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Calvin Wilson Mateer

Calvin Wilson Mateer

Male 1836 - 1908  (72 years)

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  1. 1.  Calvin Wilson MateerCalvin Wilson Mateer was born 9 Jan 1836, , Cumberland, Pennsylvania; was christened , Cumberland, Pennsylvania; died 28 Sep 1908, Tsingtao, China; was buried Chefoo, China.


    Book written about Calvin:
    "Calvin Wilson Mateer - A Biography" by David W. Fisher
    "Forty Five Years a Missionary in Shantung, China"
    Philadelphia, The Westminster Press, 1911

    Within months of their marriage Calvin and Julia Mateer set sail for China and
    more than twenty years of service to the cause of Missionary and Christian
    Education which culminated in the establishment and recognition of Shantung
    Christian University. Dr. Mateer was also active in the translation of
    textbooks and was a principal editor of the revised Madarin Bible.

    Julia Mateer shared in vaious teaching responsibilities, in the construction of
    Chinese textbooks and was particularly successful in counselling students and
    their families, in giving aid and comfort to the sick, and in conducting
    religious classes for Chinese women.

    As Ada Haven, the second Mrs. Mateer, came to China in 1879 to take charge of a
    school for girls. During the Boxer Uprising, June to August 1900, she and some
    thirty of her charges were among the foreigners and Christian Chinese who were
    beseiged in the British Legation at Peking awaiting the arrival of American

    In addition to missionary work and teaching Ada Mateer was a fine linguist and
    a pioneer in the development of a simplified set of Chinese characters, which
    could be used for mass publication and general education.
    McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
    McTeer, 1975, p 110.

    Calvin married Julia Ann Brown 30 Dec 1862, , Delaware, Ohio. Julia (daughter of Robert Brown and Hannah Cunningham) was born 6 Jul 1837, , Ohio; died 18 Feb 1898, Tengchow, China; was buried Chefoo, China. [Group Sheet]

    Calvin married Ada Haven 25 Sep 1900, Chefoo, China. Ada (daughter of Joseph Haven and Mary Emerson) was born 19 Nov 1847, Brookline, Massachusetts; died 1 Aug 1936, Peking, China. [Group Sheet]