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  • Rebecca Parrish (1869 - 1952)
    Sarah Rebecca Parrish was an American medical missionary and physician in the Philippines, who established the Mary Johnston Hospital in Manila. References "Dr Sarah Rebecca Parrish". Find A Grav...
  • William Rockford Hamme (1887 - d.)
    William Rockford Hamme lived in Atchison, Kansas before moving to the Philippines in June 1916, part of the latter waves of American teachers. He was stationed in Iloilo, Iloilo. He related his experie...
  • Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875 - 1950)
    Carter G. Woodson earned a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1912. He was the second African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is referred to as the "Father of African-American Histor...
  • Walter William Marquardt (1878 - 1946)
    Walter William Marquardt came to the Philippines as a pioneering teacher in 1902, and was first assigned to Tanauan, Leyte. He was 5'7" and had grey eyes and brown hair. In his early years in the bar...
  • John Henry Manning Butler (1868 - 1944)
    John Henry Manning Butler was born on 05 September 1868 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He was one of a handful of African Americans who travelled to the Philippines in 1902 to help establish the Ph...

This sub-project aims to organize genealogical data on the 1,074 American teachers sent by the U.S. government to the Philippines between 1901 and 1902. Named after the USS Thomas the ship which transported the last batch of expatriated educators, the Thomasites sought to establish a new public school system, to teach basic education and to train Filipino teachers, with English as the medium of instruction. More here:

Find more at the master project page, Families of the Philippines.

National Administrators

American Pioneer Educators and their Stations (as of September 1902)

Succeeding Waves of Educators, after 1902

Suggested Readings

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  2. After adding yourself as a "Follower" or "Collaborator", you can add the profile of the person you wish to add.
  3. Navigate to the person'sprofile. Under the "More Actions" link, choose "Add to Project" and select "The Thomasites" Project.
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