Wow, I learn something new here every day! Thank you for the history lesson. My family spent two generations in Salem, Ohio, before pushing on to Iowa. I had no idea that Hicksite Friends disappeared from Ohio at that point.
I am pleased to report that several of us from Lake Erie Yearly Meeting--here at North Columbus Friends--are active on Quakerquaker. Word of mouth.... ;D
Are you related to Sarah Mott (mother) and Daniel Mott (s0n) who appear to have founded the Plymouth Meeting (now Bartlett, Ohio) in about 1937? They were distant relatives of James Mott husband of Lucretia Mott. I have noted your references to Quaker history.
I am trying to understand what happened to my ancestors' Quaker faith in the period 1840-1880. It seems there was much tumult in the Quaker community in Ohio.
My Great Great Grandfather William Smith Heald was an abolitionist who operated a "Station" on the Underground Railroad near Bartlett. I believe he was a member of the Plymouth (Bartlett) Meeting and had ties to the Chesterhill Quaker Community north of Barlett.
Something happened. By the early 1900's, nobody in my family tree was a practicing Quaker. Could it be the Hicksite/Wilburite/Gurnseyite rifts? Could it be the impact of the Civil War? Did Westward migration dilute their beliefs? I am not sure and am trying to understand.
My interest is not academic. Suddenly I have a great longing to know something of my Quaker ancestors' spirituality. Pretty odd considering I am living in modern Shanghai, a megalopolis of 14 million people hellbent on making money as fast as possible and living in a completely materialistic secular world.
I checked our meetinghouse library catalog, but didn't find anything by a Louise Jones, alas.
My family left Iowa to go to Oregon, near The Dalles, but it was my impression this was just a family matter, as my greatgrandfather and his brother (Quaker) joined my greatgrandmother's uncle (nonQuaker) to try sheepranching. Most of the rest of the family migrated shortly thereafter with a lot of other Quakers to Altadena, California. I believe Nixon's family were part of that migration as well.
Although West Liberty and Indianola aren't terribly close, perhaps you know whether they were both part of Ohio migrations...?
Jeremy, my first spiritual home was Roanoke! I was there in December for Lloyd Lee Wilson's talk. Were you there, or at the Christmas party at John's?
I thought I'd drop you a note because my great grandfather was also disowned in Iowa! The family lived around West Branch/West Liberty. There's a Quaker cemetery north of West Liberty with many of the family. There was once a meetinghouse on the site, but it's long gone. The cemetery now includes any local who wants to be buried there, but the old section is entirely SoF.
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