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Gwynedd Monthly Meeting
Minutes 1714 – 1747
Arch Street Depository No. (RS162)
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore
College Microfilm #: MR-Ph201
At our monthly meeting held at Gwynedd, 31st day of ye 3rd month, 1726.
Firstly – The Friends appointed to visit families at Swamp * of * gave in account of their service each was mainly comfortable.
Secondly – The Friends appointed last meeting to ye assistance of Evan Thomas account they have accordingly done it and have nothing to object to his intentions.
Thirdly – John Adamson produced a certificate from Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in order to admit him into fellowship here, which was read and reviewed.
Fourthly – Henry Pastorus proposed for a certificate to Abington Monthly Meeting. Casper Foulk and Owen Evans are appointed to draw one by next meeting.
Fifthly – A motion being made about settling a meeting for ye more general encouragement of ye youth of others which after some discourse was referred to next meeting.
At our monthly meeting held at Gwynedd, the 25th day of ye 7th month, 1733.
Firstly – The Friends appointed last meeting report ye marriage of Abram Road was accomplished according to order.
Secondly – Mordecai Yarnal and Catharine Meredith declared their intentions of marriage with each other ye second time. His certificate from Goshen Monthly Meeting being read gave a good account of his clearance and conversation. They are left to their liberty to consummate their intentions. David Harry and William Roberts are appointed to see it orderly accomplished.
Third – Jonathan Rumford being present and agrees it be referred to the hearing of Evan Evans the Fourth, Owen Evans, Robert Jones, Ellis Robert, John Evans, John Jones, and Job Pugh who are desired to use their utmost endeavor to put a final end to it.
Fourth – As to the proposal of * Friend for a General Meeting it is granted that a meeting be held ye second first day in ye third, sixth, ninth and twelfth months to begin ye ninth month next.
Fifth – With respect to ye Swamp and Plymouth Friends proposing for a youths meeting, it is agreed that one be held at each place once a year when they may judge most suitable.
Sixth – The Swamp Friends proposed ye John Adamson’s wife is dead, and having a young child to nurse, being unable to help it, for want of assistance. It is opened to further consideration.
At our monthly meeting held at Gwynedd the 30th of ye 8th month, 1733.
Firstly – The Friends appointed to attend the marriage of Mordecai Yarnal report it was orderly accomplished.
Secondly – The Friends appointed on John Rumford’s affair report the charges and proof alleged by ye said John and Joseph Williams appeared to them to be too frivolous to make any differences. They are advised to drop it and mutually forgive each other, but Friends are not yet satisfied with his public opposition. Friends in time of prayer, this meeting in consideration heard with ye said John, in hopes he may come to more compliance.
Third – For fixing ye time of youths meeting at Plymouth and Swamp Owen Evans, Thomas Foulk, John Jones, David Harry, William Nixon, and John Edwards are appointed to meet at Plymouth for a General Meeting in order to establish a suitable time to hold ye said meeting.
Fourth – Catharine Wood brought in a paper condemning her proceedings in marriage contrary to ye discipline of Friends which was read and received upon.
Fifth – Forty shillings is required to ye relief of John Adamson. Each Preparative (meeting) is desired to bring in their consideration by next meeting.
Sixth – John Griffith provided for himself and wife a certificate from Goshen Monthly Meeting which was read but not received because their circumstances appear to be very low and in need. This meeting is already burdened with the charge. John Jones and Owen Evans are desired to write to that and therein acquaint them with ye reasons of our refusal.
Seventh – Our Friends of Swamp acquaints us
that Joseph Samuel hath proceeded in marrying contrary to the order of Friends and also been unclean with her, that is, his wife. Edward Robert and William Nixon are desired to speak with him.
Eighth - Joseph Boon produced a paper of condemnation for producing in marriage contrary to our order and committing fornication with her, that is, his wife. So, it was read and received upon trial.
Ninth - George Lewis, Thomas Ellis, Joseph Jones, Joshua Dickinson, and Owen Evans are appointed to attend the service of next quarterly meeting at Philadelphia.
At our monthly meeting held at Gwynedd, the 27th day of ye 9th month, 1733
Firstly - Our Friend, Andres Cramer, having returned from his visit to Holland, produced three confirmations; one from Holland, another from Ireland, and one from London, all which were read and received. He also proposed for a certificate to Boughton. John Jacobs and Robert Jones are appointed to devote a few lines for him by next meeting.
Second - The Friends appointed report they first authorized meeting to be held at Plymouth ye first fifth day in ye Eleventh Month yearly. And for ye Swamp, the first fourth day in ye Sixth Month, and this meeting approves of it.
Third - The money being brought as directed last meeting is ordered to be paid for nursing John Adamson's child.
Fourth - The Friends appointed to speak with Joseph Samuel brought no satisfactory account. Therefore, the meeting being under a necessity to testify again. John Jones, John Evans, and Owen Evans are appointed to draw a testimony against him by next meeting.
Fifth - It is again exhibited to this meeting the scandalous conduct of John Jones occasioned by excessive drinking and Friends have long labored in vain. To a necessity is upon us to testify against him. John Jones and Robert Jones are appointed to draw a paper against him by next meeting. John Hammer and William Trotter are inclined to speak with him first, which is approved of.
At our meeting held at Gwynedd ye 30th day of the first month, 1736.
First - John Robert and Jane Hank declared their intentions of marriage with each other ye first time. George Lewis and William Williams are appointed to enquire into his clearance and report at next meeting.
Second - Samuel Davies and Jane Rees declared their intentions of marriage ye first time. John Hammer and William Robert are appointed to enquire into his clearance and conversation and report thereof at next meeting.
Third - Application made on behalf of Adren (Adrian) Downy for a certificate to Wrightown in order to proceed in marriage with Susannah Adamson. George Lewis and William Morgan are appointed to draw affirmation by next meeting.
Fourth - Thomas Lee and Ellin (Ellen) Ellis declared their intention of marriage ye first time. George Boon and John Webb are appointed to inspect into his clearance and conversation and report therefore next meeting.
Fifth - John Davies being present, acknowledged that his conduct and confessions had been dishonorable and out of the way. He expresses desire to be more careful for the future.
Sixth - Ellis Hugh and Robert Penrose signified some freedom to visit families for Oley and Maiden Creek and this meeting approves of it.
Seventh - William Robert and Isaac Price are appointed overseers of Plymouth Meeting.
Eighth - Oley Friends acquainted this meeting with the disorderly conduct of Benjamin Boon notwithstanding the labor of love bestowed on him. Thomas Ellis and Anthony Lee are desired to acquaint him that if he continues his disorderly conduct, Friends must testify against him.