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Pearson Family

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William Buckman (1650-1716)

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Philadelphia Quaker Meeting or member records

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Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on June 28, 2020 at 2:18pm

Our Genealogy Society recently had a presentation: Researching Quakers in Upper Canada about Quakers who came from New York state to Ontario. There were so many good resources suggested and a really good explanation of the Quaker meetings and how they were organized. It is worth checking out.

Here is link to information and video of the presentation by Randy Saylor.

Comment by Ken Holloway on February 4, 2015 at 7:11pm

I recently ran across a site with information about marriages @ New Garden Monthly Meeting in North Carolina.  I thought it might help someone in this discussion group.  Here's the link:

Comment by Doug Lockwood on February 4, 2015 at 9:16am

My wife's ancestry includes many Quaker families. Some of the surnames are: Stokes, Woodruff, Hancock, Braddock, Somers, Ware, Townsend, Pitts, Potts, Bradway, Leeds, Haines, Fogg, Clement & many other. Most settled near Philadelphia & southern NJ.

Comment by Barbara Kim Thigpen on April 22, 2014 at 1:15am

Beneath old England's misty skies
Two hundred years ago,
One, to the sunset turned his eyes
With firm resolve, to go ...
Where, in the far land of the AVest,
He might serve God as seemed him best.
Across the stormy sea he sailed
A voyage stern, and long,
Yet his brave spirit never quailed
Save at the fear of wrong ;
At last, he reached the alien strand
Where friends were few to grasp his hand.
The wild-birds sang in thoughtless glee.
The flowers, a welcome smiled,
The sunny sky, appeared to be
With mankind reconciled ;
And in his home beside the stream,
The new life seemed a happy dream.
Like saplings in their native earth
His children round him grew ;
Love dwelt beside his peaceful hearth.
And fond afiection threw
A golden splendor o'er the days
Of earnest toil, and simple ways.
But, as the dear, domestic nest
Enlarged, and overflowed,
In North, and South, in East, and West,
Each sought a new abode ;
Thus, like a widening circle spread
The family, from that fountain head, (vii)
Until from wild Atlantic's shore,
To mild Pacific's strand,
The many members scattered o'er
The broad, and fertile land.
And where they lit their household fires.
Cherished the memories of their Sires.
Like us, they loved, and suffered much,
And bravely bore life's strain ;
Their hearts throbbed to the self-same touch
Of Pleasure, and of Pain;
Sought the same Father's Throne in Prayer,
And felt the like supjiorting care.
So, as one treasures faded flowers
Or wood-bird's fallen plume.
Recalling thus, long vanished hours
From grey oblivion's gloom,
Mementos here we fondly lay
Of those, who long have passed away.
Dear Lord of Love ! AVe pray Thee, bless
Our Family here below!
Grant to us all, that happiness
Which those who serve Thee know.
And when our earthly wanderings cease.
Unite us in Thy Home of Peace !

Comment by Barbara Kim Thigpen on April 22, 2014 at 1:09am

...long line of Americans prominent in the history of the United States. Anthony Morris, a mariner, was born in London about 1630 and died in Barbados about 1655. His son, Anthony, was born in London in 1654 and died in Philadelphia in 1721. He was the first Quaker in the family, and his descendants, at least until the seventh generation, also belonged to that persuasion. His son, Thomas; & grand~daughter, Mary Polly, are also my ancestors. The 1st Anthony Morris listed here also had a father named Anthony Morris born in 1600. He died in at sea in Barbados.

Comment by Sally Pavia on April 9, 2014 at 5:00pm

If you send me your email address, it might be easier to chat and send info.

Mine is

My STUBBS line is connected to the DICKS, MADDOCK and SIMCOCK lines. STUBBS was my mother's maiden name; it traces back to the original William, b ca 1581 in Staverton, England m Julia ca 1603; d 25 Mar 1645 in Redmarley D'Abitot, England.

