle one of those deaths that removed from our midst one of the first way marks of Texas history.

            In 1831, fifty two years ago, Mrs. Angelina Swearingen and her young husband located on a farm near what is now Millheim, she being the first white woman to take up a home in that settlement.  For more than the allotted life of man she has lived on that first place of her choice.  Here was spent the young manhood and womanhood of Mr. & Mrs. Swearingen; here they passed through the stirring scenes of the Texas struggle for independence, writing their own names indelibly on the pages of Texas history.  Here passed the prime and vigor of their lives, here clustered around them a family of children, now settled in their homes, and here, as old age came on, they peacefully awaited the call to go to the mysterious and unknown beyond.

            To Mrs. Swearingen the call came last Thursday morning at 1 o’clock , October 17, 1883 .

            In the silent hours of the night she died, as she had lived, surrounded by friends who loved, respected, and admired her for her kind heart, her many virtues, and her native intelligence.  The sorrow of the bereaved is tempered by the reflection that the departed had lived out her full time, that she had done her work, and done it well, and that she leaves the world much the better for her having lived in it.  She was a devoted Christian, an humble and sincere follower of the meek and lowly Saviour and we are assured that already she has been greeted with the welcome plaudit, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter then into the joys of thy Lord.”