Do you have Quaker Ancestors? [closed]

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The Quakers Project exists to bring together WikiTreers interested in the Religious Society of Friends - the Quakers. The Quakers can be a very rewarding group to work with because they kept meticulous records and generally married within the community.  Project members work to identify repositories and other sources for Quaker records, manage profiles for historically significant Quakers and link individuals with Meetings to which they belonged.  If you would like to help build a collaborative environment for researching your Quaker ancestors, just Answer this question below and we will get you a badge.

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Andrea Powell G2G6 Mach 4 (42.4k points)
closed by Isabelle Martin
I descend from William and Sarah ( Shephard) Brazelton.
I just found this line a few days ago and have not had any more time to research just yet. This is the first I have see of my family in TN. Most were VA,KY,AL GA LA and TX

I will be sure to let you know if I find anything


I have a few in my line. If you need their names let me know
William Clayton sailed BEFORE William Penn.  He was the advanced scout for Penn & arranged land purchases from Native Americans and helped get things ready before the fleet arrived.

Currently on Wikitree, the ancestry for William Clayton connects to the de Clayton family.  This is erroneous and has been disproven by other researchers.  The ancestors of William Clayton were Quaker agitators and were imprisoned by the crown whereas the de Clayton family where nobles and supported the crown and Church of England.
Yes, MY Pierce/Peace family is from Pennsylvania.
You are correct.  The Claytons came to America in 1677 on the ship "Kent".  Wm. Penn arrived in 1682, on the ship "Welcome".  My ancestors - John Beals I, (who married Mary Jane Clayton) arrived in 1675 on the ship "Griffin".

I added the Quaker tag to my Quaker Ancestors I also found stories to help with there profiles.


Oh I found a land map and will through a cousin to my grandpa Paxson. I put him as Quaker and it so neat finding actual documentation on him this far back. Whoooo hoooo


Yes , William “The Irish Hammer “ Edmondson 1627 1712 my 9th Great Grandfather.

I found another Quaker in my family tree.


58 Answers

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Yes,  my maternal grandparents were Quaker missionaries in Hoshangabad, India. They originally came from Durham, England. Through them I am related to Cadbury, Rowntree, Fox, chocolate and sweetmakers.

Also related to Dixon, Pease, Gurney, Railton, Bax and Coates families and am an 11th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, of Gt Britain via my paternal line from Norfolk, via Cook, Beck and Warner families

Steve Ringer (Ringer-92)
by Steven Ringer G2G6 (6.9k points)
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My husband's great great grandmother by name of Hakin was Quaker in Yorkshire, England.  I would like to link and research that side further. Thanks.  Diane
by Anonymous Johnstone G2G Rookie (260 points)
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I have numerous family members from my mothers side (Gregg) who were part of the Quakers in their early emigration to country.
by David Black G2G1 (1.4k points)
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Yes! I have many Quakers among my ancestors, including the following lines:

- Richard Borden of Headcorn, Kent, who emigrated to Rhode Island in about 1636, m. Joan Fowle also of Headcorn, their grandson, Benjamin was also recorded as being Quaker.

- William Brazelton and his wife, Sarah Shepherd of the Fairfax (VA), Warrington (PA), and New Garden (NC) Monthly Meetings, and also in Jefferson County, Tennessee and their family.

- Luke Dillon and Susannah Garret who eloped from England to the Quaker colony on Nantucket, and later to Pennsylvania. Also, their son, William Dillon m. Mary Rees, of Frederick County, Virginia, and their daughter, Ann Dillon.

- Rodolphus Elmes of Plymouth Colony, c. 1630s.

- William Fielden of Yorkshire who came to North Carolina some time before 1740.

- George Haworth of Lancashire who came to Bucks County, Pennsylvania about 1700 and married Sarah Scarborough, also a Quaker, daughter of John Scarborough whose father brought him to America at the invitation of William Penn, and had roots in the Peel Monthly Meeting in London.

- Solomon Shepherd, who left the Grange Meeting in Charlemont, Ireland, in 1729, married Jane Wilson at the New Garden Meeting, and eventually became a Minister at the Warrington Monthly Meeting in York, Pennsylvania. Their daughter Sarah Shepherd married William Brazelton.

I would love to be part of this group and have a badge.


