Charles Wenzel

Charles Frederic Wenzel (1769–18??) was a German Lutheran missionary who worked in Sierra Leone. He worked under the auspices of the Anglican Church Missionary Society (CMS).

Wenzel was from Breslau, Silesia and attended a seminary in Berlin. He left for England in 1807, where he presented himself to the CMS who found him suitable missionary material.[1]:238

In 1816, he was appointed to the missionary facilities at Kissy, Sierra Leone. This village had been founded to accommodate liberated enslaved Africans who had been freed by the Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron. In 1818, Wenzel ran a school at which 74 boys and 72 girls attended.[2]

He married Frances Beverhout, the daughter of Henry Beverhout.[3]:177 Gustavus Reinhold Nyländer was his brother-in-law.[4]


  1. Walker, Samuel Abraham (1845). Missions in Western Africa, Among the Soosoos, Bulloms, &c: Being the First Undertaken by the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East. Dublin: William Curry.
  2. "Chronological List of Protestant Missionary Stations". Missionary Herald. XIV: 165. 1818. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  3. Wilson, Ellen Gibson (1980). John Clarkson and the African Adventure. London: Macmillan Press.
  4. Clifford, Mary Louise (2006). From Slavery to Freetown: Black Loyalists After the American Revolution. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Co. p. 202.
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