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before been held in her house. In 1780
the meeting was changed to the house of
Samuel John near the same place. This meet-
ing was held at this place because the New-

berry meeting house was not central enough
for all members. It continued at the house
of Samuel John until 6—12—1784, when
a committe consisting of Joseph Updegraff,
William Willis, Elisha Kirk, Joseph Elgar,
Peter Cleaver, William Kersey, James Thom-
as, William Underwood, Daniel Ragan, Ben-
jamin Walker, Hannah Willis, Ruth Kirk,
Deborah Thomas and Hannah Matthews re-
ported that in their judgement this "in-
dulged" meeting "would best be discontinued
and friends in that locality meet in the old
Newberry meeting house. It would thus
tend to the preservation of unity but recom-
mend the building of a meeting house at a
more central place for the body of Friends.

9 — 13 — 1794: Newberry meeting stated that
there was but one surviving trustee, Samuel
Garretson. James Wickersham and Ezekiel
Kirk were then appointed.

12 — 19 — 1810: Newberry preparative meet-
ing desired to sell land where old meeeting
house is built, and purchase other in a more
central place, whereupon Jesse Wickersham
and George Garretson were appoined trus-
tees, who also were requested to secure the
passage of an act of legislature to sell the
land connected with the old meeting house.

4 — 23 — 1823: Joel Garretson and Jesse
Wickersham were appointed trustees of New-
berry burying groimd.

In 1830 Job Hoojaes and Benjamin Gar-
retson became trustees of meeting house prop-

5 — 31 — 1840 : "Newberry friends informed the
monthly meeting that they have enclosed a grave-
yard at the New Meeting House, and propose clos-
ing the former one, it being full."

In 1848 Thomas Garretson was appointed
trustee. A proposition to discontinue this
meeting in 1855 was withdrawn.


This and Newberry meeting formed one
preparative meeting in 1745-46.

A warrant dated July 5, 1745, was
given by John Penn to Thomas Cox, intended
to be in trust for the Society of Friends, but
he (Cox) procured it in his own name, hence
for his own use. He was disowned by the
Society and the land by proclamation declared
vacant, after which it was patented January
22, 1767, to William Garretson, William
Underwood, William Penrose and Peter
Cleaver, and their successors, in trust for the
Society of Friends. The deed calls for twenty-
nine acres, 156 perches and allowance; was
signed by John Penn, then lieutenant-gover-

The land mentioned is located where
the Warrington meeting house now


The following list contains the names of
some of the original members, who contrib-
uted toward paying for the land warrant and
survey :

We, the subscribers, knowing the necessity of
public worship, and being destitute of a piece of
land to set a meeting house, do. each of us, unite to
pay the respective suras under written, in order to
get a warrant for twenty-five acres of land adjoin-
ing StephenAil's (Ej-le's)land, as witness our hands.

John Earl 5s.

Alexander Underwood 3«.

Thomas Cox 5s.

Joseph Garretson 5s.

William Garrettson 5s.

Christopher Hussey 5s.

James Prazer 4«.

Hall Cox 3«

Samuel Underwood 3s.

Thomas Cook 3s.

Richard Wickersh am 3s.

William Underwood 3s.

Peter Cook Is. Grf.

Warrington: 6—10—174.1.
Received of Thomas Cox two pounds, eight shil-
lings and six pence in order to takeout a warrant
for twenty-five acres of land on a branch of Cone-
wago. nea'r Stephen Eyle's. Tiio.vas Cookson.
n_oO— 174.1.

At Warrington monthly meeting, 2 — 16 —
1748: "friends of Warrington meeting
requests to have a preparative meeting settled
among them, and friends of Minallen requests
to have their meeting settled: the requests is
gon in the report to the Quarterly meeting."

At quarterly meeting, 3 — (J — 1748:
The friends of Warrington perlicular meeting,
with the approbation of their monthly meeting
request that they may have the liberty of keeping a ;
preparitive meeting amongst them, which this
meeting allow of till further order."

At Warrington monthly meeting. 4 — 13 —

A committee is appointed to make addi-
tions and repairs to Warrington meeting
house to accomodate the quarterly meeting.

11-13-1784:" The Committee appointed to repair
this House and build the addition, requested that
some Friends miglit be appointed to settle with them.
Therefore James Hancock. HarmanUpdegraff, Jacob
Worley, Joseph Updegraff and Samuel Miller are
appointed to that service, to report to next meeting." i

8-13-178.5: Report.— "We of the Committee '
appointed to settle the accompts with the Trustees
who were appointed to have the care of Building
the addition and repairing Warrington meeting-
house, met, and after examining the accompts find
that all the meetings have paid in their Quotas
except Warrington, which is yet behind the sum of
£8: 1: 8, which is due to Benjamin Underwood; and
it appears that there yet remains the further sum of
i;9: 13: 8. due from the Monthly Meeting to him, the
whole amounting to £17: 14: 4. Signed by James
Hancock, Joseph UpdegraflE, John Marsh, Harman
Updegraff, Samuel Miller."

