|OLIVE ELIZA UPDYKE - Mrs. Olive Tears, wife of I. N. Tears,
was born on February 19, 1841, in Columbia township, Bradford county, and
died on April 7, 1909, at her home in Sullivan township. She was
a daughter of Abraham I. and Delana Updike, who were among the early residents
of Tioga county. On August 19, 1867, she was united in marriage to
I. N. Tears. Mr. and Mrs. Tears were blessed with five children--two
daughters and three sons, Florence, wife of E. M. Shaw, of Sullivan; Addie,
wife of Ray Card, of Columbia X Roads; Burt and Herman C. of Rutland, and
Oscar W. Tears, at home. They, with the husband and nine grandchildren,
and one brother, H. C. Updike, of Sullivan, and other relatives, mourn
the calling from their presence of one who, as wife, mother and friend,
was in every duty-faithful, in all good works abundant. For the past
year or more, Mrs. Tears has been gradually failing in health, and for
several weeks husband and children had realized that the parting soon must
come. Their solace in the great breavement that has come, may be
that all that loving hearts could prompt or willing service render, was
done for the comfort of her who had done so much for them. She was
a woman of excellent character, esteemed in life and mourned in death.
The funeral was held on Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m., from the home, and
was attended by a large circle of relatives and friends. Burial was
in the Mainesburg cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Fitzgerald, pastor of the
Mainesburg M. E. church, officiated. Hymns were sung by Mrs. York
and Mrs. Slingerland, of Sylvania. She died in peace, trusting fully
in the blessed Savior. Her memory is precious.
||ISAAC NELSON TEARS At 7 o’clock p.m. on Wednesday, October 11,
1911, in Sullivan Township, occurred the death of Isaac Nelson Tears, one
of Sullivan’s most highly respected citizens. He was in his 74th year.
Death was due to Bright’s Disease. The funeral was held from the home on
Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock, the Rev. Seymour Barrett officiating.
Burial was in the Mainesburg cemetery by the side of his wife, who passed
away two years ago in April last. Mr. Tears was the only son of Zopher
A. and Lorinda Tears, who came to Sullivan Township in an early day and
settled on the farm where he was born and lived until his death. He was
honest in his dealings, kind hearted, a faithful father and husband, a
good citizen, a man of good counsel, always ready to lend a helping hand
in time of need. He had served in many township offices, discharging the
duties of the same with credit to himself. He was married to Miss Olive
Updyke, on August 19, 1867. She was a true helpmeet. His last illness was
severe, yet it was all borne with Christian fortitude, his greatest anxiety
being for the welfare of his loved ones. He talked calmly of the future,
arranged all his earthly affairs, and attended to the details of his funeral,
selecting the text for the funeral, and the casket bearers. He is survived
by two daughters and three sons—Florence A., wife of E. M. Shaw of Sullivan;
Addie, wife of Ray Card of Columbia X Roads; Burt and Herman C. of Rutland,
and Oscar W. Tears at home; also a number of grandchildren and other relatives.
He was well acquainted with the Scriptures, and had stored away in memory
many precious passages. In his last days these were a great comfort to
him, and how anxious he was that all should read and study the Bible.