Project: Quakers

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Welcome to the Quakers Project
* The Quakers Project exists to bring together WikiTreers interested in the Religious Society of Friends - the Quakers.
Project participants need to be members of WikiTree. If you are not yet a WikiTree member, see Help: How to Use WikiTree to get started.
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Our Mission and Goals

This project started as Sub-Project of the William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project and has expanded to provide resources for everyone researching their Quaker ancestors.

For Project
  • Provide a collaborative environment for wikitree members researching their Quaker ancestors.
  • Identify and link to repositories and other sources for Quaker records
  • Establish guidelines for consistent use of Quaker related Categories on wikitree
For Meetings
  • Organize Categories for each Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly Meeting
  • Identify Quaker burial grounds and add them to the Cemeteries project.
For Individual Profiles
  • Locate or create profiles for historically significant Quakers, identify them for the project and project protect their profiles.
  • Add Category tags to profile for each Monthly Meeting with which the person was associated.
For all members working on the Quakers project/profiles, if you do not currently have pre-1700 Certification, please read this: Wikitree Pre-1700 Profiles and take the Pre-1700 Self-Certification quiz !
Any improvements you can make to the profiles in the Quaker Project are welcome. As with other projects we encourage members to look for duplicates and merge them into the final lowest profile ID number; clean up existing biographies by removing GEDCOM junk, links to unsourced user submitted family trees (, etc); and ideally include a written biography consistent with WikiTree guidelines. The Project has maintenance Categories for profiles that could use some extra attention.
The Quakers Project will also act as the account manager for any orphaned profiles of 17th or 18th Century Quakers.

Ready to Help?

Want to help, but don't know where to start? How about:
  • Find sources and write biographies for profiles which fall under the purview of the project, first for profiles you manage, and then orphaned profiles; add categories for their Monthly Meeting(s)
  • Sponsor or Help with a Quarterly or Monthly Meeting - Sponsors oversee the categorization of a Meeting, working with other Sponsors to ensure consistency and accuracy across the board, work towards having all profiles in their right place. They maintain the Meeting Category pages for their Meeting; Helpers assist with this
  • Create free-space pages for each meeting / location (ex. Evesham Friends Meeting House by Carrie Lippincott).
    • Add the Meeting Category to the free space page.
    • Add a link to the free space page on the Category page.
    • Move resources currently located on the Category page to the free-space page.
    • Locate record repositories and references and add links to those resources on the free space page for the Meetings.
      • Another easy way to add free spaces.
        • Look at the icons on the upper right of a page.
        • Use the pull-down menu under the Add icon.
        • At the bottom you see "New Thing" so click it and add your title.
        • Add Quakers as a tag, and click add.
        • Then edit the free space.
        • Add the project as a manager it helps the project- directions on how.
        • Adding the Project Image will also assist with collaboration.
  • Many of our 17th and 18th century Quakers are very well documented. Do you like to write? Take a look at the Quakers Project Needs Biography category, these profiles have documentation available, but need some polish. Or see if you can find sources for any of Unsourced Profiles in one of the common sources (see the resource page, or the Category for the Monthly Meeting).
  • Research profiles in the Category:Quakers and re-categorize them under their Monthly Meeting(s) instead.
  • Add Categories and Stickers to profiles as appropriate
  • Suggest profiles for project management and/or project protection

Project Categories

Meeting Categories for use on Profiles

Since most records were compiled and created at the Monthly Meetings, Individual Profiles should be added to those categories. If the meeting name is not known, use the most specific category you know. For example: Pennsylvania Quakers is preferred over Quakers.
For more information on the hierarchy for Quaker Categories, see Quaker Project Category Help.