6-8-1793: "Warrington preparitive meeting
informs that they apprehend it may be needful to
appoint an additional number of suitable friends as
trustees for the Land belonging to their meeting, as
three of the former are Deceased: this meeting
therefore, after considering that Case appoints

Benj. Walker, Thomas McMillan, Joshua Vale &
John Cleaver to that trust."

9-7-180.5: "As there has often appeared a dilB-
culty with Warrington preparative meeting in rais-
ing money necessary tor the purposes of Society,
under consideration of which this meeting appoints
Samuel Garretson, Samuel Miller, Thomas Mc-
Millan, Robert Vale, John Cleaver, Wm. Edmund-
son. Elisha Cook, James Bane & Isaac Kirk to
apportion the members of that mcrtinu as jusilj' and
nearly agreeable their circum.«t,iii( . . a- iii!iv bj, and
make report to next meeting ol ilu ir cue i herein."

2-20-1823: "Warrington pirparaiive meeting
submits the following" proposition to this meeting
(to wit): propose that the families of friends in the
western end of that particular meeting be indulged
with a meeting for worship, which being considered
this meeting appoints Jesse Wickersham, Thomas
Leech, Zephaniah Underwood, Aaron Fraser, Sam- \
uel Garretson, John I. Garretson, Thomas McMillan,
Samuel Cook, Willing Griest and Amos GrifBth to
unite with a like committee of women friends J
(Hannah Leech. Phebe Wickersham, Ann Garretson, /
Sarah Cook and Ruth McMillan) in considering the'
subject and report their prospects thereon to next
or a future meeting."

.5-23-1832: "The committee on the subject of an
indulged meeting requests assistance; this meeting,
therefore, adds Nathan Thomas,Thomas Garretson,
Daniel Cookson, John S. Garretson, Jacob McMillan,
Joseph Taylor, John Cleaver and Joseph Garretson,
Sarah Cookson, Anne Griest, Susanna Cleaver,
Deborah Griffith, Martha Vale, Sarah Walker and
Anne Wickersham to that committee."

6—19—1822: The Committee on the in-
dulged meeting report they "cannot unite in
believing the time is yet come for a division
of Warrington meeting."

3—18—1830: John Cookson and Cyrus
Griest are appointed trustees for Warrington
meeting house and land in the room of Ben-
jamin Walker and John Cleaver, deceased.

4-23-1835: "AVarrington preparative meeting
proposes Jacob McMillan and Asabel Walker, trus-
tees for Warrington meeting house and land in the
rooms of Thomas McMillan and Joshua Vale,
deceased, which is concurred with and they appointed
to the trust."

3—21—1839: Daniel Garretson, Solomon
Griest and Josiah Griest are appointed
trustees for Warrington meeting house prop-
erty in the room of Cyrus Griest, Jacob Mc-
Millan and John Cookson.

5—18—1843: John Cook, Sr., and Will-
iam Armitage are appointed to have care of
Warrington grave-yard and funerals, those
formerly appointed having removed.

5—18—1854: William Cadwalader. Asabel
Walker and George ^^'. Cook are appointed,
on request of Warrington meeting, to have
care of the graveyard and oversight of

4—23—1856: William Cadwalader is ap-
pointed trustee for Warrington meeting house
property in room of Daniel Garretson.

Wan-ington Monthly Meeting.— This meet-
ing, composed of Newberry and Warrington
preparative meetings, was established by


authority of the quarterly meeting. In 1747
Sadabury meeting appointed a committee to
visit Friends west of Susquehanna. A favor-
able report was made by this committee,
9—9 — 1747, and liberty granted to organize
the meeting "for discipline and the affairs
of truth."

The tirst monthly meeting was held 10—9
— 1747, William Underwood was chosen
clerk. The Warrington meeting-house was
nearly a central point of the settlement of
Friends in the northern part of this county
at that time, hence it was decided to hold the
monthly meeting there, although it was some-

report whether this request be granted. It
caused great discussion. Ezekiel Kirk,
James Hancock, Miriam Hussey, Deborah
Thomas, Ruth Bane, Jane Hussey, Abigail
Whinnery, Sarah Williams, Anna Wicker-
sham and Sarah Thomas, were added to the
committee. In 1794 they report that they
" could not unite in sentiment with said re-
quest. " In 1795, once every three months,
the Warrington monthly meeting was ordered
to be held at Newberry meeting-house. In
ISO-"), it was ordered by the quarterly meet-
ing, that the monthly meeting be held alter-
nately at Newberry and Warrington.


times held at Huntingdon (York Springs
and frequently at Newberry. The Warring-
ton monthly meeting 4 — 1'2 — 17JS3, agreed
to pay £100 toward building an addition to
Warrington meeting house, and £10 for re-
pairing old meeting house, which was ordered
to be brought to the nest monthly meeting.

