Prune picker

This is the blog site of an old man. As a native Californian I call myself a prune picker. I live in a fifth wheel trailer. My front door is 25 steps from my daughter’s front door in the Piney Woods of North Louisiana. My blogs are often silly and or trivial, and some times educational and serious. I hope that some are interesting. None are long.

Preparing these blogs seems to fill a need in my life. I am compelled to do it. It helps fill the time until I die. It gives me something to do everyday.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Samuel Munson and Henry Lyman, Christian Martyrs in Indonesia.

In June of 1833 Samuel Munson and Henry Lyman and their wives set sail from Boston. Samuel was a distant cousin of mine. He was 29. Samuel and Henry were Christian Missionaries that were sent to Indonesia. These two young men had spent years in religious, medical, and language studies.

In Java Samuel’s wife Abbie gave birth to a son who was named Samuel of course. It is believed that the baby was the first American to be born in Java. Their son came home to have a military career in the West.

Sadly both Samuel and Henry were murdered in 1834 by natives on the island of Sumatra. Check this link to read more about the story,


  1. Dear Sir

    I want to asking you
    Are you a direct descendant of the priest Samuel Munson who had evangelized in Indonesia, especially in northern Sumatera?
    I'm looking for them. if you please respond to my email to

  2. A full story of the martyrdom of Samuel Munson and Henry Lyman have been written his George Munson. The book is entitled "More than the conquerors"

  3. I've been studying up on witness to the Batak as my family and I will be working to encourage them to engage UPGs not far from them, not far from Tapanuli etc...


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