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Levi Jessup (b. December 26, 1816, d. April 28, 1899)Levi Jessup (son of Isaac Jessup and Ann Gray) was born December 26, 1816 in Wayne County, Indiana694, and died April 28, 1899 in Wayne County, Indiana694, 695.He married Mary Myers on February 01, 1843 in Wayne County, Indiana696, daughter of Ralph Myers and Prudence Taylor.
Notes for Levi Jessup:
1850 Wayne Co. IN census
Levi Jesup 33 farmer b. IN
Mary 35 b. OH
Lindley M 6 b. IN
Lydia 5 b. IN
Thomas R 2 b. IN
Gulielma 1 b. IN
Phoebe Roberts 21
William Roberts 17
Willis W. Roberts 12 b. IN
Whitewater MM, IN
9-23-1880 Levi gct Cherry Grove MM
Memorial and Testimony of Cherry Grove MM, Aug 12, 1899 concerning Levi Jessup, who departed this life at his home in Randolph Co. IN Apr 27, 1899 in the 83rd year of his age.
While only a few years of the latter part of Levi Jessup's life was spent within the limits of this monthly meeting, many of our members have long known him by his faith and labor of love as a minister and prominent member of the Indiana yearly meeting.His memory being precious to us, we are induced to prepare a brief account of him, in the hope that his instructive example of faith, uprightness and love of the truth may encourage others to a similar dedication ot God, whose grace enabled him to overcome and to be made a pillar in His temple.
From a brief paper left by him for his family, we learn that Levi Jessup was born near Dover, Wayne County, IN on the 26th of the twelth month, 1816--the year in which Indiana was admitted to the Union as a state.He was the son of Isaac and Ann Gray Jessup.A grandfather, a great-grandfather, and a great-great-grandfather were each named Thomas Jessup.The latter was born in London, England.His grandather came from Yorkshire, near Leeds, England in 1722 and settled in NCHis parents came from VA to get away from slavery and settled in what is now Wayne County, IN in 1814.Thomas Bales, who, about 1777, was the first minister of the Society of Friends to hold religious meetings northwest of the Ohio River, was his great-grandfather.
In his youth, Levi Jessup availed himself of every opportunity to attend school, not merely in his own neighborhood, but at Spiceland, Newport (now Fountain City), and other places.In his 19th year, he was employed to teach a Friends school 3 months at Lynn, Randolph County, IN.He countinued to teach several years at Lynn, Dover, Newport, and in other Friends communities.His steadfastness in purpose, the moral force of his character, and his continual efforts to enlarge his field of usefulness, together with his universal love for humanity, did much in those pioneer days, and throughout his active life, to inspire the youth with whom he came in contact, with a love for a noble and pure life and to stimulate them to a greater activity of service.There are many who look back with comfort to some time when, by his presence or a word of counsel, they have been cheered on their way.
In 1848 he married Lydia Hough, who lived only a few weeks are their marriage.About 2 years after her death, he married Miriam Woodward, widow of Thomas Woodward.She died about 1 year later.In 1843 he married Mary Roberts, widow of Thomas Roberts.This union continued for 26 years and to them were born 6 childlren, 2 of which deceased several years since.In 1871 he married Rachel M. White, widow of Aaron White.After her death, which occurred in 1878, he removed from Richmond, near which place he had been engaged several years in farming, to Randolph County, where he lived with his daughter and her husband.About 2 years later he married Rebecca Lawrence Hinshaw, widow of Elijah Hinshaw, and resided with her near Cherry Grove Meeting until his death.
During the latter years of his life, disease and the infirmities of age prevented his being much from home.During this time his devoted wife and children were unremitting in their loving care and ministrations for his comfort.
From the above it will be observed that Levi Jessup was, by marriage, brought into intimate relations with an unusual number of families.It is worthy of special mention, as illustrating something of his noble Christian character, that the numerous step-children, several of whom were raised with his own children, always manifested that filial love and esteem due from children to parents.In speaking of this relationship, he says; "They treated us as if we were their own parents. We could never see nor feel any difference among them.We esteemed it a real blessing from the Lord that they felt as they did towards one another".He further says that this affectionate relationship was retained through their lives.It may well be added, it still exists among those yet living.
