William Carey (1761 - 1834) MP

‹ Back to Carey surname

Is your surname Carey?

Research the Carey family

William Carey's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Share

Birthplace: Pury End, Paulerspury, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Serampore, India
Occupation: Baptist Missionary - first in India
Managed by: Joan LOVEMORE
Last Updated:

About William Carey

Born August 17, 1761, Paulerspury, Northampton, England. Oldest of 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Father: schoolteacher, parish clerk. Parents lived well into his adult years. Raised Anglican church. Schooled until 12. Childhood distinctions: nature-lover, studious. 1775 apprenticed to shoemaker. 1779 became Dissenter. June 10, 1781, married Dorothy Plackett (with whom he had five sons, two daughters). 1782 first preached. 1785 dreamed of missionary work. 1787 ordained Baptist minister. 1792 published Enquiry, the classic delineation of missions, and helped found Baptist Missionary Society. 1793 arrived India. 1794 left deadly Sundarbans for indigo plant at Mudnabati. 1795 Dorothy mentally ill. 1797 completed New Testament in Bengali language. January 1800 opened base in Serampore, near Calcutta. 1801 began teaching at Fort William college (Calcutta) 1802 printed New Testament in Bengali. 1802 infanticide banned (for which he was partly responsible). 1805 began 'free schools' 1807 Dorothy (insane) died. 1808 printed New Testament in Sanskrit (key to all subsequent translations). 1808 married Charlotte Rumohr. 1812 Fire destroyed presses. 1818 founded Serampore College. 1820 founded Botanical Society. 1821 Charlotte died. 1822 married Grace Hughes. 1827 broke with B. M. S.. 1829 Sati (widow burning) banned (for which he was partly responsible). 1830 reunited with B. M. S.. June 6, 1834, died and buried at Serampore. Hailed as 'Father of Modern Missions'. (1)

Sources:

  1. http://www.heroesofhistory.com/page48.html
  2. http://www.wmcarey.edu/carey/legacy/carey-family.htm

Other References

view all 15

William Carey's Timeline

1761
August 17, 1761
England, United Kingdom
1781
June 10, 1781
Age 19
Piddington
1782
1782
Age 20
Hackleton
1783
October 5, 1783
Age 22
The River Nene, Northampton
1785
October 20, 1785
Age 24
Moulton
1787
June 22, 1787
Age 25
Moulton
1789
1789
Age 27
Moulton
1791
June 20, 1791
Age 29
1793
May 12, 1793
Age 31
Piddington
1796
February 4, 1796
Age 34
Mudnabatti, India