1856-03-24 (aged 30 years)
Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Died, in this town, on Monday the 24th last, at the residence of Mr. John Bracken, Mrs. Ann Ansley, wife of Mr. Thomas Ansley, of Linden, in the ____ year of her age.
During a painful illness of several months duration, she exhibited a remarkable example of patience and resignation in the will of God. Often did she express to her friends a readiness to depart, having a firm hope that for her it would be better than to remain in the body. Knowing in whom she put her trust, she was not afraid of the King of terrors.
Mrs. Ansley was born, and passed her early life, in the Province of New Brunswick, where she was baptized in the Church of England, and received the Apostolic rite of confirmation according to the ____ of that Church. Removing at an early day to this western country, she was happily united in marriage to a most affectionate and devoted husband, who is now called to mourn her loss.
There being no services of the Church to which she was baptized and confirmed, she subsequently united with the First Presbyterian Church, in this place. But when she again had the opportunity of listening to the ________ and impressive ritual of her earlier days, her desire was rekindled for the worship and communion of that Church in which she had been educated.
Accordingly, some six weeks before her death, upon mature deliberation, with the advice of her friends, she sent for the Rector of Trinity Church and acquainted him with her natural desire. That desire having been founded in a deep conviction of conscience and of duty, and not upon any unworthy motive, was gratified; and soon after she received the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ in deep humility and devotion to her great and endless comfort. Constantly, and especially when her sickness was evidently drawing nigh until death, she spoke of the full assurance she had of her reconciliation to God, and of the joys which awaited her in the future life. Expressing at the same time thankfulness to God that He had put it into her heart to choose His service as the better path from her youth up.
Realizing the real importance and the ____ rewards of a Religious life, she desired that subject of her own funeral discourse might be taken from that ______ ___ of our Lord, “Mary hath chosen that great part which shall not be taken from her;” and also that Dr. Muhlenburg’s beautiful hymn “I would not live alway,” might be sung.
Thus with a clear, calm and cheerful mind did she, almost in the presence of death, make arrangement for her body to be committed to the dust, and to ____ her soul into the hands of her Creator and Redeemer.
She was a woman of a firm mind, of warm attachments - a most affectionate wife and mother. That which ____ her uneasiness of mind in time of her approaching dissolution, was to part with her weeping husband and children: but strengthened by the good Lord of all power and might, she was enabled to drink from this fuller cup. Long will they have cause to lament their untimely loss.
During her sickness her sufferings were mitigated by the kind attentions of affection friends, who never intermitted their duties, nor forsook her couch, and whose tender solicitudes which she gratefully acknowledged soothed her last agonies.
Her funeral took place on Wednesday at 2 o’clock P.M. from Trinity Church. An unusual degree of solemnity and attention was observable throughout; a _____ concourse of friends and acquaintances by their presence and sympathy, manifesting that they entertained a sincere regard for the deceased, and were deeply affected by her removal, and the affliction of her family. - Com. Mineral Point Tribune April 1, 1856