American Meetings

The naming convention for Monthly Meetings within the United States is:
Category:[Name] Monthly Meeting, [State]
For example, to add an individual to the Byberry Monthly Meeting in Bucks County Pennsylvania, add the following to the profile:
[[Category: Byberry Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania]]

English Meetings

The naming convention for Monthly Meeting within England is:
Category:[Name] Quaker Meeting, [County]
For example, to add an individual to the Ampthill Quaker Meeting in Bedfordshire England, add the following to the profile:
[[Category: Ampthill Quaker Meeting, Bedfordshire]]
The Meeting hierarchy has not been established for other countries, please work with this project if you are interested in creating these categories. Check the Quakers Category to see if your country has been started.

Other Profile Categories

Other possible Project Categories for individual Profiles include:

High Level Project Categories

These are high level categories used by the project. In general, these are not added to individual profiles. Profiles should only be be added to lowest level category known within any given hierarchy - ideally the Meeting(s) of which the person was a member.

WikiTree Resources

Quaker Resources
WikiTree help
Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages link at the top right of pages.

External Links

See also:

Useful Pages

  • Dates: Two things to be aware of - Quakers didn't use the names of months, just the numbers (7 8m 1742 for example), and until 1752, "8m" would have been October, not August, since the year started in March (1m).


For a full list of participants, see the Quakers Project badge feed
Add your name with any special areas of interest below:
  • Butch Smith Interested in early Pa Quakers especially those that emigrated to and passed through Columbia Co and lower Luzerne Co,Pa in the late 1700s.
  • Andrea Powell - Early Pennsylvania Quakers
    liaison to the William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project and Categorization Project
  • Paula J Interested in early SC and NC Quakers who fled near the time of the Revolutionary War
  • Carol Lillevang - researching the wives of Captain William Crispin, William Penn's original commissioner to Pennsylvania.
  • Chase Ashley - early Brookhaven and Oyster Bay, Long Island; Exeter meeting in Pennsylvania
  • Warren Ayer - Early Greene, Slocum, and Mott Quakers. Also tracing Quakers in the Fish family line for clues to parents of Eliphus Fish.
  • Lynden Raber Castle Rodriguez - I have discovered numerous Quaker ancestors, including the Vernons of Pennsylvania; and I want to learn more.
  • Nancy Alexander - My Quakers are from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Have traced back to William Penn.
  • Sandi Wiggins - Along with my interest in many ancestors who were early Quaker settlers in Pennsylvania, I am a modern Quaker. Currently working on Bucks County.
  • Carol Keeling - My Quaker ancestors were based in the English counties of Surrey and Sussex. Many of the Quaker families were inter related, and I'd like to research these families and explore how they link into mine. My main Quaker families are Sayers, Stedman, Smith, Humphrey and Bax.
  • Carrie Quackenbush - New England, New Jersey, Virginia...
  • Allison Mackler - Rodmans from Ireland to Barbados to Rhode Island as well as the Pitman family in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Annie Blanchard - A convinced Friend in 1993, I just found Quakers in my lineage - I am related to one of my best f/Friends! Moon, Bowen, Carter, Humphrey, possibly Reece (Rees) and Lucas. Our Quakers stopped being Quakers just prior to the Revolutionary War.
  • Roland Henry Baker III - My areas of focus is Massachusetts, especially Marblehead, York County, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • Daniel Postellon I am interested in the Chamberlain or Chamberlin Quakers of Massachusetts and New Hamphire. I also have some interest in the Providence, Fayette County, Pennsylvania Quakers (near Perryopolis). This cemetery has a complex history, and its own Wikipedia article
  • Dan Stevens Gaunt/Guntt-My maternal grandfather's line goes back to Quakers who came to this country in the 1600's.
