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Re: A chapter of family history, cont'd part II


Me again, Art. This is the last post......for the time being. :-))

Same question--should this be included as written for accuracy and not embellished?

The author was the Rev. Benajmin Arnett, Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Urbana, Ohio and written for St. Paul in 1876 for the 100th year Anniversary of the A.M.E. Church. Rachel, her husband Frank, daughter Susan and son in law Lewis Adams were charter members of this St. Paul A.M.E. Church established in March of 1824. Lewis and Susan are my 3rd great-grandparents.

Rachelís Eulogy St. Paul Brochure

Died--At the residence of her son, Mr. Joseph Reno, in Medina, May 22d, Mrs. Rachael Reno, aged 103 years.

The history of this aged lady, if it could be written in full, would be more wonderful than any tale of woman. Her mother was captured, with two
daughters of her master in Kentucky, by the Indians, during the French and Indian war, and were carried by her captors into Canada, and sold to a French family by the name of Magee. At the treaty between England and
France, the mother passed from a state of slavery under France rule to that under the English. In 1761. Rachael Magee, the subject of this notice, was born, and when about 18 years of age was married to some person, the name unknown, and moved into the territory of Michigan. There losing her husband, she was married again to a Mr. Reno, and while Ohio was yet a territory, moved to the town of Urbana, where were born to her 16 children, and where also her husband died.

Thus was Mrs. Reno a connecting link between the Colonies of Great Britain, and that period when the French ruled from the mouth of the St. Lawrence to the mouth of the Mississippi. She lived under the rule
of the French and English. When the war of the Revolution came, she was 11 years old, and when peace was declared she was a British subject. She was baptized in her infancy in the Episcopal church in the family of her master, Magee. Sometime after her marriage to Reno, and her removal to Urbana, Ohio, she was confirmed by Bishop Chase, the first Bishop of Ohio. She was a public professor of the religion of Christ for more than 80 years. Her second husband, Reno, was a minister in the Methodist church, and she yielded her predilections and joined in communion with her husband during his life.

During the last years of her life she lived with her sons. All that survive her (three sons) followed her remains to the grave. She was buried by the Rev. G.S. Davis, Rector of St Paul Church, in the service of the Episcopal Church, according to her request. Her strength remained to the last. She attended,church and partook of the Lord's Supper almost to the end of life. Two of her sons reside at Saginaw, Mich., and Joseph, the eldest, is an old settler among us. His praise is in the mouth of every citizen of Medina county. .......... Com.
St Paul AME Church Urbana Ohio Brochure 1876

Art's notes--Rachel was born closer to 1780 and not in 1761 as stated. The "some person" she was married to was the father of Susan. Susan was born ca 1795 in Sandwich, Essex, Ontario, Canada.

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