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Samuel Evans Allgyer
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Birth: Mar. 8, 1859
Mifflin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1953
Logan County
Ohio, USA

Allgyer, -- Samuel Evans, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., March 8, 1859, the youngest in the family of Joseph and Barbara Zook Allgyer; quietly departed this life Nov. 15, 1953, at his home near West Liberty, Ohio; aged 94 y. 8m. 7 d. He offered the prayer of consecration at the morning Sabbath service on the last day of his life, in the same church in which he had served as Sunday-school teacher, superintendent of the Sunday School, pastor, and bishop; and in which he had begun his membership at the age of 16. Through the years his guiding influence played a gentle but firm and important role in the growth of this his beloved church. These were years of change and progress; the language of the church was changed from German to English; the building was remodeled; several deacons, ministers, and bishops were ordained; a dynamic and continuing program of missionary activity was initiated. Early in the century, when he was ordained to the ministry, he began the true purpose and sacred goal of his life:the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His first sermon, preached at the Oak Grove Church, had Luke 4: 18 for the text;"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." In the first year of his ministry he began evangelistic work, and as he later wrote,"By the grace of God, and the aid of the Holy Spirit, I have preached nearly 4, 000 sermons and have baptized hundreds of converts into His kingdom." He shared the responsibility of organization and management of the Orphansí Home of West Liberty for almost 50 years. The organization of the financial support for the construction of the Old People's Home of Wayne County claimed his enthusiastic devotion for a number of years. These two interests well illustrate the practical application of a Christian faith that believed in doing; in a faith that prompted a lively interest, to his last day, in the work and problems of those about him. His years of service as Field Worker for the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities took him into nearly every state of the Union and into many provinces of Canada. On Jan. 18, 1883, he married Pricilla Umble of Lancaster Co., Pa. Eight children came to bless this happy union (Eva Mae:Mrs. Noah E. Troyer; Barbara Ellen:Mrs. Earl M. Yoder; Maude Umble:Mrs. Dan C. Yoder; J. Roy; Anna Mary:Mrs. A. Ray Eschliman; Ruth Edna:Mrs. John G. Baumgartner; S. Maurice; and John M.). Father Allgyer made his home a home of prayer and consecrated devotion. The spirit and influence of Father and Mother have guided many decisions and judgments and have often served as a beacon light to guide toward the truth. Neighbors and many a friend scattered here and there, as well as his own children, cherish some counsel or advice which he gave. Twenty-three grandchildren were joined to this happy family circle, and 39 great-grandchildren. Three children have gone before (Maude in 1929, Barbara in 1933, and Eva in 1949). Mother, the companion of joy and sorrow, or happiness and disappointment, through 63 years of married life, left in 1946. There she has waited, as she always did in life, with the sweetest smile, and with the words which she had spoken many, many times,"I am so glad you are home again." Here lies the veritable patriarch of our family, the spring and source of our life, a venerable citizen of this community a respected leader of his church, and a faithful servant of his Lord and Master. He may well have said, with the Apostle Paul,"The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church on Nov. 18, in charge of S. C. Yoder, I. W. Royer, and Nelson Kanagy, with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.


 
 
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 Spouse:
  Priscilla Adeline Umble Allgyer (1862 - 1946)*
 
 Children:
  Eva Mae Allgyer Troyer (1883 - 1949)*
  Barbara Ellen Allgyer Yoder (1885 - 1933)*
  Maud Umble Allgyer Yoder (1887 - 1929)*
  Anna Marie Allgyer Eschliman (1892 - 1964)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
Kennard
Champaign County
Ohio, USA
 
Created by: Robert "Rob" Weller
Record added: Aug 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11607372
Samuel Evans Allgyer
Added by: Gloria Malone
 
Samuel Evans Allgyer
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