Elijah Staggs obituary
OBITUARY FROM SIGNS OF THE TIMES
Copied from microfilm in the
Primitive Baptist Library Carthage, Illinois
By request I send for publication the obituary of our esteemed Bro. Elijah Staggs, who departed this life Mar. 24, 1871. He was born March 18, 1795 in Mason County, Kentucky, and moved with his parents to Butler Co., Ohio, in the 10th year of his age, where he remained with his parents until he grew up into manhood. He them came with some of his friends that were moving to Vigo Co., Indiana and was one of the first settlers.
In 1810 he united with the church on profession of his faith in Christ. All was peace and love until the missionary spirit made an appearance among us, and he was among the first to oppose it, and was often engaged in pointing out the anti-Christian spirit. He was a good disciplinarian and unshaken in the faith.
I visited him a few days before he died and found him free to talk, but too weak to talk much at that time. He said he had been confined to his bed for several weeks although he didn’t suffer much pain, that his confinement had given him a good opportunity to examine his little hope and the system he had contended for so long: and said he, the longer I examine it, the brighter it seems. I am not one bit afraid to trust it, for it is the only system that can reach a poor helpless sinner. It is enough to die on.
In this belief, he died in his sleep in Jesus without a murmur, ending 76years and 6 days old .
Yours in Gospel Hands,