George Theron Blydenburgh (1891-1954) graduated from Wesleyan University in 1914 and Cornell University Medical College in 1918. He then joined the Navy during World War I and worked at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital in New York until 1919. Afterwards, he took an internship at Park Hospital in New York.
Marion Benson Paterson (1891-1969) graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1915. She taught at West Hartford High School for three years and then worked for the Red Cross in New York for two years.
Marion and George Blydenburgh married in August 1920 in Middletown, Connecticut. In September 1920, they sailed to China, arriving in October 1920 where they stayed in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province for language study before moving to Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. George Blydenburgh was the superintendent of the Nanchang General Hospital (also known as the Susan Toy Ensign Memorial Hospital) through the Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They had three children: George Dean, born in 1921 in China; Stuart Maxwell, born in 1923 in China; and Marion Ellen, born in 1926 in the United States.
In 1927, due to incidents related to military campaigns and subsequent events, the Blydenburgh family lived in Shanghai and Tianjin, China, as well as in Japan and Korea.