|JULIA ANN PELL.|
Julia Ann Pell was born at Montville, Connecticut, in the year 1813. She did not enjoy the privilege of living with her parents when a child. Her age did not exceed eight years, when she was sent to live with a family, where she served as an apprentice until she was eighteen. From thence she went to East Granby and lived some years in the family of the Pastor of that village, where she was much respected for her honesty, and stability of character.
In the year of 1836, she thought to benefit herself by coming to Hartford: she therefore was obliged to leave the family, who much regretted her loss.
She remained in Hartford till the close of her life. She was esteemed for good behavior, and assistance in society; attending to the concerns of her own, and leaving alone those of others. She did not figure in the gay and more fashionable forms of society, nor had she any particular relish for those external attractions, which wear such an alluring aspect to the fashionist and votary of worldly pleasure.
While young she had not the advantages of a school education. Perhaps not attending school more than one or two days in a week. Yet, even then, it was her most eager desire to be a scholar, though fortune seemed to forbid it. She gained
The years of her childhood being spent in the country, she had less advantages of education than many. There being but one school, the scholars were quite numerous; and those whose station was inferior to many in the school, were neglected; their rights trampled upon, and their time abused.
She had a permanent regard for the Sabbath, and for religious services; attending both the Sabbath School, and divine worship three times upon that day. The intervals of worship, she spent in reading the Holy Scriptures, or religious books. She was exceedingly strict in her improvement of time. By rising early, she secured the best part of the day for her domestic employments, and for the necessary duties devolving upon her station. Simplicity of living and industrious habits, she particularly regarded; ornaments seldom known, among the nobility of a republic.
She took good care of all that was entrusted to her. Order she had practiced from a child, and she took delight in it. "A place for every thing and every thing in its place," was one of her characteristics. Said she, "a constant habit of putting the same things in the same places, and performing the same duties at the same times, will always enable us to find what we want, and to do what is to be done, readily, pleasantly, and without any annoyance to others."
In the year of 1838, she became a member of the Church of Christ. The society of religious
Her last sickness, which terminated in death, was painful in the extreme. She bore it with Christian patience. When physicians and friends had hopes of her recovery, said she, "I shall never recover." Under all trying circumstances, she enjoyed the sweet peace of the believer, founded on the Christian hope.
When she had the smallest prospect of life, she seemed far from being alarmed with the view of her dissolution. She expressed her willingness either to live or die, as it should please Divine Providence. "If," said she, "I had any hopes of recovery, it would be my soul's desire to bring glory to the name of the Lord, proportionable to all the dishonor I have done Him, in my whole life: and particularly by endeavors to convince others of the danger of their condition, if they continue impenitent; and by telling them how graciously God has dealt with me."
All the faculties of her mind were perfect until the last. It is thought that few people see death approach them, as she did. In short, her death was like her life; easy, unaffected, and pious.
The morning that she died, she came down stairs with little help, and appeared to be gaining health. But such appearances are often deceptive. She sat down awhile, when she was persuaded to return to her room; she seemed to be unwilling, and said that she would like to sit awhile. She had grown
Between six and seven in the evening, a friend went to her room, and said that she was going to hear a lecture on that evening. She expressed her willingness, and wished to have her repeat to her what she heard when she returned. The friend had not been long seated before some one called for her. Said she, "Is Julia dead?" It was indeed true. She had ceased to breathe. Thus she peacefully died, in the 27th year of her age, March 17th, 1839.