Christian Gerner died on Thursday, February 16, 1899. His funeral was 3 days later, on Sunday, the 19th of February.
This is the record Rev. Althouse kept:
Funeral Date February 19, 1899
Name Christian Gerner
Text Rev 14:13
Age 79-1-15 (y-m-d)
Cause of Death Pneumonia
(Full page view of record book at right.)
This information suggests that Christian was born on January 1, 1820. It's possible that he was. It's equally possible that January 1 was an easy date to claim when a definite date was not known. All census records available suggest that 1820 was the year of his birth.
The text from his funeral, Revelations 14:13, reads,
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.If Christian wasn't really prepared for death, at least the minister thought he was.
I found this church record on Pennsylvania and New Jersey Town and Church Records at Ancestry.com, specifically the collection Durham Reformed Church, Durham, Bucks, PA, image 187 which you will be able to view only if you have an Ancestry.com membership or are at Family History Center or a public library with Ancestry.com access.
I don't want to seem greedy, but now I wish the minister had saved the text of his remarks, too! They may have given me more insight into the life my g-g-grandfather led.
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