His daughter, Pearl S. Buck, became an award-winning author. The book Fighting Angel, written as a companion to her memoir of her mother, The Exile, recounts the life and work of Absalom (called "Andrew" in the book). Her representation of her father was conflicted between respect for his steadfastness, and bitterness for his treatment of her mother and for his closed minded attitude towards China. She wrote that his was
the story... of one soul and its march through time to its appointed end. For this soul there was birth, predestined, a duty to be done and it was done, and there was heaven at the end – that was the whole story. There was nothing of the lives of people in it, no merriment of feasts, no love of joy, no tales of death. ... There was nothing in it of empire or emperors or revolutions or of all the stir of changing human times. There was no reflection upon the minds and manners of men or any subtlety of philosophies. The tale was told as simply as the sun rises out of the dawn, marches swiftly across the firmament, to set in its own glory.
This brief summary of the family life and missionary work of Absalom (b. 1852 d. 1931) and Caroline "Carie" Sydenstricker (Stulting) (b. 1857 d. 1921) shows the perseverance, under extreme hardships, of missionaries to China during this time period.
The names of the family members appear in quotes as they are given in the books The Exile, and Fighting Angel. E.g. Absalom is called "Andrew", Caroline is called "Carie", Pearl is called "Comfort". Names of cities of China are given in the modern Pinyin form, with names used in the books given in parentheses.
The family life and missionary work of Absalom and Caroline Sydenstricker (Stulting)
Absalom "Andrew" and Caroline "Carie" married. Sail for China. Land in Shanghai.