William Carey (missionary)
Missionary to India
|Died||9 June 1834
William Carey (17 August 1761 – 9 June 1834) was a British Christian
He went to
Carey is known as the "father of modern missions."
 His essay, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens, led to the founding of the
He translated the Hindu classic, the
William Carey, the oldest of 5 children, was born to Edmund and Elizabeth Carey, who were
At the age of 14, Carey's father apprenticed him to a
When Nichols died in 1779, Carey went to work for the local shoemaker, Thomas Old; he married Old's sister-in-law Dorothy Plackett in 1781 in the Church of St. John the Baptist, Piddington. Unlike William, Dorothy was illiterate; her signature in the marriage register is a crude cross. William and Dorothy Carey had seven children, five sons and two daughters; both girls died in infancy, as well as son Peter, who died at the age of 5. Thomas Old himself died soon afterward, and Carey took over his business, during which time he taught himself
Carey acknowledged his humble origins and referred to himself as a cobbler (one who repairs shoes). However, the local community often knew him by the higher status of a shoemaker. John Brown Myers entitled his biography of Carey William Carey the Shoemaker Who Became the Father and Founder of Modern Missions.