|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1846|
|Death: ||Sep. 5, 1925|
"We spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength, labour and sorrow for it is soon cut off and we fly away."
Death comes as an unsought guest to every home, and at its special bidding some loved one goes forth to his mysterious home. It may be youth in its beauty, or childhood in its innocence, or it may be old age with its crown of snow white hair - all have gone down into the same valley, the valley of the Shadow of Death. This time the call went out to a silver haired father who was ready and waiting the summons. Abijah Hunt Stephen, the son of Levi and Elizabeth Walker Stephen was born October 8, 1846 in Noble township, Rush county, and passed away in death Sunday morning, September 5, 1926, at his home in Glenwood, the period of his earthly sojourn being 79 years, 10 months and 28 days.
He was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Jane Stevens, of Mount Carmel, Franklin county on November 23, 1872 and for almost fifty-four years they have been to each other true helpmates and loving companions. To this union was born five children, one son and four daughters. The son Richard having died several years ago.
Mr. Stephen and wife established their home in Orange township, Fayette county and spent all their married life there until three years ago when they came to Glenwood and bought a home where they have since resided.
Abijah Stephen was kindly and gentle in his disposition, industrious, upright and moral in his conduct. He was a loving husband and father, a good neighbor, a loyal friend.
He was a member of the Christian church having confessed his faith during services at the old meeting house on Sanes Creek thirty-three years ago. His usual active outdoor life had to be given up several years age owing to failing eyesight which developed into total blindness. But he bore this affliction patiently always greeting his friends cheerfully. What a joy must have been his when his spirit took its flight Sunday forenoon to open his eyes to the wondrous beauties of heaven.
His surviving relatives are the widow, four daughters, Mrs. Lyman Barnard of Orange, Mrs. Perry Stanton of Columbia, Mrs. Clarence Garrison of Alpine, and Mrs. Fred Perin of Connersville, the daughter-in-law now Mrs. Oma Abbitt of Zionsville, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers, Harlan E. Stephen of Orange, and Carl Stephen of Rushville, and two sisters, Mrs. Harry Byron and Mrs. John Stephen of Connersville and a number of nieces and nephews.
"Let's be brave when the trials come
And our hearts are sad and our lips are dumb
Let's strengthen ourselves in the time of test
By whispering softly, that God knows best
Let us still believe, though we cannot know
We shall learn sometime it is better so"
Richard William Stephen (1875 - 1907)*
Rhoda Pearl Stephen Barnard (1877 - 1961)*
Elsie A. Stephen Perin (1879 - 1957)*
Mary E. Stephen Stanton (1881 - 1972)*
Frances Lena Stephen Garrison (1883 - 1972)*
Orange North Cemetery
Plot: Section 1, Lot 3
Maintained by: J. R. Keller
Originally Created by: Linda Mahan
Record added: May 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26916939