Adoniram (1788-1850) and Ann Judson (1789-1826) boarded the Caravan along with Samuel and Harriet Newell in Salem, Massachusetts on February 19, 1812 with a directive from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to preach the Gospel in the Far East. Four months later, the missionaries arrived in India, but the Judsons sailed once more before they began a life of missionary labor in the kingdom of Burma. Amidst the joys of successful Bible translation and establishment of a Baptist congregation in Burma, Ann and Adoniram suffered tremendous loss: none of their three children survived infancy, and Ann died from sickness in 1826. After Ann's death, Adoniram wrestled his grief for several years before marrying the missionary widow Sarah Boardman (1803-1845). When Sarah died during a voyage to America, Adoniram married again, this time to the American novelist Emily Chubbuck (1817-1854). Together they returned to Burma where Adoniram fell sick and died in 1850. Adoniram served the Burmese until his death--this was a man on a mission for life.
History, Philosophy and Political Science
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Manning, Jacob, "Apostle to Burma: A Case Study of Ecumenical Evangelicalism in the Life of Adoniram Judson" (2015). Library Research Prize Student Works. 21.