THEODOSIA ANN BARKER DEAN (1819 - 1843)
Theodosia Ann Barker Dean, the daughter of a clergyman, was born in Thetford, England, and became a missionary at age seventeen, following the death of her father. Her first post was in Macao, where she met and married her American husband, the Rev. William Dean; the two then continued their Baptist ministry in Bangkok and Hong Kong. She died only five months after their arrival in Bangkok, on her twenty-fourth birthday.
After Mrs. Dean’s death, during a short return to the United States, the Rev. Dean passed on to the Rev. Pharcellus Church of Boston many of the documents, which he later compiled into her memoir. Her dedication to the missionary service is shown in it by her determination to join despite her young age: