Rev. Absalom Andrew Sydenstricker, Presbyterian missionary to China and father of author Pearl S. Buck, was the subject of her work “Fighting Angel: Portrait of A Soul.” Born August 13, 1852 in Greenbrier County, W.Va., he married Caroline Stulting in Pocahontas County in 1880. The log house, which was his childhood home near Ronceverte, was moved to the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace in Hillsboro, W.Va. He is seen here in his later years on the steps of his son’s house in Lynchburg, Virginia. Rev. Sydenstricker died August 31, 1931 in Jiangxi, China, where he and his wife are buried. (Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Leist, Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Collection, ID: PSB000203)
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