10 August 2011

Obituary To Make A Genealogist Proud

As genealogist we rely on obituaries quite a bit. Usually when we find them we are either really excited about how good it is or really disappointed about how brief, or how lousy it is based on how much or how little information is present.  Today's offering is one of the best I have seen, and I love how it handles the female children and their married names.  Take a minute and read through.  I think you'll agree this one is a good one!
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Valentine Benner Dead

  Mr. Valentine Benner died at about 3 am last Saturday, November 17, aged 78 years, 2 months, 14 days.  He died in the home of his son, Albert, four miles east of town.
  He was born near Miamisburg September 3, 1828, as son of Jacob and Mary (Gebhart) Benner.  On October 3, 1853, he married Miss Caroline Goudy, daughter of Squire Goudy, and with her celebrated the golden wedding day October 3, 1903.  She died March 23, 1905, aged 73 years, 7 months and 2 days.
   They were blessed with thirteen children. One, Grace, died an infant, and Charles died in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, leaving a widow and three children.  The other eleven children survive him and by the their noble lives honor the memory of their parent:  Mary, Mrs Joseph Britton, resides in Wapakoneta; Cornelia, Mrs. J. Loesch, Miamisburg; Miss Lucetta, Denver, Col.; Miss Edith, Chicago, Ill,; Emma, Mrs. G.W. Driver, Ogden, Utah; and Miss Callie, Los Angeles, Cal.  Mason has his home in Dayton, Robert in Middletown, and Samuel M., William G., and Albert live on farms east of town.
  Besides eleven children, he is survived by one brother, Mr. Jacob Benner, residing east of town, and by twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
   Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon in the home of Mr. Albert Benner, where he spent the last years of his earthly pilgrimage, Rev. F.W.E. Peschau, D.D., his pastor officiating.
   Thus another of our most excellent country citizens and pioneers has left us, and the Lutheran Church has lots one of its oldest members.  He was buried in Hill Grove Cemetery.

1 comment:

Barbara Poole said...

Karen, you are so right, that is an excellent example of a perfect obituary. I hope it provided new clues for you too.