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KINGSBURY, Cyrus, missionary, born in A1-stead, New Hampshire, 22 November, 1786; died at a mission station in the Choctaw nation, Indian territory, 27 June, 1870. He was graduated at Brown in 1812, and at Andover theological seminary in 1815. He was ordained as a missionary at Ipswich, Massachusetts, 29 September, 1815, engaged in mission work in Virginia and Tennessee from January till July; 1816, and in September of that year made his first, visit to the Cherokees. In October following he attended a general council of the Cherokees and Creeks, and, after purchasing a plantation, began missionary work at Brainard, 13 January, 1817. On 27 June, 1818, after travelling 400 miles through the wilderness, he established the first mission station among the Choctaws at Elliot. The Choctaws having sold their lands to the United States government in 1830, and removed to the country west of the present state of Arkansas, Mr. Kingsbury, in the summer and autumn of 1834, made a tour among the Osages, Creeks, and Cherokees, and in December went to the new country of the Choctaws, settling in February, 1836, with his family at Pine Ridge, near Fort Towson, where he had established the headquarters of the mission. He labored there until the discontinuance of the mission by the American board in 1859, and afterward in the same field in connection with the Presbyterian and Southern Presbyterian boards till his death.
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