Eliza S. Bradford

 
The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
October 13, 1871, page 3
 
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Communicated.
Pine Log, Ga.,
October 12th, 1871.

Messrs. Editors Express: The pestilence which walketh in the night watches and wasteth at noonday visited this precinct of the living on the 4th ult. and conveyed the spirit of sister Eliza S. Bradford from its mortal to its immortal home in the skies.  Sister Bradford was greatly afflicted.  About one year ago she lost a devoted husband, and shortly before a lovely little boy, and now she lives with them above, being separated from her children on the earth.  But their loss is her eternal gain.  She died as she lived, a genuine Christian.  Her disease was consumption; though a flattering complaint to most persons, she was persuaded that her days were numbered some time before she died, and like the wise virgins, she kept her lamp trimmed and burning, and when her Lord came, she folded her hands upon her breast, she met Him in peace, crossed over death in triumph, and entered the eternal mansions of the Living God, and there in the noonday sun of His glory to bask in His presence forever. –W. F. W.

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November 10, 1871
Page 3.

Died. -- Oct. 4th 1871, Mrs. Eliza S. Bradford of Bartow County, Ga.  She was born April 15th, 1833.  In her fifteenth year she embraced religion, and joined the M. E. Church South.  Her patient watchfulness, devotion, and self-sacrifice, for her husband, during his long and serious illness with cancer, was doubtless the cause of her premature death.  The writer has never seen her attention, labor, and kindness surpassed by any one.  Being third wife and step mother, her post was one of peculiar trial and responsibility, never did any one answer more fully the demands.  The mildness, firmness, and effection (sic) with which she demaaned (sic) herself in the presence of her household secured to her love and respect of all.  Her life was an index to her death.  Such a character is always ready.  Such specimens of virtue and religious fidelity in our mothers, wives, and daughters, strengthens our faith; and girds us with fresh courage for the conflict against infidelity and demoralization.

Her religion was a deep settled and fixed principle abiding in the heart which wrought in her the fruits of the spirit.  Her goodness of heart and fervid piety were as ointment poured forth.

The pleasant smile and weeping eyes were the characteristic signs of her Christian enjoyment in the house of God.  Her memory is very precious to the church at Pine Log.  The writer visited her a short time before her death and found her, though quite on the verge of the grave, perfectly calm and resigned to the will of God.  She had me to baptize her youngest child, a sweet little girl.  During the religious exercises she wept freely and rejoiced greatly in spirit.  God has taken her to rest.  Her last end was peace, without moving hand or foot, with her arms clasped upon her breast, she breathed her last without a struggle.  Thus has passed away one of the purest and best women it has ever been my privilege to know.  May the God of all comfort administer to all the bereaved ones, the Consolations of our holy religion.
“O let us meet in Heaven.  In Heaven alone no sorrows known, and there’s no parting there.”
R. H. Jones.

 

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