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Martha Elvira Hawn Belt
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Birth: Sep. 6, 1834
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1904
Toledo
Tama County
Iowa, USA

Martha Elvira Hawn Belt_ Obit
Burned to Death _ Sept 16 1904

The community was shocked last Saturday evening by the distressing accident that ended the life of Mrs. F A. Belt. She was alone in the house, and it is supposed that when she went to fill the gasoline tank of her stove she forgot to turn out the fire in one burner. No explosion occurred; but in some way her clothing caught fire. She ran from the kitchen all in flames to be met by her husband, who was coming from the barn. He at once threw what water was in a tub on the well platform over her and then tore her clothing off as quickly as possible. But she was fatally burned, and in spite of the best care that could be given death came about 4:15 Sabbath morning. Mr. Belt's hands were quite severely burned in tearing her burning clothing from her. The gasoline in the two quart measure that she used to fill the tank, caught fire and made quite a blaze in the kitchen for a awhile, but was easily extinguished before the wood caught fire.
Martha E. Hawn was born in Ohio on September 6, 1834. When but a little child her family moved to Indiana, and about six years later came to Lisbon, Linn County, Iowa. It was there she met and was married to F. A. Belt, August 28, 1851. Within the year after their marriage they moved to Buchanan County and after changing homes several times came to this county in 1863, becoming residents of the town eighteen years since.
To them seven children were given; two them boys. One daughter died when four year of age. The other children are all permitted to be present to share with and mutually sustain each other and their father in their common sorrow.
The children are Mrs. C. Hild, of Des Moines; C. A. Belt, Gilmore City; Mrs. R. B Pope, ft. Dodge; Mrs. Z. B. Phenis, Toledo; Dr. A. L. Belt, Bilmore City; Mrs. C. L. Blaine, Ft Dodge.
Sister Belt was converted and united with the M. E. church when she was about eight years old, and to say that she has been faithful to her early consecration means in her case that her Christian experience was progressive. She understood that it is the Christian's privilege to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God. Nothing less than loving God with the whole heart would measure up to her sense of obligation. A divided service was no service. To her there was nothing extravagant in God's demand for the whole heart in service. And she had the sweet realization that to yield all was to get all of God in return. Her religion was such a large part of her life. It took the sting out its disappointments. If life seemed narrow, why it was just the lane leading to the large and glorious country. Her faith in God and his interest in all that concerned his children made the humblest toil noble. No duty was trifling when her Father was pleased to have it done. The proper motive makes every act religious. By this intimate fellowship with God the routine of daily life was lifted from the common to the sublime. God's supplementing hand could make even mistakes worthy of a reward. With her, to please God was better than to win a world without his favor. She was so safe in his hands that even death was not able to separate between them. All things desirable which were beyond her reach were as nothing compared with that which could be had for the asking of her Heavenly Father. She was so well acquainted with God, and so accustomed to commune with him, that prayer was her easiest mode of speech. Her prayers were eloquent in their simplicity and frankness. She spoke from the heart when she talked to or of her God. She lived for him every hour of the day, therefore needed no time to prepare for death. Sudden death brought glory soonest.

Children:
Malinda E Belt 1854
Arilla A. Belt 1856
Sarah E Belt 1857 1926
Andrew Lincoln Belt 1861 1920
Charles A. Belt 1867 1919
Olive P. Belt 1872

 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew Hawn (1804 - 1872)
  Elizabeth Elliott Hawn (1807 - 1887)
 
 Spouse:
  Frances Astbury Belt (1827 - 1917)
 
 Children:
  Andrew Lincoln Belt (1861 - 1920)*
  Charles A. Belt (1867 - 1919)*
 
 Siblings:
  Robert G Hawn (1829 - 1904)*
  George Hawn (1831 - 1905)*
  Martha Elvira Hawn Belt (1834 - 1904)
  Charles Andrew Hawn (1836 - 1915)*
  Finley Hawn (1840 - 1858)*
  Wesley Hawn (1846 - 1848)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Toledo
Tama County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Martha Malinowski
Record added: Jun 20, 2011
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Martha Elvira <i>Hawn</i> Belt
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- Martha Belt Malinowski
 Added: Jun. 26, 2011
 
 
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