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.

Quaker research can be a very rewarding 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, click the "answer" link below this question and use the answer box to tell us about your interests. We will award your badge and welcome you to the project.

WikiTree profile: Quakers Project WikiTree
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
I already have the pre-1700 certification.. I also belong to the PGM. I have many family lines pre-1700. Luce is a Quaker line. I wished Quakers had put names on grave markers. I Own the History of Townships, Counties books and books with the areas vital records of my Ancestors.. always willing to help.

Bunker-2071
Thanks for coming over to the join thread, Betty Jo. I'm going to award your badge now but would you do me a favor. At the bottom of the post, there is an "answer" link, right beside the "comment" link. Would you please click answer and paste your information there. Make sure you are logged in when you answer so that I will be able to find your profile any comments I make will be sent to your email. Sorry to be difficult, it's an administrative thing so that I will be able to talk back and forth with your personally.
Hello,  I too would love to be included on this Quaker's Project.  My Quaker lines start with my grandmother and I can trace back from the Hendricks  and Morgan County, Indiana Quaker families of Atkinson, Allen, Ward, Jones, Reddick, Vestal, Newlin, Hadley, Montgomery, Jessup, Lindley, Woody and others  tracing back to the Guilford County, North Carolina area (Guilford, Orange, Alamanace, Stokes,Chatham, etc.) on up to Pennsylvania .  Additionally, I have Isack Page and wife Damaris Shattuck who fled Salem, Massachusetts and settled in Pasquotank County, North Carolina in the Little River area.  Pam K.  (my wikitree screen name Pam K. here, but pjk999pjk on findagrave).  I also run several Facebook groups, including a study group for the Descendants of Zachariah Allen & Lavina Jones Allen or Mary Woody Allen.
In reading your post i realize that my daughters have some connection to you with the Hadley, Lindley, Pyle families.  I have just started researching their lineage.  I actually may have a Ward connection.   I have many Quaker families PA/VA/NC/IN/OH since they came in the 1670-1720s.  We may have more connections as well.

Sue
My Ward line is William Ward m.  Susannah Foulke in PA and moved to Cane Creek MM NC;  Anthony Ward m. Priscilla Lamb in NC, who moved to Wayne County, Indiana, then to Morgan County, Indiana.  Anthony and Priscilla's son Stephen Ward, married Adaline Baxter who was born across the state line in Butler County, Ohio.  Adaline was the daughter of Thomas Baxter & Lydia Murphy Baxter.  Stephen and Adaline moved to Rock Island County, Illinois, but moved back to Morgan County as they did not feel safe there in Rock Island.  This Ward family is very large and the female names are repetitious throughout the generations.

Hi Pam. We would love to have you as members of the project. There is an "answer" link at the bottom of the post, right beside the "comment" link. Would you please click answer and tell us about what you would like to work on in the Quakers Project, things like profiles for certain family names or locations, finding new resources, etc. Make sure you are logged in when you answer so that I will be able to find your profile and add your badge. Sorry to be difficult, it's an administrative thing.  Thanks!

Thank you for the reply Debi!  I have been researching my own Quaker ancestors within eastern Hendricks and Morgan and southwest Marion counties in Indiana for over 40 years.  I grew up in a Quaker community where I presently live.  I live near five active Quaker Monthly meetings and at least 10 Quaker cemeteries in these counties. My primary experience lies in this area in walking these cemeteries for many years and the families who settled here from North Carolina and Ohio and local court record lookups in Hendricks County.  I have been fulfilling find a grave requests in these cemeteries for many years and will be gearing up to fulfill tombstone/gravesite photo requests this season. These local friends burying grounds include:  Sugar Grove, Fairfield, Lick Branch, Mill Creek, Hadley, Center, Easton  (West Newton), Bridgeport, White Lick (West White Lick, Morgan County), West Union, Bethel, and Highland.

Debi, I hope this is the information you are looking for.

I've awarded your badge for the Quakers Project, Pam. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

I commented on the Indiana Quakers page but I'll put it here too. While I was looking for pioneer records in Indiana, I found a short couple of paragraphs about a Huggart settlement in Indiana that said it was a Quaker settlement that played a role in abolishing slavery.  Have you heard of this?

