Belgian Congo

Missionary Dan Crawford (1870-1926) – photo

For some reason, my 2012 post on Dan Crawford, Scottish missionary to the Belgian Congo, has been attracting lots of views this past week, and serendipitously I just found a photo of him while continuing with my mission to clean out the garage. I’m sure it belonged to my great-grandmother Elizabeth Sargent Trewin who was a big supporter of his. The photo is undated, and the reverse side shows a Manhattan address, perhaps where he was staying at the time, or maybe this was an address through which his US correspondence was handled.

Some interesting links:
“The Diary and Notebook of Dan Crawford, Brethren Missionary in Africa” (blog post) – University of Manchester
Bio – GFA Missions website
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Dan Crawford, Scottish Missionary to Belgian Congo

“A Luban Lady” DC Crawford

Following in the tradition of her grandfather George Wills, my great grandmother, Elizabeth Sargent Trewin, was a devout Methodist and a huge supporter of the missionary work of Scottish missionary Dan Crawford (1870-1926), who spent much of his life living and working in the Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo). For more on Crawford, visit the website of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Elizabeth supported Crawford’s work financially and in prayer, and we have quite a bit of correspondence between the two. Elizabeth’s husband William Trewin passed away in 1916, and Crawford sends his sincerest condolences to her on that occasion. He also mentions prayerfully remembering Elizabeth’s daughter Zillah whenever glancing at her photo on his office wall. For this post, I am including a number of wonderful photographs sent to Elizabeth by Crawford. Both Crawford and Elizabeth passed away in 1926, she at age 72, and he at just 55 (from a minor wound that had become infected).

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