Clorinda Fosdick <I>Strong</I> Minor

Clorinda Fosdick Strong Minor

New York, USA
Death 6 Nov 1855 (aged 48)
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel
Burial Tel Aviv District, Israel
Memorial ID 68708167 · View Source
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Clorinda Fosdic Strong Minor was born in 1807 to Erastus and Abigail "Nabby" (Wright Harrison) Strong. She married Wiliam Peter Minor and had two children: Charles A. Minor (b.1829) and Frederic Minor (d. infancy). She lived in Philadelphia.

Clorinda was a follower of the Baptist preacher William Miller,founder of Adventism, and after his failed prophesy of the End of Days in 1844, she began her missionary work. She wrote her book "Meshullam! or, Tidings From Jerusalem" after a trip to the Holy Land in 1849. Eager to assist the poverty-stricken Jews of Palestine, she traveled back to the Holy Land in November of 1851 with her son Charles and settled near Jaffa (now Tel-Aviv) in an agricultural settlement known as Mt. Hope. There she joined the German brothers Johann and Friedrich Grosssteinbeck and their sister Maria Katherina and her husband Gustav Thiel. They were later joined by Walter Dickson of Groton, MA and his family, who were part of the American Agricultural Mission.

Clorinda Minor died of cancer in 1855, and was buried on Mt. Hope. Her gravestone states, "She hath done what she could." Johann Grosssteinbeck, grandfather of the American author John Steinbeck, was her successor at the colony. After the settlement was attacked in 1857, resulting in the death of Friedrich Grosssteinbeck, the colony was abandoned. The Steinbeck and Dickson families went to America and later a group of German Templers took up residence in the 1860s.

The small missionary cemetery remained on Mt. Hope for many years. When the Shevat Mofet School was built on the old settlement in the 1940s, the gravestones were removed to an unknown location.


Clorinda S. Minor (Wikipedia article)

Perry, Yaron "John Steinbeck's Roots in Nineteenth-Century Palestine." Steinbeck Studies; University of Idaho Press, 2004.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clorinda Fosdick Strong Minor (11 May 1807–6 Nov 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68708167, citing Mount Hope Settlement Cemetery, Tel Aviv District, Israel ; Maintained by Kim Z. (contributor 47299886) .