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Townsend Elijah Taylor

1818– 1883

Born in LaGrange, New York; graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1847; sailed to Hawai‘i the next year with his wife, Persis, to serve the American Seamen’s Friend Society as chaplain in Lahaina, Maui; moved to Honolulu in 1851; served as pastor of Honolulu Bethel, 1851–1852, and Second Foreign Church, 1852–1854; left Hawai‘i for California because of health problems; continued in the ministry in various parts of that state and Nevada; died in Nordhoff, California. (See Day, History Makers of Hawaii, 119; Missionary Album, 188–89; GQC journal, Dec. 21–22, 29, 1850; Jan. 12, 19, Feb. 20, Mar. 2, Oct. 12, 1851.)