Would you like to join the Quakers project ?

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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 to tell us about your interests and we will get you a badge.

WikiTree profile: Quakers Project WikiTree
asked Oct 30, 2017 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Isabelle Rassinot G2G6 Pilot (116,060 points)
I would like to join the Quakers Project. As a convinced Friend who later discovered my own previously unknown roots in the society I am interested in tying together historical and contemporary Friends in the tree.
Thanks for joining the project, Nathan. You've been awarded the project badge. Please let us know if you need any help.
My great-grandfather Edward Alphens Stanley born 1865 was the last in my line to be born into the Society of Friends (Quakers).  I have traced his Stanley line back to James Stanley who married in 1728 Katherine (Catherine) Hutchins.  I have many projects I am working on, plus I am a volunteer at the Kansas City Irish Center, but I will try to put in proper format at least the proofs for my own Quaker ancestors.  I am a 5th cousin once removed of one famous Quaker, Levi Coffin "President of the Underground Railroad".  We recently visited the museum and his home in Indiana.  It was very interesting and well worth the trip.  Also moving was visiting the Guilford Courthouse National Park in North Carolina.  My ancestor Richard Williams (5th great grandfather) gave the land for the old meeting house where he helped care for  wounded and sick soldiers who were left behind after the Revolutionary War battle at that location.  In a book about the battle and its impact, he is listed as dying 05 May 1781, after contracting small pox from some of those soldiers.  William Stanley (another 5th great-grandfather) was one of 7 Quakers carried off by force during the French and Indian War who refused to fight, or work on a fort and are mentioned in several letters between a young George Washington to his commander. (source supporting that my William was one of these seven is the journal of John Woolman.)
I would love to help! I'm a birthright Quaker from North Carolina and can definitely recommend resources and answer questions about the history of Quakers as a whole and some individual meetings. I'm a college student so my research time is limited, but I will certainly work on the NC folks when I can, and I'm always available to answer any questions y'all have! I've been a part of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting all my life, too, so I can speak to that history and connect others with resources there. Sign me up!

Thanks!

Cassidy
Finding my link to the Quakers was very difficult for my grandfather was adopted and his biological family was well hidden.  It was the clue "Grandma Kelsey" that broke down the wall, for the Kelsey Ancestry was also well covered up.  Old newspaper articles found at www.nnyln.org broke down more walls, everything found in those news articles were proven to be accurate.  The woman who raised my grandfather is every inch a member of my family, as is the biological mother of my grandfather., for both women need the recognition and closure to their lives.  They felt the pain of living on this earth, and also the joys in making sense of their lives.  It is up to me to get it right and to bring closure, the very reason why I share my ancestors with the wiki family.  My Quaker connection is the burial of Rufus Spencer 1761-1836, buried in Old Quaker Cemetery in Lewis County, New York, recognized by the now defunct chapter of DAR  that once existed in Lewis County.  His brother Peleg Spencer went to Spencerville, Canada where his home is listed on the Canadian National Register.

Sincerely, Joan Mina
I would like to join the Quakers club as my gggf William Rayner was a Quaker and was a founding member of friends school in Hobart Tasmania.
Joyce, Cassidy, Joan, and Robyn, thank you for sharing your families stories. To keep things consistent, would you look at that first post and click the Answer button if you would like to be part of the project. If you are just sharing your families stories, a comment here is great and you don't have to do anything else.

Robyn, it looks like you weren't signed in to WikiTree when you commented. Be sure to sign in before answering so that we can find your WikiTreeID and add the Project badge.
I am also interested in joining the Quaker project. I have been doing research on the Smith's of Dartmouth, MA.  I'm not sure what I need to do to be apart of this project.
Hi Tracey,

could you please just click on "answer" just below the top post with the question and add your answer. This is for us to have a good visibility and make sure we haven't missed any answers. You will be fine!
I would love to join this project, because I have found some Quakers in my family tree. I'm very interested in finding more.

Thanks E J Gooden

Hi E J,

Sorry for the slow response. I was on holiday spoiling the newest member of our family.

Would you please just click on "answer" just below the top post with the question and add your answer. This is for us to have a good visibility and make sure we haven't missed any answers.

Thanks so much,

 

Debi

Yes, I'd love to join the project. I have come across a few ancestors that were Quakers. It would be great to be in this Project.

Thanks

E.J.

47 Answers

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I have several Quaker lines including Hadley, Miller, Lindley, Cox, David Smith, Howard, Ridgely, Truitt, Meredith, Parke, Berry and Pitt, when James Berry m Elizabeth Pitt. Interesting. Some I have researched extensively and some very little.

My attention is distracted at the moment by researching the John Billington family who came over on the Mayflower and the father was hung for murder, the first in the colonies. Wm Bradford only reported him as a bad character including his family. Several of us are researching events that would modify Bradford's assessment of his character.

I would like to stay apprised of any mention of these families so I may add to my knowledge or add to the knowledge of others.

Thanks.
answered Nov 9, 2017 by Claudia Scarbrough G2G Crew (560 points)

Hi Claudia, The best way to stay apprised of surname mentions is to add a separate tag to your home page for each one. You can add tags from the "Tags Followed" page. That way mentions and activity will show up in the feed on your Navigation Home Page and in your WikiTree Feed emails. The general Quakers Project tag and badge feeds is going to give you every Quaker, not just the ones on which you want to focus.

Because your focus is PGM right now, I'd recommend waiting to join the Quakers project until you're ready to work on profiles within its scope. Consequently, I've not added the badge yet. Let me know if I've made the wrong decision and I will add it now. 

I agree that waiting until I am ready to return to Quaker research would be useful. My Billington family and the Plymouth Colony family members are my focus at the moment.

Thanks.
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I'd like to join!
answered Nov 9, 2017 by Cassidy Cloer G2G Rookie (260 points)

Hi Cassidy, thanks for joining the project. I have added the project badge to your  profile. 

Would you take a look at the Project's Resource List and make suggestions for things to be added. Thanks

I just took a quick look and I would add the Guilford College archives for information on American Quakers. They will have most of the info. There may be changes coming as the meetings have split up, but I will let you know when and what happens. If you'd like a list of NC Quaker cemeteries, I can come up with several. I also can give a list of books published by our yearly meeting that covers the history of several meetings, especially very prominent ones like Cane Creek. Let me know what would be most helpful!

Cassidy

Thanks, Cassidy. I've added a link to the Guilford College archive topical finding aids. Lots of great topics in there include Quakers in South America which I was surprised to see. 

I also added a couple of curated collections at the InternetArchive. 

The list of cemeteries would be helpful to make sure that the cemetery categories have include information about them being Quaker cemeteries.

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My great great grandfather, Jesse Battin, was born in a Quaker family and was a member of a meeting until being removed for "marrying out of unity" to a non-Quaker wife.
Jesse suffered the loss of two sons who were KIA while serving in U.S. Army and two sons who died while serving in the military or shortly after serving.
answered Nov 11, 2017 by Don Castella
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I'm interested in joining this project. I'm a Quaker and my direct line within Friends goes back to my great-grandmother on my mom's side. Further back, I also have Quaker ancestors on my dad's side.
answered Nov 11, 2017 by Elizabeth Price G2G Rookie (260 points)
Hi Elizabeth, thank you.

