Nancy Thompson Staggs's obituary
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
Vol. XVII #4 p.31
Feb. 15, 1849
Vigo County, Ind.
Although my mind is greatly troubled and tossed with tempests and not comforted,, I wish to inform you that it has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove from me, by death, my dear companion, Mrs. Nancy Staggs. Se died on the 23 inst.Inthe 42d of her age. She was confined on the 16th, and about 11 O’clock p.m. on the 23rd her eyes were closed in death. I am now left with 10 children to mourn our loss. We have lived together 23 years.
Two prominent traits of her character were to sooth my sorrows and check my vices, in mildness and moderation.
She never attached herself to any church, but she was a particular friend to the Old School Baptist cause.
For years she cherished a little hope, but was afraid she might dishonor the cause which she so highly esteemed if she made public profession of religion by joining the church.
She retained the full strength of her mind throughout her illness to the last. Six hours before her demise, she called me to her bedside and spoke of the purpose of God in bringing us into existence and taking us out of this world, and remarked that it was all right, and that it was our duty to submit to the sovereign will. She then related her travel of mind, and asked what I thought of it.
She said she had always thought that when she came to this point, she should find her mistake, but said “that little hope” is now so enlarged that it braces me on every side. I have nothing to fear.
She then called her children and gave each one of them her farewell address, according to their capacity. She then again addressed me and said, Ourparting is attended with some sorrow, but it is the will of Him who doeth all things right, and I know that we shall have a joyful meeting in the mansions of the eternal day. And that will more than recompense
all our suffering here.
While conversing with as much composure as she ever did, her countenance flushed suddenly with an unwonted beauty and she inquired if we heard the beautiful music? Being told that we did not, she said it was in the mansions above, and continued to converse about it in as great an extacy of joy as any human being could express, about 10 minutes, then she said it had stopped – she could no longer hear it.
She was the daughter of Nicholas and Rebecca Thompson and sister of Elder Wilson Thompson of Indiana.
There has been a strange fatality among the heads of families in our land for about two months. Heads of families have been falling on every hand and the moans of orphans is heard all around us.Twenty- nine children of my nearest neighbors are left fatherless or motherless within the last month.
Your brother in hope of immortality,