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Mercy Steffens

Full name

Mercy Jane Hammond Steffens

Alternative names

Mercy J. Hammond

Presence at Shimer

18541857

Presence on Earth

1837–1908

Role(s)

Seminary period alum

Mercy Steffens, née Mercy Hammond, was a student at Shimer College during the early Seminary period. She was an active participant in the Lyceum, and in the revival led at the Seminary during the winter of 1856-1857 by Rev. Sidney Estee.

ProfiledEdit

  • in "Life Resume", 1902, reprinted in "Mercy Jane Hammond", Our Hammond and Hale Ancestors, Elton A. & Janice T. Watlington, 2005, p. 71:
    When I was seventeen was sent to Mt. Carroll Female Seminary twenty miles from home. It was a good school and there I met Sister Mary Ann Steffens, the sister of him who became my companion later. She was a dear girl, and my love for her is still warm and deep; will ever be while life lasts.
    I was at this school for three years or part of the time here when I first felt the need of a Saviour and saw my own sinfulness. It was my last winter at the Seminary and a great religious revival was in progress there. Many of the students were among the seekers. It was a decisive step for me and one I always rejoiced over, though I've been such a weak follower of the dear Saviour who has done so much for me. After going home I joined the M.E. Church as most of our family belonged to that church, there being no Congo Church in that place.


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