Annie Leonard
by Annie Leonard G2G2 (2.5k points)
Quakers Ancestry is a whole new kind of research for me. What records ! I have been doing my children's Quakers, particularly in Colonial New Jersey. The names are WOOD and CHEW and they married into Zane, Hampton, Alberson. Also Heritage and Clarks from England.
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I'm interested in the Quaker project,I'm not sure that I have any Quaker ancestory but I've been researching the history of Berwick,Pa which was founded by Evan Owen a Welsh Quaker whose family came to Pa with William Penn according to local history,I'm trying to find that connection currently. I also live not far from 2 of the original Quaker meeting houses in Columbia County,Pa and would consider seeing what info I can get on them locally as soon as I finish up a couple other cemetery projects I'm woeking on.
by Butch Smith G2G6 (9.4k points)
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My tree is chockablock with Friends, including Macys, Coffins, Barnards, Husseys and Swains from Nantucket; Millses and Pearsons from Pennsylvania; Harrises, Clarks and Moormans from Virginia, and their migratory progeny in the Carolinas, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa.
by Dean Mills G2G Rookie (260 points)
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I have Perkins family among others.  They came down to Delaware (New Castle) and the family went south and west from there
by Trudy Myers G2G Crew (580 points)
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Hi!  I would like to join the Quaker research group.  I became more aware of, and interested the Friends watching a movie on Netflix.  Then realized today (via a comment on one of my managed profiles) that I'm a direct descendant of a member of the Quakers.  Very interested in learning more about how that affected my family tree!

by Lundie Pinner G2G6 (8.9k points)
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I come from a great many Quakers from those very early in England to Pennsylvania Quakers to New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Iowa. The various family names include Pyle, Lundy, Hiatt, Lewis, Chamberlain, Burcham, Hodgson and many others. I would appreciate being allowed to participate.  Thank you
by Randal Mortimer G2G1 (1.3k points)
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I have Quaker ancestors who lived in Henrico County, Virginia, and Perquimans and Orange counties, North Carolina. I'd like to be part of the project.
by Bennet George G2G6 Mach 1 (14.1k points)
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Hi, I have Quaker ancestors from Trummery in County Antrim, Ireland. The family name was Carroll and they married into the Hogg and Bell families there. My direct ancestor moved to Cork and joined a Friends meeting there, married into the Hatton family who were Quakers and established businesses in Cork. A number of relatives from Trummery migrated to the United States and joined meetings there, in Pennsylvania and Ohio, marrying into the Whinnery family among others.
by Susan O'Carroll G2G3 (3.2k points)
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I have discovered many Quaker ancestors this past year.  The most prominent is the Hussey family. Discovering that I now live where one branch used to, and the family name still is. Nobody in my family of recent past lived here.  I only ended up here by accident. I was shocked to discover the Delaware branch lived in the same plots of land that I then worked.  In fact the exit on Route 95 was probably built over a family plot, as I can not find them in any local grave yard.  

I was less shocked to discover that they moved to where I now work.
by Trudy Myers G2G Crew (580 points)
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For some reason my post didn’t show, and must not have last time as I have no badge or tag.


I have many Quaker relatives. The one I am studying now is the Perkins and Hussey clans, and following the movement west and south
by Trudy Myers G2G Crew (580 points)
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Yes, I have Quaker ancestors. Michael Harlan was the first in my line in this country. He came from Ireland and settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania in the 1600's. The Harlan side of my family stayed in Pennsylvania, mostly in Carbon and Lehigh Counties. The Friends meetings they are tied to were in Kennet Square, Chester County, Pennsylvania. I would certainly like to be part of this project.

by Lori Harlan G2G6 Mach 1 (14.1k points)
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I have numerous Quaker ancestors.  Most come from early Virginia and then migrated to Maryland to avoid persecution.
by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Pilot (214k points)
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I have numerous Quaker ancestors, the family names are Pyle, Hiatt, Heacock, Burcham, Lundy, Large, Massey, Lewis, Hodgson, Willson, and many others. I would appreciate being allowed to be a member of the Quaker Project.
by Randal Mortimer G2G1 (1.3k points)
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I am a desendent of William Clayton who was the first acting governor of Pennsylvania under William Penn. I'm very interested in his line going back to England and forward in the states.
by Deb Love G2G2 (2.8k points)
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Hello, I would love to be part of this group and contribute to your excellent research about the Quakers.  My Quaker roots come from the New Bedford, Nantucket, and the Dartmouth area in Massachusetts.  I added a personal story in my biography about my mother and her strict Quaker Grandfather.  Cheers!
by Caroline Pomeroy G2G Rookie (230 points)

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