Just as night had begun to draw her sable curtain on Wednesday last, the Death Angel came to a happy home and carried across the Silent River, James Bayard, of near Holbrook, Pa.
He was a son of Samuel P. and Hannah (nee Mitchell) Bayard, deceased, and the seventh in a family of eight children, four of whom are living - Mrs. J. F. Morris, Mrs. M. W. Knight and George Bayard, of Holbrook, and Mrs. J. K. Adamson, of Rogersville. He was married about twelve years ago to Nancy B., daughter of Silas Fordyce, and this union was blessed with three children - Lucretia, Georgia and Samuel, who survive him. He was sick only about two weeks and was fifty three years and one month old at the time of his death.
None knew him but to love him. He lived a life most worthy of emulation, distinguished for his love of truth, strict honesty and regard for his friends and neighbors. A large concourse of friends came to pay their last tribute of respect to him and they all came with aching hearts and in sorrowful weeping, for he always walked in the thoughs of others, therefore he was in the light of Heaven.
We wonder why he, whose life was such a precious fibre in all his associations, and whom we loved so well and needed so much was taken away from us. But God works in a mysterious way his wonders to perform. In Him is Love and the glory of His love is being everything to mortal man. We commiserate the heart-broken widow and little children whose heads are bowed down in sadness under this, the darkest cloud of their lives. May the Hevaenly Father unto whom the spirit of this affectionate husband and kind father has fled, sustain them in their great sorrow.
The funeral took place on Friday last, when the remains were laid to rest in the Rosemont Cemetery near Rogersville. Religious services were conducted by Rev. A> A. Doak, of Waynesburg.
Another is added to our Father's mansions.
Dearest wife, youare now lonely and sad,
He has only gone to that bright palace fair
Dear little children, your kind father is gone,
All the joys you now miss you will find at the last
Waynesburg Republican, April 3, 1902 (Greene County, PA)
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