Tombstone Tuesday: Remember Elijah Soper

TombstoneTuesdayRemember Elijah Soper was born on May 4, 1794 in Milton, Chittenden County, Vermont to parents Mordecai and Naomi (Owen) Soper.  According to The New Soper Compendium by Earl Soper, Mordecai’s place of birth is disputed – some believe he was born in England while others believe he was born in Connecticut in 1746.

Mordecai married Naomi on April 4, 1770 in Salisbury, Connecticut.  His residence was recorded later as “Nine Partners” in Dutchess County, New York, where Mordecai and Naomi lived a short time before settling in Poultney, Vermont in 1771.  He served in the Revolutionary War and returned to Poultney then later moved to Milton.  There he took the Freedman’s Oath on May 3, 1787 and raised his large family.  Remember was the ninth child of thirteen.


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