The Miami Union
Saturday, 9 July 1887
Ann C. Brandriff, daughter of Alexander and Anna Robinson, was born in Berkeley County, Va., May 27, 1801, and departed this life July 3, 1887, aged 86 years, I month and 6 days. Her father and mother were both born in the country, but her grandfather emigrated here from Ireland and her grandmother's ancestors from England. Mrs. Brandriffs parents were Presbyterians, by whom she was carefully reared, receiving her education at the Academy in Martinsburg, Va. After the death of her parents, she joined her two sisters who were living in Ohio. October 6, 1825, she was united in marriage in Troy, Ohio with Rev. Richard Brandriff, who `in age and feebleness extreme' survives her. Nearly 12 years ago, October 6, 1875, surrounded with children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and neighbors, she celebrated her Golden Wedding. Her married life extended over a period of almost 62 years. She was the mother of 8 children; 1 son and 7 daughters; 5 of whom, the son and 4 daughters, preceded her to the home above, while three daughters, Mrs. Shellabarger, Mrs. Durant, and Miss Augusta Brandriff, survive her, all of whom were permitted to minister to their mother in the closing period of her life. Mrs. Brandriff united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at about the time of her marriage, and died in its fellowship. Though possessed of a deep, mature Christian experience, she was modest and unassuming in her profession. As a minister's wife she was always popular with the people and very effective in supplementing the efforts of her husband. Her home was ever open to the ministers of her church and she was always happy when entertaining them. Many a weary itinerant found rest and refreshment within her hospitable home. The closing years of Mrs. Brandriff's life were clouded with mental feebleness. Eighteen years ago, she fell down a flight of stairs, sustaining injuries from which she never fully recovered. Soon after this accident occurred, she began to suffer loss of memory, and then gradually other mental faculties gave way, until her mind was quite destroyed. For eight or nine years, she had been incapable of caring for either herself or her family, during which time she had been tenderly watched over by her husband and daughters, her daughter Augusta having devoted herself unceasingly to her care. Her last sickness being pneumonia was of brief duration. The clouds that obscured her mental sky prevented any last testimony. But none were needed, as her life was a continuous testimony.
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