Friday, August 08, 2008

Prudence R. Jeffries Sandys Haskins, wife of Creed T. Haskins of Mecklenburg County

Prudence was a wealthy woman at the time of her death. She gained sizeable inheritances from her deceased father, first husband and half-brother. The following obituary is a fine testimony to her life.

Religious Herald, December 8, 1859:
"Departed this life, in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, on the 26th of October, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Lucy Gregory, Mrs. Prudence Haskins, wife of Mr. Creed T. Haskins, in the 63rd year of her age. Her disease was dropsy of the heart. She was for many months a great sufferer, but was patient and resigned to the will of Him who chastens and afflicts those whom he loves. Mrs. Haskins made a profession of religion in early life, and was baptized by Elder William Richards, pastor of Bethel church. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn their loss. Yet they grieve not as those who have no hope. She had the pleasure of seeing her husband and all her children gathered into the church before the death. Oh, the example and prayers of a pious mother and wife! She was beloved by all who knew her. She was always an active, praying Christian and enjoyed her hope more and more as she approached the grave. The day before her death she seemed to get a foretaste of heaven - her faith and hope were in lively exercise. She exhorted all her friends, and spoke of death as only going on a journey. She sung several favorite hymns, and appeared very much improved, so that her friends began to entertain hope of her recovery; but next day she breathed her last whilst sitting in her chair. She filled all the relations of life with credit, and has left an example worthy of our imitation. 'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints!' Amicus."

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