SARAH LANMAN HUNTINGTON SMITH (1802 - 1836)
Sarah Lanman Huntington Smith, the niece of posthumously famous Susan Huntington, was born in Norwich, Connecticut. From the late 1820s until 1833 she worked as a teacher for members of the Mohegan tribe, before marrying Eli Smith, a missionary and a friend of missionaries H.G.O. and Elizabeth Baker Dwight. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions sent them to Syria, where, after learning Arabic, Mrs. Smith aided her husband with his translations and started a school for girls, at which she taught until her death in 1836.
The Rev. Edward Hooker, a graduate of Middlebury College and the Andover Theological Seminary, which Mr. Smith also attended, wrote and compiled Mrs. Smith’s biography. Among the letters Rev. Hooker included, is one Mrs. Smith writes to a female relative about the devotional life of a missionary:
Another portrait appears in:
Sarah J. Hale, ed. Woman’s Record (New York, 1853), p. 511; also 1855 ed.