It is important to remember that not all things of a broader genealogical interest are in the volume. If you want to see the complete records, you will need to get access to microfilm records through either a Friends Historical Collection, or a Family History Library local branch. FOREWORD Soon after beginning, in , a search for my own personal American ancestors, all of the earliest of whom came to America long before the Revolutionary War, and most of whom arrived during the 17th Century , I found that all of my American ancestors who were then living joined the Society of Friends soon after it was founded by George Fox, with the exception of my ancestor, Deacon John Doane who came from England to Plymouth, Mass.
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I learned, also, that to find the genealogical records covering the eight to ten generations of my American Quaker ancestors would entail a methodical search of the books of minutes and records of many Quaker Meetings located in various places in several states; and that to make such a search would require the services of a competent professional genealogist through a period of several years at a considerable cost; and that what I had thought would be easy and inexpensive would really be a large undertaking, such as most people could ill afford to finance.
Knowing that before about Quakers did not have their vital statistics recorded in civil offices, and realizing that these precious statistics exist only in the original books, the most of which have never been copied, a deep concern came to me to do what I could to preserve all data contained in them which is of interest to genealogy. Thus I was moved to begin this huge undertaking, — the extraction of all genealogical data from all books of all Monthly Meetings and the compilation of this data into an Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy.
Had I fully realized then what a tremendous work I was attempting, it is doubtful that I should have had the courage to begin; but I did begin, and now it is almost half completed. While some other religious bodies have kept quite good records of their early members, I believe that the Society of Friends form the only large body of Americans which has kept such meticulous records of its members that perfect and continuous genealogical lineage charts can be made from them.
American history books are largely filled with accounts of wars, acquisition of territories, founding of states, counties and towns, and geographical descriptions. The Quakers permeated every new land, and with their peaceful ways, their honesty and integrity, were such quiet, though forceful, leaders in the building up of peaceful civilizations that historians, thinking in terms of strife, have paid them small attention.
Yet, it is my belief that fully fifty percent of all American families now living and whose ancestors have lived in America since early days have some ancestral Quaker connections. These are fortunate in that, although they are not likely to be able to establish their lines of descent through other channels, they can authoritatively establish their genealogical ancestral descent insofar as it connects with the Quakers.
To tell the story, step by step, of the progress of our work would require more space than can be allowed here. Suffice it to say that a score of us have devoted our time to this huge undertaking during the past several years, at considerable sacrifice, and that much has been accomplished. High credit is due to all, especially to those who have given voluntary aid, though my copyists have worked for the sake of the cause and not for their small compensations.
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I was very fortunate in the very beginning in that Mr. Thomas W. Marshall, of Washington, D. He has aided me in so many ways and always with such devotion to truth that I cannot give him too high praise and too great credit, no matter how much I may say.
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He and I have both personally scanned every item sent in by copyists, always on the look-out for errors, omissions, etc. Marshall was ably assisted, and relieved of much of the work of compiling and tabulating, by his son, Whitfield H. After his graduation at Duke University, Pat gave his entire time to this work for one year before beginning the study of law at George Washington University.
Realizing that he possessed an unusually orderly mind, I urged him to continue work on my genealogical project at odd hours during his law study. This he did for three years, and managed to give me many hours each week, — not only on this book, but also in arranging material for future volumes. I regret that, because he has now entered the office of a prominent law firm in Texas, his invaluable services are no longer available; but I wish to express my sincere appreciation of his work and co-operation during the past four years and my high regard for him as co-worker and friend.
The extracting of the data from the original books of the meetings covered in this volume was done by Miss Laura D.
Worth, of Guilford College, N. She is personally responsible for the copying from the original books all material found in this volume, with the exception of that from the Tennessee meetings, which was copied partly by Mrs. Charles F. Wayland, of Knoxville, Tenn. Marshall, and partly by myself. Highest credit is due to Miss Worth for all of the rest. Miss Worth is known to Friends everywhere as a woman of great intelligence, charming personality and exceptional ability as genealogist.
It was especially fortunate for me and for the progress of this work when some of the finest men in all Quakerdom became interested. The first was Dr. Harlow Lindley, Curator of History for the Ohio State Museum, at Columbus, who, after examining some of our North Carolina compilations, immediately wrote me offering all possible aid and volunteering to personally locate all books in Ohio and to direct my copyists in their work in that State, which he did at great sacrifice of time and effort.
He was instrumental in bringing this work to the notice of many others who also have helped greatly. To one of those persons, I must give special credit here, for he has done so much for me and has been such a bulwark of strength that I cannot properly express my deep appreciation of it and of his friendship,. The information he has given me at various times has saved me much work and much expense. I have gone to him for advice many times and have never come away empty-handed.
When the subject of publication came up, he at once offered all possible aid. Realizing that there is no possibility of making the publication pay expenses, he offered to have the Friends Book and Supply House act as Distributor without compensation of any kind over the actual expenses incurred. This offer I gladly accepted, for I realized that advance subscribers would feel safe in sending their checks to this splendid House, since they would know that unless the promised book were delivered, their money would be returned.
Walter C. Woodward is a grand man and a wonderful friend. If the publication of the entire set of books in my Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy is successfully completed, it will be because of the good-will of Walter C. In Illinois by F.
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Note: currently only the data for is available in this format. For additional information, contact Vital Records. Skip to main content. Death Index Numeric Codes The information below relates to the numeric code provided on these Death Indexes for sex and race: 1 - Male 2 - Female 3 - White 4 - Non-White You will note that the age listed for a decedent is a three-digit code. Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. Original source: Hinshaw, William Wade, et al. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Original source: Hinshaw, William Wade.
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