Below are transcriptions of a range of meeting books, registers, journals, diaries, memorials, documents, letters and research papers. The earliest books are from Nine Partners and Ferrisburg, VT. The Upper Canada books start in 1798 with Adolphustown and a large number of other minute books have been transcribed. We continue to transcribe books.
Nine Partners Meeting, NY
This meeting in Dutchess County reported to New York Yearly Meeting. Many of the Quaker settlers to Adolphustown and later, West Lake in Prince Edward County, Upper Canada, came from or through Nine Partners. The year 1810 is key since in that year Canada Half Yearly Meeting was established and no longer did Adolphustown Quakers have to report to Nine Partners.
Ferrisburg Monthly Meeting was in Vermont and a number of members moved to Canada.
Upper Canada, Pre 1828 Separation
- Adolphustown Monthly Meeting 1798 – 1813, (O-2-1)
- Adolphustown Monthly Meeting Women 1808 – 1824, (O-2-2)
- Norwich Preparative Meeting 1816 – 1829, (C-5-1)
- Norwich Monthly Meeting Book A, 1819-1842, (C-3-1) Orthodox after 1828.
- Norwich Monthly Meeting 1819 – 1822, (C-2-5)
- Norwich Monthly Meeting 1822 – 1834, (C-2-6) Orthodox after 1828.
- Pelham Prep Meeting 1802-79, (H-6-1)
- Pelham Preparative Meeting Women 1810- 1878, (H-6-3)
- Pelham Monthly Meeting 1799 – 1806, (H-7-2)
- Pelham Monthly Meeting 1806 – 1834, (H-7-3)
- Pelham Monthly Meeting Women 1810-42 (H-7-5)
- Pelham Monthly Meeting Marriage Register 1790 – 1856 (H-7-1)
- Pelham Register Book B, Marr 1807-1906, Births 1739-1857 C-3-54
- Pelham Membership, Marriage Register 1817 – 1958, (O-100-1)
- Uxbridge Preparative Meeting 1817-1840, (H-10-1)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting Women 1803 – 1825, (H-12-1)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting 1815 – 1825, (O-9-3)
- Yonge St Register Births & Deaths, ‘Family Book’, 1804 – 1824
- Yonge St Members Register 1868-1938 Parents, children, births, deaths, from 1791, (41-10)
- Yonge St at Botsford St, Register 1801-1973 Parents, children, births, deaths, etc. (41-1)
- Yonge St Register Births Deaths 1803 – 1866, (H-15-1) original register
- Yonge St Register Births and Deaths c1803 – 1866, (O-12-1) a typescript
- Yonge St MM Register of Marriages 1804 – 1840, (H-15-2)
- Yonge St Preparative Meeting 1804 – 1862, (O-11-1)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1804 – 1818, (O-11-6)
- Yonge St MM 1812 – 1825 loose notes: (Box 23), Marriages, complaints, disownments, removals ..
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1818 – 1828, (O-11-7)
- Yonge St Monthly MM, Certificates of Removal 1806 – 1879, (O-12-4)
- Ameliasburgh Preparative Meeting Women 1817 – 1840, (O-2–3)
- Ameliasburg Preparative Meeting 1853 – 1882, (O-2-4)
- Collingwood Preparative Meeting 1871 – 1891 (99-0-1)
- Collingwood Preparative Meeting 1892 – 1899 (99-0-2)
- Collingwood Preparative Meeting Women 1871 – 1883 (99-0-3)
- Collingwood Preparative Meeting Women 1883 – 1895 (99-0-4)
- Collingwood Preparative Meeting Women 1895 – 1898 (99-0-5)
- Grey Monthly Meeting 1893 – 1898 (99-0-6)
- Leeds Monthly Meeting 1838-1855 (O-4-6)
- Norwich Preparative Meeting 1829 – 1848 (C-5-2)
- Norwich Prep Women Mtg 1828-43, (C-2-1)
- Norwich Monthly Meeting 1834 – 1852, (C-2-7)
- Pelham Women’s Preparative Meeting 1828 – 1878, (O-100-2)
- Pickering Monthly Meeting, Orthodox 1828 – 1852 (O-6-1)
- Pickering Monthly Meeting, Orthodox 1842 – 1870 (Box 101) (corrected version 2019-10-22)
- Pickering Monthly Meeting Register 1845-1908 (O-6-8)
- Pickering MM Register Marr & Removals 1845 – 1874, (O-6-9)
- Tecumseth Preparative Meeting 1869 – 1899 (O-8-6)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting 1833 – 1845 (Orthodox)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting Men, 1846 – 1860 (C-4-3)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting Men, 1860 – 1868 (C-4-4)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting 1828 – 1849 (O-10-1)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting Women 1828 – 1851 (C-4-1)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting 1849 – 187 (O-10-2)
- West Lake HYM Treasurer’s Book 1830 – 1847 (Box 24-7)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting Register 1820 – 1882 (O-9-1)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting Marriage Register 1855 – 1880 (O-9-2)
- Whitchurch Preparative Meeting 1816-1841 (O-8-9)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1828 – 1835 (O-11-4)
- Yonge St MM Marriage Register 1901 – 1942 (Botsford St, Newmarket, 41-8)
