Rev. Josiah Tyler

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Josiah Tyler

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States
Death: December 20, 1895 (72)
Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Bennet Tyler and Esther Tyler
Husband of Susan Wright Tyler
Father of William Chester Tyler
Brother of Rev. John Ellery Tyler; Martha Tyler; Sarah Tyler; Catharine Tyler and Eliza Tyler

Occupation: Missionary to S. Africa, author
Managed by: Private User
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About Rev. Josiah Tyler

Josiah Tyler, son of Rev. Bennet Tyler and Esther Stone (dau. of Deacon John Stone and Esther Stowe), was for many years a missionary to South Africa. He was born on July 9, 1823 in Hanover, New Hampshire while his father was serving as President of Dartmouth College. He married with SUSAN WRIGHT CLARK on Feb. 27, 1849. She was dau. of Chester Clark and Nancy (Williams) Clark; born Mar. 22, 1828 in Northampton, Mass. She died Nov. 17, 1887 in Umsundazi, Natal, South Africa; he died Dec. 20, 1895 in Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

Children were:William Chester (b 5/1859, Natal, S.Africa), and 5 others.

  • 1849 marriage record: Josiah Tyler m. Susan W. Clark in Hartford Ct on 2/27/1849.(this may be only a recoding of the marriage in Conn; not the actual marriage site).

28. Rev. Josiah Tyler: b. 9 Jul 1823 Hanover, NH; missionary in South Africa; d. 20 Dec 1895 Asheville, NC; m. 27 Feb 1849 Northampton, MA [MA VRs 37:358: Rev. Josiah Tyler (25, East Windsor, CT) and Susan W. Clark (21, Northampton; d. Chester Clark)]

[Hartford Daily Courant, 7 Mar 1849: “At Northampton, Mass., Feb. 27th, Josiah Tyler, of East Windsor, and Susan W., daughter of Chester Clark. They are to proceed immediately to the Mission among the Zulus, in South Africa.”]

[New York Times, 21 Dec 1895: “The Rev. Josiah Tyler died suddenly of heart disease in Asheville, N.C., yesterday. He was born in Hanover, N.H., July 9, 1823, when his father was President of Dartmouth College….He was married to Susan W. Clark of Northampton, Mass. They left for the Zulu mission, South Africa, the same year as the missionaries of the American Board….Since coming to America, in 1889, he had made his home with his son in St. Johnsbury….His wife died in Natal in 1887. He leaves a son and three daughters.”]

[Baldwin 333]

29. Susan Wright Clark: b. 22 Mar 1828 Northampton, MA; d. 17 Nov 1887 Umsunduzi, Natal, South Africa

[Williams 170; Wethersfield 2:811]

[Solomon Clark, Antiquities, Historicals and Graduates of Northampton (Northampton, MA, 1882), pp. 243-244: “[Northampton ladies who married ministers] Susan Wright Clark, daughter of Chester, granddaughter of Lyman, who deceased July 17th, 1817, great grandchild of Matthew. If this Matthew Clark originated in Lebanon, Ct., as seems probable, he was born July 8th, 1732….in 1754, he married Sarah Clark, the youngest of the eleven children of Dea. John Clark, Jr….They were third cousins of each other, both in the fourth generation from Lieut. William the settler….He deceased 1760…leaving a son Lyman. Such, on the father’s side, are the ancestors of Susan W. Clark. Her mother, Nancy Barnard Williams, was born about 1784, at East Hartford, Ct., daughter of Edward, a younger brother of the fifth Northampton pastor, Rev. Solomon. Their father, Rev. Dr. Eliphalet Williams, was the minister of East Hartford over fifty years, being a descendant of Rev. Solomon Stoddard, second minister of Northampton, through Rev. William Williams of Hatfield, and his son, Rev. Solomon, D.D., of Lebanon, Ct. Commencing with the foregoing Rev. William Williams, it was a remarkable ministerial race in respect to longevity in the pastoral office. For example, Rev. William, of Hatfield, continued there fifty-six years. The second, Rev. Solomon, D.D., of Lebanon, prolonged his ministry there fifty-three years. Rev. Eliphalet, D.D., the third in the line, sustained the same relation at East Hartford fifty-five years. Rev. Solomon, the fourth in the series, continued there fifty-six years….Such, with the exception of the fourth and last, Rev. Solomon, are the ancestors on the mother’s side of Susan W. Clark. Respecting her grandfather, Edward Williams, it may be added, he was born 1762, acquired and followed the carpenter’s trade, always lived at East Hartford, married, about 1783, Rachel Barnard. He deceased, 1807, at the age of forty-four. They had two children, daughters….The older one, Nancy Barnard Williams, married, about 1819, Chester Clark. Number of their children, six. Among them are…Susan Wright. She, Susan W., married, in the spring of 1849, Rev. Josiah Tyler, a younger brother of Rev. John Ellery, sons of Rev. Bennett Tyler, D.D….Rev. Josiah, graduated at Amherst in 1845, and later at the East Windsor Hill Theological Seminary. Immediately after their marriage, they left for their distant field of missionary labor….Number of their children, six—four sons and two daughters, all native Africans, three of whom are in this country.”]

[Solomon Clark, Historical Catalogue of the Northampton First Church, 1661-1891 (Northampton, MA, 1891), p. 233: “[Home and Foreign Missionaries of the Northampton First Church] Susan Wright Clark, married Rev. Josiah Tyler, about forty years in South Africa.” Same, p. 176: “[Admissions – Historical Items, 1840] Susan W. Clark. Married, 1849, Rev. Josiah Tyler, missionary to South Africa for forty years.”]

Rev. Josiah Tyler was also the author of: 1.) Livingston's Life Work: Or Africa and its Explorers, 2). Livingston Lost and Found, and 3.) Forty Years Among the Zulus.

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Rev. Josiah Tyler's Timeline

July 9, 1823
Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States
May 1859
Age 35
Natal, South Africa
December 20, 1895
Age 72
Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States