In 1793, Newberry meeting requests that
the monthly meeting be held in their
meeting house. Jesse Wickersham, Edward
Jones, James Thomas, Benjamin Underwood,
Peter Cleaver, Samuel Garretson, Jonathan
Marsh, Joseph Garretson, Thomas Leech,
James Bean, John Cleaver, Cornelius Garret-
son, Thomas McMillan, William Nevit, Ben-
jamin Walker, Ann Marsh, Ann McMillan
and Margaret Underwood, were appointed to


In the early history of the settlement of
York County, nearly all the emigrants who
located north of the Conewago Creek, were
members of the Society of Friends. Some
came from England, but the vast number of
them from New Castle and Chester Counties.
As early as 1738, what are termed " indulged
meetings" were organized in the townships
of Newberry and Warrington. Inasmuch as
the province of Pennsylvania was largely at
this time under Quaker rule when the county
was organized, three of the five persons ap-
jjointed as commissioners to make the divis-
ion were members of the Society of Friends.
John Wright, of Wright's Ferry, was one of
them; Thomas Cox, of Warrington, was


another, and Nathan Hussey, of Newberry,
was- the third. When the county seat was
located at York, and the courts organized,
they manifested their importance in the man-
agement of the county aifairs. As the courts
were held by justices appointed for that pur-
pose, the name of John Day, who resided
then (1749 I at his mill property, twelve and
a half miles north of York, was first on the
list. In consequence of this, he became the
first presiding court justice. He was a mem-
ber of the Newberry meeting. John Black-
burn, one of his successors, was a member of
the Warrington meeting. Business brought
them to York, and a number of them soon
purchased property^ in the town and vicinity.
Prominent among the first was Nathan Hus-
sey, who had settled in Newberry in 1735,
coming from Newcastle County, Del. He,
William Willis, and a few others, located in
the vicinity of York about 1750. In 1754
they obtained permission of the Warrington
monthly meeting to hold an "indulged meet-
ing '' in York.

The original meeting-house, which is yet
standing, is located on West Philadelphia
Street, opposite the high school building.
Meetings are still kept up, though the society
is very small at present. The eastern part
of the lot on which the meeting house stands
was purchased in the year 1765, from Nathan
Hussey, and his wife, Edith, for the use of
the Society of Friends. During the follow-
ing year the eastern part of the present
building was erected. The records give the
following-named persons as contributors:

Nathan Hussey, £10; William Willis. £15; Joseph
UpdegrafE, £15; Joseph Garretson. £12; William
Matthews, £12; Herman Updegrafi, £13; Jesse Falk-
ner, James Love, John Collins, Joseph Collin.

All the best bricks in those days were im-
ported from England. The ones which form
this building came from there, and were laid
by William Willis, whose business was that
of a brick- layer and farmer. He owned the
land on which the Prospect Hill Cemetery,
at York, now is. The familiar Willis' Spring,
in that locality, received its name from him.
His son, Samuel Willis, a kind-hearted man,
whose face and generous disposition are yet
remembered by some of the oldest citizens of
York, succeeded him in the ownership.

In 1773 the western portion of the lot on
. which the meeting-house is built, was donated
to the Society of Friends forever. Ten
years later the western division of the pres-
ent meeting house was added. By this time
the membership had greatly increased. War-
ringtjDn monthly meeting inciluded the pre-
parative meetings of York, Newberry, War-
rington, Huntingdon and Menallen.

Among the leading preachers who con-
ducted services in this meeting house, during
the days of the past, were Peter Farnell,
Margaret Elgar, William Matthews, deptity
State surveyor, Elisha Kirk, Ann Jessop,
Jesse Kersey and Thomas Wetherald.

Characteristic of all Friends' meeting-
houses, records of births, marriages, deaths
of this one, were carefully kept, as well as
minutes of regular meetings. They are still
in existence, except those taken away with
the flood of the Codorus, in 1817.

Job Scott, one of the most celebrated
preachers of the Quaker faith, made a tour
of America, visiting the different meetings

I of his society. In 1790 he came to York
County. The following is from a journal
published/by him the same year:

i Coming north from Virginia, I had very good
meetings in the meeting houses at Menallen," Hunt-
ington (Adams County), Newberry, Warrington and
York; at each of these placea to mj' great satis-
faction. At York I had three meetings, and remained
some days. I formed a good opinion of the town.
On the 6th day of the first month, 1790, I went to a
place called Wright's Ferry, on the Susquehanna
River, where I had good meetings at the house of
the widow Wright.

