ELDER SAMUEL FETTINGER
The transcribed obituary below recaps the life of Elder Samuel Fettinger, the forefather of the Pike County, Indiana Fettingers. On my first attempt to research the Barnhart and Fettinger families at the St. Louis Public Library, I found a brief description of the obituary in the LDS Records and realized I had the original penned obituary. The obituary continues on the back and at the bottom, written in pencil: Property of Samuel Fettinger the third born June 1st 1894 in Pike Co. and Lockhart Township, Indiana. Samuel III was my uncle. Perhaps one of Elder Samuel's sons or his wife, Margaret, wrote the obituary. You can view it here.
Departed this life on the 11th day of Feb 1873 at his residence 5 miles south of Petersburg Pike Co. Ind. Eld Samuel Fettinger, in the 74th year of his age. He was born in New Jersey April 20th 1799. Moved to the state of Ills in his nineteenth year and there joined the M.E. Church and was by them trained to preach the gospel. At the age of twenty years he was married to Miss Margaret Anthis. He continued to preach for the M.E. Brethren until Sept 1831 when for reasons known to himself and God he joined the Regular Babtist Church at Village Creek Ills in Edwards Co and was by that church licensed to preach in Oct 1831. In March 1837 he moved to Pike Co Ind and on the 4 of Aug 1837 he was ordained to the full Functions of the Ministry at the request of the Harvey Creek Church Elds: Charles Whiting, Lewis Duncan, Jerimiah Cash, Elihu Holcomb and Tearken Burchfield.
Officiating he has had the Office of Justice of the Peace eight years and that of Coroner four years. He was one who enjoyed reasonable health until Oct 1868 when by a cain mill his arm was accidently caught in it which resulted in amputation. Since that time he has never been well. In fact he has been confind to his room over two years and the most of the time to his bed. He was the father of 13 children. Six of whom and the wife of his youth are his survivers. It can in truth be said of him that as a citizen he was honest and upright in all his dealings and as a Minister was faithful and attentive to that high and most Honorable calling. His illness he endured with Christian fortitude and the last words he was ever heard to utter was that he crave to die and be at rest. His friends therefore need not morn as those that have no hope for doubtless he is now in the Kingdom of the Blessed.
Property of Samuel Fettinger the third
Born June 1st 1894 in Pike Co and Lockhart Township, Indiana
Samuel Fettinger III was born 95 years after Elder Samuel Fettinger's birth and 21 years after his death.
Elder Samuel Fettinger born April 20, 1799 - New Jersey
Lived in Pennsylvania
1818 moved to Illinois
Joined M.E. Church - trained to preach the gospel
1819 married Margaret Anthis - Illinois
September 1831 - joined Regular Baptist Church at Village Creek, Illinois in Edwards County
October 1831 licensed to preach
March 1837 moved to Pike County, Indiana
August 4, 1837 ordained to full functions of the ministry - Harvey Creek Church
Office of Justice of the Peace - 8 years
Coroner - 4 years
October 1868 - arm accidentally amputated
February 11, 1873 - died Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana
Father of 13 children - his wife and six children were living at the time of his death - 10 have been identified