Quakers in the Thirteen Colonies
During the 1770s Quakers living in North America had large families and, like many settlers at that time, found that land for younger family members was becoming scarce and expensive. So began the great westward migration. . . . (Click here to read more) “Our Enduring Heritage: Yonge Street Friends Burial Ground, Newmarket, Ontario”
Quakers in the Thirteen Colonies
On the subject of marriage, William Penn wrote, “Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.” Marriage was an expectation for most young Quakers, yet the practice of endogamy and the parameters surrounding marriage set out by Quaker discipline governed the choices Friends made. . . . (Click here to read more) “Marriage and Faith Adherence: An Early Canadian Quaker Love Story”
We’ve updated our transcriptions page with a new upload: Muncy Monthly Meeting, 1819–1834, as well as Certificates of Removal, 1797–1808.
You can also see the PDF here: https://cfha.info/MuncyMM1819-34.pdf
This new transcription is two books in one. The first forty-seven pages include removal certificates from 1797 to 1808 and record a number of removals from the Muncy Meeting in Pennsylvania to Pelham Meeting in the Niagara area and the Yonge St Meeting in the Newmarket area. . . . (Click here to read more) “New Transcription: Muncy Monthly Meeting, 1819 – 1834”
An exciting new anthology, Quakerism in the Atlantic World, 1690–1830, is coming out this May. Edited by Robynne Rogers Healey, the anthology features articles on Quaker testimonies and practices, Quakerism in community and in the world, and expressions of Quakerism around the Atlantic world. . . . (Click here to read more) “New Anthology Coming Soon on Eighteenth-Century Quakers”
Since October, the blog has featured two articles about Coldstream from both Donna Moore and Dave Zavitz. We continue this week with an article by Dave Zavitz on Coldstream’s early economic development and the impact of early Quaker families.
Coldstream’s Early Development
The early Coldstream area was heavily forested with the Bear Creek (Sydenham River) running through it. . . . (Click here to read more) “Coldstream Series: Coldstream’s Early Development”
While Friends globally hold differing views on the holiday season, early Quakers did not mark Christmas as a day different from any other. In his book, Christmastime in Pennsylvania, Don Yoder argues that while Quakers were against Christmas celebrations, some Quakers in mid-nineteenth century Pennsylvania “succumbed to a modified attention to Christmas at least as a family festival.” . . . (Click here to read more) “Early Quakers and Christmas”
For many of us in Canada and around the world, this holiday season will look a little different from past years. As we prepare to celebrate apart from our loved ones and many of our traditions are put on hold, we look forward to Christmases in the future where we can again gather safely. . . . (Click here to read more) “This Christmas Season and Stories of Christmases Past”
For those of you interested in adding to your library, we have an exciting private book sale to let you know about. Kyle Jolliffe, author of Seeking the Blessed Community: A History of Canadian Young Friends 1875-1996, is looking to downsize his library and has over two hundred books for sale. . . . (Click here to read more) “Library Sale!”
Peaceful. If I had one word to describe the setting of the Coldstream Meeting House, it would be peaceful. Coldstream is a small village about twenty-five minutes west of London. The Meeting House, on Quaker Lane, is beside a conservation area and the Quaker burying ground. . . . (Click here to read more) “Coldstream Meeting in the Fall”
In this month’s Founders and Builders Series, we introduce you to an influential Friend and early contributor to the CFHA. Our fourth essay features Fred Haslam and is written by Dorothy Trimble. Dorothy passed in 2014 at the age of 91 but remembers the life of Fred Haslam here in her 2012 essay written for the 40th anniversary of the CFHA. . . . (Click here to read more) “Founders and Builders Series: Fred Haslam”