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 Elizabeth <I>Keneagy</I> Forrer

Elizabeth Keneagy Forrer

Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 19 Nov 1866 (aged 61)
Augusta County, Virginia, USA
Burial Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 49451029 · View Source
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Died, on the 19th of November, 1866, at Mossy Creek Iron Works, August County, Virginia, Elizabeth Keneagy, consort of Daniel Forrer, aged 61 years, 6 months and 16 days,.
Mrs. Forrer was the only daughter of John and Mary Keneagy, of Strasburg Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., where she was born on the 3rd of May, 1805; there she spent her youth, and there, on the 19th of August, 1828, was married to Daniel Forrer, of Page County, Virginia. After marriage they lived seven years and a half in Ruffe Township, Lancaster County, when they removed to the Shenandoah Iron Works, Page County, Virginia, where they lived for seven years, after which they moved to Mossy Creek Iron Works in Augusta County, where they resided at the time of Mrs. Forrer's death. The fruits of this marriage were six children, two sons and four daughters, all of whom survive (two of the daughters married), to mourn with their father the loss of their estimable mother.

Mrs. Forrer was, in many respects, a note-worthy woman, having been a pattern house wife, a model of conjugal fidelity, a helpmeet in all respects to her husband, the impersonation of industry, a skillful trainer of children, a dispenser of charity and hospitality, crowning all with the walk and conversation of a Christian. As the wife of a humble farmer in Pennsylvania; the mistress of the large establishment of a successful iron-master in Virginia; and the lady of the house of an extensive planter, she discharged all the duties of each station with energy, economy, skill and success, "looking well to the ways of her household, and not eating the bread of idleness." No doubt much of her husband's success is due to her management of his domestic affairs, and with sincerity he can say of her, in the words of King Lemuel, ‘She did him good and not evil all the days of her life."

But few mothers train their daughters as well as did the subject of this obituary; while provided with the best of instruction for intellectual and ornamental improvement, each one, in regular tunes, was taught to practice, with her own hands, the domestic arts upon skill and success in which so much of the happiness of all depends. In everything pertaining to their education she took a lively interest, often joining them in their studies, and becoming adept in branches she had not learned before. All were thoroughly trained to habits of industry and thrifty economy, as well as the practice of the Christian virtues and for the rich legacy of her training and example her children may rise up and call her blessed.

Mrs. Forrer was a member of the Tunker or German Baptist church, and delighted in their simple faith, unostentatious worship and manners, and the practice of charity and generous hospitality which it inculcates and practices.

The weary and wounded will remember her as a "Good Samaritan."

Inheriting a healthy constitution, invigorated by active industry, Mrs. Forrer enjoyed unusually good health most of her life, but for thirteen months previous to her decease, she was a great and constant sufferer from inflammatory rheumatism, and with its racking pains her body was tormented until death came to her relief. Everything that affection could suggest or skill supply was done to alleviate her sufferings, but she bore them all with Christian fortitude and submission, and when the time for departure came, went joyfully to dwell:
"Where sickness and sorrow, pain and death,
Are felt and feared no more."

April 27th, 1867. A Friend (Mr. Hotchkiss, a teacher)
Valley Virginian
Job Office Print
Staunton, Va.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 49451029
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Keneagy Forrer (3 May 1805–19 Nov 1866), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49451029, citing Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Cenantua (contributor 46953050) .