Elijah Stanley, son of John Stanley, one of the pioneer settlers of this section of the county, was born December 14, 1839, and died March 23, 1914 at the ripe age of 74 years, 3 months and 6 days.
He was married to Miss Susan J. Arrington March 10, 1859. Five daughters survive him. So far we have learned, there were no other children. These daughters are Mrs. David Quesinberry, Mrs. H. E. Collier, Mrs. E. D. Hart, Mrs. J. W. Bowman and Mrs. F. C. Bolt. Brother Stanley’s wife preceded him in death by several years.
He joined the
Here is his membership remained till he entered the Church
triumphant. His son-in-law, Mr. J. W. Bowman, with whom he lived, moved to
Amelia County, Va., a few months prior to the death of Brother Stanley. On his
way from Amelia C. H.,
Brother Stanley was an excellent man, a law abiding citizen, and a true brother of the church. We always found his association, in the church and in home, to be very pleasant. He was a Bible reader and enquired much after truth. It was common for him to say to his brethren, “What do you think of this scripture?” which he would repeat. We have no perfect man on earth, but Brother Stanley was well up to the standard, as a citizen, a sholdier and a brother. While we were not a soldier in the great Civil war, where we lost our father, we have a very special and loving regard for the brave and loyal soldiers of the Confederacy. Peace to his ashes.
May all of his children, by the grace of God, meet him again in that better and perfect state. Though they miss him here, they should rejoice when they think, “He is in heaven.” God be with them, is the prayer of
One who loved him.
F. P. Branscome
Memorial By His Church
Where as it has pleased Almighty God to remove from our midst and call to his reward, on March 23, 1914, our beloved brother Elijah Stanley, who was an honored member of our church, and whose death we deeply deplore. It is requested that Elder F. P. Branscome prepare his obituary and publish the same in the Messenger of Truth.
J. M. Dickerson, Mod.
S. G. Dobyns, Clerk.