Elizabeth Sterne

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Elizabeth Sterne (Lumley)

Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Lumley and Lydia Lumley
Wife of Laurence Sterne
Mother of Lydia de Medalle

Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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About Elizabeth Sterne

Sterne fell in love with Elizabeth Lumley, a cousin to Elizabeth Montagu, the bluestocking. They married in 1741. According to the account of an acquaintance, Sterne’s infidelities were a cause of discord in the marriage.

As a clergyman Sterne worked hard but erratically. In two ecclesiastical courts he served as commissary (judge), and his frequent sermons at York Minster were popular. Externally, his life was typical of the moderately successful clergy. But Elizabeth, who had several stillborn children, was unhappy. Only one child, Lydia, lived.

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Elizabeth Sterne's Timeline

Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom