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Wow, More Quakers!

Hello All,

My last post was about how I was learning about how my Fayette County, Pa.  Johns(t)on, Kelley, Simpson, and Ghrist families were tied into the Quaker Jeffries family who had been evicted from England for their beliefs, and ended up in Chester County, Penn’s Woods.

As I looked at the various family trees I spotted an Ann Woodward, who had married Wm. Jeffries near the beginning of the 19th Century.  Soon afterwards, the Woodwards, Jeffries, Essingtons,Chandlers, etc., after the Ohio War with the Native Americans had died down, loaded up their wagons and left SE Pennsylvania, to make the arduous trek nearly 300 miles westward.

I knew from my studies of Quaker history in Fayette County {Franklin Ellis’ History of Fayette Co., 1882 and John Woolf Jordan’s 1912 Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette Co.}, that a lot of  Chester Co. Quakers moved into Fayette Co. in about 1800, prospered, and then in 1850 moved west again.  Some stayed, became Presbyterians, and married into families of local German, Irish, and Scottish farmers

As I thought about this exodus to Menallen Township, Fayette Co.,  I just “Googled-up “John Woodward”, the leader of this exodus.  and, wow, up came an excellent website about “My Quaker Woodward Family Line”.  Linda who put this together sure knows her genealogy!

I traced back through her research regarding Sara Joseph Woodward, Sr. and Sarah Bunker, back through Joseph Jr., and Amy Shotwell;  back to Richard Woodward and Hannah Taylor; to John Woodward and Ann Pyle, to Richard Woodward and Mary Nayle, and finally to Robert Woodward in 1636 (near Birmingham) England.

I am not claiming much of this ‘way back’ research as my own, and I thank JR Kelley and Linda’s “Woodward” for their work.  If I have done anything,  I have connected my Johnson family’s  Redstone Township “patch farm” (which too soon became a mined-out “coal patch”), to their old time links with the Society of Friends.

Oh, by the way, I have attended Quaker meetings, off and on, for the last three decades.  Silence can say a lot!

Thom Dunn Marti

PS:  These early Fayette Quakers named their meeting house, and their township “Menallen”.  I live in another Menallen Township,  Adams County.  We still have the active Quaker Meeting from the 18th Century Penn land grants.  Neither they, nor I, have any inkling as to the connection between these two  Menallens????

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