(Arthur, Ont. Enterprise-News) On Thursday, March 22nd, one of the oldest of the pioneer settlers of Arthur passed away in the person of Sarah Jane Ballantine, relict of the late James MacLachlan. Her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Gillrie, with whom she had made her home for the past few months and followed only a very brief illness. Her remains were interred in Derryadd Cemetery beside those of her late husband, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. R.H. Rogers. The deceased was a native of County Armagh, Ireland, where she was born on Sept. 23rd, 1833. When she was in her 5th year, her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ballantine, immigrated to Canada. For a time they resided in Mona Tp., and then came to Arthur, where Mr. Ballantine was one of the first businessmen of the place, which at that early date consisted of only a few log structures. In March of 1852 the subject of this sketch was married to James MacLachlan, who four years previous had taken up land on the 4th Con. of Maryborough. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. MacLachlan moved to this farm, where they experienced all the hardships and vicissitudes which fell to the lot of the pioneers of this province. In September of 1898 Mr. MacLachlan passed away, and two months later, Mrs. MacLachlan moved to Arthur, where she has since resided. Mrs. MacLachlan possessed a splendid Christian character, and was greatly beloved by those with whom she came in contact. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church. Mr. and Mrs. MacLachlan were among the first members of the Derryadd Methodist Church, and later, when this appointment was closed, were identified with the Rothsay church, being always energetic supporters of religious efforts of all kinds. The deceased is survived by a family of ten, four sons, Wm. of Listowel, John of Glencoe, Rev. James of Grimsby, Dr. Arthur of Carmen, Man., and six daughters, Mrs. Wm. Gillrie of Arthur, Mrs. Anderson of Brandon, Man., Mrs. Rinn of Elm Creek, Man., Mrs. S. Gillrie and Mrs. Oxby of Maryborough and Miss Maud of Schomberg. Two sons predeceased her. She is also survived by one brother, Mr. Adam Ballantine, of Winnipeg, and one sister, Mrs. Jas. Moore, of Arthur.