|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1801|
|Death: ||Dec. 1, 1882|
Rev. Dr. Titus Coan was the son of Gaylord and Tamzen/Tamza (Nettleton) Coan. Fidelia (Church) Coan was his 1st wife. They were married November 3, 1834 and she died September 29, 1872. Lydia Denton (Bingham) Coan was his 2nd wife. They were married October 13, 1873 and she died August 31, 1915. He was a Missionary to the Hawaiian Islands from 1833 to 1882.
--"There is a stone marker dedicated to Titus Coan in the Town of Killingworth, Connecticut. The inscription reads: TITUS COAN 1801-1882 - Missionary to Hawaii: Explorer and Scientist to Patagonia 1833, Hilo 1834."
Unidentified Newsclipping - 1882
Death Notice of Rev. Titus Coan, D.D.
COAN.--We could not until now record our grief at the death of Rev. Titus Coan, of the American Board of Missions. For nearly a half century he lived and labored at Hilo, in the Sandwich Islands. On the 8th of December, at the ripe age of 82 years, in the midst of his labors and surrounded by a church that he had established, he quietly passed away. The "Apostle of the Islands," as he was called, was a man of power among the people, of great simplicity of character and devotion to his Master. On November 23rd, 1834, he received his instructions to go to the Islands. He was of New England birth but spent much of his early life in Western New York. His "Life in Hawaii, an autobiographical sketch of mission life and labors from 1835 to 1881," is a record of missionary work. His residence was near the noted Mauna Loa, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. He gives in his book the most vivid descriptions of its eruptions which are said to be the most valuable records of scientific societies. The growth and development of the native church under his care in Hilo and surrounding Stations is one of the most marvelous works of modern missions. That single church at Hilo has given more than $100,000 for Christian work and has sent abroad a dozen foreign missionaries and has furnished nineteen pastors. That Hilo church received in one decade on Profession of Faith 12,113 persons. We cannot summarize the work of this man. His own book is only a sketch, and it is too thrilling a story to spoil by presenting fragments of it. Send $1.50 to Randolph & Co., New York and they will send the book postpaid.
Edited by Hiram Collins Haydn
American Heroes On Mission Fields: brief missionary biographies, c1894, Pgs. 231-253
Rev Dr. S. J. Humphrey
Rev. Titus Coan
Wilson, James Grant, John Fiske and Stanley L. Klos, Editors
Appleton's Cyclopedia Of American Biography
COAN, Titus, Missionary, born in Killingworth, Connecticut, 1 February, 1801; died in Hilo, Hawaii, 1 December, 1882. He was descended from a family that had settled in Connecticut and East Hampton, Long Island, early in the history of the country. He studied under private teachers, and from 1819 until 1826 taught school in Saybrook, Killingworth and Guilford. In 1826 he went to Western New York, where four of his brothers were established, and taught for two years. He was a cousin of Asahel Nettleton, the Evangelist, and had been influenced by the revivals that folowed Nettleton's preaching. He studied theology at Auburn (NY) Theological Seminary and graduated in 1833. Even before his graduation Mr. Coan was invited by the Boston Board of Missions to undertake the dangerous task of exploring Southern Patagonia, with a view to the possible establishment of a missions there. He sailed from New York for the Straits of Magellan, 16 August, 1833, with one companion, the Rev. Arms, on the schooner "Mary Jane," Capr. Clift. The perilous adventures of their trip are narrated in his "Patagonia." Escaping with their lives from the savages near Gregory's Bay, the young explorers were taken off by a passing vessel and returned to New London, where they arrived 7 May, 1834. On 3 November, 1834, Mr. Coan married Miss Fidelia Church, and on the 5th of the following month the young missionaries sailed, with six others, on the ship "Hellespont," from Boston, for the Hawaiian Islands. They arrived at Honolulu, via Cape Horn, 6 June, and at Hilo, which was to be Mr. and Mrs. Coan's home for life, 21 July, 1835. For two years Mr. Coan devoted himself to the study of the language, in which he became a powerful speaker. His energetic and affectionate nature, and his charming personal presence, gave almost unexampled success to his labors. The number of conversions in the years 1838-1840 was more than 7000, while he received in all, up to 1882, 13,000 persons into the Hilo and Puna Church. Throughtout this extensive district, 100 miles of coast-line, a region for many years only accessible on foot, Dr. Coan made regular and frequent tours and organized schools and churches; and he acted as its only physician until 1848, when the Mission Board sent out a medical man to assist him. Mrs. Coan established and for some time conducted a Seminary for young Hawaiians. Dr. Coan seized every opportunity to visit and to study the great volcanoes of Hawaii, of which no history can ever be written that will not depend, in large part, upon the data given in his published descriptions. The largest volcano in the world was in his Parish, and for forty years he was the chief observer both of Kilauea and of Mokuaweoweo, the summit crater. In 1860, and again in 1867, he made a tour of the missions in the Marquesas Islands. In 1870, after a continuous absence of thirty-six years, Dr. and Mrs. Coan revisited the United States. His abounding energy exercised itself in making 239 addresses in twenty different states and territories during the eleven months of his stay. Mrs. Coan died, after their return to Hilo, exhausted by care and labor, 20 September, 1872. She was a woman of fine mind and great charm of character, and to her wise aid and counsel much of Dr. Coan's success was due.
Gaylord Coan (1768 - 1857)
Tamzen Nettleton Coan (1759 - 1818)
Fidelia Church Coan (1810 - 1872)
Lydia Denton Bingham Coan (1834 - 1915)*
George Coan (1790 - 1848)*
Titus Coan (1801 - 1882)
"He Lived By Faith
He Still Lives
Believest Thou This"
John 11: 26
Homelani Memorial Park
Plot: Old Section (on the circle) F2-6-1
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Apr 14, 2008
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