AW Marling is my relative, G.Grandfather on my Father's maternal side.
I've found a few tidbits through google search and ancestry.com, but the details are sketchy. I wish I had some photos. What I do have are census records from the West Africa missionary school that his children attended (my grandmother)
And as well and excerpt below from Presbyterian missions:
Excepted From: Historical Sketches of The Missions under the care of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. copyright 1918.
THE MISSIONS IN AFRICA • 21
The Presbyterian Board in this region, but the Word of God translated into the Mpongwe and Benga dialects, is a voice which cannot be altogether stifled by any strife of men.
(3) Angom, on the river Como, the northern Angom branch of the Gaboon, was occupied in 1881. It affords a vast and promising field for missionary labor, being a central point among the large and vigorous Fang tribe. Forty-three villages can be reached by land within a few hours. Rev. A. W and Mrs. Marling labored earnestly here for many years, with the assistance of Mrs. T. S. Ogden, who in the absence or illness of Mr. Marling, was at times the only missionary at the station. In 1892 Rev. Mr. and Mrs Banuermau were transferred here from Talaguga, but spent only a short time at the station when a protracted absence became necessary because of ill-health. A church was organized in 1894, which now numbers thirty-seven members. Mr. Marling
translated Genesis and Matthew into the Fang language, and prepared a " First Reading Book" and Catechism, with ten hymns attached. Rev. Marling died of African fever in 1896, greatly lamented by the mission, the native Christians and the Church in the home-land. (4) The Ogowe district was occupied by Rev. Talae-uffa in 1874 at Belambila, on the Ogowe river, 150 miles up its course. A house was built here among the friendly Bakele, but the jealousy of other tribes made it unsafe to remain. In 1876 the station was removed twenty miles down the river to Kangwe Hill, among the Galwa, in the neighborhood of the Government Post at Lembarene. Here Dr. Nassau was joined by his sister, Miss Isabella A. Nassau, the first white woman to enter the Ogowe. This location was chosen in the consistent pursuance of what has been ever the objective point of the mission, the interior. The failure to find a path via either the Gaboon, the Muni (at Corisco), or the Benito, led to the attempt of the Ogowe, whose entrance had recently been forced by trading steamers. This attempt was stimulated by the very general feeling in the home churches that our duty was unfulfilled unless an immediate advance was made interior ward.
In 1876 Count Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, a lieutenant in the French navy, accompanied by MM. Marche and Ballay, carefully explored and surveyed the Ogowe to its sources. Near those sources he found in 1878 other streams, flowing…
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