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Obit for Abigail George Kistler
Posted by: Nancy Davis (ID *****0667) Date: June 09, 2011 at 08:39:14
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Kistler, Abigail George -- Born at Loydsville, Belmont county, OH., Nov. 28, 1811. Died at Mansfield,Richland Co., OH. 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, OH., 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, burial private. [Semi-Weekly News: 31 August 1897, vol. 13, No. 70]

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