Rachel and David had 12 children and had moved from Ohio to Kosciusko County, Indiana in 1848 after the death of their first child who was about a year old when she died. Their second child was just about 4 when he died. Their 10th and 11th children were twins and one died when she was about 6 years old just 4 days after the 12th child died who was about 6 months old. The other twin died just before she turned 20. Needed to check out this Rev. David Fawley..........
David Fawley was born in Brocks Gap, Rockingham Co, Virginia in 1824. When he was 10, he and his family moved to Crawford Co, OH and there grew to manhood. In 1844 he and his family moved to Kosciusko Co, IN in Harrison Twp. After a little more than a year, David returned to Ohio where he married Rachel Saul in Fairfield Co. in 1846. Their first child, Margaret, was born in 1847. Their second child, Samuel, was born in 1848. The older child, Margaret, died in 1848 about 6 days after her brother, Samuel, was born. David then moved his wife and baby son to Kosciusko Co, IN. Another child, Mary ElizaCatherine, was born in 1850. Samuel died in 1852, just a month before his 4th birthday.
Elder David Fawley - In 1848, with his wife and one child, our subject returned to this county, coming with a team and wagon, which required eight days to make the journey. They were obliged to camp out at night and follow the trails and Government roads. In 1873 he located upon his present farm in Harrison Township, and has been a successful farmer. In 1860 he was ordained to preach, having united with the Old School Baptists, since which time he has been a zealous laborer in the Masters vineyard. He is the present pastor of a church located upon his own farm. Being of an unassuming and retiring nature, he has always refused office, although frequently solicited to be a candidate. He owns 191 acres of good land, with modern buildings, and it is considered one of the best farms in the township. Politically he affiliates with the Democratic party.
(From the Biographical and Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1887 - page 222)."Providence Primitive Baptist Church - organized October 5, 1850 by five members: Abraham Truex, Sarah Truex, Elia.s.O. Pittman, Sarah Pittman ad Jacob Francis. Primitive Baptists trace their American origin to the early colonies. The English Baptists from which these Primitive Baptist emerged were often referred to as Particular Baptists. They held to a very strict form of Calvinistic doctrine. The acrostic TULIP is often used to describe the main doctrinal points. T: represents the Total Depravity of man. U: is the Unconditional Election of those God chooses to save from Hell. L: represents the Limited Atonement Christ's sacrifice on the cross provides for only the elect. I: indicates that God's grace in drawing the elect to salvation is Irresistible. P: stands for the ability God gives the elect to Persevere in God's saving grace to their deaths and ultimate glorification in Heaven. Elder David Fawley served as pastor from 1861 to 1874 and then in partnership with other Elders until 1879." (from Genealogy Trails website - Indiana - Elkhart County - Providence Primitive Baptist Church and Cemetery of Elkhart County)
The next 6 children, after Mary ElizaCatherine, born to David and Rachel all lived to adulthood. Then Rachel gave birth to twins on 5-13-1866, Minerva and Saloma. Six years later, Rachel at the age of 45, gave birth to their 12th and last child, Rosa on 9-27-1872. Rosa died 4-5-1873. She was about 6 months old. Then 4 days later, one of the twins, Minerva, died 4-9-1873. She was around 6 years old. The other twin, Saloma, died on 1-12-1886, 4 months before reaching her 20th birthday.
Rachel died 5-16-1890. She was 62. The last child (31 yrs old), James A. W. was getting married June 8, 1890. She had seen the death of 5 young children. The other 7 were grown and no longer living at home.
The Rev. David Fawley remarried 10-18-1890. That is 4 months after his wife's death, the wife he had been married to for 44 years and bore him 12 children.
Elder David Fawley died March 28, 1904. According to his obituary written up in the Primitive Monitor by Elder George Bretz, a few years earlier, David had made him promise to come and speak to his children and friends upon his death. Here are a few excerpts from this eulogy.
His wife and half of his family went before him to the eternal country. Six of his children, five of whom are members of the Primitive Baptist Church, and his second wife, with many grandchildren, are living to mingle their tears together and speak f their great loss......................
But while he was a good farmer, a good citizen and neighor, the greatest events of his life were his spiritual experiences and sweet ministry. At the early age of fourteen years he became concerned about the condition of his soul before God, and fourteen years later found peace in the wounded side of our dear Redeemer.............He began preaching in 1857 and was ordained in May, 1860..............
He was mighty in prayer and exhortation, I was present at the waterside when his daughter-in-law was to be baptized by me, and had him speak in prayer. He forgot all but heaven, which seemed so feelingly near us all. My soul was never so stirred under any man's prayer - a prayer heaven-given and by heaven heard. In his appeals to his brethren to stand firm in the old paths, and for them to take heed to their ways, he was so tender, so melting!
After his death I was wired to come and I did so under a sense of my weakness and imperfection. The precious words of the dying apostle came to me: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." they seemed so appropriate, and I spoke from them to a crowded house, although the weather was inclement.
His death was a triumph overall, and we humbly bow in submission to the great and good God. God bless his devoted widow, his godly children, his dear, sorrowing church, and the hundreds he comforted in life. Geo. A. BretzThere are so many questions and I will never find the answers. For some reason, my heart goes out to Rachel. I think she must have lived a very sad life. How did the children die? The oldest child died when Rachel was about to give birth to another child. Margaret died 11 days before Samuel was born. The youngest child died 4 days before one of the twins died. Was Rachel unable to keep the children in line? Were the children behaving ungodly? Were they crying? Were they sick?
After the first child died, David uprooted her and traveled to another state, away from the grave of her first born, away from her family - the Sauls. Rachel was only 20 at the time; still a child herself. After reading the obituary, it was obvious that the church members had put Elder David Fawley on a pedestal; he, after all, was the 'dying apostle' and I seriously doubt that anyone would have questioned his words or actions.
I could not find an obituary for Rachel. My heart goes out to Rachel for all the heartache she must have endured. She was just the wife of David Fawley.