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Edward & Stephen Hempstead Graves

American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
1. Edward Hempstead Marker
Inscription.

Son of Stephen & Mary Hempstead
Born at New London, Conn.
June 3, 1780
Died at St. Louis
Aug. 10, 1817.
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First delegate to Congress from
the Territory of Missouri 1812

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Stephen Hempstead
Revolutionary Soldier
Placed by
St. Louis Chapter
D.A.R.
April 1938

American Presbyterian and
Reformed Historical Site
No. 432
registered by the
Presbyterian Historical Society

 
Erected by Daughters of the American Revolution; Presbyterian Historical Society. (Marker Number 432.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the American Presbyterian and Reformed Historic Sites, and the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.816′ N, 90° 13.751′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker can be reached from West Florissant Avenue. Touch for map. Monument is in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4947 West Florissant Avenue, Saint Louis MO 63115, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Mason Peck (about 300 feet away, measured in a
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
2. Edward Hempstead Marker
direct line); Rev. John R. Anderson (about 400 feet away); John B. Meachum (about 400 feet away); William Clark Monument (about 500 feet away); Charles Galloway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dred Scott (approx. ¼ mile away); Harriet Scott (approx. ¼ mile away); Charlotte Taylor Blow Charless (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
More about this marker. Monument location is designated by the Red #17 marker along the cemetery drive.
 
Regarding Edward & Stephen Hempstead Graves. The Stephen Hempstead Grave Site is one of 445 American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Sites registered between 1973 and 2003 by the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), headquartered in Philadelphia. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number (PHS marker location unknown).

The following text is taken from the Presbyterian Historical Society website:

Stephen Hempstead, known as the “father of the
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3. Stephen Hempstead Marker
Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi,” was a New Englander and veteran of the Revolution. In 1811, he moved his family west to St. Louis. He undertook to establish regular worship in the frontier town, campaigning to bring ministers to Missouri. In 1816, Rev. Salmon Giddings arrived in St. Louis, sent by the Missionary Society of Connecticut to preach and plant churches. In November 1817, Giddings organized First Presbyterian Church, the first Protestant church in St. Louis. Hempstead was one of nine charter members, and as an elder and trustee, he remained active in the church until his death at age 77. Hempstead was buried in a family plot on his farm, which later became part of the 314-acre Bellefontaine Cemetery.

 
Also see . . .
1. Edward Hempstead Congressional Bio. (Submitted on December 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis MO. (Submitted on December 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Presbyterian Historical Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
4. Presbyterian Historical Society Marker
On base of Edward Hempstead monument
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
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Hempstead Family Plot image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
6. Hempstead Family Plot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on August 15, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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