Thanks, Rhonda. I hadn't heard of the settlement. I did a quick Google search and found this page Local African American History on The History Museum of South Bend, Indiana.

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I would love to join the Quaker project. I have two surnames in my descendents that were Quaker's Shinn and Lippincott's from New Jersey and Virginia which is now West Virginia. I would like to learn more about all of the Quakers that came to America.

Thank You, Melissa Robinson
by Melissa Robinson G2G Crew (470 points)

Hi Melissa, I've awarded your badge for the Quakers Project. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

My bunch of greats grandfather, William Read, may have married a Lippincott. He lived in New Jersey. He was born in Scotland around 1752, and came to America in his teens. He served as a blacksmith or farrier in the Rev. war. His wife's first name was Jerusha, her last name unknown, but Lippincott is one of the possibilities I've heard. He moved his family to Ohio, after receiving a land grant there. Went back to New Jersey to close out his business and allegedly died in a fire. His wife did not remarry, and stayed in Ohio with their 4 children. I don't believe that he was Quaker, more likely Presbyterian, but that doesn't mean that his wife wasn't Quaker.
Thank you for that info Alison, I will look into that line to find out if she was a Quaker.
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I would like to be part of this project. I found out lately that my paternal grandmother 's family were Quakers. They were the Coats from Randolph County in Indiana.

Terri
by Terri Swift G2G3 (4k points)

Hi Terri, I've awarded your badge for the Quakers Project. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

Hi Debi

I ran into some technical difficulties over on Google groups but got it figured out. I think you removed my Quaker Qua badge? I really do want to join!

My Quaker family is the Coats from Randolph County, Indiana.

Terri Swift
I've added you to the Google Group now and your badge is still in place. You can see it by visiting your profile page.
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I would love to join the Quakers Project. I've been recently researching Samuel Breed who founded the Quaker branch of the Breed family in the Lynn/ Nahant area of MA. Would be nice to know more not only on him but on other associated families.

Thank you!
by Pattie Plummer-Everett G2G4 (4.1k points)

Hi Pattie, I've awarded your badge for the Quakers Project. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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I'd like to join the Quakers project.  I have Quaker ancestry in Dutchess County, NY and back to Long Island.  Have a copy of Hinshaw NY Quaker records, plus the John Bowne genealogy, and can do lookups.  My wife has Kelley Quaker ancestry originating on Cape Cod.
by Dick Ammann G2G Crew (320 points)

Hi Dick, I've awarded your badge for the Quakers Project. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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Hello, most of my English Quaker line lived in Makefield, Bucks Co, PA.  and Columbiana, Ohio. The surnames include: Palmer, Clowes, Gore, Whitacre, Ormiston, Hayes, Whitacre, Pownall (same family of Pownall related to Zoey and Emily Deschanel), Hulme and Joses. Ancestry.com has a lot of Quaker meeting house records. I am very proud of my Auaker ancestry. :-)
by Jo Nell Costello G2G Crew (870 points)

Hi Jo Nell, I've awarded your badge for the Quakers Project. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

Since you will be using sources from Ancestry, be sure to check the Links to Ancestry Help page to learn about the most useful way to cite those Quaker Meeting House records.

Forgot one of the link, check the thread in G2G to see it. Sorry about that
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I'd love to join the project. My great-grandfather was Bertram Hope, b 1876 in Philadelphia. DNA and paper records say his dad was a Mattock, but his mother was Elizabeth Hope. Her father was John Hope of Philadelphia, b about 1814, one record only says Chester County. My mom and great-uncle have DNA matches to a large number of Quaker lines in Chester County--Hope, Harlan and Boone. The common ancestral couple appears to be Thomas Hope III (b 1738) and Sarah Harlan, last seen about to be dismissed from the Quaker meetings. We also have DNA links to the Presbyterian Hopes but not as clearly defined as the Quaker lines.

