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Beckingham Quakers

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Location: Beckingham, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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Purpose

A list of the early Quakers in the Beckingham area of Lincolnshire and Barnby in the Willows in Nottinghamshire either side of the River Witham during the first decade of the group: 1654-1664.

History

In the summer of 1654, George Fox, freshly released from Carlisle gaol, makes a tour through Yorkshire and Lincolnshire[1] on his way back to his home in Leicestershire. Perhaps one of his famous open air meetings was by the River Witham between Barnby in the Willows, Nottinghamshire and Beckingham, Lincolnshire for numerous inhabitants of the two small villages join the Quaker sect. The villages are only a mile apart across the river. The size of the congregation is impressive considering the villages would probably not had more than a few hundred souls between them.

Converts

William Archer and his wife, Mary Archer

Henry Bacon, who later married Alice Wadeson

Richard Birks

Isabell Bradshaw

Richard Burdett and his wife, Anne (Crosby) Burdett

William Burdett, who later married Mary, the widow of Arnold Trueblood

Thomas Burtt

Henry Carlton

William Cliffe, who later married Katheran Pidd

Mary Crosby

Thomas Elsam

Elizabeth Hooton

Thomas Hooton, who later married Mary Sharpe (below)

Edmund Lilly and his wife, Mary (Cliffe) Lilly

William Massey, and his wife Katharine (Lyn) Massey

William Mawer and his wife, Anne (Dale) Mawer

Anne Parker

Anthony Parker and his wife, Mary Parker

Elizabeth Parker

Robert Parker and his wife, Phillippa Parker

Lattimer Pattinson

Mary Pattinson

Randall Pattinson

John Pidd and his wife, Anne (Handley) Pidd

Katheran Pidd

Richard Pidd and his wife, Elizabeth Pidd

William Pidd

William Raworth

Hugh Redmall

John Roberts and his wife, Elizabeth (Dove) Roberts

John Scrimshaw

Thomas Seward and his wife, Lucy Seward

Mary Sharpe

Thomas Sharpe and his wife, Mary Sharpe

Robert Smith

John Snowdall

Arnold Trueblood and his wife, Mary (Hoyse) Trueblood

John Trueblood and his wife, Mary (Kemp) Trueblood

Alice Wadeson

James Wadeson and his wife, Mary Wadeson

James Wadeson

Richard West and his wife, Elizabeth West


Children of Converts

1654

John Trueblood, son of Arnold and Mary

William Wadeson, son of James and Mary

William Pidd, son of Richard and Elizabeth

Mary Roberts, daughter of John and Elizabeth

1655

Thomas Parker, son of Anthony and Mary

1656

Richard Pidd, son of Richard and Elizabeth

1658

Olive Roberts, daughter of John and Elizabeth

William Trueblood, son of Arnold and Mary

Robert Parker, son of Anthony and Mary

1659

Joseph Parker, son of Robert and Phillippa

John Roberts, son of John and Elizabeth

1660

William Massey, son of William and Katherine

Mary Parker, daughter of Anthony and Mary

Elizabeth Pidd, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth

1661

Thomas Burdett, son of William and Mary

George Parker, son of Robert and Phillippa (died within weeks)

1662

Robert Parker, son of Robert and Phillippa (died within weeks)

Francis Massey, son of William and Katherine

John Pidd, son of Richard and Elizabeth

Jane Roberts, daughter of John and Elizabeth (died within the year)

1664

Joseph Cliffe, son of William and Katheran

Sufferers

The Quakers were sure of the rightness of their cause. They made careful lists of all the injustices they received for following the true path. These are later published in lists by counties[2]. The list for Lincolnshire starts in Beckingham, confirming it as ground zero for the faith exploding through the county. In the lists of sufferers, the Beckingham group remains prominent up until the Act of Toleration in 1689.

1654: Elizabeth Hooton imprisoned for five months for disrupting church services at Beckingham.

1655: Elizabeth Hooton imprisoned again, this time for twelve weeks for the same offence.

John Pidd refused to pay tithes and was imprisoned for ten weeks.

1658: Arnold Trueblood refused to pay tithes and was imprisoned in Lincoln Castle gaol; he died there on 15 March.

John Pidd refused to pay tithes and was imprisoned for six months.

Richard Pidd refused to pay tithes and was imprisoned for several weeks until discharged by Order of a Committee of Parliament.

1660: Robert Parker had goods seized worth £10 4s 3d for not paying tithes of £2 15s.

James Wadeson had goods seized worth £21 for not paying tithes of £7[3]

1667: William Massey was fined £2 3s for refusing to swear an oath in court.

1669: William Cliffe and his wife, Katheran, suffer terrible misfortune.

Sources

  1. George Fox by Thomas Hodgkin (1831-1913) https://archive.org/details/cu31924029465592/page/n117
  2. https://archive.org/details/collectionofsuff01bess/page/346
  3. https://archive.org/details/collectionofsuff01bess/page/346




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Hi Stephen, should/could this page have a link on the main English Quakers Team page? Just a thought :-)

SusieO.

posted by Susie (Potter) Officer