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Josephine Louise Mowry Sturdevant
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1826
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 17, 1914
Holt County
Nebraska, USA

Josephine Louise Sturdevant, born Mowry, was born in the heart of winter, on 8 February, 1826, to George and Margaret Mowry. The Mowrys lived in Meshoppen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.

The Mowry family consisted of twelve daughters and three sons, fifteen children in all, of which Josephine was second to the oldest. Six of the Mowry children died before the age of 20.

Josephine's father was a well to-do farmer, in the lush productive valleys of Pennsylvania.

In early Spring, 1848, 30 March, Josephine married James Benedict Sturevant, whose father was also a well to-do farmer and a Baptist preacher. The marriage took place at Susquehannah River Bottom, Black Walnut, PA. Josephine was 22 years old.

For several years, the couples' life seemed the same as generations before. James was a sashmaker in the couple's home area in Pennsylvania.

During this time, late 1840's through the early 1860's, Josephine gave birth to a plethora of children - Joseph Blanding (1848-1926), a baby that died in infancy in 1848, baby George that was born and died in 1951, Brantley Elijah (1852-1938), James Otis (1855-1879), Dr Charles Lacey (1858-1939), Rev Frank Moxley (1860-1940), Baby Otis Loomis, born and died in 1861, and Edward Payson (1862-1919).

The joy and celebration of life was coupled with the tragedy of death during this same time period. In addition to their three children that died in infancy, James lost two younger sisters and a younger brother. Josephine had lost seven siblings by the start of the Civil War.

Husband James enlisted as a private in the Civil War in the Fall of 1862, for the 16th Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry. He fought for the Union side. He was later discharge for dysentery, a common affliction amongst Civil War soldiers.

The same year that James entered the war, Josephine's father passed away, Dec 4, 1962. In the summer of 1865, Josephine's brother Urias passed away, just two weeks after mustering out from the Civil War.

After the war, Bertha Josephine, or "Berthie" was born (1867-1943). Berthie was the last, and 11th child born to them, and their only girl. In 1870, James is listed in that census as a farmer with a good amount of money.

In 1871, their lives changed again, when they made the decision to move West. Josephine was 41 years old. With the help of friends and family, they moved their family by the new iron horse, the train.

Then crossing rivers by covered wagon, they arrived in Saunders County where they stayed for a while. Eventually they settled in Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska. James was a photographer there, and had a studio.

Some of Josephine's sisters also located out West. Also, Josephine's mother Margaret came to the Atkinson area. She lived until 1889 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson with family.

Josephine lived to be 88 years old. She passed away in the season of the singing birds, Spring of 1914, on the 17th day of May. James passed away just three years later, in early June, 1917, at age 93.

Through all their love and loss, both James and Josephine outlived all of their many brothers and sisters. They are laid to rest beside each other, in the velvet greens of the Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, Nebraska.

Family links: 
  George William Mowry (1798 - 1862)
  Margaret Louise Hollenbeck Mowry (1805 - 1889)
  James Benedict Sturdevant (1824 - 1917)
  Joseph Blanding Sturdevant (1848 - 1926)*
  Brantly Elijah Sturdevant (1852 - 1938)*
  Charles L. Sturdevant (1858 - 1939)*
  Chastine Cornelia Mowry (____ - 1852)*
  Josephine Louise Mowry Sturdevant (1826 - 1914)
  George Ervine Mowry (1827 - 1861)*
  Hannah Rovilla Mowry Tennant (1837 - 1905)*
  Urias Hollenbeck Mowry (1844 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Holt County
Nebraska, USA
Maintained by: CONNIE FYFE
Originally Created by: Annie
Record added: Aug 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75222612
Josephine Louise <i>Mowry</i> Sturdevant
Josephine Louise <i>Mowry</i> Sturdevant
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