26 July 2015

Sunday’s Obituary: Christian Mellinger

Christian Mellinger was in his 92nd year of life when he died on 25 July 1880. A resident of Mountville in Lancaster County, he was a farmer. A member of the Old Mennonite Church, he was survived by four sons and six daughters. 

His obituary reads:

Christian Mellinger, a venerable patriarch of Mountville, West Hempfield township, died last evening between 10 and 11 o’clock, in the 92nd year of his age, of dropsy, with which he had been but a short time affected. Mr. Mellinger was a native of this county, a farmer by profession, and led a quiet and homely life; and yet by his frugality, industry and skill in farming acquired a very considerable fortune, estimated at from $80,000 to $100,00. He was an upright, honorable man, highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a widower, and for some years past has lived with one of his sons. He was a member, we believe, of the Old Mennonite church. His surviving family consists of four sons and six daughters, all of whom are married. His funeral will take place on Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock. 

Source:
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 26 July 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  

 

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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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