Elijah, son of Major Richard, was born in North
Leverett, Mass. In 1791 he married Lovina
Jones and they had seven children. She
died in 1804. A year later
he married, Jerusha, the daughter of Jeremiah Woodbury.
They had nine children.
The reverend was a Baptist minister and had his homestead and
farm next to his fathers, near the cemetery in North Leverett. When the Rev. Elijah died,
he was buried next to his first wife, Lovina.
The following inscription is on his stone: “His life was not
distinguished, By fading honors of the world; But by his warm and ardent
zeal, For Jesus and his word.” Eight
years later, when Jerusha died, she was also buried by his side.
Jerusha is on his right and Lovina is on his left.
I thought this quite thoughtful and a warm testimony of family
devotion. The smaller
headstone to the right of Lovina’s, in the first photo, is in memory
of Sophia. She was their
second born who had died in 1798 at the age three.
The stone is next to a large tree stump and I wonder how large
the tree was in 1798, or was it even living then.
The sixth born of Elijah and Lovina was Hibbard and my
genealogical line extends from him.
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