Miami Union

June 22, 1911 

BANTA, JEREMIAH - Pleasant Hill--The deceased was the son of Rev. Peter Banta, one of the honored ministers of the Christian church, who resided at Troy and was the pastor of a number of churches in this part of the state, having been one of the pioneer ministers upon whose faithful service is built the churches of the present time.  The son was born on April 30, 1830, and died on June 11, 1911, at the age of eighty-one.  In 1853, he was married to Carolyne Bridge, and to them were born seven children.  Many years ago the wife and four of the children died within a few days of each other of a contagious disease.  Only two children are living, Blanche, whose home is in the State of Washington, and Alice, who lives in California, and neither of whom could be at the funeral of the father.  He united with the church and was baptized at the age of eighteen, and has remained true to the faith.  As he approached the sunset of his life, the soft lights of old age cast their beauty upon him and he expressed his willingness and desire to go and be at rest.  His sincere virtues and his kind friendship made him warm and devoted friends and admirers.  His home was near Camden in Preble county, but he died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Mary Carroll, at Laura.  Here the funeral services were most appropriately conducted out in the yard, under the shade of the trees and to the music of the birds and bees which he loved so well.  Rev. Alva M. Kerr officiated.  Besides Mrs. Carroll, there remain two other sisters of this widely known family, the Mrs. Josephine Hill of Pleasant Hill, and Mrs. Rachel Herbert of East Liverpool, Ohio.

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