Young, Sarah Alice Troyer (1871-1900)

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Sarah Alice Troyer Young (b, 3 April 1871, d. 16 July 1900) was one of the first Mennonite women to go overseas as a foreign missionary. She went to China in 1896 under the auspices of the China Inland Mission and served there for four and a half years until she was killed during the Boxer Rebellion. Sarah ("Sade") was born in Clinton Township, Elkhart County, IN, the eighth of eleven children of John D. and Cathrine (Egli) Troyer. In her late teens the family moved to Milford, Nebraska. Sarah left for China in January 1896 and worked in Shanxi [Shanshi] province in northern China. On 1 April 1899 she married John Young, a Scottish missionary. They were killed 16 July 1900, and their bodies were thrown into the Yellow River. A memorial stone was erected in her memory in 1901 in Kih-Cheo, China. She was a sister of D. J. Troyer, attorney, Goshen, IN.


Bromhall, Marshall. Editor. Martyred Missionaries of China Inland Mission. Toronto, ON, 1901.

Mennonite Historical Bulletin, 44, no. 1 (January 1984): 1-5.

Rich, Elaine Sommers. Mennonite Women: A Story of God's Faithfulness, 1683-1983. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1983: 129.

Author(s) Emma Sommers Richards
Date Published 1989

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 952. All rights reserved.

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