William Shaw Wright Caldecott, Rev.

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About William Shaw Wright Caldecott, Rev.

One of William Caldecott's tutors at the theological college was saintly Benjamin Hellier ... For the young theological student, at Richmond in the 'sixties he had more than a purely spiritual attraction, for before his preparation for the ministry was complete he had become engaged to Mr. Hellier's seventeen-year-old daughter. The engagement was a long one, for the Wesleyan Conference looked with disfavour on the early marriage of its young ministers, and it was not until he had served a term on the Spennymoor circuit (where he suffered attacks of nerves from 'excessive tea-drinking') and another in a mission station on Mauritius, working through the terrible malaria epidemic of 1867, in which sixteen thousand people were buried in plague pits in the course of four months, that the young couple, risking the disapproval of authority, suddenly got married. As a disciplinary measure they were kept for some time on a single man's stipend, and began their married life in evangelical poverty. In Marion Hellier, however, the Rev. William Shaw Caldecott had chosen better than he knew, for she threw herself into the practical side of missionary work with zeal and good humour, accompanying him from one missionary circuit to another, and in the intervals of her common-sense work for the physical welfares of her husband's flocks cheerfully facing nine successive confinements in Mauritius, Malta, England, and remote native districts of South Africa. She was rarely able to travel without two or three small children clinging to her skirts and another on the way, and in spite of several deaths in unfriendly climates the young family grew and multiplied in the most unpromising places. It was in the native mission of Tsomo, in the Transkei, that her most active and valuable work was done. She formed an association of more than two thousand native women converts, and, with a sense of the practical which her husband lacked, combined elemental medical and hygienic teaching with evangelism.



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William Shaw Wright Caldecott, Rev.'s Timeline

May 28, 1839
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 14, 1839
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 4, 1868
Age 29
November 17, 1869
Age 30
November 24, 1871
Age 32
May 22, 1872
Age 32
June 17, 1873
Age 34
September 17, 1874
Age 35
Brighton, England
August 22, 1879
Age 40