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Daniel J. Meals
1791 - 1870


From the 1837-1894 BIG SANDY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION MINUTE BOOK, pages 121-122:

Obituary of Elder Daniel Meals and wife

The former was born Nov the 25th 1791, and departed this life Jan the 6th 1870 in the 79th year of his age. The latter, Mary Ann Meals his wife, was born March the 2nd 1789, and departed this life July the 1st 1868 in the 80th year of her age. They had lived together nearly 59 years. They both joined the Regular Baptist in 1816; and lived and died in the full fellowship of the Baptists, , without a delinquent mark against them. They left six children, three of them belonging to the same church, to mourn the loss of their beloved parents. All who knew them are left to mourn their loss, as they died having no enemies. Brother Meals had been a servant of the church from the time of his joining it, to his last. He served after he was ordained, between twenty and thirty years; and for many years as Moderator of the Association. In his last illness he seemed resigned and composed. He said that he was fully satisfied that the doctrine which he had embraced was the truth, the doctrine of God and the Bible; and he was willing to meet the God whom he had worshiped, and account for his stewardship, as he would reconcile no other to his experience and the Bible. In his last hours he repeated the following lines sumingly with much composure. The time of trouble and joys, Great God are in thy hands.

My sweetest comforts come from thee and go at thy commands. If thou shouldst take they all away, I dare not then repine Before they were presented by me, they were entirely thine.

He was a strong defender of the doctrine of the Resurrection of the dead for which he suffered persecution by some, while contending for its doctrine with the pact(?) who says

My flesh shall slumber in the ground
Till the last trumpet joyful sound
Then burst the chain with sweet surprise
And in my Savior's image rise.

S. H. Meals Moderator
N. G. Phillips



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