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Andrew Wylie’s daughter Maggie married Samuel Martin on May 17, 1849. Six months later, on November 22, the Martins boarded a ship to China in answer to the Presbyterian Mission Board’s call for missionaries in the city of Ningpo. The couple were surprised by the premature birth of their first son, William Boone Martin, on a steamer north of Hong Kong on April 29, but they arrived safe and healthy in Ningpo one month later. Although the Martins had to leave China in 1858, their eight years in Ningpo deeply impacted the rest of their lives.