Miami Union, Troy, Ohio
July 15, 1909
whose maiden name was Sipes, was born July 1, 1834 in York County, PA., and died
June 24, 1909, aged 74 years, 11 months and 23 days.
She was married to Henry A.
Hartman April 2, 1855. To them were born nine children. One daughter
died when four years old. The eight living children are Daniel, Lewis B.,
Mrs. Sarah F. Widener, at whose home mother Hartman died, Mary E. Gephart,
Benjamin F., Katie M. Foster, John H., and William A. Her husband preceded
her to the better land only four months ago.
She had been a member of
the Christian church for forty years. Mother Hartman was outspoken and
frank, almost to a fault, in her opinions. She was a splendid neighbor.
No one ever needed to go
from her door hungry. Her hospitality was known to all around her.
In the sick room the writer has known her for many years as she ministered to
the wants of her neighbors. Nothing she had was too good for them.
No night too dark for her to aid in hours of trial. Her field of activity
was to help the helpless.
She died suddenly of
valvular disease of the heart in the twinkling of an eye her soul took its
immortal flight to dwell with God who gave it. She doubtless made
mistakes; who that is mortal has not? Into this open grave we place them
today with her body. Her kind heart that beat for others woes we shall
remember through all the billowed years. In God’s great treasure house
her deeds of kindness shall gleam brighter than any gem from Golconda’s mines
or heroic deeds on battle fields of human glory.
Her eight children,
twenty-one grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren must ever remember that
through trial, hardship and tribulations, through storm and vicissitudes
incident to human life, a mother’s care, she made possible all of the
happiness they enjoy, and as they climb the world’s great alter-stairs that
slope through darkness up to God they will better understand her good qualities
and believe the world is better for her having lived.
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