Of his early life he says: "My father was a right right member of the Society of Friends.My mother was not, but after I was born, she united with Friends and at her request I also was received into membership.I lived, during my boyhood, very much as other boys in the neighborhood--not much worse than my playmates, and certainly not much better.I was trained to attend meeting with my parents ever since my earliest recollection.My father sat at the head of the meeting; he was a man of upright life, and endeavored to set a good example before his large family; and my mother was a true helpmate for him."
His father died in 1842 and his mother in 1862, after seeing her 6 sons and 6 daughters married and settled in life.
In 1831 Hannah C. Backhouse, of England, attended Indiana Yearly Meeting and afterwoards visited Dover Meeting and encouraged Friends to organize a First-day School for Scriptural Instruction.A class was formed, of which, Levi Jessup was a member.From that time he became a student of the Bible, and soon became a prominent teach in First-day Schools, and faithfully and efficiently occupied this position for 60 years until the infirmities of age prevented his regular attendance.His love for and sympathy with young people made him popular as a teacher of young people's classes.
As he grew in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, having a sound judgement and clear understanding of Christian doctrine, he was eminently useful in counsel and in the service of the church, filling various important stations therein.In 1863 he was recorded a minister of the Gospel in the religious Society of Friends by Whitewater Monthly Meeting, and in his ministerial work, or by appointment, he made several extended religious visits within his own and other Yearly Meetings.In 1863 he and his wife were in Kansas with a minute from Whitewater Monthly Meeting, visiting Friends and Friends Meetings, and witnessed the scenes in the vicinity of Lawrence caused by the sacking and burning of that city by a band of 200 or 300 rebel guerillas from MO.They, in company of antoher friend who was bitterly hated by the pro-slavery men for his anti-slavery principles, stopped for the night at a country home a few miles from Lawrence.That night the raiders passed where these friends were lodging, terrifying and killing citizens, causing many to flee for their lives.This family was not disturbed, and our dear friend an his wife were permitted to rest quietly through the night.They were not there on a mission that would have satisfied the raiders, and they considered their deliverance the most remarkable one they ever experienced.They felt that they had been protected by an unseen and all-powerful arm and were grateful to their Heavenly Father for His loving care.
Faithfulness and punctuality were regarded by him as essential Christian virtues.During the nearly 50 year she was a member of the Representative Meeting of Indiana Yearly Meeting, of which he was many years clerk, he seldom if ever failed to attend its meetings.The same was true of the Central Book and Track Committee, of which he was an active member from its organization in 1850, until his death.He attended his Yearly Meeting every year but 1 for 69 consecutive years, being present at the last one only a short time.The reading of his communication to the yearly meeting in 1897, the one which he could not attend; and the few worlds that he addressed to the last at the time which proved to be his final departure from its counsels, were occasions of great solemnity and the awakening of a reverential and sympathichearing.As he, for the last time, walked away from the meeting, the congregation gave expression to their feelings by sing, "Blest be the tie that binds".
As a minister he was diligent in feeding the flock.His communications in the exercise of this gift were usually concise, but with life and power, edifying the hearers.He also had the figt of an elder, and was very helpful to young ministers and also to young people.The Christian Endeavor movementcame very near his heart and his interest in the welfare of the young and his love for the young prompted him to give to the workers in this society encouragement whenever an occasion offered.
HIs thirst for knowledge, when a youth, and the great difficulties he had to encounter to secure his school education, made hism an earnest adovcate for the establishment of Friends Boarding School, now Earlham College.He served several years as a member of the Boarding School Committee.
