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Description: Deaths – John McMillan, Betsey DenmanDate: December 24 1897
Newspaper published in: Liberty, MS
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 2
JOHN McMILLAN, after an illness of twelve months, passed peacefully away at G. M. Brashears, his father-in-law, at 3 o’clock a.m., December 6th, 1897. This being the night of his 31st birthday and 4th marriage anniversary.
In vain he sought relief from physicians and known remedies. Leaving his native State he went to
Texas, still hoping to recover, but, alas, after a few months, fighting thus tor physical health, he returned to the scenes of his childhood days, and gave the more earnest heed to the "one thing needful," and in the hour of his setting sought spiritual health for his soul and made peace with his God by accepting eternal life through Jesus Christ, his son and died in full triumph of faith. His last words and angelic countenance made beautiful the scene of death, as it mingled joy and comfort with the sadness in the hearts of friends and relatives, who witnessed the power of grace in the Christian's, death. He was buried in the evening of the 7th, at Zion Hill church, beneath the sod where he played when a school boy, obtaining his first and last schooling, and in the shadow of the church, where he and Sister Dollie were married by the writer, just four years before.
The first three years of married life were sunshine and joy, unmingled with sorrow; the fourth brought clouds and dropping rain into their lives, sickness and trouble, and separation in death.
His wife proved a crown of joy to him in life and death, and he cheered her heart as he told her he believed that it was to her earnest prayers that God had brought him through these affliction unto Himself.
For several years prior to his sickness he worked on the railroad and had just been promoted to the position of conductor a few months before, where us ever before he was faithful in the discharge of his duty, even in the face of danger. He was a good citizen, a true friend and a kind and faithful husband, having many warm friends and no enemies.
He very much regretted his past life, but was happy to glorify Christ in his death. May the God of hope keep and comfort the bereaved companion, relatives and friends
R. J. STEWART
December 15th, 1897. Sister BETSEY DENMAN, aged 86 years.
This was a good woman, who fought life's battles honestly and faithfully. She was one of the landmarks of earth. Being one of the oldest members of Mars Hill church, and living through war time, she brought a rich experience to the young. It was a great pleasure to serve her as pastor. Near doubting, but with that cheerful spirit which always inspires confidence she bore herself. She leaves three daughters and one son. Her eldest son sleeps on some Virginia battle field awaiting the coming of his Lord.
At 12 o'clock yesterday a host of friends and relatives looked at her honest face for the last time, and their kind hands lowered her body in the grave, to await further orders from the God of our salvation.
J H. LANE