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Grenfell, George, 1849-1906

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Personal name headingGrenfell, George, 1849-1906
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Associated countryEngland
LocatedCongo (Democratic Republic)
Birth date18490821
Death date19060601
Place of birthSancreed (England)
Place of deathCongo (Democratic Republic)
AffiliationBaptist College (Bristol, England) Baptist Missionary Society
Profession or occupationMissionaries Explorers
Found inMakulo La vie de Disasi Makulo, 1982: leaf 36 (Grenfell, George, missionary and explorer, b. England 8/2/1849, d. Basoko 7/1/1906)
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, 2001 (Grenfell, Reverend George (1849-1906). Cornish missionary in Africa. Surveys of the rivers of the Cameroons, 1874; manuscript maps of the Congo, from 1880; surveys of the Congo River, 1884-1889 used in Map of the Congo River between Leopoldville and Stanley Falls, Royal Geographic Society 1902)
George Grenfell and the Congo, 1910: p. 1 (b. Aug. 21, 1849 in parish of Sancreed; of Cornish birth but raised in the Midlands, in Birmingham) p. 2-3 (began missionary work in 1874 in the Duala communities of the Cameroons River estuary; estab. himself at Musuko on the Lower congo in 1880; returned in England in 1881 to supervise completing of the Baptist Missionary Society's first steamer on the Upper Congo, the Peace; returned to Congo in 1883; d. July 1, 1906 at Basoko) p. 16 (the "Peace" was the steamer on which Grenfell made his principal exploring journeys)
Dictionary of African Biography, accessed December 21, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Grenfell, George; explorer, Baptist missionary; born 21 August 1849 in Sancreed, England; enrolled at the Baptist College in Bristol (1873); joined the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) (1874); arrived at Cameroons Town (present-day Douala) (1875); climbed and mapped the southern sections of Mount Cameroon and traveled up a series of rivers; resigned from the BMS (1878); rejoined his former colleagues as the head of the new BMS station at the mouth of the Congo river (1880); traveled the Aruwimi, Kwango, Kiva, Kasai, Busira, Sankuru, Luebo, Ubangi, Mbomou, and Lulua rivers; managed to establish his first upriver mission at Lukolela (1886); his writings remain one of the most valuable sources on societies in the Congo basin in the late nineteenth century; the Independent State of the Congo repeatedly rejected his requests to establish churches on the Aruwimi; died 01 June 1906 in Basoko, Congo)