Obituary of Martin Van Buren McCarter

July 9, 1893
Grayson County, Virginia

Martin Van Buren McCarter, son of Philander and Theresa McCarter, was born Dec. 9, 1837, and departed this life July 9, 1893, age, 55 years, 7 months.

He was married to Amanda V. Cornett, daughter of Francis and Catherine Cornett, Dec. 27, 1864. To them were given twelve children, eight of whom have preceded their father to the spirit land, and four still survive to mourn their loss.

Bro. McCarter was a good neighbor and a good citizen. He will not only be missed by his family, but by the whole community in which he lived. He always provided well for his family. In the year 1861 he started out from home as a volunteer, in company F., in the defense of his country; and it is said by his fellow soldiers that he fought with distinction until he received a severe wound at Chancellorsville on the 3rd of May 1863. At this time he returned home as he was unable to serve longer as a soldier. At the close of the war he entered upon the duties of business life and by good management and the favor of Providence he succeeded in accumalating [sic] a reasonable portion of this world's goods. He always would give freely for the support of the church.

The greatest grief to the sorrowing is that he did not express more fully his readiness to die. He professed religion at old Lebanon church when he was a boy, but was not received into the church until a few years ago. At times he was indifferent toward this profession but he retained, till death, many traits which characterize a Christian's life. When he came down to the Jordan he said but little about death, but when asked by his companion, "if it is the Lord's will to take you away do you feel that you can meet your Saviour [sic] in peace?" he answered: "Yes, I believe I can."

His humbleness during his brief illness and his submissiveness to the Lord's will and the smile of satisfaction and peace that rested on his clay cold face all were proof that he is peacefully resting in the home of the good.

While his relatives and friends are mourning their loss, we have a great hope that Bro. McCarter is with that part of the family that has crossed the Jordan and are resting under the shade of the trees. May God bless and save that part of the family that is left behind.

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