Handwritten death notice for Miss Catharine Medbury of New Berlin, New York
Died. At New Berlin on the 7th inst.
Miss Catharine Medbury (Aged 18 years) daughter of Charles Medbury, Esq.
From her earliest youth she was afflicted with general Scrophula which depressed the growth of the natural body, but left the mind free, active, acute, and strong, and which terminated in consumption. Naturally of a cool, sedate, religious mind, she bore the distress consequent upon so great disease with the patience and conviction of a Christian. The day previous she divided her trinkets among her sisters, and, at the final moment gave them the last, the parting hand, with the eternal farewell. In full possession of her reason she met death without a shudder or a tear. Peace be with her!!
Oh! that we may so live that our final exit may, be like hers!
Funeral service by the Rev. R. Wheeler, from Job 21st, 2nd. May 8th, 1840.
Maria Medbury, New Berlin. May 10th, 1840.
Written on the front of a 8 x 9 3/4 sheet of paper, the paper having an embossed border with an eagle at the top, beehive at the bottom, birds, shells, and flowers at the edges. Slight toning, near fine.
Catharine Medbury was the daughter of Charles and Lucretia Arnold Medbury of New Berlin, Chenango County, New York. She is buried at St. Andrew's Cemetery in that village. We believe that the writer of this piece, Maria Medbury, was Catherine's aunt.