Martha Elizabeth Metz

Female 1868 - 1962  (94 years)


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  • Name Martha Elizabeth Metz 
    Nickname Lizzie 
    Born 02 Sep 1868  Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 23 Dec 1962  Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mellingers Mennonite Church Cemetery, East Lampeter, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I620891348  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2008 

    Family Amos Franklin Eby,   b. 22 Apr 1871, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1951, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1896 
    Children 
     1. Bertie M Eby,   b. 10 Dec 1897, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1922, Harrisburg, Charlotte County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     2. Anna Pearl Eby,   b. 24 Aug 1899, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1918, Denbigh, Newport News County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     3. Lois Elizabeth Eby,   b. 15 Jun 1901, Maugansville, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1951  (Age 50 years)
     4. Luke Metz Eby,   b. 03 Jan 1903, Reid, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Oct 1965, Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +5. Mary Ruth Eby,   b. 24 Aug 1906, Maugansville, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1951  (Age 45 years)
    +6. Esther Virginia Eby,   b. 07 Oct 1911, Denbigh, Newport News County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1972, East Lampeter, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     7. Beulah G Eby,   b. 02 Mar 1914, Denbigh, Newport News County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1951  (Age 37 years)
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F548185448  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 02 Sep 1868 - Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Dec 1962 - Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mellingers Mennonite Church Cemetery, East Lampeter, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Amos Eby and Martha Metz
    Amos Eby and Martha Metz
    Personal Collection

  • Notes 
    • Written by Esther Eby Glass:


      Martha Elizabeth Metz is the name recorded in the family records for our mother. But she was always called Lizzie. She was the first child born to her parents after they moved to Vir­ginia. When she was 12 years old her parents moved from the Welltown property north of Winchester to the farm at Bartonsville. Here she grew to womanhood.

      Lizzie liked school. She often told me that she wished for more education than the country school provided. She spoke of a teacher, Mr. Lynch, who offered to give her and her sister Bertie more advanced books if they would come to school during the No. 66

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      inter months. She went several months each winter until she was 20 years old, learning, among other things, advanced rhetoric and fine penmanship. Her composition book is a thing of beauty. She also learned to paint with oil paints on felt and glass.

      Her father bought an organ when she was fifteen years old. Since she was the last daughter to marry, he gave her the organ when she was married to Amos Eby. This organ is still in the possession of the family, and still can be played. She last played it herself when she was 90 years old; after that she enjoyed hearing her children and grandchildren play it when they visited her. Lizzie taught her daughters to play this organ and to sing. Music was a normal part of their family life. In their courtship days, Amos and Lizzie sang together. They taught their children to sing by the simple method of singing with them. The most tedious and tiresome jobs, such as washing dishes or shelling beans, were lightened by harmonizing hymns and familiar songs.

      Lizzie was married to Amos F. Eby November 19, 1896, the year after her parents retired from farming and moved to Maugansville, Maryland. When he was courting her, he used to ride a bicycle from Hagerstown, Maryland to Winchester, Virginia. This was considered a great sport in those days. On one occasion, Adam Baer, his future brother-in-law, rode with him.

      The Ebys lived in the vicinity of Hagerstown until 1906, when with their family of five children, they moved to Denbigh, Virginia. They lived in the newly-settled colony of Mennonites there during the next twenty years. Two more children were born there, and their daughter Pearl, who died during the influenza epidemic of 1918, is buried in the cemetery of the Warwick River Mennonite Church. Later they lived three years near Washington, D.C., and their remaining years in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania.

      Our parents were known for their hospitality. In almost any place where their children live or travel, we meet somebody who remembers visiting in our home. Our father is remembered for his sociability and sense of humor, and our mother for her ability to entertain and put at ease unexpected guests, regardless of their number.

      We all remember her fine sewing. In her girlhood days she made fine quilts, some still in existence. In her married days, with six daughters and a restricted budget, she could sew and remodel and remake garments with a skill that amazes us more now than it did at the time. She loved flowers and trees, and left a trail of blooming plants in the yards and gardens of the houses where she lived.

      Our parents were devoted Christians of the Mennonite faith. They brought up their children in the church. They both lived to be old, our father to be 80 years old, our mother to be 94. In her last years she was a shut-in, but she was able to read, write letters, and enjoy visitors until the last day of her life.

      Lizzie was the only child of her father, Jacob Metz, whose life span exceeded his in length, and that by only a few months. Father and daughter each lived past 94 years. At her funeral, the hymn, "How Firm a Foundation," was sung. This, she once told me, was her father's favorite hymn. It seemed a fitting hymn to sum up both his life and hers


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