Obituaries - Stevens
STEVENS, SAMUEL L. - (Continued)
“The remains of Mr. Samuel Stevens living in Ocean Mines, was [sic] brought here on the 12:32 train yesterday and interred in Percy’s old graveyard.” [CDN 8-1-1888, p. 3]
(husband of AMANDA “MADDIE” MIDDLETON STEVENS)
b. June 1855
d. March 5, 1914
“Died. At his home in Allegany, Thursday, March 5, 1914, Mr. Theophilus Stevens, aged 62 years, of miners’ asthma. Wife, three daughters and four sons are bereaved. Mrs. Agnes Stevens, Misses Emma, Annabelle and Myrtle Stevens and Messrs. Howard, Roy, Clarence and Walter Stevens.” [CET, 3-7-1914, p. 3]
Young Tod is buried in Percy Cemetery, according to Clarence “Buddy” Stevens, in a letter dated 8-12-1988.
(brother of JOHN JACOB and MARGARET STEYER)
b. December 6, 1796
d. December 14, 1888
a. 92 yrs. 8 dys.
“Died—At his residence, this place, Friday morning, Dec. 14, 1888, Mr. GEORGE STEYER, aged 92 years and 8 days. Mr. Steyer had been ill for some time. He was, perhaps, the oldest citizen of Frostburg, and was held in the highest esteem by all. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Sunday) morning at 10 o’clock at the English Lutheran church, of which he had been a member for many years.” [FMJ 12-15-1888, p. 1]
“The funeral of George Steyer took place at the English Lutheran church Sunday forenoon, Rev. E. G. Jessup, pastor, officiating. Messrs. A.R. Blasse, William Staples, H.B. Shaffer, John Davis, Robert Scott, Daniel Conrad, Daniel Krapf, and David Sloan were the pallbearers. Interment in the graveyard on Federal hill. John Snyder, brother-in-law, of Stoyestown, Pa., William Brubaker, son-in-law, of same place; John Snyder, step-son, of Somerset, Pa., William Heyer, nephew, and Mrs. Meschach Frost, step-daughter of the deceased, of Baltimore, were the absent family connections present.” [FMJ 12-22-1888, p. 1]
“George Steyer was born on the 6th of December, 1796, in Allegany county, Maryland, and died December 14, 1888, at Frostburg, Md., at the age of 92 years and 8 days.
Brother George Steyer was born of Lutheran parents, and has been a faithful and devoted member of the Lutheran church for 76 years. For over half a century he was an active and exemplary member in the English Lutheran church of Frostburg. His religious experience was peculiarly bright. After he had consecrated himself to God it was very manifest that he had come under the dominion of a new power, had new ambitions, hopes and pleasures. He carried his religion into his everyday life, and was honest and open as the morning, and as the sun pours its treasures into the bosom of the morning, so did the Son of Righteousness seem to pour His treasures into his soul:
From guile his heart and lips were free,
His humble joy, his holy fear
With deep repentance did agree
And join’d to prove his faith sincere
To this church, where he was a faithful officer for over 40 years, he was peculiarly attached; ever ready with his presence, his prayers and his means to promote her welfare. How true in his case were those words of the poet:
I love my church, the dear old church
My fathers’ and my own
On prophets and apostles built
And Christ the cornerstone
He was truly ‘a father of Israel’—at his death the oldest member in the church, as well as the oldest citizen of Frostburg, where he was respected and esteemed by all who knew him.
He was twice married, but had no children. His second wife (who is the daughter of Rev. Heyer, of missionary fame) and sister, Margaret Steyer, survive to mourn his loss.
We shall greatly miss him in the church, in the prayer meeting and in the councilroom but though gone from the church militant, it was only, we believe, to join the church triumphant.
The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church Sunday, Dec. 16th, where the writer preached a discourse from Acts xiii, 36.
Thus one by one the veterans fall from the ranks, and one by one the workers cease from their work. May God give grace to those who are left behind to take up their mantles and carry forward their work.
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
28 x 22 cms
Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .
Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972