Autobiographical Record of Dates and Events
by Adoniram Judson (1788-1850)

Adoniram JudsonAdoniram Judson, senior, was born at Woodbury, Connecticut, June, 1752, the youngest son of Elnathan and Mary Judson, and was married Nov. 23, 1786, to Abigail Brown, who was born at Tiverton, Rhode Island, Dec. 15, 1759, the eldest daughter of Abraham and Abigail Brown.
1793   Jan. 10, the family removed to Wenham, Mass.
1794 May 28, Elnathan Judson was born at Wenham.
1796 Feb. 18, Mary Ellice Judson was born at Wenham.
1796 Sept. 12, Mary Ellice Judson died, aged 6 months and 24 days.
1800 May 22, the family removed to Braintree, Mass.
1802 May 11, removed to Plymouth, Mass.
1804 Aug. 17, Adoniram Judson, junior, entered Providence College, subsequently Brown University, one year in advance.
1807 Feb. 23, closed a school of thirty pupils, taught six weeks in Plymouth.
1807 April 30, received the highest appointment in the ensuing commencement exercises of the class — an appointment to pronounce the last English oration, and the valedictory addresses.
1807 Sept. 2, received the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
1807 Sept. 17, opened a private academy in Plymouth.
1808 Feb. 25, completed "The Elements of English Grammar."
1808 July 28, completed "The Young Lady's Arithmetic."
1808 Aug. 9, closed the "Plymouth Independent Academy."
1808 Aug. 15, set out on a tour through the Northern States.
1808 Sept. 22, returned to Plymouth.
1808 Sept. 29, became an assistant teacher in a private academy in Boston.
1808 Oct. 12, entered the Theological Institution at Andover, Mass. one year in advance.
1808 Nov., began to entertain hope of having received the regenerating influences of the Holy Spirit.
1808 Dec. 2, made a solemn dedication of himself to God.
1809 May 28, made a public profession of religion, and joined the Third Congregational Church in Plymouth.
1809 June, received an appointment to a tutorship in Brown University, but declined it.
1809 Sept., read Buchanan's "Star in the East," and began to consider the subject of missions.
1810 Feb., resolved on becoming a missionary to the heathen.
1810 May 17, received a license to preach from the Orange Association of Ministers in Vermont.
1810 June 28, united with Messrs. Nott, Newell, and Mills, in submitting to the General Association of Ministers, convened at Bradford, Mass., a statement of views and desires on the subject of missions, which originated the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
1810 July 28, commenced an acquaintance with Ann Hasseltine.
1810 Sept. 5, received the degree of Master of Arts from Brown University.
1810 Sept. 24, completed my course of study at the Theological Institution.
1811 Jan. 11, embarked at Boston on the ship Packet, bound to Liverpool, to visit the London Missionary Society.
1811 Feb. 2, the ship was taken by the French privateer, L'Invincible Napoleon, and myself, passengers and crew transferred to the privateer.
1811 Feb. 15, put in at Le Passage, in Spain.
1811 Feb. 23, was conveyed to Bayonne, in France, where, after a short imprisonment, I was permitted to remain at large.
1811 April 16, arrived in Paris.
1811 May 3, crossed the English Channel from Morlaix to Dartmouth.
1811 May 6, arrived in London.
1811 May, June, visited the Missionary Seminary at Gosport.
1811 June 18, embarked at Gravesend, on the ship Augustus, bound to New York.
1811 Aug. 7, arrived in New York.
1811 Sept. 19, was appointed by the American Board of Commissioners a missionary to the East, in company with Messrs. Nott, Newell, and Hall.
1812 Feb. 3, took a final leave of my parents in Plymouth.
1812 Feb. 5, was married to Ann Hasseltine, born at Bradford, Mass., Dec. 22, 1789, the youngest daughter of John and Rebecca Hasseltine.
1812 Feb. 6, received ordination at Salem, in company with Messrs. Nott, Newell, Hall, and Rice, from the Rev. Drs. Spring, Worcester, Woods, Morse, and Griffin.
