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Comment by Barbara Kim Thigpen on March 16, 2014 at 7:35pm
~ My Pastors at Friends Community Church In Austin, Texas~                             Wife of Paul E Thornburg, married 1947.


Portland, Oregon: The Oregonian 2 Jan 2007

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, in Tigard Community Friends Church for Leona Irene Thornburg, who died Dec. 31, 2006, of osteomelitis at age 79.
Leona Harris was born May 6, 1927, in Melba, Canyon, Idaho. She graduated from Pacific College (now George Fox University) and was an Evangelical Friends missionary for more than 27 years, including in Burundi and Rwanda. She later lived in the Tigard-Newberg area since 1992. In 1947, she married Paul E. Thornburg.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Philip B., Randall P., Kenneth L.; and Timothy A., daughter Miriam E. Bock; 11 granchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Remembrances to the Rwanda Fund at Evangelical Friends Mission. Arrangements by Bio Gift.

Friends Cemetery
Yamhill County
Oregon, US
Comment by Barbara Kim Thigpen on February 23, 2014 at 3:22am
Comment by Sandra S. DeMoulin on July 10, 2012 at 6:07pm

I am trying to locate information about my Quaker ancestors, surnames of Carlile/Carlisle and Cave. Does anyone know where I can begin?


Comment by Janeen Davis Proctor on September 13, 2011 at 6:45pm
My family and my husband's family is full of Quakers. My maternal: Kinnison, Hobson, Williams, Harvey, Freeman, Passmore, Thornton, Taylor, Houlston. Parental: Jackson, Beals, Cook, Bowater, Edge, Clayton, Underwood, Harry, Owen, Brinton, Bagley, Baynard. Husband's maternal: Woolman, Borton, Hunt, Beals, Dicks, Beard, Bowater, Clayton, Edge. Husband's Parental: Bane, Smedley, Burke, Morphew, Chadwick.
Comment by Jason Kirk on September 13, 2011 at 4:24pm

Matinecock friends burying ground. Oysterbay NY.

My family is Quaker also and 90% of them are buried there. My family tree also shows Hall Seaman, along with Cocks,Carpenter Townsend,Coles,Craft,Frost,and many more.

Comment by Ken Holloway on June 28, 2011 at 8:52pm

Responding to DLReese: In the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (William Wade Hinshaw), there is a Tamer Reese who was received into Redstone Monthly Meeting from Goose Creek MM 3 apr 1822, and then granted a certificate to Plainfield MM 31 Dec 1823.

There is a Seth Reese & wife Huldah Ann & children Byron J. (b. 30 Sep 1877) & Loring W. (b. 23 Mar 18820) received into Plymouth-Smithfield MM from Raysville MM (Indiana) on 26 apr 1884. Thy were granted a certificate to Adrian MM (Mich) 22 Apr 1889 and received back from Adrian 17 Mar 1890.


I don't know if any of this helps as I don't know what names you are looking for and in what time periods.  But it does confirn that some Reese family were Quakers.  There may be more, and if you send me specific names, I can look for them.  I did notice a number of Rees entries also, without the last 'e'.  Is that a spelling variation within your family?  If I can help you with anything from this book while I have it, let me know.

Comment by Ken Holloway on June 27, 2011 at 9:54pm
My ancestors on my dad's side were pretty much all Friends (Quakers).  (Surnames include Holloway, Kirk, Davis, Fawcett, Pidgeon, Hall, & Morlan)  They were from the Columbiana County, Ohio are for the last 4 generations, but before that some were from Virginia, and North Carolina.  I'm getting a copy of William Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume 4 tomorrow through interlibrary loan.  Excited about that!
Comment by Charity Johnson on May 25, 2011 at 8:15pm

I am following my maternal side (predominantly Quakers) in SE PA and Long Island. My mom is still a Quaker.

Comment by Joan Foster on March 17, 2011 at 4:58pm

Hi Marilyn,

I have lots of Seamans and a very few Powells in Queens Co. 1600s to 1700s. probably we are distantly related.


Comment by Marilyn Tallent on March 17, 2011 at 4:37pm
My Quakers ancestry is Powell and Seaman in Queens County New York before 1865. Would love to learn more about the quakers. Any suggetions?

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