Rev. Elijah Montague 1768 - 1831

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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