Monday, August 23, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary Of Artmezy Darling Luthultz

1854 - 1935

About Amanuensis Monday: John Newmark, who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog started a Monday Blog Theme called "Amanuensis Monday". John defines "amanuensis" as "a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Artmezy Darling Luthultz was the sister of Mary Elizabeth Darling Runyan, my maternal great grandmother. The obituary below was most likely written by her daughter Beulah Eletha Luthultz Thompson.

Artmezy Luthultz

Weep not that her toils are over, 
  Weep not that her race is run, 
God grant, we may rest as calmly 
  When our work, like hers, is done.
Till then we yield with gladness,
  Our Mother to Him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance
  He giveth His loved ones, sleep.

Artmezy, daughter of Samuel and Beulah Darling, was born in Delaware county, New Jersey, January 8, 1854. When about three years of age she, with her parents, came to Henry county, Indiana, and the remainder of her life has been spent here.  She grew up in an age when opportunities for an education were very limited. She has seen schools outgrow the small log buildings and move into modern structures. She has seen the rough pole roads replaced by pavements; forests cleared and swamps drained.  She was the sixth of a family of thirteen children, all of whom are gone but one brother.  September 30, 1869, she was united in marriage to Uriah Luthultz, and to this union seven children were born, of these one is living.  Mother loved nature and when physically able spent much time out of doors. She believed in God and His dear Son and when about 41 years of age united with the Christian church.  Almost 21 years ago, after hearing the truths taught by the Seventh Day Adventists she joined that church.  During her last illness she often expressed her thankfulness in tender words to those who so willingly cared for her.  Her family and friends have left her one by one, until she was lonely and anxious to go.  She fell asleep April 6, 1935, age 81 years, 2 months and 28 days. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Charles Thompson. One brother, Quincy Darling, five grandchildren, a number of nephews and nieces and many friends.  A good mother and grandmother, one who sacrificed much during the past years for those nearest her heart.  A good sister, a kind and thoughtful friend and neighbor has left us.  

I've just laid down to rest a while,
  Nay, do not weep, but wear a smile,
I'll rest a while then new life greet
  And I'll take up my work again,
Without the weariness and pain.
  Relieved of all that hinders here,
I'll feel a nobler, broader sphere;
  Nay, do not weep, but wear a smile,
(cannot read last line)

Note: In the Salem Co., New Jersey 1850 census Artmezy's parents, Samuel and Beulah Smith Darling, are living next door to Charles and Artemisia Newell. Samuel and Beulah named their first born William Newell Darling and I believe William and his sister Artmezy were both named for this couple. It is not yet known if the couple is related or if they were just close friends and neighbors. I have never seen Artmezy's name spelled "Artemisia" but I feel certain that is the name that was intended.


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