July 9, 1840, Stark, New York.

March 28, 1926, Middletown, Rhode Island.

Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island.


Amelia was the daughter of Merritt Starkweather and Hannah Saunders, and wife of Jacob Flint Starkweather. At the age of four years she moved with her parents to Bergen, New York. She was educated at Cary Collegiate Seminary, Oakfield, New York (1858 and other years) and was in the 1882 pioneer class of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

She began teaching at age 15, and by 1880, was a school teacher in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Later she was a traveling financial agent for a children’s and old people’s home. For seven years she was superintendent of a 400-member Sunday school in Titusville. She served for three years at president of the Home Missionary Society, and was active with the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.

She moved from Titusville to become superintendent of the Western New York Home for Friendless Children, and also served as a deaconess in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Amelia usually spent her vacations in Chautauqua, New York, which was described as her permanent home as of 1893. She may have been living in New London County, Connecticut, in 1920.

Amelia’s first poem was published in the Progressive Batavian, and many poems followed in various periodicals. Her works include:

  1. When I Stand in Yonder City
  2. As Jesus Walked the Stormy Waves
  3. As You Gather Round Your Table
  4. Cast Thy Care upon the Savior
  5. Come, Holy Spirit, Search My Heart
  6. Has the Day Been Dark with Shadows
  7. He That Dwelleth in the Presence of the Highest
  8. I Will Look to the Hills, to the Beautiful Hills
  9. I’d Rather Get Down at the Feet of My Lord
  10. I’d Rather Have That Noble Guide
  11. If the Great Day Has Come
  12. I’m Abiding in Christ
  13. King of Glory, The
  14. Never Alone
  15. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
  16. One I Would See
  17. Our Father’s Way Is Always Best
  18. Remember Your Creator
  19. There’s a Joy in My Soul
  20. Though Clouds Be Dark and Storms Arise
  21. Toil on Though the Night
  22. When Darkness Shrouds Your Lonely Path
  23. When We Rest on Yonder Shore

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