Reverend David Bowman Eby

Male 1851 - 1940  (88 years)


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  • Name Reverend David Bowman Eby 
    Title Reverend 
    Born 10 May 1851  Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 02 Feb 1940  Olympia, Thurston County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery Tumwater, Thurston County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I622724283  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2016 

    Father Enoch Eby,   b. 15 Nov 1828, Montgomery, Franklin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1910, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Hetty Howe,   b. 13 Apr 1827, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1861, Jo Daviess County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1847  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:

    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Enoch Eby
      Name: Enoch Eby
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: PA
      Birth Year: 1828
      Spouse Name: Hettey Howe
      Spouse Birth Year: 1827
      Marriage State: of IL
      Number Pages: 1
    Family ID F510927804  Group Sheet

    Family Hannah Studebaker,   b. 01 Feb 1849, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Feb 1928, Olympia, Thurston County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1874  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jacob Allen Eby,   b. 03 Dec 1877, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1950, Pasco, Franklin County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Harrison Rollin Eby,   b. Jan 1880, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Maude Eby,   b. 05 May 1883, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1963, Olympia, Thurston County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. Orpha Eby,   b. 1890, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Enoch C Eby,   b. 02 Jun 1891, Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940, Pasco, Franklin County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     6. Verna R Eby,   b. Apr 1895, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2007 
    Family ID F548934820  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 May 1851 - Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Dec 1874 - Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 02 Feb 1940 - Olympia, Thurston County, Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery Tumwater, Thurston County, Washington Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    David B Eby and Hannah Studebaker
    David B Eby and Hannah Studebaker
    Personal Collection

  • Notes 
    • 1860 Census West Point, Stephenson, Illinois as D. Ebey
      1870 Census Oneco, Stephenson, Illinois as David EBY
      1900 Census Sunnyside, Yakima, Washington
      1910 Census East Sunnyside, Yakima, Washington David B Eby
      1920 Census Olympia Ward 3, Thurston, Washington as D.B. EBY
      1930 Census Woodward Valley, Thurston, Washington as David B EBY and living with his daughter Orpha and her husband
    • Name: David Bowman Eby
      Death date: 02 Feb 1940
      Death place: Olympia, Thurston, Washington
      Gender: Male
      Race or color (on document):
      Age at death: 88 years 8 months 22 days
      Estimated birth year: 1852
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      Father name: Enid Eby
      Father birth place:
      Mother name: Hettie Howe
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      Film number: 2023758
      Digital GS number: 4222957
      Image number: 368
      Reference number: 21
      Collection: Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960


    • Washington, Wills and Probate Records, 1851-1970
      Name: David B Eby
      Probate Date: 9 Aug 1943
      Probate Place: Thurston, Washington, USA
      Inferred Death Year: Abt 1943
      Inferred Death Place: Washington, USA
      Case Number: 6202
      Item Description: Probate Records, Box 112-113, File 6181-6226, 1940
    • The following is from the "History of Waddams Grove Church" in Jo Davie ss County, IL, page 50.

      *EBY, DAVID, son of Enoch and Hetty. Baptized about the spring of 186 8. Granted a letter about the year 1876.

