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Rev Samuel Austin Worcester

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Rev Samuel Austin Worcester

  • Birth 19 Jan 1798 Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 20 Apr 1859 Park Hill, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Park Hill, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Plot 8, Tyner's Map
  • Memorial ID 9474628

Preacher, printer, publisher, editor, translator, scholar of the Cherokee language, spent years making the Cherokee language into print type; founder of the Worcester Mission in Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, IT. Known as "The Messenger" among the Cherokee Indians; while studying in New England, met Elias Boudinot who influenced him to move to Brainerd Mission in TN, to administer to the Cherokee Indians. After arriving there besides preaching, was a blacksmith, carpenter and carpenter, translator, and doctor. Secured funds to establish the "Cherokee Phoenix," the first Cherokee newspaper in 1828 at New Echota, GA. Served time in prison in GA, because of signing and publishing a resolution at New Echota in protest of a law the assembly had passed requiring all whites to get a license to work in the Cherokee Nation. Sued the State of GA at the US Supreme Court as unconstitutionally violating the Cherokee Nation rights and won his case in 1832 with Chief Justice Marshall presiding; however, Pres. Andrew Jackson did not honor the Court's ruling. Moved to Cherokee Nation West in 1835 to prepare for the coming of the Cherokee on the "Trail of Tears." Worked tirelessly to help resolve the differences between the GA Cherokee (Chief John Ross faction) and the "Old Settlers."
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Samuel Austin Worcester

Birth: 19 JAN 1798
Death: 20 APR 1859 in Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, IT (OK)

Father: Leonard Worcester b: 01 JAN 1767 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Mother: Elizabeth Hopkins b: 12 JUN 1772 in Hadley, Massachusetts

Marriage 1: Ann Orr b: 1800 in Bedford, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA
Married: 19 JUL 1825

Children:
Ann Eliza Worcester b: 07 NOV 1826 in Brainerd, Hamilton County, TN
Sarah Worcester b: 30 SEP 1828 in New Echota, Georgia, USA
Jerusha Worcester b: 1831
Hannah Worcester b: 29 JAN 1834 in New Echota, Gordon, Georgia, USA
Leonard Worcester b: 08 MAR 1836 in Union Mission, Oklahoma, USA
John Orr Worcester b: 13 MAR 1838
Mary Eleonor Worcester b: 1840

Marriage 2: Ermenia Nash b: 1801 (buried at this cem).


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  • Created by: Alice P.
  • Added: 18 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9474628
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Samuel Austin Worcester (19 Jan 1798–20 Apr 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9474628, citing Worcester Mission Cemetery, Park Hill, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Alice P. (contributor 46631932) .