1812 Feb. 7, took a final leave of my sister and brother in Boston.
1812 Feb. 19, embarked at Salem, with Mrs. Judson and Mr. and Mrs. Newell, on the brig Caravan, Capt. Heard, bound to Calcutta.
1812 June 17, arrived in Calcutta.
1812 Aug. 8, Messrs. Nott, Hall, and Rice, with Mrs. Nott, arrived in the ship Harmony, from Philadelphia.
1812 Sept. 1, announced to the Secretary of the A. B. C. F. M. my change of sentiment on the subject of baptism.
1812 Sept. 6, was baptized in Calcutta, with Mrs. Judson, by the Rev. Mr. Ward.
1812 Nov. 1, Mr. Rice, on a similar change of sentiment, received baptism.
1812 Nov. 30, fled from the arrest of the East India Company's government, and embarked privately with Mrs. Judson and Mr. Rice, on the ship Belle Creole, bound to Port Louis, Isle of France.
1813 Jan. 17, arrived in Port Louis.
1813 March 15, Mr. Rice took passage for America.
1813 April 1, completed the sermon on "Christian Baptism."
1813 May 7, embarked at Port Louis with Mrs. Judson on the ship Countess of Harcourt, bound to Madras.
1813 June 4, arrived in Madras.
1813 June 22, embarked with Mrs. Judson on the ship Georgiana, bound to Rangoon, in Burmah.
1813 July 13, arrived in Rangoon, and joined the mission conducted by Felix Carey.
1814 Aug. 20, Mr. Carey and family removed to Ava, and soon after seceded from the mission.
1815 Jan. 25, Mrs. Judson embarked for Madras, to obtain medical advice.
1815 April 13, returned with Emily Vansomeren, to be brought up in the family.
1815 Sept. 5, received information of the establishment of the American Baptist Board of Foreign Missions in March, 1814, and their appointment of me their missionary.
1815 Sept. 11, Roger Williams Judson was born in Rangoon.
1816 May 4, Roger Williams Judson died, aged 7 months and 23 days.
1816 July 13, completed "Grammatical Notices of the Burman Language."
1816 July 20, completed Tract No. 1 in Burman, being a view of the Christian Religion, in three parts, Historical, Didactic, Preceptive.
1816 Oct. 15, Mr. Hough and family arrived and joined the mission.
1817 May 20, completed a Burman translation of the Gospel of Matthew.
1817 May 22, began to compile a Burman dictionary.
1817 Aug., wrote "A Letter to the 3d Church in Plymouth, Mass.," on the subject of baptism.
1817 Dec. 24, embarked at Rangoon, on the ship Two Brothers, bound to Chittagong.
1818 Jan. 26, the ship's destination was changed from Chittagong to Madras.
1818 March 18, landed at Masulipatam.
1818 April 8, arrived in Madras by land -- distance 300 miles.
1818 July 20, left Madras.
1818 Aug. 4, arrived in Rangoon.
1818 Sept. 19, Messrs. Colman and Wheelock and wives arrived and joined the mission.
1818 Nov. 1, Mr. Hough and family departed from Bengal.
1819 April 4, commenced public worship in the Burman language.
1819 April 25, commenced occupying a public zayat.
1819 May, wrote "A Letter, Relative to the Formal and Solemn Reprimand."
1819 June 27, baptized Moung Nau, the first Burman convert.
1819 July 29, completed a revision and enlargement of Tract No. 1, and a revision of Tract No. 2, being a Catechism in Burman by Mrs. Judson.
