Sarah Hall Boardman

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Sarah Hall Boardman
Sarah Hall Boardman Judson.jpg
Born4 November 1803 Edit this on Wikidata
Alstead Edit this on Wikidata
Died3 September 1845 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 41)
Saint Helena Edit this on Wikidata

Sarah Hall Judson (formerly, Sarah Hall Boardman; November 4, 1803 – September 1, 1845) was an American missionary and writer.


Sarah Hall was born in Alstead, New Hampshire, she spent twenty years of her life in Burma (now known as Myanmar) doing missionary work. She and her husband George Boardman sailed to Burma in 1824, just one week after their wedding, they had a son also named George Dana Boardman, often referred to as "George Boardman the Younger". She was widowed in 1831.

Although during this era a widowed missionary wife would be expected to return to her homeland, Boardman continued to proselytize Karen in the jungles and supervised mission schools. In 1834, she married Adoniram Judson. In 1844, she gave birth to Edward Judson, who later pastored a church in New York City named after his father, her illness forced the family to return to the United States in 1844, but she died en route at Saint Helena. While in the U.S., Judson asked Emily Chubbuck to write Boardman's biography, and he subsequently married Chubbuck.

Boardman's Burmese translation of The Pilgrim's Progress is still in use today, she also translated the New Testament into Peguan.


  • Rosalie Beck (Spring 2006). "More than rubies". Christian History & Biography. 90: 25.
  • Richard V. Pierard (Spring 2006). "The Man Who Gave the Bible to the Burmese". Christian History & Biography. 90: 16–21.