Newark Monthly Meeting's first minutes date from 1686, and deal with Friends Meetings in northern Delaware: Newark Union, New Castle, Centre, and later Hockessin and Wilmington. See the category page for Newark Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania (now Delaware) for more information about Newark MM.
Henry Dixon was born about 1695, Christiana Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware.
Our descent from William and Ann Dixon continues through their son Henry Dixon. In the 1727 deed to his mother, he is consistently listed first in the listing of the children, so it seems likely that he was the eldest of their children. He was born in New Castle County, and the date of his birth is commonly given as around the year 1695. Henry was a member of the Quaker faith, like his parents, and the record of his marriage in 1715 to Ruth Jones is found in the records of Kennett Monthly Meeting in Chester County Pennsylvania.
In the case of Henry and Ruth, the Meeting minutes record they first confessed their intention to marry on April 30, 1715 (2-30-1715); confessed them a second time on June 4, 1715; and that they were reported as married as of June 25, 1715. Ruth’s parents are not definitely known. She is shown in some records as Ruth Jones, but other researchers have identified her as Ruth Johns, and listed her as born about 1694 and died in 1756. These have identified her as a daughter of Thomas Johns (1674-1720) and his wife Rebecca.
On 4 April 1715, Henry Dixon (1692-1742) married Ruth Jones (d. 1758).
Children of Henry Dixon and Ruth Jones:
In 1726 Henry purchased two-hundred acres in Mill Creek Hundred from Letitia Penn. He built a one-room log house. His son, Samuel Dixon inherited it in 1742, then later sold it in 1771. It was added on to many times and is today being used as an office for a Chiropractor and a massage therapist.   
Henry Dixon died in 1742 (Newark Meeting, Delaware).
Quakers were not married by clergy, but rather took one another in marriage. They spoke their own vows and gave their own promises of loyalty and devotion to each other in a meeting for worship. Before this took place both were subjected to a careful examination and investigation by a committee chosen by the Meeting for that express purpose. Thus when young people had decided upon marriage they “laid their intentions of taking each other in marriage before ye Meeting.” A committee of two men was then appointed “to inquire into his clearness in relation to marriage with any other.” The Womens’ Meeting conducted a similar inquiry into the young woman’s clearness. Next, usually a month later, the parties appeared and requested an answer to their proposal. “Ye inspectors bringing in a good report, ye meeting leaves them to their liberty to appoint a day to accomplish their said marriage according to order.” On that day the members assembled in a Meeting for worship which was conducted in the customary manner. In due course the young couple then arose, took each other by the right hand and pledged their love and loyalty to each other in the presence of God and before the members of the meeting. A document authenticating the proceedings was then prepared, signed by the principals and witnesses, and presented to the couple. All this was meticulously recorded in the minutes of the Meeting.
Little is presently known of Henry’s life. He and his wife Ruth were apparently members of the Kennett Monthly Meeting for most of their lives. Herbert Standing’s “Delaware Quaker Records; New Castle County” states that Henry was one of the founders of the Hockessin Friends Meeting around the year 1737. Futhey and Cope’s 1881 “History of Chester County Pennsylvania” also records that he was an early member of the new Hockessin Meeting. When boundary disputes arose with Maryland in 1735, Henry Dixon joined with a number of his Quaker neighbors and relative in signing a petition to King George II of England. The petition is styled :
To George the Second, King of Great Britain, et., in Councill; The Petition of the People call’d Quakers, from their Quarterly Meeting, held at Concord the 12th day of the third month (May) 1735, comprehending all of that Profession who inhabit within the Countys of New Castle, Kent and Sussex on Delaware in America, Humbly Sheweth, . . .
Henry and Ruth Dixon spent their entire lives in the New Castle area, but the dates of their deaths are not presently known. Henry appears to have died in early 1740, or shortly before then. Estate proceedings were opened for him, but the contents have been misplaced, and by and large have not been located by researchers seeking them. The sole exception is the following brief item from New Castle County records:
"Came into Court John Dixon one of the Executors of the Estate of Henry Dixon Decd and produced a further Amount for Quitrents paid for the real Estate of said Decd amounting to Ten pounds Five Shillings and three pence which is allowed and ordered to be placed to the Debt of the Adminion and Settled in this Court the fourth day of March 1740."
Quaker meeting records show that Ruth Dixon died sometime between 1742 and 1758. The marriage records of some of their children demonstrate this from the following entries:
9-25-1742 Joseph Dixson, son of Henry (deceased) of New Castle Co. on the Delaware, married at New Garden Monthly meeting Mary Pusey, daughter of William (deceased) of Chester Co. Penn.
11-30-1758 Soloman, son of Henry & Ruth Dixon (deceased) of New Castle Co. on the Delaware married Sarah Pryor, daughter of James & Elizabeth of Chester Co. Penn. At New Garden Monthly Meeting.
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On 23 May 2016 at 01:53 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 23 May 2016 at 00:27 GMT Marj Adams wrote:
I think Henry was a Quaker. Did Newark meeting, (Newark Mt.) get to be Newark Mountain?? Thank you
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