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Register of the Byington Amadon Diaries Collection 12 Adventist Heritage Center James White Library Andrews University Berrien Springs Michigan 1980 Byington Amadon Diaries Collection 12 Biographical Information The Byingtons and the Amadons The four persons whose diaries make up this collection are a family John Byington was the first president of the General Conference of Seventh day Adventists Catharine Newton Byington is John Byington s wife Martha D Byington Amadon is the daughter of John and Catharine Byington George Washington Amadon is Martha Byington s husband John Byington 1798 1887 John Byington of New York was an active worker in the Methodist church before he became a Sabbath keeper by reading a copy of the Review and Herald in 1852 In 1858 he moved to Michigan at the request of Adventist Sabbath keeper James White For 15 years he did religious work on a self supporting basis serving as the first president of the General Conference of Seventh day Adventists from 1863 to 1865 For additional information see John Byington of Bucks Bridge the Pre Adventist Years by John O Waller in the Adventist Heritage Center Catharine Newton Byington 1803 1885 Except for these diaries little is known of John Byington s wife Catharine Although some sources spell her name Catherine she herself spelled it Catharine Her busy life and spiritual outlook is discussed by Randal Fred Barlow in Catharine Byington A Character Sketch available in the Adventist Heritage Center Martha D Byington Amadon 1834 1937 Daughter of John Byington Martha is credited for teaching the first Adventist elementary school in 1853 She was the first president of the Dorcas Society in 1874 In 1860 she married George W Amadon See The Student Movement April 6 1933 and April 5 1934 George Washington Amadon 1832 1913 John Byington s son in law George W Amadpm was connected with the Review and Herald Publishing Association in various capacities for 50 years He joined the publishing house staff when it was in New York and moved with it to Battle Creek Byington Amad on Diaries page 2 until it was destroyed by fire He served as a visiting pastor for the Battle Creek church after that and was ordained at 72 years of age For additional information see the following works by Milton Hook George Washington Amadon a graduate school project and Flames Over Battle Creek Both are available in the Adventist Heritage Center Scope The diaries date from 1857 to 1912 Arrangement The diaries are arranged according to the writer and then in a chronological sequence Provenance The Byington Amadon diaries were given in the early 1940s to the library of the Seventh day Adventist Theological Seminary in Washington D C whose holdings have subsequently become a part of the James White Library Use All users of this collection will be required to complete the Application to Use Unpublished Records and to observe the regulations specified in the Patron Agreement and in the Researcher s Code of Conduct All records in this collection are open and available for research Citation for this collection Box folder Byington Amadon Diaries collection 12 Adventist Heritage Center James White Library Andrews University Berrien Springs Michigan Byington Amad on Diaries page 3 INVENTORY I John Byington Diaries 1857 1886 21 vols Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx II 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 vol 1 Jan 1 Feb 10 1858 Apr 1 Dec 31 1857 note reverse entry vol 2 1861 vol 3 1868 vol 4 1869 vol 5 1870 vol 6 1871 vol 7 1872 vol 8 1873 vol 9 1874 vol 10 1875 vol 11 1876 vol 12 1877 vol 13 1878 vol 14 1879 vol 15 1880 vol 16 1881 vol 17 1882 vol 18 1883 vol 19 1884 vol 20 1885 vol 21 1886 Catharine Newton Byington Diaries 1863 1885 5 vols Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx 1 1 1 1 1 vol 22 vol 23 vol 24 vol 25 vol 26 1863 1864 1865 scattered entries Jan Apr 1878 1876 1877 1877 1878 1878 continued in vol 22 above 1884 1885 Byington Amad on Diaries page 4 III Martha Byington Diaries 1857 1860 2 vols Bx 1 vol 27 Bx 1 vol 28 1857 1860 IV George Washington Amadon Diaries 1870 1871 1873 1878 1880 1908 1912 14 vols Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx Bx 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 vol 29 vol 30 vol 31 vol 32 vol 33 vol 34 vol 35 vol 36 vol 37 vol 38 vol 39 vol 40 vol 41 vol 42 1870 1871 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1880 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 END


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