Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Obituary : Lydia (Rader) Haley

Evangelical Messenger, December 25, 1907, page 24

HALEY - Lydia Haley, nee Rader, was born July 1, 1826 in Ohio, and died in peace December 9, 1907, near Portland, Indiana.  In 1853 she and her husband came to Indiana, where they lived happily together until death separated them  seven years ago, when Mr. Haley died.  Six sons and six daughters grew to maturity, and one daughter died in infancy.  She was a model Christian mother.  She was a willing burden-bearer, never burdening others with her troubles.  She gave a smile rather than a frown.  She was a cheerful mother.  She was held in the highest esteem in the neighborhood where she resided for almost 55 years.  She was a life-long member of the Evangelical Association.  As a tribute to her we can say that she was faithful, her life exemplifying the virtues of her Christian profession.  The funeral sermon was preached by J.W. Metzner.  The Rev. J. Rees assisted in the services.

Lydia (RADER) HALEY was the widow of Sebastian HALEY (1823-1900), brother of 3x-great grandfather, George J. HALEY (1814-1888).  The names of the children who lived to maturity were: Mary Ann, George, John, Frederick, Samuel, Amanda, Elizabeth A., William, Sarah, Rebecca, Jacob and Allie M.  I do not know yet the name of the infant who died.  Lydia and her husband Sebastian were instrumental in founding the Mt. Zion church in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.

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