- Yonge St MM Marriage Register 1937 (Botsford St, Newmarket, 41-9)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1896 – 1928 (Botsford St, Newmarket, 41-2)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1928 – 1937 (Botsford St, Newmarket, 41-3)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1938 – 1942 (Botsford St, Newmarket, 41-4)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1943 – 1949 (Botsford St, Newmarket, 41-5)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1950 – 1960 (Botsford St, Newmarket, 41-6)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting 1961 – 1980 (Botsford St, Newmarket, 41-7)
- Canada Half Years Mtg, West Lake, Treasurer’s Book 1830-50, (Box 24)
- Canada Half Yearly Mtg, Orthodox 1914 – 1925, (Box 48)
- Green Point Preparative Meeting, 1862 – 1873, (H-2-3)
- Haldimand Preparative Meeting 1827 – 1842, (H-2-4)
- Lobo (Coldstream) Preparative Meeting 1857 – 1895, (H-3-1)
- Lobo (Coldstream) Preparative Meeting 1895 – 1912, (H-3-2)
- Lobo (Coldstream) Preparative Meeting 1912 – 1938, (H-3-3)
- Lobo (Coldstream) First Day School, 1905 – 1930, Book 3
- Lobo (Coldstream) First Day School, 1931 – 1956, Book 4
- Norwich Monthly Meeting Book B, 1842, (1761-1969)
- Norwich Monthly Meeting Women, 1819 (1819-1849) (H-5-1)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting Women 1828 – 1872, (H-12-2)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting 1828 – 1860, (H-12-4)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting Book C 1824 – 1837, (H-11-3)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting 1837 – 1879, (H-11-4)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting 1880 – 1954
- West Lake Monthly Meeting Women 1825 – 1851, (H-11-5)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting, Women 1851 – 1882, (H-11-6)
- West Lake Register of Births and Deaths 1829 – 1866, (H-11-1)
- West Lake Register of Marriages 1829 – 1866 and Removals 1830 – 1892, (H-11-2)
- Yonge St Monthly Meeting, Bk 3, 1828 – 1851, H-16-3
Hicksite Genesee Yearly Meeting in NY State included the Upper Canada Hicksite meetings after the separation in 1828.
Canadian Meetings outside Ontario
- Halcyonia is at Borden, Saskatchewan.
Journals and Diaries
Memorials and other Documents
- Timothy Rogers Jr: Quaker to Slave Master: his wife Phebe Royster and sister Martha Rogers and the slaves emancipated to Liberia, 2019
- Quakers who were Loyalists – 2019
- Population of Religious Society of Friends, Upper Canada, 1824, Daniel Nelson
- Family of Comly Randall, settlers of Yonge St Box 24
- Faith, Friends and Fragmentation – Essays on the Nineteenth Century Quakerism in Canada, edited by Albert Schrauwers, 1995
- The Orthodox Friends Burying Ground, Yonge Street, Newmarket, ON, David L. Newlands, 1983
Guide to the Transcriptions and research
Rooted in their belief in the importance of testimonies and their role as “publishers of truth”, Quakers have left us a rich and diverse collection of written documents. While each meeting of Quakers regularly recorded the life of the meeting in minute books, individual Quakers have generated a vast amount of personal correspondence.
Gleaned from the collections of the Library and Archives of Canada, various provincial archives and the Canadian Quaker Archives, the Association is working to transcribe these documents from their original handwritten form to more useful digital formats.
For more information about transcriptions, or to volunteer, please contact our current Chair at email@example.com. Transcribers are always welcome.
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In the early days of Canada, there were Quaker meetings in the Atlantic Provinces and Upper Canada. As Canada opened westward, Quaker meetings followed there as well. To see all the minute books of Canadian meetings held by the Canadian Quaker Archives go to Newsletter #13. So far mostly books from Upper Canada (Ontario) have been transcribed.
Upper Canada meetings
The first meeting to be established was at Adolphustown (1798) in the Bay of Quinte area under Nine Partners Monthly meeting in Dutchess County, NY. This was under the NY Yearly meeting. The second meeting to be established was the Pelham meeting (1799) in the Niagara area under the Philadelphia Yearly meeting. The third important meeting was Yonge St, established under Pelham in 1804 and soon after it became its own Monthly Meeting. In 1810, NY and Philadelphia agreed to establish the Canada Half Yearly meeting under the NY Yearly meeting. Adolphustown, Pelham and Yonge St were the three Monthly meetings at that time.
