|JOHN HOLDRIDGE'S EULOGY
TO SAMUEL BUDLONG|
TOWN OF SCHUYLER, HERKIMER COUNTY, NY
eulogy below was shared on the Herkimer County NY GenConnect Board on 25 Aug 1999
by Mary A. Piper, ggg-granddaughter of the writer, John Holdridge, and is
re-printed with her kind permission.
"Have hand-written draft of eulogy written by JOHN HOLDRIDGE in 1826 for
SAMUEL BUDLONG who died July 18, 1826, age 21 in HERKIMER COUNTY, NY. SAMUEL
BUDLONG is buried in BUDLONG CEMETERY,
town of SCHUYLER, HERKIMER COUNTY, NY. Desire any information one may have on
JOHN HOLDRIDGE or his wife CHARLOTTE WATERMAN, my g-g-g-grandparents. Charlotte
died in Schuyler. Draft was saved by LUCY ANN HOLDRIDGE, g-daughter of John
HOLDRIDGE. Eulogy follows as was written. I just had to share this. Something
very special for any BUDLONG descendant."
Mary A. Piper
old and young I pray give ear
A mournful story you shal hear
you I will repeat
Off what has happened here of late.
"Off him we now will call to mind
Who lately his dear breath
Down from our eyes let tears desend
All for the life of our
Samuel Budlong was his name.
His age is here you'll read the
Tis something over twenty one
The time when all his work was
In the year eighteen hundred twenty six
The time which God
himself had fixed
To leave this world and all on earth
friend's and joval mirth.
The way he left this world of wo.
The same that many others
He drounded was in water deep
And there in death he fell asleep.
When he was a drowning aloud he crie's
Enough to pierce the very
No one to him relief did give
Therefore he could no longer
Though many around him then were there
All most was frightened to
They was so scared to hear him call
For help that non could help
Others ran for help to come
But all in vain his life was
He had laid so long beneathe the flood
His soul had assented to his
A sprightly youth all in his prime
Was suddenly called out of
To meet his maker at the barr.
And there his final sentance
Though like his fellow youth we were.
In ____ will not
Who knows but that he now doth rest
In the bright heavens among
Who knows but that his blessed feet
Are tredding the selestial
With holy angels bowing around
Jehover with a golden crown.
But how the case with him doth go
Is not for you and me to
So weel resign him in our song.
All praise to whom judgment
And now to those we will return
Whom God has left behind to
With akeing hearts and weeping eyes
The Lord have mercy on your
The parents of the late deseased
Who are bowed down, with heavy
With tears resign your hearts to God
And lovingly imbrace his
Your son is gone but cant return.
All though for him you sigh and
God had a right to take his own.
Praise him for his will is
Your brothers and your sisters all
To you this is a sollom
To learn by God's aflictive hand
That you obey his great
Remember well and bear in mind
That unto you the Lord is
In still continueing out your breath
And lengthing out your days on
May this remind you me and all
That we are ready at deaths
Ready to lay this body down
To rise to glory and a
A crown dear purchased by his blood
How precious to have found something like this.
Of Jesus our victours
Whos praises shall fill our raptured song
While boundless ages roll
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