David Tarr

(1861-1948). South African evangelist. He was born in Clumber, near Bathurst, South Africa, and became a loyal Methodist as a young man. With his cousin, Albert Davies, he went into the transport business, carrying goods in ox wagons from Port Elizabeth to Kimberley and other inland cities. On one of these trips in 1887 he camped for the night on the farm of Pieter Wessels, a Dutch farmer who had been observing the Sabbath for more than a year. On hearing Wessels’ arguments for the Bible Sabbath, Tarr was profoundly disturbed. After seeking in vain for Bible evidence for keeping Sunday, he began to observe the Sabbath, being among the first English-speaking South Africans to do so. Four months later the first overseas workers, D. A. Robinson and C. L. Boyd, arrived. Tarr, Davies, and Dav...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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