Adolphustown and West Lake Monthly Meeting
Adolphustown was established as a Preparative meeting in 1798 and then a Monthly meeting in 1801. These meetings were established as Preparative meetings under Adolphustown: Kingston, 1801; West Lake, 1803; Green Point, 1811; Cold Creek (indulged), 1815; Hiller (Ameliasburg and later Wellington), 1817; and Yonge (Leeds), 1818. As the Quaker community expanded, the West Lake meeting at Bloomfield was established as the Monthly meeting in 1821 and Adolphustown returned to Preparative status. The meetings that were under Adolphustown were now under West Lake and Cold Creek became a Prep meeting in 1825 and Haldimand (near Colbourne) was added in 1827. Leeds and Adolphustown Monthly Meeting was established in 1825.
Pelham Monthly meeting
Pelham was established first as a Prep meeting and then as a Monthly Meeting in the same year, 1799. These Quakers came from southeastern Lancaster County, and Bucks County in PA as well as Sussex County, NJ. See Richard MacMaster’s paper, Friends in the Niagara Peninsula 1786 – 1802 about this chain migration that lasted till about 1820. These meetings were established as Preparative meetings under Pelham: Black Creek (Bertie Tp.), 1799; Yonge St., 1804; Erie (USA), 1807; Chippewa (USA), 1807; Willink (Hamburg, USA), 1810; Norwich, 1816; Ancaster, 1816; Pine St, 1819.
Yonge St Monthly Meeting
Yonge St MM at Newmarket on Yonge Street was established in 1806. Yonge St was established by Timothy Rogers first with settlers from Vermont. Soon after Quakers from Pennsylvania and the Niagara area moved in, predominantly in the Uxbridge area. Later, Timothy Rogers started the Pickering meeting. Timothy Roger’s diary is transcribed and posted on this web site. These meetings were established as Preparative meetings under Yonge St: Whitchurch, 1810; Queen St., 1810; Uxbridge, 1810; Pickering, 1819.
Norwich Monthly Meeting
Norwich MM was established in 1819. These meetings were established as Preparative meetings under Norwich: Yarmouth (Sparta), 1823; Malahide (induged), 1822, Ancaster (indulged), 1816; Pine St, 1819.
In 1828 the Quaker Society separated in two groups: one called Orthodox and the other called Hicksite. After 1828 the Preparative, Monthly Meeting minute books and registers continued in either the hands of the Hicksites or the Orthodox Quakers. Note the library code indicating Orthodox (O) and Hicksite (H). Many more meetings developed after 1828. Click here for a chart of this complex set of meetings. This chart is from the end leaf of the A History of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada, Arthur Dorland, 1927.
In 1881 the Orthodox branch separated into two Orthodox branches: Conservative and Orthodox Church Friends. These two Orthodox branches maintained Yearly Meetings that met separately but in the same places.
Jane Zavitz Bond wrote,
“The schism occurred over living patterns, not theology. The Conservatives felt keeping silent meetings, plain dress, speech, and simplicity in way of life was required for Friends. The Church Friends were fitting into the society around them. Dress, activities, certainly more of those who came to Friends via the camp-evangelical meetings, who were not used to silent meeting and other patterns of traditional Quaker life. Also the isolation of rural meetings did not bring forth spoken ministry to meet the needs of worshippers; they wanted hymns, scripture reading, ie; a minister with order of service and these were added. But not theological differences.”
“The Genesee Hicksite Yearly Meeting and Canada Orthodox Church YM began meeting in ‘concurrent’ sessions in 1928. They held separate business sessions for related YM business, but met for some portions together. CYM-Conservative was added in 1942 during WWII when Friends were working together for Canadian Friends Service Committee and peace activities. The Young Friends of all groups met together, helped to bring unification in 1955.”
“Arthur Dorland was key to reunification having lived with Friends’ separation in Canada and desiring its end over his lifetime. As an influential Friend who might be perceived as pressing too hard he went to Ireland for the summer of 1955 to be absent from YM that made the final Minute creating a unified Canada Yearly Meeting. This was the era when other North American Orthodox and Hicksite YM’s were reuniting after WWII shared work for peace. The British Friends had not separated.”
Canadian Quaker Archives and Library
The Archives is located at Pickering College in Newmarket in Ontario. Follow the Our Collection link to see the range of holdings and services. The part-time archivist may be available for more extensive research. Both CFHA and the Archives work closely togther. In 2018 a transcription agreement was made that has resulted in the transcriptions being presented on the CFHA web site. See page 8 of the 9mo 2018 edition of The Meetinghouse for an account of this agreement.