The Prudential Committee pf the ABCFM announced that all overseas missionaries were required to have a wife before departure; their reason, the temptations for inappropriate relations were too great on the Polynesian islands. Stories circulated about failed London Missionary Society stations where single male missionaries “went native” among South Sea islanders. (Brown) Of the seven men in the Pioneer Company of missionaries to Hawai‘i, only Daniel Chamberlain was married. The other six men had a little over a month to find brides before the October departure date. They all married and left on October 23, 1819 for the Islands. They first sighted the Islands on March 30, 1820, and finally anchored at Kailua-Kona on April 4, 1820.
Starting a few short months after their arrival, the new missionary wives became mothers. The first child was Levi Loomis, son of the Printer, Elisha and Maria Loomis; he was the first white child born in the Islands, born July 16, 1820 … Honolulu (Oʻahu). Other children followed: October 19, 1820 … Waimea (Kauai) … Maria Whitney; November 9, 1820 … Honolulu (Oʻahu) … Sophia Bingham; December 22, 1820 … Waimea (Kauai) … Sarah Ruggles; March 2, 1821 … Waimea (Kauai) … Lucia Holman; and September 28, 1821 … Honolulu (Oʻahu) … Persis Thurston.