3 Sept 1903
David Rodkey Albaugh, the eldest son of Samuel and Anna Albaugh, was born November 5, 1829 and died August 27, 1903, aged 73 years, 9 months and 22 days.
He was one of six children of whom Mary Ann, Noah and Frank are still living. Lucy and Susan have been dead for several years. He was reared on the old "Wolf Pen Hill" Farm a few miles southeast of Potsdam and being the eldest son took an active part in clearing the forest and establishing the home so much enjoyed by all members of the family. By taking advantage of the opportunities then offered, upon arriving at his majority he was enabled to teach school several terms.
He spent his entire life as a citizen of Union township. He held a number of offices of trust, one of them being justice of the peace for 15 years. He probably settled more estates than any other citizen of Union township. He was a man of much more than ordinary judgment. It has been said by those in authority that higher courts never reversed his decisions in cases taken on transcripts from his docket.
He was married to Martha J. Murphey, March 5, 1857. To them were born seven children, of whom five are living. Porter and Harvey having preceded their father.
The highest of his ambition with his family was to have them secure the best education with the means at hand. He made many sacrifices for the welfare of his family and others. He took a great interest in education and all means of elevating mankind. His counsel was much sought by those in trouble or distress and was continuously found helping others less fortunate in life.
About twenty-six yeas ago he united with the Christina church at Laura, was baptized by Rev. Isaac Waymire, and retained his membership there until the time of his death. He often expressed a desire that all God's people might unite in one common effort for the upbuilding of Christ's kingdom.
During his last illness he was reconciled and submissive to the Master's will, saying, "If this is the way the Master has to bring me nearer to Him it is all right." He was loved most by those who knew him best. He leaves a wife, five children, two brothers, one sister and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death. Funeral services were conducted by Enos Pemberton and Isaac Waymire in the Dunkard church at Potsdam.
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