Would you mind giving more detail of where your Quakers came from, so we'll have a better idea of which area of the project you could help?
I tie into the Coffin line in Massachusetts in the early 1800s on back. They weren't ALL Quakers, but some of them were.
Thanks for joining, Elizabeth. I've awarded your badge.
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Yes. I have worked on my husband's Quaker lines off and on for 20+ years and would like to help.
answered Nov 12, 2017 by Alice Allen G2G Crew (670 points)
Please watch for a private message with details on joining the project. I'm awarding the badge now.
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am also interested in joining the Quaker project. I have been doing research on the Smith's of Dartmouth, MA.  I'm not sure what I need to do to be apart of this project.

answered Nov 12, 2017 by Tracey
Hi Tracey, you weren't signed in to WikiTree when you responded but I think I have figured out who you are. I'll be sending a private message to confirm that.
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Yes, descendant of James Cock, who was one of the first Quaker settlers on Long Island in 1600s.
answered Nov 13, 2017 by Cindy Groetzinger G2G Rookie (260 points)

Hi Cindy. Do you know which meeting your ancestor was associated with? Is his profile already on WikiTree? Take a look at the Project section called "Ready to Help?" to see what is involved in working with the project. Let me know what you'd be interested in working on.

Matinecock
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I have some Quaker ancestry on my father's side, and would like to join the Quakers Project. I do not have internet access at home, so my internet time is limited, but I would be happy to help and be helped as much as I am able.
answered Nov 13, 2017 by Alison Gardner G2G4 (4,370 points)

Hi, Allison. Thanks for letting us know you are interested. The current tasks can be found on the Project page section called Ready to Help? We'll be adding new tasks and retiring some of those as the are completed. Take a look. If you don't see something that interests you, make a suggestion. We're always looking for ways to improve the project.

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I have found the Quaker records to be a valuable asset for my research. My ancestors were members of Cane Creek, Holly Springs, New Garden and several more. I would love to join the project to help.
answered Nov 18, 2017 by Mary Thompson G2G Rookie (230 points)

Hi, Mary. Thanks for letting us know you are interested helping. One of the things that we need is a space page for each Monthly Meeting. You can see an example on the Evesham Friends Meeting House page. Would you be interested in creating such a page for the Monthly Meetings your ancestors attended? If that doesn't appeal to you, the current tasks can be found on the Project page section called Ready to Help? Have a look and let me know what interests you.

 

Hi Debi, I am still learning how to add information and sources but I can certainly try to create space pages for some meetings. Where would I find information on how to do this properly? Thanks.

That’s great, Mary. We have some very talented members in the Project Discussion GoogleGroup who have experience with creating the pages. Please watch for a private message with details on joining the project. I'm awarding the badge now.

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On Veterans' Day, while researching a Revolutionary ancestor of mine named Freeborn Hall, son of Jesse Hall, I began to realize that their maternal line were descendants of the William Freeborn family, one of the original founding families of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. William Freeborn was a signer of the Portsmouth Compact, which has been called "the first document in American history that severed both political and religious ties with England." Looking for other Friends in the tree, I began to realize that my Deweese line were also Quakers. They are cousins to the Quakers who owned a house at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where George Washington & Co. wintered in 1776. Add to this my own genetic pre-disposition toward pacifism and my mother's madness for making quilts, and it begins to seem that I have every reason to begin learning more about Friends, and contributing to your Quaker research group.  I am especially interested in helping to recreate the family trees of those who lived in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.  Did you know, for example, that Betsy Ross was a Quaker?  The Revolution was a severe test for the Friends and their beliefs, and I am fascinated by how the Friends of the Revolutionary period faced those difficult times, both as a church and as individuals.
answered Nov 18, 2017 by Mark Shernick
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I would like to join Quakers. My paternal line is in North Carolina for more than 200 years, same location(s) - Guilford (New Garden), Cane Creek (Snow Camp), South Fork (Snow Camp) where as a child I attended with my father and paternal grandfather, very nearby settlement site of my paternal great-grandfather 1854-1920 and his spouse 1862-1912 and their more than twelve children living into adulthood. Surnames: BRAXTON, HADLEY (my Y), JONES, LINDLEY, BLAKE(y) BLAKELY - projects to which I belong FT-DNA.
answered Nov 20, 2017 by ROBERT Julian Braxton
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Hello,

I would like to be a part of the Quaker discussion.  I was recently told by someone researching my Wright family line that my 6th great grandfather was Josiah Wright and that he was the father of Lucy Wright, who was known as one of the leaders of the Quakers after Mother Lee died.  She was born in Pittsfield, MA in 1760.  On Wikipedia, someone claims Lucy Wright's father was John Wright. Either claim isn't documented and I would like this question put to rest.  Thank you, Isabelle!

