1865–1896

Introduction

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 15, 1865, Bucks­port, Maine.

Died: Oc­to­ber 19, 1896, Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal.

Buried: Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal, with a mo­nu­ment in Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Bel­fast, Maine.

Biography

Often mis­i­den­ti­fied as Will­iam, Win­field was the son of Con­verse C. Ma­com­ber and Ma­ria Lew­is.

He came to Christ at age 16, then worked dis­trib­ut­ing ma­ter­i­als for the Am­er­i­can Bi­ble So­ci­e­ty.

In 1890, he en­rolled at the New York Mis­sion­a­ry Train­ing In­sti­tute (lat­er re­named Ny­ack Col­lege), and in 1892 went to the Con­go for the In­ter­na­tion­al Mis­sion­a­ry Al­liance.

He re­turned to Am­er­ica a year lat­er for health rea­sons, and in 1894 be­gan teach­ing the Con­go­lese lang­uage at his al­ma ma­ter. He com­piled an En­glish-Fi­o­ti gram­mar and dic­tion­a­ry for use by mis­sion­ar­ies, and in 1896 re­turned to mis­sion­a­ry work in the Con­go.

Once again, ill health forced his de­par­ture, but he ne­ver made it to Am­er­i­ca, and suc­cumbed in Por­tu­gal.

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