1819 August 7, Mr. and Mrs. Wheelock departed for Bengal.
1819 Nov. 30, completed a revision of the sermon on Christian Baptism, for fourth edition.
1819 Dec. 21, left Rangoon on a visit to Ava, in company with Mr. Colman.
1820 January 27, appeared before the king, and was refused liberty to propagate religion in his dominions.
1820 Feb. 18, returned to Rangoon.
1820 March 27, Mr. and Mrs. Colman embarked for Arracan.
1820 July 18, baptized the tenth Burman convert.
1820 July 19, embarked with Mrs. Judson for Calcutta.
1820 Aug. 18, arrived in Calcutta.
1820 Nov. 23, embarked with Mrs. Judson for Rangoon.
1821 Jan. 5, arrived in Rangoon.
1821 Aug. 21, Mrs. Judson and Emily embarked for Bengal, and ultimately America.
1821 Dec. 13, Dr. Price and family arrived and joined the mission.
1822 Jan. 20, Mr. Hough and family returned.
1822 May 2, Mrs. Price died.
1822 Aug. 21, baptized the eighteenth Burman convert.
1822 Aug. 28, left Rangoon on a visit to Ava, in company with Dr. Price.
1822 Sept. 27, arrived in Ava.
1823 Feb. 2, returned to Rangoon.
1823 July 12, completed the translation of the New Testament in Burmese, together with an epitome of the Old.
1823 Dec. 5, Mrs. Judson returned to Rangoon.
1823 Dec. 13, left Rangoon for Ava, in company with Mrs. Judson.
1824 Jan. 23, arrived in Ava.
1824 June 8, was fettered and imprisoned by the king's order, in consequence of war with Bengal. [Released Dec. 30, 1825].
1825 Jan. 26, Maria Elizabeth Butterworth Judson was born in Ava.
1825 May 2, was removed from the king's prison in Ava to the prison in Oung-pen-la, a few miles distant.
1825 Nov. 5, was taken out of irons and reconducted to Ava.
1825 Nov. 7, was sent under guard to Maloon, the headquarters of the Burmese army, to act as interpreter.
1825 Dec. 17, was sent away from Maloon, in consequence of the advance of the British army from Prome.
1825 Dec. 29, reached Ava and was recommitted to prison.
1825 Dec. 30, was released from prison and put under charge of the North Commandant of the palace.
1826 Feb. 21, left Ava, with Mrs. Judson and Maria, for the British camp at Yantabo.
1826 Feb. 24, the treaty of peace was signed by the British and Burman Commissioners.
1826 March 6, left Yantabo for Rangoon on the Irrawaddy gun-boat.
1826 March 21, arrived in Rangoon.
1826 March 31, left Rangoon, on a visit to Martaban, with the Civil Commissioner, Mr. Crawford.
1826 April 6, landed at Hyaikamee, where the Commissioner selected the site of a new town to be called Amherst.
1826 April 10, arrived in Rangoon from Amherst.
1826 June 29, embarked with Mrs. Judson and family on the Phoenix, bound to Amherst.
1826 July 2, arrived in Amherst.
1826 July 5, left Mrs. Judson and family at Amherst, and re-embarked on the Phoenix for Rangoon.
1826 July 9, arrived in Rangoon.
1826 Sept. 1, left Rangoon for Ava with the Envoy, Mr. Crawford.
1826 Sept. 30, arrived in Ava.
1826 Oct. 28, the Embassy removed to Chagaing.
1826 Nov. 24, heard the news of Mrs. Judson's death at Amherst, Oct. 24, 1826, in the 37th year of her age.
1826 Dec. 12, left Chagaing on return to Rangoon and Amherst.
1827 Jan. 24, arrived in Amherst, and joined the family of Mr. and Mrs. Wade, who arrived Nov. 23, 1826.
1827 April 17, Mr. and Mrs. Boardman arrived in Amherst.
1827 April, 24, Maria died at Amherst, aged 2 years and 3 months.
1827 May 28, Mr. and Mrs. Boardman removed to Maulmain.
1827 July 11, heard of the death of my father, Rev. Adoniram Judson, senior, at Scituate, Mass., Nov. 25, 1826, in the 75th year of his age.
