MARY COOMBS GREENLEAF (1800 - 1857)
Mary Greenleaf, a missionary to the Chickasaw tribe late in her life, grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and moved to Andover in 1836. Prior to her work with the Chickasaw in Oklahoma, she served her local communities for many years by teaching Sunday school. Less than a year after arriving in Oklahoma, while caring for several Native American girls who had dysentery, Miss Greenleaf herself contracted the disease and died on June 26, 1857.
Miss Greenleaf’s memoir was compiled a year after her death for the Massachusetts Sabbath School Society. It contains a notable example of her local outreach for the church and the spirit, which led to her missionary life: