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 Hannah <I>Smith</I> Kellogg

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Hannah Smith Kellogg

  • Birth 3 Dec 1774 Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 27 Apr 1864 North Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 90915827

She was a native of Ashfield, Mass., the dau. of Moses Smith. She was the Wife of Josiah Kellogg. She was the Mother of 13 children.

Though Dead, yet Speaketh.

Died, in North Hadley, April 27, 1864, Mrs. Hannah Kellogg, aged eighty-nine years and five months - the oldest female inhabitant in the town of Hadley. If long years of devotion to the cause of Christ, and unwavering trust in the Saviour, be worthy of notice, then surely a tribute is due this dear disciple.

Mrs. Kellogg was a native of Ashfield, Mass., and the daughter of Moses Smith. After her marriage with Josiah Kellogg, she removed to Hadley, where she lived nearly seventy years. Sixty years she and her companion trod the path of life together, and when near the close of his pilgrimage, he assured her that in all those years no words but those of love and kindness had ever passed her lips. She was the faithful, devoted mother of thirteen children, nine of whom are still living. For more than fifty years she enjoyed a hope in Christ. She was baptized into the church at West Springfield by Rev. Thomas Rand, there being at that time no Baptist church near. She afterward joined with the church in Northampton. Although to the last she was firm in her views of Bible doctrine and the ordinances, yet she loved the dear brethren of other churches, and was grateful for the kindly visits and words of sympathy from other pastors than her own. If ever there was a heart warm with love and good-will to all, it was found in this aged saint. She prayed and wept for the heathen, the bondmen, the soldiers, our country, and the kingdom of our Redeemer. Her deeds of charity will never be forgotten-never be lost. For many years she sacrificed the luxuries of life, that she might contribute her mite to the cause of benevolence. By this means many dollars have found their way into the treasury of the Lord.

For two years past on Thanksgiving day, when a number of relatives were gathered at her residence, she requested the company to practically show their gratitude by contributing something for those who were defending the liberties of our country. Her last Thanksgiving offering was received a few weeks ago, and at her death one dollar and fifty cents were laid aside for the Bible cause and foreign Missions. Many little orphans of the Home for the Friendless have been warmed by quilts pieced by her aged hands. Her last work is done, and one quilt alone remains, which will soon go to bless the sorrowing. For more than twenty years she has been a great sufferer (she broke her hip twice); but she never murmured at God's dealings. When loving friends saw her agony and offered their sympathy, she said, " I can lean on the strong arm of my Saviour, and trust in him, all sinful as I am. I have kind friends who do all they can for me. I am better off than thousands of my fellow beings. I am in God's hands. I am reconciled to his will, whether to live and suffer pain, or to die and go home; just as he please."

The same sentiment is expressed in the following stanza, which is one of her original verses:

I know what God appoints is best,
When I am troubled or at rest;
For all his ways are just and right,
Though far beyond my feeble sight.

When parting with friends who had called to see her, she repeated the following, another of her verses:

And when my course on earth is done,
With friends I so much love,
Oh! may the Saviour bear me hence,
to dwell with him above.

During her last sickness she suffered much, but her soul was stayed on Jesus; and when her tired and worn body at last sank under its weight of suffering, she exclaimed, "There is rest for the weary on the other side of Jordan". As she drew near the river of death, her pains apparently ceased, and so gently did she pass the cold stream that friends around her scarcely knew that she had passed to the farther shore. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

The above was published in the Hampshire Gazette, issued May 3, 1864.
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 90915827
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hannah Smith Kellogg (3 Dec 1774–27 Apr 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90915827, citing Old Hadley Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Don Kelloway (contributor 47656126) .