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William Jefford Davis (1810-83)

William Jefford Davis was born at Salisbury into a Methodist family. He was converted in early life and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1831.

Davies served as a missionary in South Africa for forty-five years, working among native peoples often under very difficult and occasionally dangerous conditions. An excellent linguist, he published a grammar and dictionary of the Kafir language.

Davis retired to England in 1876 after his health began to fail. Following the death of his wife, he went back to South Africa but died after just a few weeks.

Source: Hill's Arrangement 1881 and Minutes of Conference 1883

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