Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Foote

Alexandria Gazette
22 February 1834

On Monday, the 10th instant, in the 63d year of his age, at Hazelwood, Prince William County, Va., Richard Foote, Esq. after an illness of fifteen days.

Mr. Foote had been a professor of the Christian Religion upwards of twenty years and during that time an acceptable member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to the doctrines and disciplines of which he manifested an undeviating attachment.  He was zealous and devoted as a Christian, uniform and systematic as a Methodist, and, for one of his age, an active and useful member of society.

It was observed by the intimate friends and the family of Mr. Foote, that, for some time past, he was ripening for eternity. When death came, it found him not only ready, but willing to go.

The friend who communicates this will never forget, while reason reigns, the solemn parting with his affectionate wife, children, and servants. after exhorting and praying for them most devoutly, he closed the whole by solemnly exclaiming, "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the ever-blessed Spirit: Amen."

On the day previous to his death, by a friend, he sent the following message to his brethren: "Tell," said he, "my brethren and sisters to pray for me. Give my love to them all. Tell them I die in peace with all men, and in sure and certain hope of eternal life, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Tell them to b faithful, and meet me in Heaven."

He was calm, deliberate, triumphant, praising God for the witness of his Spirit, and affirming, in death itself, that the Lord Jesus Christ was with him. He was gone, leaving a widow and five children, with many a friend to mourn his loss.  "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Amen.

Alexandria Gazette
14 August 1842

On Monday last, at her residence, in Prince William County, Va., Mrs. Verlinda L. Foote, wife of Frederick Foote, Esq., in the 25th year of her age.

Alexandria Gazette
30 August 1858

DIED, at "Elmwood," the residence of Col. S. M. Ball, in Fairfax county, on the 20th instant, Mrs. Ann Foote, relict of the late Richard Foote, esq., of Prince William county, Va., aged about 70 years.

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