Anna Yi (1841-1867)
Anna Yi was born to a Catholic family in Jaegung-gol, Incheon. She practiced the religion from an early age. Later on she married Peter Song‘s son who lived in Seochon, Chungju, Chungcheong-do. Together with her husband she served her grandfather-in-law, Benedict Song and her parents-in-law.
When Song`s family moved to the Baeti Christian Village in Jincheon (now, Yangbaek-ri, Baekgok-myeon, Jincheon-gun, Chungbuk), in search of greater freedom of religion, she also moved with them. She enjoyed a peaceful Christian life with other believers. In the spring of 1867, one year after the Byeongin Persecution broke out, the police from Seoul, who were searching for Catholics, raided the Baeti Christian Village. They arrested Anna Yi and her family-in-law.
They were taken to the Jincheon government office and then transferred to Seoul by way of Juksan, Gyeonggi-do. Five family members were arrested including Anna Yi and her child, her grandfather-in-law Benedict Song, her father-in-law Peter Song and Peter`s daughter.
They were martyred in Seoul in 1867 after professing their faith in God. Anna Yi was 26 years old.