- Robin
by Robin Grantham G2G1 (1.2k points)

And we would love to have you, Robin. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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I would love to join the Quaker project as well. My paternal Grandmother’s family were Quakers what ended up in Schoolhouse township in MI. Also related to Richard Townsend whom settled in PA
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Hi Katie, we would love to have you join the project. You weren't logged in to WikiTree when you posted this message, so I can't find you to add the badge. Would you make sure you are logged in, then post a comment after mine. I'll be able to set you up then.
Sorry about that!

Thanks, Katie, and welcome to the project. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

We are looking for sources to add to the Quakers Project Reliable Sources list. Do you know of any record collections which would make good additions?

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Gary Williams ... I would like to join this project.  My many great grandfathers William Isaac Williams Sr and Jr were Quakers and immigrated from Wales to the Welsh community in Chester, PA then moved to the Wythe, VA area prior to the Revolutionary War.  William Williams Jr is listed on the Flower Swift militia rolls and was disfellowshipped by the Quakers for taking up arms.
by Gary Williams G2G Crew (480 points)

Welcome to the project, Gary. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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I am interested in participating in the Quaker project in the UK. My wife's ancestor, Cuthbert Wigham, hailed from Coanwood, Northumberland, where he created a friends meeting house in 1706. I would like to discover more about the Wighams of Northumberland, and their involvement in the Quaker religion. I am also keen to learn more about the Quakers in the UK.
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Welcome to the project, Trevor. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

Hi Debbie, thanks for adding me to the group. I am looking forward to learning something new, and have already learnt how the English Quakers didn't follow the dating convention of the Gregorian calender. This is no small discovery! It just shows that one is never to old to learn.

Knowing about those dates is so important to help resolve discrepancies on potential duplicate profiles. Did the information you were reading include the Julian/Gregorian month differences? I really like the chart on this page by the USGenWeb for Guilford County.

We are looking for sources to add to the Quakers Project Reliable Sources list. Do you know of any record collections which would make good additions?

Hello Debi, the 1706 date does not take the Gregorian/Julian differences into account. The account of how the establishment of the Coanwood Friends Meeting House came about is contained in a publication that I will find, and will add to the Project.
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I have discovered multiple Quaker ancestors including the Boone's.  Was there any specific reason for the immigration; religious or otherwise?
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That's an interesting question, Shirley.  I'd recommend creating a new post here in G2G with a heading about Quaker immigration. The only people who visit this tread are the project leaders.
I believe that the Quakers were discriminated against both in England and in the Colonies-- here they were hanged and exiled...
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I would like to join the Quaker Project, my great grandparents William Stewart Cole and Elizabeth Amelia McEwan were Quakers married in the Nile Street meeting house Sunderland 13 May 1886.  After several years in Belfast they emigrated to NSW Australia.  Although I have most of the documented facts about this family I would like to learn more about the Quaker religion as my grandfather (William and Elizabeth's eldest son) left the faith when he married.
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Welcome to the project, Liz. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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I would like to join the Quaker Project.  One portion of my ancestors were involved in multiple Meetings in New York, including: Oblong, Nine Partners, Easton and Queensbury.  My second great grandfather, Jonathan Brown (Brown-72413) even tried to start a new Meeting at Luzerne but it only lasted a little over one year.
by Mardon Erbland G2G1 (1.2k points)

Welcome to the project, Mardon. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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I would like to be part of this project. My g-g-grandparents, Joseph Tuttle (or Tuthill) and Mary (Bertine) Coleman were given a bible (now in my possession) by the "friends and patrons of Deuel Hollow Sabbath School" on Dec 25th, 1883, in the town of Dover NY. I have tried to find more information about the school/meeting house, but have not turned up much of anything. I have explored the area and found the Deuel Hollow Rd runs into Quaker Hill Rd, but there is no marker indicating the exact locaction of the school, other than a small cemetery and foundation. I have a list of the patrons if anyone is interested.
by John Coleman G2G Crew (620 points)

Welcome to the project, John. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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Multiple branches of my husband's family were Quakers, beginning with the Comptons and the Millhouses, but we have documents multiple other members from New Jersey, North and South Carlina, and Ohio.
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We would love to have  you Linda, but you were not logged in when you posted and I can't find your rofile. Could you please point it out to me? Thank you!
I am now logged in. My tree is limited at the moment but I have uploaded the GEDCOM files.