When Levi Jessup came to reside amongst us, Winchester Quarterly Meeting, was engaged in evangelistic and church extension work, which resulted in the establishment of many new meetings, largely composed of thos who knew nothing of the doctrines and customs of Friends.While he was not directly extensively engaged in this work, his counsel and teaching ministry were very helpful to those who labored in these new fields.He was a man of decided opinions, yet he assumed no authority by right of age or experience.He neither condemned nor endorsed anything merely because it was new; and the composure with which he accommodated himself to the changed circumstances and methods of another generation were admirable of worthy of imitation.
He was always interested in the affairs of State, and kept himself well informed on all important movements.He was able to hold intelligent conversation upon any subject of general interest in political, business, or religious circles, and judged the acts of men by the Gospel standard.He affiliated himself early with the interests of the slave and gave support to the movement that promoted his to the rank of full citizenship.
He was a man diligent in business, and by the used of his strong mental and physical powers in the prime of manhood, he accumulated considerable property, and whether enjoying prosperity or experiencing the reverses of fortune, he contributed liberally to the cause of education, and to the support of the Church.
The funeral services at Cherry Grove Meeting-house and at Earlham cemetery were very impressive.8 ministers from 4 Quarterly Meetings and other persons publicly testified to the Christian character of the deceased, and to the many and varied services he had been graciously permitted and enable to perform for his Lord and Master, into whose joy we fervently believe his ransomed spirit has entered, to go no more out forever.
Randolph Co. IN history, p. 1255.
Levi Jessup, a farmer of Washington Twp. was born in Wayne Co. IN near Webster Dec. 26, 1816 and is the 7th child of Isaac and Ann (Gray) Jessup, both born in NC......
Levi Jessup was brought up on a farm in Wayne Co. IN where he attended school, afterward entering upon a more advanced course of study at Spiceland, under the instruction of Robert Harrison, the founder of Spiceland Academy, which, together, with knowledge acquired from every available source, resulted in a liberal education, later shared with those whom he served for 6 years as teacher in Wayne and Randolph counties.In 1843 he was wedded to Mary, daughter of Ralph and Prudence Myers, four sons and two daughters resulting from the union.They were Lindley M., deceased, a emrchant of New York City, who married Ann Maxwell, deceased; Lydia, deceased; Thomas an attorney at law of Richmond, IN and husband of Katie Smalley, Gulielma (Mrs. Isaac Stanley), Albert, a farmer of West River Twp. and the husband of Gulielma (Hunnicutt) Jessup; Eli, a Jay Co. farmer who married Alice Diggs.
After this marriage Levi moved near Richmond, IN locating on 160 acres of land which he owned, living there 37 years.Ther his wife died, Dec. 26, 1868, and was buried at Earlham Cemetery.In life she was a member of the Society of Friends.Mr. Jessup again married, Nov. 17, 1880, the lady being Rebecca, the daughter of Peter and Sarah Lawrence, born in Randolph Co. NC Oct. 14, 1826.She is also a member of the Society of Friends, of which her husband has for a number of years been a recognized minister of the gospel of Christ.He sold his farm in 1879 and removed to Randolph Co. where he has since resided.He has always been interested in the dissemination of education, and for several years was secretary of the board of trustees of Earlham College.Admired and greatly beloved for qualities of mind and heart, Levi Jessup, a good man, "the noblest work of God" has lived a life which, in its endless influence, shall glorify his Maker.
Taken from the Life of Charles Coffin, p. 119-It mentions that Levi Jessup was one of a delegation that called on Abraham Lincoln in Washington to talk about Friends not fighting.In 1865 Levi Jessup was recorded as a minister
More About Levi Jessup:
Burial: Unknown, Earlham Cemetery, Wayne County, IN.
Occupation: Quaker minister, teacher.
More About Levi Jessup and Mary Myers:
Marriage: February 01, 1843, Wayne County, Indiana.696
Children of Levi Jessup and Mary Myers are:
- +Gulielma Jessup, b. January 23, 1849, Wayne County, Indiana697, d. March 28, 1940, Lynn, Randolph County, Indiana697.