|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1812|
|Death: ||Dec. 2, 1889|
Lydia (Phelps) Reeves was the wife of Rev. Asahel Reeves. They were married June 1828. He was a minister in the Pittsburgh Conference, Erie Conference and East Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Unidentified Newsclipping - 1889
REEVES.--Mrs. Lydia Phelps Reeves, the wife of Rev. Asahel Reeves and mother of Rev. C. W. Reeves, both of East Ohio Conference, was born in Granby, Conn., March 21, 1812. When she was quite young her father's family moved to Phelpstown, New York. She was converted at a camp meeting held at Palmyra, New York when she was 14 years of age, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. In June 1828, she was married to Asahel Reeves, and three years later they moved to North-eastern Ohio. In 1835 her husband entered the itinerant ministry; she cheerfully shared with him its cares and privations, was always patient, courageous, hopeful, and self-sacrificing. After seventeen years of service her husband was compelled by failure in health to retire from the active ministry. In 1852 they settled in Farmington, Ohio, and for thirty-seven years her name has been associated with Farmington Methodism. Mrs. Reeves was the mother of seven children. Two died quite young; five still live. Her motherly example and precepts helped to bring all these into the church. She often walked four miles to the services, sometimes having to return through woods at night by the light of a hickory torch. She was gifted in prayer and glowing in her religious experience. While in the last years she suffered much, and her powers seemed to fail, her faith was never clouded. In the last days of life, when appeals were made to her faith in Christ and her hope of heaven, her countenance would lighten as with unusual strength she would say: "How I long to be there." She fell asleep in Jesus in the early morning of Dec. 2, 1889, at her home in West Farmington, Ohio. Her funeral services were conducted by her pastor, assisted by Professor E. B. Webster, of Western Reserve Seminary, the text appropriately being, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
Written by Rev. J. W. Moore
Methodist Episcopal Church
East Ohio Conference Journal
1890, Page 50
Asahel Reeves (1819 - 1892)*
Charles Wesley Reeves (1832 - 1905)*
Wilbur Asahel Reeves (1840 - 1902)*
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Mar 24, 2011
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