Huldah Phinney-Campbell 1814-1894

Obituary by her son, Hovey Bradford Campbell

On last Wednesday morning at 3:15 am there passed from this life to the great beyond our beloved mother, Huldah Campbell. The subject of this sketch was born in Cazenovia, Madison County, New York on May 2, 1814 and died at Delta Mills, Eaton County, Michigan on December 19, 1894, aged 80 years 7 months and 17 days.

Her maiden name was Huldah Phinney. At the age of 17 [1831] she married Elson Campbell of her native state [of New York]. Together with her husband and parents, she moved to Michigan in 1835 and located near Wacousta, Clinton County, Michigan, at that time an almost unbroken wilderness, where they built themselves a log cabin with blankets hung up for doors and windows.

Here she spent many a night all alone with the bears growling and wolves howling at the very door. She was a helpmeet in every sense of the word, in sharing the hardships of pioneer life, many times bearing more than her share of the burden. Yet we never heard her complain under the most adverse circumstances bearing everything with a Christian fortitude, with a kindly welcome, and a word of cheer and comfort to those in trouble and a ministering angel to the sick. Truly she was a mother in Israel and no one knew her but to love her.

For the last 30 years she has been a sufferer from a complication of diseases, and we had thought many times she was near deaths door, and in every instance she had been resigned and submissive to the Lord’s will ready to bear all her sufferings for his sake, and when the time came we found her willing to depart with the assurance that “all is well”, her last words. We have consolation in believing that our mother has gone to receive a Christian’s reward that she will bear that welcome voice “come up higher”.

She and her companion had traveled life’s journey together for over sixty-three years and the fruit of this union was two daughters and four sons; one daughter and three sons with the aged husband survive her. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church, of which denomination she was a member, and she was buried in the village cemetery, the services having been conducted by the Rev C I Miller of Grand Ledge from Revelations 14 th chapter and 13th verse. - H B Campbell, 1894

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