Samuel Augustus Sturtevant, Sr. (1814-1859)

• Born 14 August 1814 in Paris, Oxford, Maine.

• Married Jemima DePuy, daughter of  Bevier and Jemima Hannah (Miller) DePuy on 16 july 1846 in Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts. While in Lowell he Samuel worked as a merchant.

• Lived in Lowell for several years at the corner of E. Merrimack and Ash Streets. Son Samuel Augustus Sturtevant, Jr was born in Lowell on 4 March 1848.

• Moved to Boston about 1849-1850 where he continued in his merchant business

• Son Joseph Bevier Sturtevant born 8 February 1851 in the Boston area.

• At some point after Joe’s birth the family moved to Broome County, New York, possibly to visit with Jemima’ family.

• Samuel’s interest eventually turned west. He moved his family to Hudson, St. Croix, Wisconsin  in 1853.

• Daughter Florence DePuy Sturtevant is born, most likely in Hudson, on 1 September 1855.

• Early in 1855 Sam appears in the Hudson newspapers, first as the co-ower of the Hudson Market with G. M. Salisbury, a full-service grocery story on 1st Street in Hudson. Later in 1855 he is listed as sole proprietor.

• He was also very involved in the community. Samuel was a leader in Hudson’s St. Paul Episcopal Church helping to build tha church, serving as the secretary in 1855, and he was also one of the vice presidents in the 78th anniversary of American Independence activities in Hudson.

• 1 April 1856, Samuel purchased  80 acres of land just southeast of Hudson. The legal land description is N1/2, SE1/4, Sec 12, T28N, R19W.

• In late 1856 or early 1857 the family moved west, to Sauk Rapids, Benton County, Minnesota. In February Samuel purchases Lot 11 in Block 51 in the small town of Sauk Rapids. Later in May 1857 it appears Samuel was in the process of purchasing 16 lots in Block 43 in the center of Sauk Rapids. Perhaps he was planning on building a new grocery store in the up-and-coming frontier town.

• Daughter Lydia Blanche Sturtevant is born, most likely in Sauk Rapids about 1857.

• The family lived in Sauk Rapids for at least two years.

• Samuel died 2 July 1859, in Hudson, St. Croix, Wisconsin, probably of tuberculosis [mentions of disease have been made in some sources but no death record has been found yet]. Samuel is buried in Willow River Cemetery (1) in Hudson, St. Croix, Wisconsin next to his son and two daughters.

(1) Photograph of tombstone taken by Larry and Linda Kopet. Website to Old Willow River Cemetery.

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