1827 August 10, and 11, left Amherst and joined the Boardmans at Maulmain.
1827 Nov. 14, Mr. and Mrs. Wade also and the native Christians removed to Maulmain.
1827 Dec. 28, finished translating thirty psalms, begun July 16.
1828 Jan. 11, commenced occupying a public zayat in Maulmain.
1828 March 29, Mr. and Mrs. Boardman removed to Tavoy.
1828 May 9, renounced the title of D.D., conferred on me by the corporation of Brown University, Sept., 1823.
1828 May 29, gave away my private property to the Board.
1828 Oct. 24, removed to the Hermitage.
1829 Feb., wrote "The Threefold Cord" in English.
1829 March, wrote "The Golden Balance," Tract No. 3, in Burmese.
1829 Nov. 14, finished revising the New Testament, the epitome [summary] of the Old, and the Septenary, or Seven Manuals, in Burmese.
1829 Dec. 15, heard of the death of my brother, Dr. Elnathan Judson, at Washington, D. C., May 8, 1829, aged 35 years.
1830 Jan. 14, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett arrived in Maulmain.
1830 Feb. 21, Mr. and Mrs. Wade removed to Rangoon.
1830 April 26, left Maulmain.
1830 May 2, arrived in Rangoon.
1830 June 11, arrived in Prome.
1830 Sept. 25, returned to Rangoon.
1831 July 19, finished the translation of Genesis, twenty chapters of Exodus, Psalms, Solomon's Song, Isaiah and Daniel.
1831 July 31, arrived in Maulmain from Rangoon.
1831 Oct., wrote the Letter on Female Dress.
1832 May 21, retired to the rooms adjoining the native chapel, with a view to prosecuting [pursuing until finished] the translation of the Old Testament.
1832 Nov. 27, Mr. and Mrs. Wade sailed for America.
1832 Dec. 15, sent to press the last sheet of the New Testament in Burmese.
1833 Jan. 1, Mr. and Mrs. Hancock and others arrived from America.
1833 Sept. 8, baptized the one hundredth Karen convert north of Maulmain, the first fourteen of whom were baptized by Mr. Wade.
1834 Jan. 31, finished the translation of the Old Testament.
1834 April 1, left Maulmain for Tavoy.
1834 April 10, was married to Mrs. Sarah H. Boardman, who was born at Alstead, New Hampshire, Nov. 4, 1803, the eldest daughter of Ralph and Abiah O. Hall; married to George D. Boardman, July 4, 1825, left a widow Feb. 11, 1831, with one surviving child, George D. Boardman, born Aug. 18, 1828.
1834 April 16, arrived in Maulmain from Tavoy.
1834 Dec. 7, the Cashmere arrived from America, with Mr. and Mrs. Wade, Mr. and Mrs. Osgood, and several other new missionaries.
