Bradford Republican Thursday,
June 9, 1898 pg 4
PASSED OVER THE RIVER
Andrew Britton was born in Westmorland, Lycoming Co., Pa., March 20, 1811.
He was the oldest in the family of seven children, of whom two survive him,
viz Mrs. Rebecca Wilson of Cambridge, Ill., and Mrs. Mary Guilford, of
Friendship, N.Y. Mr. Britton grew up on the farm until he was twenty-two years
of age, when the family removed to Alleghany Co., N.Y. Two years afterwards, on
Dec. 24, 1835, he was married to Miss Eunice Benjamin, of Saratogo Co., N.Y.
who, after married life of more than sixty-two years, survives him. In 1839 they
removed to Richland Co., Ill., in 1844, removing to Mason Co. In 1851 they came
to Bureau Co., just over the border of Stark, where they lived until their
family were grown. In 1875 Mr. and Mrs. Britton removed to Bradford, where their
home has been ever since. He has not been during much of this time in rugged
health, as he often expressed it, he was "worn out." But through his energy and
courage he kept about.
While he was still a young man, 63 years ago, before he was married, Mr.
Britton accepted Christ as his savior, and united with the Baptist church of
Friendship, Allegheny Co., N.Y. He has been ever since, a firm, consistent,
helpful christian man. He has generally been at the front, bearing his share of
the burdens and responsibilities in whatever church he has been a member. He has
been a deacon of the church also for many years, and certainly had acquired a
right to this honored title if any man ever did. To the last he was "Deacon
Britton." His life is a noble example of faithfulness to our young men.
He had been gradually failing, but was able to be at church but a short time
before his death. Was confined to his bed about two weeks. The end came in due
season, and he died peacefully in the midst of his children at 12 o'clock on
Sunday, June 5, 1898, aged 87 years, 2 months, and 15 days.
A touching incident in relation to our aged friend's demise, is that the news
of his departure came while the Baptist sunday school was in session and when
the announcement was made nearly every person in the room, young and old, burst
into tears, and the school was at once dismissed.
His family consisted of eleven children, of whom two died in infancy, and
one, Ira, was drowned in 1888, in Iowa. The remaining children are Mrs.
Sutherland, of Dallas Co., Iowa; Mrs. Hannah Fulkerson, of Bradford, Ill.; Mrs.
Rebecca Wilcox of Dallas Co, Iowa; Mary Wilcox, of Adel, Iowa; Mrs. Sarah Reed,
of Bradford; Andrew Britton of Neb.; Samuel Britton of Iowa; Geo. Britton, of
Oklahoma Territory. All the surviving children were able to be present before
their fathers death. Sixty-eight grand-children and quite a number of
great-grand-children mourn the death of their patriarchal relative.
More than forty years ago the writer knew Mr. and Mrs. Britton and their
family, and the friendly regard of the days of childhood has grown with the
growth of years as we have known of the sterling piety and unfeigned christian
spirit of our now departed friend and neighbor. Would that the world was peopled
with such as he, and no courts of law would be needed, no watchers over public
or private property, and turmoil and backbiting would be unknown. All that was
kind and gentle was he, may we emulate his example and revere his memory.
"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord; yea, saith the Spirit, and their
works do follow them."
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