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Rachel Mary (Barber) Bouton obituary

contributed by Anne LaMont

Rachel Mary Bouton
July 9
, 1908
Middleburgh News

     After many months of suffering, Monday, July 6th., the end came and the spirit of Mrs. Rachel Bouton, released from the tenement of clay, took its flight to the God to whom, when a girl of 17, she committed her life and in whom she found her greatest joy as she journeyed for nearly 90 years along the pathway of life. She was born Nov. 30th. 1818 and therefore lacked but 4 months and 24 days of reaching four score years and ten. She began life as a cripple and during life met with many trials and misfortunes yet, aside from cancer of the breast, of which disease she died, she was physically well preserved and might yet have lived for some time. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Josuah barber. She was of Quaker origin, descended from a family that traces its blood back to the nobility of the old country. When a young girl for a time she taught school later on she learned the tailor's trade and followed that for a time. Over 70 years ago she united with the Christian church of Huntersland and ever after retained her membership there. She was lovely in life and character and ever gave evidence of the Divine life within. During the last few weeks of life, when special help was needed she was cared for by her niece Mrs. Frances Rivenburgh. For many years she was a widow. She leaves an aged sister, Mrs. Hiram Saddlemyer of this place, now 88, a large circle of relatives and many friends to mourn her departure. Her funeral took place from her late home this afternoon, Rev. F. E. Gaige of Hartwick, formerly of Huntersland, officiating. Burial in the Middleburgh cemetery near her father and mother.

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