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John Dana Payson Diaries

Identifier: SpC MS 1768

Scope and Contents

15 diaries, 1885-1910, of John Dana Payson, a teacher, summer resort keeper, and pastor. Payson was born in Cushing, Maine in 1861. Diaries date from his time at seminary in Bucksport, followed by stations in Bangor, Dexter, Southport, Camden, and Union. Payson notes the weather, church activities such as marriages and funerals, and daily activities.


  • 1885-1910

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Biographical Note

Reverend John Dana Payson was born in Cushing, Maine in September, 1861. He was educated in the local schools until enrolling in the East Maine Conference Seminary in Bucksport. He joined the East Maine Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1885, graduating in 1889 after a course of conference studies. Payson was ordained as a deacon in 1887 and an elder in 1889. He was stationed in Bangor, Dexter, Southport, Camden, and Union. Reverend Payson passed away in 1948.


1 box (15 volumes)

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Guide to the John Dana Payson Diaries
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Elizabeth Russell
May 2018
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