Comment by Karen Ramsden Zahler on April 9, 2014 at 12:49pm

Hi there,

I am descended from boatloads of Quakers settling late 1600s in NJ and PA on Penn land grants. Prominent last names include: NJ - Woolman, Stokes, Burr, Bernard, Sharpless, Green, Stockdale, Rogers; PA - Pratt, Kite, Worrall, Sellers, Johnson, Davis, Dicks, Maddock, Simcock, Lewis, Squibb, Mancill. I've done some research on these families, so if you have any questions, I'll try to help. Thanks!

Comment by Barbara Kim Thigpen on March 25, 2014 at 10:29pm

The Quaker Annual Monitor 1849, or Obituary of the Members of the Society of Friends in Great Britain and Ireland for the year 1848, is a published list of obituaries and death notices compiled from the annual returns of the Society’s Meeting Houses in 1848 and the latter parts of 1847.

Comment by Barbara Kim Thigpen on March 16, 2014 at 7:52pm

John Peacock [& Patience Ann Raiford] ~ born about 1712 in Wayne County/He lived to be about 79 years old./He and his brother Samuel, had land grants in the Nahunta Swamp (now Fremont) NC in Wayne Co. It is believed that John Peacock lived in a Quaker community in North Carolina. At least two of his sons, Abraham and Simon, may also have belonged to the Quaker sect for at least a period of time.
Most of his grandchildren move to Georgia starting around 1785 while a few move to Indiana/A True and perfect Inventory of the Estate of John Peacock decd.

November 9th 1781

8 Negroes, 7 Head Horses, 17 Head Cattle, 71 Head Hogs, 22 Head Sheep, 3 feather Beds and furniture, 1 pine chest, 1 Table, 1 pr Sheep Shares, 1 pair Stilliards, 1 Wooling Wheel, 2 linen dittos, 1 whip saw & file, 2 pair Cards, 6 Chairs, 11 pewter plates, 4 pewter dishes, 2 pewter basons, 1 smooth board Gunn, 1 saddle and bridle, 1 candle stick, 3 books, 3 knives & 5 forks, 1 Gimblet, 1 Handsaw, file and rest, parcel wareing cloths, 3 plow hoes, 5 weeding hoes, 2 grubing hoes, 2 slow stocks, 1 narrow axe, 1 Claw Hammer, 2 drawing knives, 1 Cooper shovell, 1 frow, 1 carpintor's addzes, 1 chissells, 2 old augers, pair iron wedges, 1 Grind stone, 1 Cart and wheels, 1 Copper still, worm and cap, 2 Iron pots & hooks, 1 Iron skillet, 1 frying pan, 2 pails and 1 piggen, 1 washing Tubb, 1 wooden can, 1 stone Jugg, 2 butter potts, 1 Glass bottle, 1 half bushell measure, 4 sides leather, 6 cow hides, parcel cyder casks, quantity corn and fodder, 1 pair shares, quantity of wool cotton and flax, £127.19.6 money in the house at his death, 7 silver dollars and five pister__ns in the House at his death, 1 branding Iron, 1 Iron spice morter and pestle, 1 comb, 1 Flax brake, 1 Razor, 1 pair fire Tongues, 1 Cow bell, 1 dowell bitt, 1 Round Share, 1 pair phlemes, 1 stock lock, 1 taper bitt, 1 side saddle, 1 Chairm, small quantity of wheat, small quantity of bacon.Filed January Court 1782

Comment by Barbara Kim Thigpen on March 16, 2014 at 7:44pm

[My pastor, my friend] Paul Thornburg's passion for education took him to Europe and Africa during an educational career that spanned more than five decades. After earning degrees from George Fox and Kansas State Teachers College, he studied in Belgium to prepare for an assignment as an instructor at a teacher training school in Kibimba, Burundi. He later spent four years teaching pastors at Central African Evangelical Seminary in Mweya, Burundi. Upon his return to the United States in 1978, Thornburg served as associate pastor of Friendswood Friends Church in Texas before returning to Africa in the late 1980s. This time, he spent four years in Rwanda training pastors, and later, beginning and administrating a high school in Kidaho, near the Ugandan border. Thornburg also has developed a system of counseling, "transitional analysis," that traces the development of a person by examining the areas of truth, time, and passion in their lives.


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