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Elbert Nevius (18081897)


Elbert Nevius was born on 4 September 1808 in Wayne Township, New Jersey. A graduate of Rutgers University and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, he was ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church in 1834. The next year he married Maria Louisa Condit (or Condict, born 1808); four of their eight children lived to maturity. Following service as a missionary in Borneo, Nevius was a Reformed Church minister in Stuyvesant, New York, for approximately forty years.


Acts and Proceedings of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, Volume 19 (New York: Reformed Church in America, 1901), 23536.

John Howard Raven, compiler, Catalogue of the Officers and Alumni of Rutgers College (Originally Queen’s College) in New Brunswick, N.J., 17661916 (Trenton: State Gazette Publishing Co., 1916), 7.

Mark Twain to Olivia L. Langdon, 26 February 1869, in Victor Fischer and Michael B. Frank, eds., Mark Twain’s Letters, Volume 3: 1869 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), 11114.

Elbert Nevius in North America, Family Histories, 15002000 (

Rev Elbert S Nevius at Find a Grave.

Elbert Nevius at FamilySearch.