The following newspaper obituary from a Wayne County 1889 issue is for FANNY W. CUSTER. It was found recently in the Adolphus Barnes Family Bible (also referred to as the Stephen Barnes Family Bible in other GenCOnnect sites). The Bible's owner was living in Randolph Co.,IN, and it is currently in the possession of Barnes descendants in Franklin, Tennessee. Also in the Bible was an obituary for LEWIS CUSTER (husband of MARGARET BARNES CUSTER, Adolphus' oldest daughter) who died at age 30 on Sunday night, August 21, 1870 of fever at Spartanburg, IN, Randolph Co. His obituary and other information is posted through GenConnect at that county's obituary and Bible record sites. This researcher does not know how Fanny is related to Lewis, but presumes her to be his mother.
No maiden name is given. Spelling and punctuation, or lack of it are as in the original newspaper column.
Fanny W. Custer, wife of the late Solomon Custer, was born in northern Ohio, near Cleveland, on September 30, 1817, and passed from this life at her son's home in Indianapolis, on the evening of November 29th, at the age of 72 years, 1 month, and 29 days.
Aunt Fanny, as all her long time friends and acquaintances of Dublin called her, was one of the earliest settlers of this locality, having come to Dublin, then a scattering hamlet with a hut here and there, that spoke of the advance of civilization, when this part of the country was looked upon as but the borders of the great wilderness to the westwardÂ—when the forests that abounded on every side were as nature formed them, and through whose inaccessable depths roamed the Indian, and the bear; and which were, at that time being gradually, but surely, pressed toward the setting sun, by that irresistable tide of civilization, that has at last covered the vast territory lying between the two oceans, lakes and gulf.
The deceased was untied in holy wedlock to Solomon Franklin Custer, in this place, at the old tavern stand, that used to occupy the site of the late Benjamin Cruil's residence in the east part of town, on Nov. 16th, 1838. As the result of this union, she had born to her nine children, two of whom survive her. With the exception of a very short period at two different times, aunt Fannie had made Dublin her home, since first coming to the settlement; then just forming, away back in the 20's.
She was generally beloved by all who knew her, and was noted for her benevolence of spirit and generous-heartedness; being known as one who would share her last crust with whosoever should need it.
She joined the Universalist church on the evening of the 10th of Octrober, 1874, and until her last, held to that belief. She passed away peacefully and resignedly, with an abiding faith in the justice and love of an All Powerful and Supreme Being, and with joy in the full belief that she would meet with dear ones gone before.
Having fulfilled the duties of life, with a conscientious regard for the welfare and happiness of those who were compelled to lean on her in her middle and early life, she passed away, fully trusting that the welcome applaudit summons, "well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord," would greet her on the other side.
Funeral services were held at the Universalist church in Dublin, on Sabbath morning , Dec. 1, 1889, Rev. P. S. Cook and C. T. Swain, officiating.
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