Sunday’s Obituary – Isaac Farver

This Sunday’s obituary is for my Great Great Grandfather, Isaac Farver (1827-1893).

The source of this obituary is somewhat of a mystery to me.  I was sent a photocopy of this obituary many years ago by the “official” DeKalb County historian, John Martin Smith.  Unfortunately, he was not able to tell me what paper this came from because he too had been sent a photocopy of the record.    All I can say for sure at this point, is that it was published sometime after September 14, 1893 and is followed by a letter of thanks from Isaac’s wife, Mary Ann (Myers).

If anyone has any notion of what paper this may be from or where to find that information, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Since the picture is a bit small, below is the transcription of the obituary and the letter that follows:

“Isaac Farver
Isaac Farver was born in Ashland county, Ohio, March 28, 1827, and died Sept. 11, 1893 at the age of 66 years, 5 months and 13 days.  The funeral was at Rehoboth church near his home, at 10 a.m. of Sept. 14, and the interment was in the cemetery at Spencerville. The services were conducted by Rev. W.W. Lineberry, of the M.P. church.

The circumstances of Mr. Farver’s death were briefly these.  He went up to visit a nephew, Isaac Farver, in the northeast part of Steuben county, on the 7th, and the next evening while unharnessing the horse, was kicked, the blow being in the bowels, and it is supposed there was serious internal injury, though at first he did not think his injuries serious.  But he soon grew worse, and in spite of all attempts at relief, died on Sept 11th.  He was brought back home for burial.  Mr. Farver was married in Ashland county to Miss Mary A. Myers, July 29, 1851.  In 1855, they came to DeKalb county, and settled at Spencerville, where he worked at shoe-making till 1867, when he moved to the farm in Jackson township that has since been his home.  He leaves a wife and three sons and two daughters to mourn for him.

Mr. Farver was a man who commanded universal respect, was a worthy citizen and good neighbor.  His death leaves a marked gap in the neighborhood that has known him so long.

Card of Thanks

We desire to thank the kind friends and neighbors who so heartily assisted and cheered us during the sad hours of our recent bereavement, the death of husband and father.  It will never be forgotten.

Mrs. Mary A. Farver
and the Children”


Thankful Thursday – I see dead people!

Okay, so my title is a shameless use of an over-used movie line, but it was definitely more attention getting than “Thankful Thursday – Obituaries online.”  Then again, this IS a blog about genealogy mostly read by fellow genealogists…I guess the alternate title probably would have had just as much impact!

Over the course of my genealogy research, I’ve found a lot of brick walls, especially since much of my research lately has had to be online since I’m in Florida, and all of my ancestors were in Indiana and Ohio…a 14 hour drive isn’t exactly a “quick trip to the courthouse.”  One of the resources that I have found invaluable to me has been the proliferation of obituaries newspaper obituaries that have been digitized and put online.  Unfortunately, there are still the vast majority of them from back in the early 1900s and 1800s that are still not online.

In Ohio, I have found a resource that I will be forever grateful for….  The Ohio Obituary Index maintained by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.  This searchable index not only has nearly every obituary published in Ohio newspapers, but when you find one you need, the site has very clear cut instructions on who to contact and how to order a copy of the obituary.  Were it not for this project, I can honestly say that I would be surrounded by brick walls and have a research trip list a mile long waiting for me to travel to Ohio!

I am and always will be thankful for the Ohio Obituary Index and the people who have made that wonderful project happen!