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Conant, Hannah O'Brien Chaplin (1809–1865) - Religious History

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Hannah O’Brien Chaplin Conant was born on September 5, 1809, to the Rev. Jeremiah Chaplin and Marcia S. O’Brien in Danvers, Massachusetts. At the time of her birth, her father was pastor of the Baptist Church in Danvers and later became the first president of Waterville (now Colby) College in Waterville, Maine. She attended public schools and under the tutelage of her father became an expert in oriental languages.

Chaplin was married on July 12, 1830, to Rev. Thomas Jefferson Conant, and despite assisting him in much of his work and raising ten children, she managed to carve out a career of her own. In 1839, after relocating in Hamilton, New York, she became editor of the Mother’s Monthly Journal , published in Utica, and remained editor almost her entire life. She also began historical research and in 1855 wrote The Earnest Man; A Sketch of the Character and Labors of Dr. A. Judson, the First Missionary to Burmah . The next year Conant wrote The English Bible; A Popular History of the Translation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue .

In addition to oriental languages, Hannah Conant also spoke German and French fluently and translated a number of German works including Lea; Or, The Baptism in Jordan (1844), by G.F.A. Strauss; The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians Practically Explained (1851), by A. Neander; The First Epistle of John Practically Explained (1852), by A. Neander; Erna, the Forest Princess; Or Pilgrimage of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem (1855), by G. Niertiz; and The New England Theocracy; A History of the Congregationalists in New England to the Revivals of 1740 (1859), by F. H. Uhden. Hannah Conant died on February 18, 1865.

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