Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
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View taken July 6, 2002 by Mary Ellen Brotzman 
of the Sturdevant Cemetery Clapper Hill, Tuscarora Township. 

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The following cemetery information comes from a book, which is still in the writing stages by Carol Brotzman on the Beaver Meadows Church, “BEAVER MEADOWS, THE CHURCH AND ITS PEOPLE”.

LOCATED ON THE ELSTON AND ELEANOR LOTT MOWRY FARM, KNOWN AS STURDMONT FARMS.  It is located behind the barn on a grassy knoll, and is fenced off from the pasture.

WILLIAM BRIGGS, no stone, newspaper clipping May 1897, (no name for the paper listed), Silvara area column.  Sturdevant family information records he was 74 years old when he passed.  He was married to a lady named Lois Sturdevant who died in May 1900. Church records show they were married November 21, 1864.  She was the daughter of Jesse and Irene Black Sturdevant.  Lois is probably buried here also.
The newspaper article read as follows: Wm Briggs of Wyalusing was laid to rest on a Sunday in the Sturdevant Burial grounds. He was the son in law of Jess Sturdevant.

This is probably the cemetery he was buried in. No proof. There is a Sturdevant Cemetery in Black Walnut, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania however this would be the family plot.

HEZEKIAH RODGERS/ROGERS, (information found at the Bradford County Historical Society)
Hezekiah Rodgers died April 11, 1851, age 70 years.  We assume his wife was Lois.

From the 1850 Tuscarora Township census we learned that Hezekiah Rogers (note spelling variations for Rogers and his wife’s first name) was married to Louisa. He was age 69 years old and she was 58 years old. Their children were Lyman age 23 years, Samuel W age 21 years and Mary A age 16 years.  The whole family was born in Connecticut.

Probably MARY A ROGERS is buried here. This information was transcribed from a newspaper clipping: A daughter of Hezekiah and Lois B Rodgers died October 7, 1862; age 28 years 5 months and 5 days

January 16, 1839 – March 15, 1906
His wife was MARY L OWENS March 1, 1841 – January 4, 1928
Their daughter was EVA E, August 26, 1862 – September 27, 1862
Their son was BRADLEY S, January 11, 1867 – November 7, 1886
Their son was Harry L (Luther), 1864 – 1909
Wife of Harry was Emma E (Emma Evangeline Bennett), 1867 – 1950
Florence (Elouise), (July 6) 1893 – 1900 (March 12) (the middle name spelling of Elouise is from the Bennett Genealogy)
Goldie, (June 2) 1890 – 1893 (September 5)

Historians Note:  Emma Evangeline Bennett was the daughter of Samuel and Adelia “Melvina” Maxfield Bennett.  Samuel was killed in a logging accident in LaPorte, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.  Melvina married John Clapper January 29, 1871 as her second husband and his second wife.  John’s former wife Harriet Culver had died June 1, 1869. Thus, we are mixing two more large prominent families of Beaver Meadows. The Clappers and the Bennett’s of Clapper Hill that descended from Ferris and Nancy Black Bennett. Again we have yet another connection, Nancy Black Bennett and Irene Black Sturdevant were sisters, children of Joseph and Alice Wells Black.  For more information on these families contact the Beaver Meadows Church Historian at, and be sure and read the “History of the Beaver Meadows Church” here on this site under Tuscarora Township.  You will find much information on these families there.

 Mrs. J. D. Sturdevant, Maria Lathrop, died July 6, 1886 aged 76 years, 9 months and 23 days
Their son Norman S, died March 15, 1850 age 14 years, 6 months and 15 days

Jesse Sturdevant, July 3, 1807 – June 18, 1878, age 71 years 11 months and 15 days
His wife was Irene Black; she died September 15, 1851 age 35 years, 5 months and days
His second wife was Elizabeth Buck, October 8, 1813 – March 31, 1887, age 74 years, 5 months and 23 days. J B Sturdevant signed the Tuscarora Rush Religious Compact as a member of the Beaver Meadows Church.

Historians note:  Jesse Benedict Sturdevant was the son Jesse and Lenda Drake Sturdevant. The father of this Jesse was the Reverend Samuel Sturdevant of Black Walnut. This family has a strong Christian family background in the Methodist and Baptist faith’s.

Judson (J. W.) (J. D.) Sturdevant, December 3, 1841 – January 31, 1890
Company A, 57th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Civil War
Elizabeth Ann Deremer, his wife, (the spelling of her last name may vary)
Elizabeth was born in Belvedere, New Jersey November 14, 1830 to Philip and Mary Williams Deremer.  She was married first to Elias Transue who died March 22, 1866, and second to Judson W Sturdevant.

Elizabeth Sturdevant; this information was from a Tuscarora Township Historical Society newsletter, just a page belonging to Jeanette Brotzman so I have no issue date.
She died February 27, 1900.  That would be shortly before the will of Judson was probated!

Historians note from a portion of his will: J D Sturdevant signed the Tuscarora Rush Religious Compact, however his description fits this man. Judson Sturdevant left in his last Will and Testament to the Beaver Meadows church $1.00 annually to the funds of the Sunday school library, and $3.00 annually to the Pastor of the Methodist Church having class nearest to my above-mentioned real estate. The will was witnessed February 14, 1889 however it was not probated until May 2, 1900 AD, George T Ingham, register Bradford County Court House. Why the great variance in time before probate is anyone’s guess. He died January 31, 1890. I find no reference in church records where any funds were ever received.
Jud and Elizabeth adopted one child, Burton Edward Sturdevant that inherited the entire estate.

Beaver Meadows Church records: June 3, 1885, Beaver Meadows Secretary minutes, meeting held at Rush Center:  L A Pickett was elected Superintendent of Sabbath school at Beaver Meadows, The Sunday School was thriving according to the minutes. Stewards from Beaver Meadows were: L A Pickett, N R Jones and Judson Sturdevant

Leander E Sturdevant, April 16, 1850 – June 19, 1917
His wife was Orrie Roberts, August 12, 1855 – June 22, 1891

Historians Note: Rev George Greenfield married Leander and Orrie December 27, 1876 in the Skinners Eddy parsonage.

May Sturdevant, September 20, 1882 – October 30, 1892

For further information contact Carol Brotzman, Beaver Meadows Church historian,

Information on this cemeteries inhabitants came from the Sturdevant Genealogists Alice and Webb Sivers, headstone readings, Beaver Meadows church records, newspaper clippings, a Tuscarora Township Historical Society Newsletter, The Bradford County Historical Society, obituaries, Skinners Eddy Church records, the Bennett Genealogy and the will mentioned above was obtained from the Bradford County Court House.
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 09/26/2001 
By Joyce M. Tice
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