|Birth: ||Jan. 30, 1866|
Van Wert County
|Death: ||May 3, 1898, Sierra Leone|
Ella Schenck was the daughter of Rev. D. J. Schenck, and was born near Willshire, Ohio, January 30, 1866. Her mother died when Ella was only four years old, but she always spoke fondly of the care and love of her second mother. Due to the itinerate life of her family Ella's education was occationally interupted, however, all the children in the family did well whenever they were in school. Ella spent time in Roanoke Classical Academy and Eastern Indiana Normal School, where she graduated in a teachers' course in a shorter time then any other member of her class. She also took later courses in stenography and typewriting and acquired considerable knowledge of the field of photography. She taught in a number of schools and was concidered a great success as a teacher. She became interested in missionary work and, with the consent and support of her parents, sailed in September of 1891 for Africa. She served there for a term of three and a half years and then returned home for several years of rest, but wrote to the Woman's Missionary Association that she wished to return to her work in Africa. In October 1897, in the company of Mr. and Mrs. Cain, Doctor Marietta Hatfield and Mr. Arthur Ward, she sailed once more for Africa. Upon arrival at the mission in Rotufunk, Sierra Leone, she took up the position of matron of the mission's Girls' Home. She was killed in the massacre at Rotufunk in May of 1898.
Note concerning burial: According to the book "History of the Woman's Missionary Association of the United Brethren in Christ" published in 1910, the bones of the 5 missionaries killed in Rotufunk were gathered by English officers, put into one box and were later interred in the cemetery in Rotufunk.
Created by: Devil Kitty Designs
Record added: May 27, 2010
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God bless you Ella. My relative, rev.Ellen Groenendyke, knew and worked with you in Rotufunk, Africa and also very likely,in the U.S.. She carried on with your work, rebuilding again, after the massacre.|
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