Bessie H Carter

Bessie H Carter

Death 25 Jan 1900 (aged 14–15)
Lowell, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Burial Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
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Bessie H. Carter
(1885 ~ January 25, 1900)


In Quaker Valley, Thursday, Jan. 25, at 8 o'clock, a. m., Bessie Carter, fourteen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Carter. The funeral services were held at the family residence this afternoon at 1 o'clock, and at the Carter Chapel, on West Seventh street, at 3:30.

The Galena Daily Republican, Galena, Kansas
26 January 1900, Friday, Page: 4.


With the Angels.
The death of little Bessie, the fourteen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Carter, which occurred on January 25, 1900, was peculiarly sad and moves every heart to pity. She was a sweet child and it seems as if God had marked her for His own, and sent His angels to warn her that He would soon call her to His side. For several months before her sickness, she dreamed almost nightly of heaven and the angels. She delighted to be alone in the quiet and would often say: "Mamma, how does heaven and Jesus look?" During the latter part of her sickness she often said, "Mamma is the sweetest thing I want to see; sit close to me."

She never murmured or complained during her six months' sickness, the last four of which she never laid down. Christmas morning when she looked up at her Christmas tree, she threw her arms around her mamma's neck, kissed her and said: "Thanks, Mamma, Oh, how beautiful!" Taking down a new dollie, she named it Angelitis (little angel.) Her family of sixteen dolls was ever a source of pleasure to her. Often placing them around her for meeting and Sunday School, calling each one by name to repeat Bible texts, which she did for them.

The Sabbath before her death she was taken out for a drive, which she enjoyed very much, and requested that when she died her body might be laid to rest in the Galena cemetery, close to the Mission she loved so well. She was very grateful to her friends for the many tokens of love sent her.

A few days prior to her death she asked to be taken to see Dr. Carson at Kansas City. Although it was evident that the angel of death was hovering over the threshold, yet this request was granted. She rallied and enjoyed the trip to the city very much. The next day, after a refreshing sleep she awoke with a beautiful smile, and throwing her arms around her mother's neck, kissed her over and over again, saying: "I am so happy; don't cry, Mamma, don't cry. Please write and tell Papa end Ethel I love them and send a kiss. I love Grandpa and Grandma and everybody, I love Jesus and am going to live with the angels. Oh, I am so happy! I am glad I have seen the doctor; he's a nice man."

The return trip was a very anxious one, and only by the most careful nursing and attention was life kept in the body. At early dawn, Jan. 25, the train came to a halt at Lowell Station. The porters, led by the conductor and followed by a number of passengers, carried the dear one to the residence of Mrs. Carr, while the conveyance was arranged to take her home. She remained conscious through it all, and in a few minutes after reaching her own fireside, cradled in her mother's arms, she expired without a struggle, and the spirit departed unto Him who gave it.

Services were held at the family residence, also at the Carter Mission Chapel in this city, where she had so often attended the Sabbath School with her mamma. A large number of friends attended both services. It was an effecting sight to see how the little class mates mourned her loss. She was beautiful in death as she lay in the white casket, surrounded by lovely blossoms.

She was laid to rest in the Galena cemetery near the Mission, according to her request. During her illness, Bessie clipped the following lines from a paper and put them among her keepsakes. They fittingly describe her life:

Loved ones, ye whose tender pity
Soothes and comforts all my pain,
Ye are wondering why your praying
Seems an asking all in vain.
Ye are wondering why I suffer
In the spring-time of the year
When, even to plants and flowers,
Blessed spring-time brings good cheer.
Loved ones, I am with our Father,
With a loving, trusting heart;
He has called me from the great world.
To a little room apart;
And with looks of love so tender
That my soul can ask no more
‘Twixt the world and all its gladness
And myself has shut the door.
For He has such words to whisper,
As must be in quiet heard;
For His sweet voice is so low-toned
Noise might make me lose a word.
Sickness means so close to Jesus.
In a little room apart,
With a shut door, that a whisper
Through the ear glides to the heart.
Loved ones, the shut door will open,
When the whispering is done.
And I leave the darkened chamber,
Not a sad and weary one,
Not a soul that has been stricken,
By a cruel, stinging rod.
But a mortal blessed and strengthened
By an interview with God.

The Galena Daily Republican, Galena, Kansas
01 February 1900, Thursday, Page: 1.



Bessie Carter (22493467)


.--Died, at her home near Lowell, Kansas, First month 25th, 1900, Bessie H. Carter, aged 14 years, daughter of Chilon H. and Sadie Stanley Carter. She was a sweet child and she was very bright in intellect until the last. Her face was radiant with light, and she spoke of being very happy.

--The American Friend, March 29, 1900, p. 306.

Contributor: Anonymous (46960440)


Bessie Carter – Galena Cemetery –
Suggested By: Anonymous #46960440, 1 January 2019.

Middle Name: H

Birth Date: unknown; 1885
Death Date: unknown; 25 Jan 1900
Death Location: Lowell,Cherokee County,Kansas,USA

Father: Chilon Carter (1859-1922)


Bessie Carter (1885 - 1900) – Galena Cemetery –
Suggested By: Member #48224783, 11 January 2019.

Mother: Sadie Carter (1860-1941)


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