Crocker, William Goss

Crocker, William Goss a Baptist missionary, was born at Newburyport, Massachusetts, February 10, 1805. He graduated from the Newton Theological Institution in 1834, and was ordained at Newburyport, September 25 of the same year. proceeding at once to Africa, where he arrived August 12, 1835. He entered with great zeal into his work, and was a most devoted and laborious missionary for seven years. He succeeded in reducing the Bassa language to writing, and prepared also a Bassa Spelling-book, and quite a number of hymns in the same tongue. He returned to the United States in 1842, remaining a year and a half, when he re-embarked for Africa, and arrived at Monrovia, Liberia, February 23, 1844, but died the next day. (J.C.S.)

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