This biography is a collection of letters and journal entries that relate David Abeel’s missionary adventures sailing to China, Singapore, Siam and other locations. David Abeel (1804–1846) was born at New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was educated at the Theological Seminary at New Brunswick and became part of the Reformed Dutch Church. He began pastoring at Athens, New York, which was his only pastoral charge. He was a missionary in China, but he also went around the East Indies Islands distributing books and tracts and preaching the Gospel.
Timeline of events in David Abeel's life:
1804 – Born in Athens, Greene County, New York.
1828 – November - traveled to St. John’s and Tortola; page24 (28-day journey)
1829 – October 14 - Mr. Abeel and his fellow-missionary, Mr. Bridgman (Elijah C.), sailed for China in the ship Roman, Captain Lavender.
1829 – December - Cape of Good Hope.
1830 - February 25 - Canton, China. Met by Robert Morrison.
1830 - December 20th - Transferred to the care of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. (A.B.C.F.M.)
1830 – December 27 – Sails for the Eastern Archipelago Islands scouting the practicality of establishing missions.
1831 – January – Batavia, Java. Lived and ministered with Mr. Walter Henry Medhurst.
1831 – June 4 – Singapore. Mr. James Tomlin. Then Siam on June 30.
1832 - May 19 – Siam.
1833 – May 25 – left for America, first England. Ship Cambridge. For reasons of health. Took five months.
1833 - October 21 – reached England.
1834 - September – reached America.
1836 - December - Sailed for the West Indies because of his sickness.
1837 - May – Left the West Indies.
1837 - June 8 – Arrived at New Jersey.
1838 – October 17 – sailed for Canton, China again.
1839 – February 20 – The Missionary Company arrived at Canton. Robert Morrison has passed away.
1841 – April 30. Arrived at Singapore.
1841 – October. Borneo.
1841 – December 21. Macao.
1842 - Amoy and Kolongsoo.
1844 – August – left Amoy.
1845 – January 14 – left for New York with sickness. Ship Natchez.
1845 – April 3 – arrive at New York.
1846 – September 4 – He died in New York. 42 years old.
Author Rev. George R. Williamson (1823–1852) was born at Caldwell, New York. His paternal uncle was Rev. David Abeel, D.D. In 1837, he attended Rutger’s College, New Brunswick, N.Y. In 1840, he attended the Theological Seminary of the Dutch Reformed Church. He became the pastor (1844) of the Second Reformed Dutch Church of Ghent, Colombia Co. N.Y. Afterward he moved to the Second Reformed Dutch Church of Newark, N.J. After health problems he moved to the Reformed Dutch Church of Amity, Saratoga County, N.Y. He died shortly after a severe injury from a boiler explosion on a steamboat, age 29 years.
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