  • Summer Orman - my line of focus is on the Shotwell family of New Jersey; Abraham Shotwell was the patriarch and the immigrant to New York from England. His origins remain unknown, but the Shotwell family is very well documented after him. Hugh O'Neill is the patriarch of my O'Neill line in the USA; his origins are also unknown but suspected to be a son or grandson of Brian McPhelim O'Neill, one of the last of this line to be a noble in Ireland.
  • Corinne Kuhlmann - my Quakers, the Dorlands, started out in Beekman Patent, Long Island, New York, New Netherlands. During the Revolutionary War they moved to Upper Canada and started the Canadian Quaker branch in Adolphustown, Lennox County, Ontario. They were responsible for building the the meeting house and cemetery on John Dorland"s land.
  • Marc Snelling - aka Seneca Drybread, my Friend's lines are from Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Surnames, Dyer, Coppock, Good, Routh, Smith and others.
  • Jimmy M. Sisson COGGESHALL and FISH family of Rhode Island, DAKIN family of New York, Ohio and Indiana. My sister-in-law's ancestors are the HUMPHREY family of Wales and Pennsylvania, and the JEFFERIS family of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • Anne Rees My ancestor James Perrot was a Quaker. His widow Mary (nee Stafford) established a Quaker Burial Ground and Meeting House at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire in 1723. (Society of Friends Records - Glamorgan Archives)
  • Cheryl Irwin My Quaker ancestors Rich from North Carolina. After researching the Quakers, all of the beliefs my Great Grandmother taught were straight up Quaker.
  • Zoiya Holland-Tate I have many Quaker ancestors from England, S.Carolina, New Jersey, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts. The last birthrite Quaker was My Great grandmother Edith Sprague. She converted to her husband's religion when they got married. Some of my Quaker lines include: Sprague, Greene, Jessop, Beals, Bowman, Pease, Small, Ballard, Pearson, Harvey, Plummer, Burgess, Fisher.
  • Julian Smith North Carolina Randolph and Guilford County Quakers. Davis, Rich, Wall, Fraser some of the surnames.
  • J. Salsbery I have many Quaker ancestors, including Starbuck, Slocum, Mosher, Southwick, Allen and Mott Quakers.
  • Patricia Prickett Hickin. One of my ancestors, John Prickett, was a "persecuted Friend." He may have migrated to New Jersey; his sons, Josiah (b1672) and Zachariah (b1674) certainly did.
  • Seely Foley. My Quaker ancestors are among a large group of Puritans who converted to the Quaker faith after a visit by Elizabeth Harris in 1655.
  • April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer Andrea's great discussion on the Forum reminded me of my husband's Quaker ancestors. Found I had the Quaker badge:) Added Quaker star to all I can positively identify as Quakers and created a list to identify. They all lived in New Jersey, in Salem county or near Burlington township. Stretch, Ware, Denn, Hancock, Gleaves, Bacon, Blanchard.
  • Doris (Conkright) Miller My Quaker ancestors have been popping up everywhere lately! My maternal line has New Hampshire and Maine Quaker ancestors, while my paternal line has New Jersey, Pennsylvania Quakers with some moving into Ohio.
  • Bennet George I had Quaker ancestors in Perquimans County, North Carolina; Orange County, North Carolina; and probably Henrico County, Virginia.
  • Patt Roche Working on profiles for Quaker ancestors and their relations in Pasquotank and Perquimans NC.
  • Kathy Jo Bryant Working on profiles for Quaker ancestors and their families in Perquimans, Chowan, and Northampton Counties, North Carolina. Surnames: Parker, Jackson, Newsome, Brown, Hollowell, Burgess, Farlee/Farlow.
  • Cassidy Cloer I'm a birthright Quaker from North Carolina. I've been active many years in North Carolina Yearly Meeting and enjoyed learning about our history. I am knowledgeable about the archives of our Yearly Meeting and the history of many member meetings. I can recommend books about our history. I can also speak to present information on meetings and members. I am most familiar with our Western Quarter, especially Cane Creek, Spring, Chatham, Edward Hill, and South Fork (my meeting). I know a good deal about the Quaker history in Chatham and Alamance Counties, especially in Snow Camp where Cane Creek and South Fork are, as that is my hometown. I'd be happy to help with NC research! Surnames: Lindley, Hadley.
  • Linda Barnett

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