Born: Oc­to­ber 10, 1815, Med­ford, New Jer­sey.

Died: Ju­ly 16, 1897, Ocean Grove, New Jer­sey.

Buried: Me­tho­dist ce­me­te­ry on the Kings High­way, Had­don­field, New Jer­sey.



Elwood was the son of Quak­er par­ents, Ca­leb and Ruth Stokes. He mar­ried twice, to Han­nah H. Neff (1838) and Sar­ah Ann Stout (1847).

He was he first pre­si­dent of the Ocean Grove Camp­meet­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.



He Is Risen

He is risen! Christ the holy!
He the Christ who once was slain;
He the earth-born, lone and lowly,
Bursts the tomb and lives again.
Grace divine to men abounded,
Grave, sin, hell, are all confounded.

He is risen! Men despising,
Truths of God revealed in time;
Risen! to His foes surprising,
To His friends a joy sublime;
Risen? yes, alive forever,
Christ, of endless life the giver.

Risen! risen! every nation
Join the universal joy;
Let the song fill all creation,
Men and angels’ tongues employ,
Saddened hell and gladdened Heav’n,
Death is conquered, Christ is risen!

Risen! risen! joy forever,
Christ is victor, death in chains,
Grave shall gain dominion never,
Jesus lives, Messiah reigns!
Thrill the earth with the glad story,
We shall reign with Him in glory.

Elwood Haines Stokes
Blossoms, 1885