Kistler, Abigail George -- Born at Loydsville, Belmont county, O., Nov. 28, 1811. Died at Mansfield, Aug. 28, 1897, Abigail George Kistler.
Eighty-five years and nine months she lived, and labored, and loved on the earth, and full of years she has passed away. Her parents were pioneers and a few months after her birth they moved into Knox County, O., and settled near Fredericktown. Her father's sons and daughters were eight in number, and with the exception of her youngest sister, who died some years ago at the age of 60, all have survived her. The longevity of the family has been remarkable. Her eldest brother is in his 87th. year. Another brother in his 84th. year; her sister, Mrs. Levi Zimmerman, in her 82d. year. A pioneer family in another respect, four of her five living brothers reside on the Pacific coast and the eldest in Iowa. Westward moved the star of empire, westward went the sons of Ohio's pioneers. Abigail was married to John Kistler who became a soldier of the Union and a captain in Col. Solomon Meredith's regiment of Indiana volunteers. With him she went to the front -- when the regiment was at Fortress Monroe. Years ago he passed away and since in large measure she has made her home with Mr. & Mrs. Zimmerman in Mansfield. She was a lovely and lovable woman, growing old gracefully and well. For many years deafness, increasing with age, deprived her of the enjoyment of general conversation, but in the home circle the want of hearing was compensated by loving companionship. Born when Ohio was on the frontier, she has lived to see her native state a grand commonwealth. How much she has lived -- through the war of 1812, hid away by her mother in a cave when the savage threatened the home -- actively interested in the great struggle -- the civil war. She has devoted her last years to reading, study and the quiet of the home. Now she has passed beyond the borders, across the river, and has entered into rest. Funeral Monday at 3 p.m. from the home, 288 West Fourth Street, bur burial private. [Semi-Weekly News: 31 August 1897, vol. 13, No. 70]
Zimmerman, Mary A. (George) -- Rich has been the harvest of the Great Reaper in the passing months in our city. It is the inexorable fate of the race that all must respond to the dread summons, young or old, sooner or later, yet in our little city, located on the high lands of Ohio, near the summit, where break and flow the waters in south and north, health is so conserved that with us tis the old who die. We have chronicled the demise of many such as 1897 sped away, and the new year attests the fact, that the old can not win the race with Death. In the early morning on the 18th. inst. Mary A., beloved wife of Levi Zimmerman, died full of years and labors. Swiftly sped the arrow, kindly, for quickly was ended the prolonged life, a life complete in love and devotion to humanity. She was a daughter of a pioneer of Ohio, the grand-daughter of a soldier of the revolution, on her paternal side, while her maternal ancestors and her own mother were Friends. A Quaker by birth-right was she. Mrs. Zimmerman was born on the farm in Knox County, Ohio, near Gregg's Mills, not far from the village of Fredericktown, Oct. 6, 1815, of her parents John and Mary Gregg George. The place of her birth was then on the border of the civilization of the white man, and the waning life of the red men of the forest. When a wee child her mother hid her and an elder sister safe away in a cave, on the approach of the Indian warriors. As she grew to young womanhood she found her home again on the borders in Crawford County, near the eastern edge of the last Indian reservation in Ohio, that of the Wyandotte. Surely Mrs. Zimmerman was a pioneer. Of her father's immediate family, of five sons and three daughters, only the daughters have departed into the unseen country. Her brothers survive, one in Iowa in his 87th. year, one in the great valley of San Joaquin, in California, in his 85th. year, one in the new state of Washington, near the bright waters of Puget Sound, in his 74th. year, a fourth in Oregon, aged 76 years, and the youngest of the five, and he is in his 69th., high up in the mountains in Inyo County, California, the name of which county was suggested by his elder brother, to the legislature of California, when the county was formed. Her elder sister, Abigail, died August last, at the advanced age of 86, in our city, and her younger sister, Vilinda, in 1888, met death in the way, at her home in Iowa. It is a remarkable fact that four of these sons -- brothers of Mrs. Zimmerman, notwithstanding their birthright of peace by their mother's blood -- Quakers -- were soldiers; for the blood of the paternal ancestor, coursed in their veins and controlled them, at least so far as to cause them to be actively patriotic when war's dread alarms were sounded, and when the wars were over all became quickly quiet citizens of the Republic. In November, 1835, she and her now bereaved husband were married at Bucyrus, O., where she was living. A married life of over two and sixty years. Seldom is it vouchsafed to the sons and daughters of men so long to live husband and wife. She came to Mansfield a bride; she entered on all the duties of life with a zest; she recognized her obligation of love and obedience to her Father in Heaven, and immediately connected herself in the Methodist Episcopal church, of Mansfield, which branch of the church she joined at Bucyrus in her 16th. year, and at her death she was the oldest member of its communion in Mansfield. How much has she seen of our progress as a village -- and city -- a hamlet only in 1835 -- very much of a city in 1898. Year after year have the friends of her young life been called away, yet she and the husband of her youth remained active in every good work, even to the last day of her life, in some measure for some years laid aside from more aggressive work -- in her home she continued ever to plan for some additional good to her fellow men and women. The home was her domain and she its beauteous queen, blessed in the natural gifts, her acquirements beyond the average in her day and generation, a lover of good literature, a close student of the Book of Books, her knowledge thereof was large, her judgment seldom at fault, and her whole life pure. Universally known by the men and women of Mansfield in the years of her activity, and as universally respected and beloved, and though as the city grew in population and her age advanced, it was a physical impossibility for even one good woman to know the wants of the sick and weary, and to add to the comforts of the poor, yet Mother Zimmerman did blessed work up to the closing of the day before her departure. -- [Semi-Weekly News (Mansfield): 21 January 1898, Vol. 14, No. 6]
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