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Newark Monthly Meeting in Delaware

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Date: 1686 [unknown]
Location: Newark, New Castle County, Delawaremap
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Historic Newark Monthly / Kennett Monthly (1686 - 1828)

1686: founded by parent Philadelphia Quarterly
1760: renamed Kennett Monthly by Western Quarterly.[1][2]


Newark Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
401 Phillips Avenue
Newark, DE 19711

Newark Monthly Meeting

Newark Union Friends Meeting House

A Monthly Meeting (MM) at Newark, began between 1682 and 1684[4] in William Penn's Pennsylvania colony, now located in Delaware. Its first minutes date from 1686, and deal with Friends Meetings in northern Delaware: Newark Union, New Castle, Centre, and later Hockessin and Wilmington.[5] Newark MM was set off from Chester Monthly Meeting, centered in Chester, Pennsylvania.[6]

At first, Newark MM had two groups: New Castle; and Newark at Brandywine Hundred, New Castle. It was later referred to as Newark Union to differentiate it from the modern university town of Newark, Delaware. Its burial ground is near the Wilmington suburb of Carrcroft.[7]

In 1687, a half acre was donated for the cemetery. "Being some already buryed in ye spot"[8] - by Valentine Hollingsworth from his patent on Shelpat Creek, Brandywine Hundred in New Castle County, which he called Newworke (sometimes shown as New Ark, New Wark, or New Workea).

Newark Union Meeting closed c.1755. In 1760, the name of Newark Monthly Meeting changed to Kennett Monthly Meeting.[5]

For an outline of the make-up of Newark Monthly Meeting, see Herbert Standing's 2004 Rootsweb post and 2002 Rootsweb post.

A picture (jpg) of Newark Union Friends Meeting House is online (The Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth Sr Society).

  1. "Newark Monthly," (n.d.) Quaker Genealogy. thegenproject.com. Weblog.
  2. Richmond, J.F. (1997). Quaker meetings in Delaware. freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com.
  3. from a March 12, 2012 report
  4. Standing, 1982
  5. 5.0 5.1 Standing, H. (2003, April 24). [Q-R] Newark-Kennett MM records: Concerning the query dated 04/23/2003 posted by Antoinette Waughtel Sorenson. archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Weblog.
  6. Standing, H. (2002, July 10). [Q-R] Carson - Delaware/Pennsylvania before 1775. archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Weblog.
  7. Standing, H. (2004, August 10). William Dickson. archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Weblog.
  8. Meek, J. (2008). New Castle Quaker meeting historical information. nc-chap.org.


  • "Guide to the Index of Early Members of Newark Monthly Meeting of Friends Who Resided in the State of Delaware." documents.htracyhall.org. pdf. (2 pg unsourced, but interesting).
  • History of New Castle County. www.nccpaa.org.

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