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! 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