William Carey: Chronology of Events
compiled by Dorothy Ross, 2010

William CareyBorn in England, William Carey (1761-1834) was a Baptist missionary to India. A pastor before going to the mission field, he spent an active forty-one years serving the Lord in India, including translating the Scriptures. Carey never returned to England.
1761 Born at Paulerspury, Northamptonshire (England), August 17.
1775 Apprenticed to shoemaker Clarke Nichols.
1779 First attended Sunday meeting of Dissenters with fellow apprentice John Warr, February 10.
1781 Married Dorothy Plackett at Piddington (England), June 10.
1782 Birth of daughter Ann.
1783 Baptized by John Ryland Jr., October 5.
1784 Death of daughter Ann.
1785 Moved to Moulton, Northamptonshire (England) and pastored the Baptist chapel.
Birth of son Felix.
1788? Birth of son William.
1789 Birth of son Peter.
Moved to Leicester (England) and pastored Harvey Lane Baptist Church.
1791? Birth of daughter Lucy. Died in her second year.
1792 Published "An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians..."
Preached "Expect great things. Attempt great things" sermon.
Baptist Missionary Society in England formed, October 2.
1793 Appointed along with John Thomas as a missionary to Bengal (India).
Birth of son Jabez.
Sailed from Dover with his family for India on Danish ship, Kron Princessa Maria Arrived in Calcutta, November 11.
1794 Moved to Debhatta in the Sundarbans.
Moved to Mudnabatti near Malda to work on indigo plantation.
Death of five year old son Peter, October 11.
1796 Birth of son Jonathan.
1800 Moved to Serampore, January 10.
Began work with William Ward, and Joshua and Hannah Marshman.
Baptized Krishna Pal, first Bengali convert, December 28.
1801 Became tutor (professor) of Bengali at Fort William College in Calcutta
Completed New Testament in Bengali.
Death of John Thomas, October 13.
1807 Doctor of Divinity conferred on Carey by Brown University (United States
Death of Dorothy Carey, December 8.
1808 Married Charlotte Rumohr in May.
New Testament in Sanskrit published.
1809 Completed translation of Bible in Bengali.
1812 Serampore mission printing office destroyed by fire.
1818 Prospectus issued for Serampore College.
1820 Organized the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of India.
1821 Death of Charlotte Carey, May 30.
1823 Elected a fellow by the Linnean Society of London.
Death of William Ward.
Married Grace Hughes.
1829 Sati prohibited through efforts of Carey, December 4.
1834 Died at Serampore, June 9.

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