ELIZABETH BARKER DWIGHT (1808 - 1837)
Elizabeth Barker Dwight was raised in Andover, Massachusetts, where her husband Harrison Gray Otis Dwight graduated from the theological seminary. Shortly after they married the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions sent them to Malta. Two years later, they were moved to Constantinople, where Rev. Dwight helped found the Armenian Mission. Mrs. Dwight died at the age of 29, a victim of the bubonic plague.
A short entry on the life of Mrs. Dwight is included in Sarah J. Hale’s Women’s Record (New York, 1855). It contains a note on Mrs. Dwight’s character during her missionary work and her early death:
Other portraits appear in:
Rufus S. Griswold. “The Heroism of the Knights Errant and the Female Missionaries of America,” in Godey’s Lady’s Book 37 (August, 1848): 61-68, frontispiece containing five separate portraits.
Sarah J. Hale, ed. Woman’s Record (New York, 1853), p. 292; also 1855 ed.