Edgar Page Stites

STITES, Edgar Page. b. Cape May, New Jersey, 22 March 1836; d. Cape May, 9 January 1921. Stites lived in Cape May for most of his life, apart from a period in Philadelphia during the Civil War, where he worked in the provisions department of the Union army, and another period when he was a missionary in Dakota. He was a pilot on the Delaware River and a lifelong Methodist, a member of the Cape May chapel for sixty years. He was the cousin of Eliza E. Hewitt* of Pennsylvania, whom he would have met, with others such as Mary Dagworthy James*, at the Methodist campground at Ocean Grove, New Jersey, where he was a keen attender. His hymns were sometimes published under the pseudonym ‘Edgar...

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