|Birth: ||Sep. 6, 1796|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1872|
Twin to Elisha Sturdevant. Son of Samuel Sturdevant and Lucy Brown. (m1)Mary Francis (Fanny) Jones, (m2) Elizabeth Moxley.
Friday August 31, 1877
"STURDEVANT-In Black Walnut, Nov 7, 1872, Rev. Elijah Sturdevant, aged 76 years, 2 months, and 1 day.
Another veteran minister, has gone to his reward. A few brief facts connected with his life and death may not be out of place.
Rev Elijah Sturdevant was the son of Rev Samuel Sturdevant, and was born in Black Walnut, Wyoming County, Pa. Sept 6,1796. Experiencing a divine change, in Nov. 1819, he was baptized the following month by Rev Davis Dimock. He was twice married - in Jan. 1820, to Miss Fannie Jones, and in Dec 1840, to Mrs. Betsy M. Blanding. In 1842 he was ordained to the work of the Gospel ministry.
During his entire ministry, he was the acknowledged pastor of the South Auburn Baptist Church, and in connection served with the North Auburn fifteen years in succession. A portion of his time was also given to the Russell Church and other destitute places.
His pastoral qualifications were of a high order. In preaching he was plain, spiritual and practical. Christ crucified was his theme. In social life he posessed the refinement, without the stiffness, of a Christian gentleman. His home was the home of the ministers especially, while all who loved Christ ever had a hardy welcome.
So he lived. To the end of such a life must needs be rich in memories of the past, and foretasfes of the future. Hence the writer, a personal friend, was not surprised to receive the following statement in a letter from his eldest daughter: "All through his sickness his talk was much about heaven and its blessed associations, quoting at different times the well-known (line?) 'But what must it be to be there'".
His disease was typhoid pneumonia. Its course, though painful, ended so peacefully, that even the watchful eye of his son, Rev. Ira J. Sturdevant, was scarcely aware that time had been changed for eternity.
The last book he read was on "Earnestness in the Christian Ministry - sent by a friend from the Publication Society, it interested him deeply and led him to remark, that, if life was spared, he would spend his entire strength in his Master's service. With another statement full of comfort to all survivors, we close our notice of his last hours. His life, he said, had been a constant conflict with the enemy of souls, but he had not been allowed to disturb him in his last sickness. The night before his departure, talking to the hand of a member of his family, his last words to her were, "I know not how this may turn, but I know all is well.""
Elijah Sturdevant was born the twin of Elisha. He had an older brother Peter,a younger brother, Major John Sturdevant, and a younger sister, Lucy. Elijah was the son of Samuel and Ann Sturdevant. He was born in late summer, 6 September, 1796, in Black Walnut, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
Elijah's father, Samuel Sturdevant, was a farmer and Baptist preacher, and a Revolutionary War Soldier. It is recorded in family histories that Samuel traveled by horseback, over all of northern Pennsylvanian, preaching Christian gospel, even to the native Americans.
At age 23, in winter, January of 1820, he married Mary Francis, known as "Fanny", Jones. The couple resided in Luzerne, Pennsylvania, and had thirteen children, before Mary's untimely death at age 40.
Their children were as follows: Sarah J (1820-1901), Rev Ira Jones (1822-1907), James Benedict (1824-1917), Lucy (1825-1850), (Infant 1828-1828), (Infant Twins 1830-1830), Lewis (1830-1854), (Infant 1831-1831), Edmund W (1832-1833), William Brantley (1834-1853), Helen (1834-1840), and Ellen (1836-1907).
At age 44, in winter, December of 1840, Elijah married a second time, to Elizabeth "Betsey" Moxley. Two years later, in 1842, Elijah was ordained a minister, and preached at the Baptist churches.
Elijah and wife Betsey lived in Braintrim, Walnut County, Pennsylvania. Elijah is recorded in the U.S. Census from 1850 - 1870, as a well-to do farmer, and also remained a preacher. His wife Betsey died in 1868.
In the Spring of 1871, Elijah's son James, and several of his other children, migrated West to the State of Nebraska, and did not return to Pennsylvania to live.
After a productive and prosperous life, in the Fall of 1872, November 7, Elijah Sturdevant passsed away at Black Walnut, Pennsylvania. He is laid to rest with both of his wives in the Black Walnut Cemetery, also known as the Sturdevant Cemetery, in Meshoppen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
Samuel Sturdevant (1741 - 1828)
Ann Lucy Cooley Sturdevant (1759 - 1836)
Mary Francis Jones Sturdevant (1797 - 1838)
Elizabeth B. Moxley Sturdevant (1796 - 1868)*
Sarah J. Sturdevant (1820 - 1901)*
Ira Jones Sturdevant (1822 - 1907)*
James Benedict Sturdevant (1824 - 1917)*
Lucy Sturdevant (1825 - 1850)*
Lewis J. Sturdevant (1828 - 1851)*
Helen Sturdevant (1834 - 1840)*
William Brantly Sturdevant (1834 - 1853)*
Ellen F. Sturdevant (1836 - 1907)*
Phebe Sturdevant Keeney (1767 - 1843)**
Samuel Henry Sturdevant (1773 - 1847)**
Sarah Sturdevant Gray (1778 - 1852)**
Peter Bent Sturdevant (1795 - 1861)**
John Sturdevant (1796 - 1879)**
Elijah Sturdevant (1796 - 1872)
Elisha D Sturdevant (1796 - 1855)**
Lucy Sturdevant Smith (1799 - 1866)*
Black Walnut Cemetery
Maintained by: CONNIE FYFE
Originally Created by: Bob Furtaw
Record added: Jun 19, 2008
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