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Charlotte White (b. July 13, 1782, d. ?) was the first unmarried American woman missionary sent to a foreign country. She was sponsored by the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions and arrived in British India in 1816.

Early life[edit]

Charlotte "Susanna" Hazen Atlee was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Judge William Augustus Atlee and Esther Bowes Sayre. She married Nathaniel Hazen White in 1803. He died in 1804 and the couple's one child died in 1805. Charlotte White joined the First Baptist Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1807.[1]

Missionary to India[edit]

Charlotte White's application to become a missionary with the newly founded Baptist Board of Foreign Missions was controversial as many members of the Board believed that only ordained males should be appointed missionaries. Charlotte was accepted as a missionary in a restricted appointment as a helper and companion for the wife of George Henry Hough, a missionary printer being sent to India, and with her assurance that she would be sustained by her own resources.[2]

Charlotte remained only briefly with the Houghs on arrival in Calcutta, India, marrying a widower with three sons, Joshua Rowe, a missionary with the English Baptist Missionary Society,(BMS) shortly after her arrival in 1816. She transferred to the BMS and the couple managed missionary schools in Digah, near Patna, India and Charlotte wrote a Hindustani language spelling book for children. In 1823, a letter from Charlotte was published, without her permission, accusing four prominent missionaries at Serampore College of expropriating property belonging to the Baptist Missionary Society.[3]

Joshua and Charlotte Rowe had three children. Rowe died in 1823. Charlotte remained in India until 1826 before returning to the United States with her three children.[4]

Later life[edit]

White taught English, music, and drawing in an academy at Lowndesboro, Alabama in the 1830s.[5]


  1. ^ Barber, Edwin Atlee Genealogical Record of the Atlee Family Philadelphia: Wm. F. Fell & Co, 1884, pp. 80-81
  2. ^ Anderson, Gerald H. Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdman's Publishing Co., 1991, p. 727; Proceedings of the Baptist Convention for Missionary Purposes, Philadelphia, 1814, pp. 65, 112
  3. ^ The Reformer, Vol. 4, April 2, 1823, pp. 73-79
  4. ^ Brackney, William H The A to Z of Baptists Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009, p. 605; Missionary Herald, 1827, p. 293
  5. ^ Anderson, p. 727

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Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

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Sun, 02 Nov 2014 16:56:15 -0800

GRAFTON girl Charlotte White has a new claim to fame - Miss Retrofest 2014. Picked by public vote, the Pin-up Girl competition was one of the main attractions at the inaugural Retrofest event. Miss White, a part-time face-painter, said she got dolled ...
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:45:00 -0800

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:14:59 -0800

"So she's making sure they're having the best life possible by getting them fixed and providing winter shelter for them," OAR's Development and Outreach Director Charlotte White-Hull said. She pointed out that a female cat can have a litter every few ...
The Escapist
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:26:15 -0800

We saw so many great up-and-coming actors, finding the right ones for this project was fun but really challenging. The ensemble was remarkable -- hard-working and talented: Charlotte White, Braden Lynch, Amber Friendly, Ryan Shrime and Stephen Carey.
Akron Beacon Journal
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:13:13 -0700

Charlotte White, who won the national contest to name the newest airship, and her husband Eugene, wave to the friends on the blimp after they took the first ride on Wingfoot One at the Goodyear Airship base on Thursday in Suffield Township.

Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:05:52 -0800

I desperately want to make Charlotte White's "Good!!! Coffee Cake" to find out what makes it worth three exclamation points, but can't decipher more than half of the ingredients. And there's also the aforementioned dilemma of there being no instructions.

Cape Gazette

Cape Gazette
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:07:30 -0800

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