1834 Dec. 13, George D. Boardman embarked on the Cashmere for America.
1835 Jan. 4, the Wades removed from Maulmain to Tavoy.
1835 Sept. 26, finished the revision of the Old Testament.
1835 Oct. 31, Abby Ann Judson was born in Maulmain.
1835 Nov. 29, baptized the one hundredth member of the Burman Church in Maulmain.
1835 Dec. 29, sent to press the last sheet of the Old Testament.
1836 Feb. 21, the Louvre arrived from America with Mr. Malcom, agent of the Board, and several new missionaries.
1836 May 23, moved into the new chapel.
1836 Nov., visited the Tavoy station in company with Mrs. Judson and Mrs. Vinton.
1837 Jan. 31, finished a new revision of the New Testament.
1837 March 22, sent to press the last sheet of the revised New Testament.
1837 April 7, Adoniram Brown Judson was born in Maulmain.
1837 April 30, Mr. and Mrs. Howard arrived from Rangoon, and joined the Maulmain station.
1837 Nov. 18, finished "A Digest of Scripture," in Burmese.
1837 Nov. 27, the Hancocks removed from Maulmain to Mergui.
1838 Feb. 19, Mr. and Mrs. Stevens arrived from America, and joined the Maulmain station.
1838 July 15, Elnathan Judson was born in Maulmain.
1839 Feb. 19, embarked for Calcutta.
1839 March 9, arrived in Calcutta.
1839 March 30, embarked for Maulmain.
1839 April 13, arrived in Maulmain.
1839 Oct. 27, began to preach in the native chapel, after an interval of ten months.
1839 Dec. 31, Henry Judson was born in Maulmain.
1840 Oct. 24, finished the revision of the quarto edition of the Burmese Bible.
1841 March 8, Luther Judson was still-born.
1841 June 26, embarked with Mrs. Judson and family for Bengal, on account of their health.
1841 July 11, arrived in Bengal.
1841 July 30, Henry Judson died at Serampore, aged 1 year, [7] months.
1841 Aug. 16, embarked with my family on the Ramsay, Capt. Hamlin, bound to the Isle of France.
1841 Oct. 1, arrived at Port Louis.
1841 Nov. 1, re-embarked on the Ramsay for Maulmain.
1841 Dec. 10, arrived in Maulmain.
1842 Feb. 23, moved into the new house.
1842 July 8, Henry Hall Judson was born in Maulmain.
1842 Aug. 29, heard of the death of my mother at Plymouth, Mass., Jan. 31, 1842, in the eighty-third year of her age.
1843 Dec. 18, Charles Judson was born in Maulmain.
1844 Dec. 27, Edward Judson was born in Maulmain.
1845 Feb. 15, Mrs. Judson left Maulmain on a voyage down the coast, for the benefit of her health.
1845 April 3, Mrs. Judson returned.
1845 April 26, embarked with Mrs. Judson and the three elder children on the Paragon, bound to London.
1845 May 3, sailed from Amherst.
1845 July 5, arrived from Port Louis in the Isle of France.
1845 July 23, embarked on the Sophia Walker, Capt. Codman, bound to the United States.
1845 July 25, sailed from Port Louis.
1845 Aug. 26, arrived at St. Helena.
1845 Sept. 1, Mrs. Judson died at 3 A.M., was buried at 6 P.M., and we sailed from St. Helena in the evening.
1845 Oct. 15, arrived in Boston.
1845 Nov. 13, parted with my children, leaving Adoniram and Elnathan at Worcester, and sending Abby Ann to Plymouth.
1845 Nov. 28, heard of the death of little Charlie at Maulmain, August 5, 1845, aged 1 year and 7 ½ months.
1846 Jan. 5, commenced an acquaintance with Emily Chubbuck.
1846 April 6, removed Abby Ann from Plymouth to Bradford.
1846 June 2, was married at Hamilton, New York, to Emily Chubbuck, born at Eaton, New York, Aug. 22, 1817, the daughter of Charles and Lavinia Chubbuck.
1846 July 4, took leave of Adoniram and Elnathan at Worcester.
1846 July 9, took leave of Abby Ann at Bradford.
1846 July 11, took leave of George D. Boardman, the Lincoln families, the Colbys, the Gillettes, Anne Maria Anable, and numberless other friends, and embarked with Mrs. Judson, Miss Lillybridge, the Beechers, and the Harrises, on the ship Faneuil Hall, Capt. Hallet, bound to Maulmain.
1846 Nov. 30, arrived in Maulmain.
1847 Feb. 15, embarked with my family for Rangoon.
1847 June 1, Mrs. Judson finished the memoir of the late Mrs. Judson [Sarah Boardman]
1847 Aug. 31, re-embarked for Maulmain.
1847 Sept. 5, arrived in Maulmain
1847 Dec. 24, Emily Frances Judson was born in Maulmain.
1848 Feb. 25, removed into the old house.
1849 Jan. 24, finished the English and Burmese dictionary.
Additional Dates and Events:
1850 April 12, Adoniram Judson died at sea.
1850 April 22?, Charles Judson born and died the same day.
1854 June 1, Emily Chubbuck Judson died.
From The Life of Adoniram Judson by Edward Judson. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co., 1883. Appendix A.

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