Lori Brunswig
answered Nov 20, 2017 by Lori Nason G2G1 (1,450 points)
Hi Lori. I can't answer your questions about Lucy's parentage but did want to note that she was an important figure in the Shakers rather than the Quakers.

She may have been raised a Quaker but the Wikitree (Josiah) and Wikipedia (John) information for both of her potential fathers contains nothing about them being members of a Monthly Meetings. It is still worth investigating
Thank you Debi for answering and setting me straight on the Shakers are not Quakers question.  Is there a Shaker Project ongoing?

As far as I can find, Lori, there is not currently a Shaker Project. If you are interested in starting one, this page may be relevant:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Starting_a_Project

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I would like to join the Quaker project. I am related to the Hinshaws of which a good portion were Quakers.
answered Nov 29, 2017 by John Stephenson G2G2 (2,810 points)
Your Quakers badge has been awarded. I look forward to working with you.
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Would love to be part of the Quaker group. Have just discovered that my Irish ancestors were Quaker and am doing research on them now.

Thank you,

Linda Alexander
answered Nov 30, 2017 by Linda Alexander G2G1 (1,190 points)
Your Quakers badge has been awarded. I look forward to working with you.
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Found out recently that I am descended of the Lamb family from the North Carolina Quakers and am in the process of tracing those roots back.
answered Dec 6, 2017 by Lee Carter G2G Crew (970 points)
Your Quakers badge has been awarded. I look forward to working with you.
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I'll surely uncover some useful things from this Project Community. Send me a Badge

I have many dozens of direct ancestors, and Hundreds/thousands of cousins from the mid 17th Century thru the 19th Century. Ancestry from the USA Colonies & States, England and Ireland. For generations they blazed some amazing trails for the other energized people to follow. Key items in their values and character are permanent elements for my living family and everywhere. A Bible with notations from the 1700s 1800s is in possession of our family. The anecdotal and documented history gives me a "Storehouse" of "Lessons for Living"

I do have some resource suggestions that might be suggested adds for the Irish Quakers and USA  Quakers.

Best Regards to all,  Marty
answered Dec 8, 2017 by Marty Ormond G2G6 Mach 5 (52,340 points)
Your Quakers badge has been awarded. I look forward to working with you.
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I am interested in joining. I'm new to genealogy, but have found a connection to the Fox/ Fell families in England in the 1600's. I am not a Quaker, but as a Christian I admire them, and I am excited to learn more about my ancestors' influence in the religious world.
answered Dec 24, 2017 by Carlene Speight G2G Rookie (230 points)
Your Quakers badge has been awarded. I look forward to working with you.
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I would like to join this project please.
answered Jan 1 by Betty Tindle G2G6 Mach 6 (66,810 points)
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I would like to join the Quakers project.  I am fortunate that my grandfather in 1939 had Mrs. Watts travel throughout the countries historical records tracing the family history.  We were related to the Ogden’s that came over with William Penn.  I am hoping that the group can also help me trace a dead end in the tree.  Mary Ann Cotter (Ogen lineage) married Thomas Gibbons.  He was born in 1803 and according to a Greek Bible centerfold his father was John and mother Prudence.  I would also like to know if I should try and make copies of all of the letters and correspondence he had with her including lineages of Gibbons and Ogden histories.
answered Jan 1 by Karin Hunt G2G Rookie (200 points)
Your Quakers badge has been awarded. I look forward to working with you.
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Hello!  I am descended from many Quaker lines (PA/NC/IN through my maternal grandfather and RI/New England through my maternal grandmother).  I would like to join the project and help when I can.
answered Jan 1 by Elizabeth Ernst G2G1 (1,180 points)
Your Quakers badge has been awarded. I look forward to working with you.

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