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John Williams – Martyr Missionary of Polynesia

James Joseph Ellis [1853-1924?], John Williams. The Martyr Missionary of Polynesia

John Williams (27 June 1796 – 20 November 1839) served with the London Missionary Society in the South Pacific. In order to expand his work to the Samoa and the Society Islands he build a missionary Ship – The Messenger of Peace – at Rarotonga. Following his death at the hands of cannibals in the New Hebrides, the London Missionary Society named seven of their missionary ships after him, the last of these being decommissioned in 1968.

This biography was digitised using a copy from the Library at Spurgeon’s College. This title is in the public domain.

James Joseph Ellis [1853-1924?], John Williams. The Martyr Missionary of Polynesia. London: S.W. Partridge & Co., n.d. Hbk. pp.160. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  1. A Words with Many Echoes, 1796-1816
  2. A Stranger with Many Friends, 1816-1822
  3. A Voyage with Many Discoveries, 1823-1827
  4. A Trouble with Many Blessings, 1827-1830
  5. A Sowing with Many Harvests, 1830-1832
  6. A Wanderer with Many Homes, 1832-1834
  7. A Champion with Many Trophies, 1834-1838
  8. A Stephen with Many a Paul, 1838-1839

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