Rev Daniel John Gogerly,
son of Daniel and Elizabeth Gogerly, and
1st cousin of Charles James Gogerly was a Methodist
Missionary. He arrived in Ceylon in 1818. He was the son of a loyalist
family. His Grandfather fought and died in the American War of
Independence and lost all his property as a consequence.
He was born in London 25 August
1792, Christened at St. Sepulchre, London 26/8/1792 and died in Ceylon
on 6 September 1862 at 70 years of age.
Converted at the age of
fourteen, he gave early indication of his devotion and ability. He
adopted the trade of a printer and during his early years came under the
notice of Richard Watson who induced him to join the staff of the then
newly formed "Mission to Asia" and to take charge of the mission press
in Colombo Ceylon. He entered upon these new duties in 1818. He left
Plymouth on the 17 May 1818 and arrived in Jaffna Ceylon October 1818 an
un-ordained Wesleyan missionary. He was
ordained in 1823 and assigned his own mission station in 1848. Ceylon
at this time was under British rule and part of the British Empire.
He was a very distinguished man
and was said to be the greatest man that Methodism ever gave to Ceylon.
He became an outstanding scholar and was president of the Ceylon Branch
of the Royal Asiatic Society. His scholarship laid the foundation for
serious Buddhist-Christian dialogue.
Up until his arrival in Ceylon,
the Buddhists dismissed Christians as ignorant of the truth of Buddhism.
After 14 years study of the Pali language, he wrote a serious apologetic
questioning of the Buddhist faith, whereby many monks came to Christ.
Wesleyan missionary to Ceylon,
Spencer Hardy, wrote of Daniel Gogerly's apologetic work "Nearly every
religious movement in different parts of the Island (Ceylon) owes its
origin to Gogerly's Christian Institute". Rhys Davids, founder of the
Pali Text Society, commended Gogerly "For so much accuracy, so wide a
range of knowledge, and such sound and sober judgment that his
conclusions were far ahead of any previous writings"
The following description of him
was given by another missionary " with the head of a German, the heart
of an Englishman, the faith of a Methodist he was a great man in every
way. In mental stature he stood head and shoulders above his brethren,
in scholarship in his own line he has left no peer. In administration
capacity he could have governed a kingdom. As a preacher he was as
convincing as Apollo and as sinewy as Paul. The best of the man was his
kind and large heart. He was the William Carey of Ceylon, giving to the
Singhalese successive versions of the word of God. He was more, he
studied the structure of Buddhism until he mastered it and then
marshaled his forces and delivered an attack that shook the citadel"
In Agnes Gogerly's letter to
Laura Green (see comments under "Early History") she states "About uncle
Daniel Gogerly, Professor Max Muller of Oxford said in his book,
"------- from a German workshop" the church has sent out many great
missionaries but if it had sent out only two, David Livingston and
Daniel Gogerly the world would have been made a constant debt to the
He married four times and was
widowed four times!!
Sarah Kenegan Born unknown England Married 19 January 1817,
Christchurch, Greyfriars, London England Died 20 September 1821,
Baroness Anna Johanna Suzanna Van Lynden - Born 23 September 1793
Colombo Ceylon (A Baroness in her own right and a Countess by a previous
marriage). She was the Widow of the Jean Guillaume Comte du Bois de La
Saussaye Her father was born in the Netherlands She Married 18
September 1822 Died 9 November 1829 Colombo Ceylon.
Eliza Jane Torriano, Daughter of Lieut. Charles C. Torriano of London
Born London Married 6 July 1830 Cotta, Colombo, Ceylon Died Unknown
(dates etc not known)
Anna Deborah McCully (Widow of the Rev: James
Chater) country of birth etc not known Married in Colombo Ceylon
Died 21 December 1861 Colombo Ceylon.
He only had issue from his
Born 24 June 1826 Colombo Ceylon Died 1 April
1890 Surrey England and
Born, 1827, London England Died Ceylon (date etc
not known). The place of birth is as recorded by my grandfather.
Elizabeth's date of birth is
recorded as 24 June 1823 in the family "Birthday Book" However she
appears on the 1841 Census report - Borough of Sheffield, Township of
Brixton as a student aged 15. This would make her year of birth 1826.
Her younger brother Daniel also appears on this Census report as student
aged 14 which makes his year of birth 1827. Daniel's year of birth is
also recorded as 1827 in an article in a magazine titled "British
Settlers, A Biographical Register, in Natal 1824 - 1857" Volume 7. The
article is about his sister Elizabeth and her husband William Green who
went to South Africa from Ceylon. Elizabeth's date of Birth in this
article is recorded as 24 June 1822. The 24 June 1822 date is obviously
not correct as the Rev DJ Gogerly and the Baroness got married on 18
On 24 September 1845 in Colombo
Ceylon, Elizabeth married William Green. He was born 1822
in London. Died 19 June 1864 Australia. They had eight children.
Elizabeth and William migrated to South Africa, arriving in Natal South
Africa on 15/2/1849 on the "Douglas".
They left South Africa on
12/10/1851 for Mauritius then England finally arriving in Adelaide,
1 January 1852 on the "Cheshire Witch". The family settled in
Melbourne later that year. Sometime shortly after the
death of William, Elizabeth and her children, with the exception of the
two eldest boys, William Dutton Green and John George Green, who
remained in Melbourne Australia, returned to Ceylon (1865). Arthur Henry
Green married Augusta Cornelia van der Straaten in Ceylon. He became a
coffee planter. Her other son Charles Joseph Green married Euphemia
Morgan in Ceylon.
Following the death of her
youngest son Frederick James Green in 1877 she left for England with her
two daughters. They are recorded in the 1881 census as living in Surrey
England. Elizabeth died 1st April 1890.
Some of their descendants in
Australia have taken the name "Gogerly-Green"
married Maria Johanna Gertruida Leembruggen
on 28 November 1847 in Colombo Ceylon. She was born in Jaffna Ceylon on
28 November 1827 - Died 25 June 1894 Colombo Ceylon. Her father,
Casparus Henricus Leembruggen was born in Leyden, Holland. Her mother
Maria Elizabeth Adeliade du Bois de La Saussaye was French. Daniel and
Maria had seven Children. Their descendants live in Australia, the UK
I am a
great great great grandson of the Rev Daniel John Gogerly.
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