      *Minister


      Obituary
      The Brethren Gospel Messenger
      March 16, 1940

      Elder David Bowman Eby
      As we chronicle this life of Eld. D. B. Eby of Olympia, Wash., we are cons cious of his inherent sense of Christian humility and his lifelong practi ce of letting good deeds rest on their merits alone, avoiding personal dis play or recognition. His works are truly his monument, and a grand and lo fty invisible monument it is. Still to his friends and acquaintances thro ughout the brotherhood who await word of his passing we feel indebted to g ive this brief account of his life. We submit it in the same humble spir it that guided him.
      David Bowman Eby was born into the home of Enoch and Hettie Howe Eby in Hu ntingdon County, Pa., on May 10, 1851, which made him 88 years, 8 months a nd 22 days of age at his death. He passed away peacefully at the ho me of his oldest daughter in Olympia, Feb 2, the immediate cause being a h eart attack. Funeral services were held in the Olympia church. His pasto r, Eld. Mark Schrock, officiated, assisted by eight visiting ministers w ho had long been associated with Bro Eby. Interment was beside his wi fe in the near-by cemetery.
      Bro Eby grew to manhood in the historic Waddams Grove church in Illinoi s. In 1874 he was married to Hannah Studebaker, who preceded him in dea th twelve years ago. They established their new home near Lena, Ill., a nd took up their membership in the Yellow Creek church. His fine qualiti es of Christian leadership were early apparent and he was called to the mi nistry. He graced that calling for more than sixty-five years. He was el ected to the eldership in the Yellow Creek congregation and served it the re for many years.
      In 1898 he felt the strong calls that were being made from the still raw a nd undeveloped West for church leaders, and came with his family to a fa rm in the sagebrush covered sands of the Yakima Valley, settling near Sunn yside, Wash. He began at once his western ministry, gathering his neighbo rs and their children into the schoolhouse each Sunday, leading them in di vine worship. In 1899 the little community had grown to the place whe re it had fourteen phone subscribers and could install a telephone lin e. The young man who installed the phone in the schoolhouse told Bro E by his mother was an invalid and he wished it were possible for her to he ar the services. Bro Eby arranged to ?broadcast? over the phone line, a nd for a number of years the sermon and songs were carried from the school house to the shut-ins in the valley. We who pride ourselves on our mode rn services should recall that in 1899 radio had not yet been born in t he minds of even our great scientists.
      His deeds soon did speak for themselves and he found himself not only shep herding the little group at Sunnyside, but a leader for the whole northe rn half of the Pacific slope. He served as chairman of the district missi on board for the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho for a great numb er of years, and went about in the valleys and coasts organizing new churc hes wherever clusters of the Brethren had settled. He represented his dis tricts on the Standing Committee at Annual Meeting for more than a decad e. He served as chairman of the committee of arrangements for the Annu al Conference held on the University campus in Seattle.
      All this time he was developing a dairy farm and raising a family of eig ht children. Among the memories that his children treasure from their chi ldhood are the recollection of the long line of church leaders and frien ds who came and went in the Eby household. Brother and Sister Eby truly l ived ?in a house by the side of the road,? and were friends to man. Parti cularly characteristic of Bro. Eby?s thoughtfulness for others was the fi ne spirit of co-operation that he maintained with Eld. S. H. Miller of Wat erloo, Iowa, who moved to Sunnyside and was the other resident elder.
      In 1911 the area divided itself into the three states that were its compon ent parts and Bro Eby was given the responsibility as chairman for the new ly elected board for Washington. This office he discharged with rare gra ce and acumen until, with increasing years, he felt it should be carri ed by younger men. However, his wisdom and guidance were still soug ht in church affairs. When the United States entered the World War and o ur Brethren boys came under the selective service act, Bro Eby was appoint ed by the board and the district to have the oversight of the work do ne in behalf of our conscientious objectors in the Washington camps. Unt il most recent years he had continued to preach occasionally and regular ly filled the Olympia pulpit on his birthday. An increasing deafness robb ed him of some of the joys of public worship. Then failing eyesight depri ved him of the printed literature of the church. Both of these cross es he bore with Christian fortitude. Those who attended the Annual Meeti ng at Nampa will recall the grand old white-haired elder of the West who s at beside the speakers to hear.
      In 1917 he and his wife retired from the farm and moved to Olympia, whe re he has shared with all the fullness of his bowl of life. Bro Eby is re spected throughout the West as a great pioneer minister, but is beloved f or his own Christian personality. He loved and lived for the doctrines a nd principles of the Church of the Brethren, and as he increasingly gave o ver the reins into the hands of younger leaders, he was concerned about th eir ability to keep on the right course. Never was he dictatorial or domi nating in his advice, and he recognized and encouraged the good in true C hristian advancement. He was not dogmatic, but with a keen sense of hum or and an ability as a storyteller, he never spared himself nor his genera tion in recalling their foibles or quibbling over trivialities.
      He is survived by five children, three having gone on to enrich the gloryl and for him and Sister Eby. The children are:
      Eld. Jacob Eby of Marshalltown, Iowa; Roy Eby of Pasco, Wash; Mrs. Maude G regory of Olympia, Mrs. Milo Barnhart of Olympia and Mrs. Ralph Eikenber ry of Wenatchee, the daughters all of Washington; seventeen grandchildr en and six Great-grandchildren. Throughout Washington he was Grandpa E by to all the members of his faith. His only surviving brother, E ld L. H. Eby, now of North Manchester, Ind., was the ?Grandpa Eby? of sout hern Idaho and so they have nurtured and fostered families of Brethren thr ough the West that no house can hold. We cannot say with some historian s, ?Washington havslost a great man?. Rather, Washington has been blest w ith a great man, and she still has the high heritage of his rich experienc e, and heaven has claimed a new recruit, one who has proved his sterling w orth. We would not be selfish enough to keep him longer from his rewar d. Geraldine Eller, Wenatchee, Wash


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