|Birth: ||Nov. 10, 1821|
|Death: ||Apr. 16, 1910|
Mrs Lydia Dreisbach, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. S. Ludwig, Saturday morning, April 16, was born forty miles from Philadelphia near Obermilfort, in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, Novenber 10, 1821. Her maiden name was Hittle. She emigrated with her family consisting of father, mother, five sisters and one brother, to this state in 1830, she being about nine years of age. They left their comfortable home, for what to them was the far West; traveling in covered wagons, amid the scenes and incidents common in earlier years. Instead of requiring two days to make the journey, as at present, it took them four weeks, during which time they encountered all the difficulties peculiar to such modes of traveling.
On their journey they arrived about seven miles north of Circleville, among some members of the Evangelical denomination to which the parents belonged. Here they intended to remain a short time to rest before continuing on their way to Dayton where they had thought of locating, but these kind friends, whose hospitality they shared, persuaded them to settle here.
The father bought a farm about four miles northeast of Circleville, now owned by Mrs. Adam Wegerly. The daughter remained at her home on this farm until the time of her marriage to Isaac E. Dreisbach, of Pickaway township, February 9, 1841. The late Rev. Lewis Einsel, pastor of the Evangelical church officiating. After fifty happy years, during which time they reared a family of three sons and four daughters, they were permitted to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, February 9, 1891, at the home of their son, B. F. Dreisbach, in Pickaway Plains.
Having a high estimate of the value of an educaiton they made it possible to give each of their seven children a liberal education and accumulated a competence sufficient to secure all needs for a comfortable life, also to aid the various good causes, which had always been a pleasure to do.
After the death of her husband, March 27, 1897, Mrs. Dreisbach preferred and continued to live in her home on East Union street, this city, for seven years, when the responsibilities became too great and she consented to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ludwig. During this time she enjoyed excellent health, for one of her years until a few days ago when she contracted a cold which developed into broncho-pneumonia and last Thursday night she became seriously ill and the end came suddenly Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock.
She was eighty-eight and one-half years old, and since twelve years of age, when she became a member of the church, she lived in earnest devotion to her Creator. Her life was an exemplary Christian one, filled with cheerfulness, gentleness and sympathy.
She is survived by two sons, B. F. Dreisbach, of Pickaway Plains, and Rev. C. H. Dreisbach, of Redfield, South Dakota, and four daughters, Mrs. Mary D. Smith, of Naperville, Ill; Mrs. Mattie H. Earnest, of Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Rose D. Ludwig, of Pickaway Plains, and Mrs. Emma D. Woodside, a missionary in South Africa. One son, Reuben, died in 1898.
She is survived also by one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Dunkel, of Baltimore, Maryland.
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from Ebenezer Church preceded by a short service at the house. The sermon was delivered by Rev. G. W. Mourse, of Stousville, followed by an address by the venerable Rev. A. Swartz of Lancaster on the life of the deceased. Prayer was offered by Rev. Rowlisch, of this city. The hymn "I Would Not Live Always" was read by Mrs. Charles Naumann and another "My Heavenly Home", by Mrs. Lucy Naumann, a granddaughter from Cleveland. The pallbearers were Dennis, Orin Fred and Charles Dreisbach and Mrs. Mary Ludwig and Miss Emma Dreisbach grandchildren of Mrs. Dreisbach. Interment was in the cemetery adjoining.
*Obituary copied from the Circleville Democrat and Watchman dated April 16, 1910
Isaac E. Dreisbach (1819 - 1897)
Mary Hittle Dreisbach Smith (1841 - 1921)*
B. F. Dreisbach (1845 - 1915)*
Martha Hittle Dreisbach Earnest (1848 - 1916)*
Rosalie Dreisbach Ludwig (1851 - 1924)*
Reuben H. Dreisbach (1858 - 1893)*
Emma Dreisbach Woodside (1861 - 1951)*
Created by: Linda Huffman Powell
Record added: Jun 23, 2009
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