I need to go back and start adding names to my tree and for my husband. His GEDCOM is Johnson-Compton.

Thanks for joining us, Linda. I've awarded your badge. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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I would like to join the Quaker project. My interests are in the family names of John Robinson (b1742) and BenjaminTownson (b1774).

I have some information in a book that was written about Benjamin Townsons life involving the Quaker movement in Liverpool.

An interesting read.

Any other help is appreciated.
by Noeline Hewitt G2G Crew (500 points)

Welcome to the project, Noeline. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

Would the book on Benjamin Townson's life be a good addition to the Quakers Project Reliable Sources list?

Thanks Debi for adding me to the Quakers Project.

Yes, the book will be a good addition to the project, it mentions specific peoples names and also places of their meetings.

It is a reflection of my GG Grandfathers personal journey in the Quakers of Liverpool, UK.

Are you familiar with creating free-space pages for sources? If not, I'll be glad to help you learn how or create one for the book so that others can find information about it easily at WikiTree. 

Not familiar with Free Spaces not used it before.

Help would be great, thanks.

Great, I'll be glad to. The instructions for how to create a space page for a source give a pretty good overview. Have you tried it and did you have any questions? Here is an example of a space page I created for The Diary of Lewis W Rude, a little book I picked up in a thrift store. 

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I would like to join the Quaker project.  I am very interested in John Jenkins (b.1626) and his wife Susanna Cooke (b. 1628).

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Welcome to the project, Clare. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

Have you already been in contact with the Profile Managers of the existing profiles for John Jenkins and Susanna Cooke? 

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Jenkins-728
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cooke-844

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I have been interested in the Quakers for quite some time and believe my husbands side has some  in his family.  HOpefully he does and I can get to understand their thinking and why they are what they are.
by Sue Stultz G2G Crew (830 points)
What area is your husband and his potential Quaker ancestors from, Sue? It helps us provide recommendations.
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I would join the Quakers project. My father had some Quaker ancestors. His great-great grandparents were Stephen Mosher and Ruth (Smith) Mosher. They lived in Morrow co., Ohio, and had a station on the underground railroad. They later moved to Iowa. They were both from New York, originally.
by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 3 (37.4k points)

Welcome to the project, Alison. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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Hi Everyone,

I would love to join the Quaker project as a number of my ancestors were Quakers in the 1600's in Ireland , specifically the Abbotts', Jacksons' and Greens' and I got some records from the National Library of Ireland who hold copies of the Quaker Records for Ireland. As far as I know William Abbott with his daughter went to America in 1701 possibily my uncle so many times removed and he was a Quaker. Still have to fill in wikitree info regarding my Quaker heritage.

All the best John Abbott-Kelly.
by John Kelly G2G2 (2.4k points)

Welcome to the project, John. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

Thanks for mentioning the Quaker records for Ireland held at the National Library of Ireland. I have added a link to the catalog results on the Project Resources page. Would any of the specific sources within the collection be good additions to the Quakers Project Reliable Sources list?

Hi Debi,

They have all the Quaker records including births, death's, marriages, those who left the society or had to and those who emigrated and the minutes of Quaker meetings. They sent me the Abbott and Green records for free on spreadsheet because it's a busy place they said if I could wait awhile they would see what they could find and they had the info out to me within a month, which was great. Obviously their very helpful people who work there.There is so much to do and so little time.

Slainte,

John Abbott-Kelly.
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I would like to join. I have many Quakers in my direct Osborn/Osborne line as well as Boorn, Southwick and others.

Respects,

Seward R. Osborne
by Seward Osborne G2G Rookie (230 points)

Welcome to the project, Seward. I've awarded your badge. Thanks for joining us. Your next step will be to join the discussion group (link from the Project Page) where we do discuss how to improve Quaker profiles (among other things).

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