The York meeting house was built on lots
Nos. 175 and 17(3 of the town of York. They
were patented by Thomas and Richard Penn
to Nathan Hussey, 1763, and by him deeded

' to W^illiam Willis, Joseph Garretson, Her-
man Updegraif as trustees " for the use of
the society of Friends forever."" In 1764 the
York "indulged" meeting became a meet-
ing for worship, but ordered " to remain

j members of the Newberry preparative meet-
ing as before." The meeting-house was
completed in 1766, and in 1767 the York

; preparative meeting established.

I In 1783 York meeting requested to have
afternoon meetings on first days, to begin at
the third hour, which was granted, desiring
" that Friends of that meeting may take
their children and families with them to

, meeting."

i In 1784 they request that a monthly meet-
ing for discipline be settled among them,
which was granted.

York Monthly Meeting. — This meeting was
established in 1786 and ordered to be held

I "on the fourth day of the week preceding
the second first day of each month, and
known as the Y'ork Monthly Meeting." The
first meeting was held on fifth day of seventh
month, 1786. Persons appointed to the meet-
ing were Edward Jones, James Hancock,
John Garretson, Benjamin Underwood, John
Marsh, William Nevitt, Samuel Cookson.
The women appointed were Miriam Hussey,

I Elizabeth Cook, Sarah Williams, Ruth Cook,


Lydia Garretson and Hannah Kirk. Will-
iam Kersey was appointed clerk of meeting
in 1786, and John Lone overseei', Eiisha
Kirk succeeded as clerk, and Joseph Upde-
graif overseer. William Welch was ap-
pointed in 1786 to record births and deaths.
Herman Updegraff was appointed elder in
1787, Thomas Owen in ISl-l and Amos Far-
quhar clerk in 1814 In 1793 this meeting
was informed that a number of Friends had
settled at Wright's Ferry, and permission
was granted them to hold "a meeting for
worship," Jacob Worley, Caleb Kirk, Jon-
athan Jessop and John Love were appointed
to visit the Friends at Wright's Ferry and
assist them in 1797; Jonathan Jessop was
appointed clerk of York meeting in 1797,
"in room of Eli Kirk who died."

The meeting at Wright's Ferry, in the
house of Andrew Moore was continued until

The following death records were reported
at dates named: "Our esteemed friend Han-
nah Willis, an elder, departed this life 5 — 10
—1798. William Willis, an elder, died 9— 25
ISOl, in the seventy-fourth year of his age.
Herman Updegraff, an elder, died 5 — 20 —
1811, aged seventy-three years. Joseph
Elgar, a minister, died 7—13—1811, aged
eighty-one years. Ann Love, an elder, died
8 — 14 — 1821. Margaret Elgar, a minister,
died 3 — 29 — 1821, in the eighty-second year
of her age."

Marriages. — The following is a list of the
marriages, at York meeting, as far as re-

John Cope, of the borough of Lancaster, in the
county of Lancaster, son of Caleb Cope and Mary,
his wife, and Mary Updegrafi, daughter of Harman
Updegraff and Lydla, his wife; 9-13-1786.

Daniel Ragan of York Town, In the county of
York, and Ruth Worley, widow of Francis Worley,
late of the same place; 11-14-1787.

Joel Willis, of the borough of York, son of Will-
iam Willis and Betty, his wife, the latter deceased,
and Hannah Jessop, of same place, daughter of
Thomas, deceased, and Ann; 13-12-1787.

John Bentley, of Warrington, son of John and
Tamer, deceased, and Susanna Jones, of the borough
of York, daughter of John and Elizabeth; 10-33-

Josiah Jordan, of Manchester, son of James, de-
ceased, and Charity, and Lydla Miller, of Manches-
ter, daughter of Solomon and Sarah, deceased; 6-

Ellis Cleaver, of Gwynedd, son of Ezekiel and
Mar}', deceased, and Elizabeth Miller, daughter of
Solomon, of the borough of York, and Sarah, de-
ceased; 4-7-1791.

Caleb Bracken, of the borough of York, son of
James, deceased, and Mary, and Rebecca Miller, of
the borough of York, daughter of Solomon and
Sarah, deceased; 8-14-1793.

Jonathan Jessop, of the borough of York, son of
Thomas, deceased, and Ann, and Susanna Upde-
grafE, of same place, daughter of Joseph and Mary;

Thomas Walmsley, of Byberry, Philadelphia
County, and Ruth Kirk, of the borough of York,
daughter of Solomon and Sarah Miller, and widow
of Eiisha K.; 6-5-1794. Slie died 6-18-1798, In her
forty-seventh year; a minister about twenty-three

Alexander Underwood, of Warrington, son of
John, deceased, and Mary, and Rhoda Updegraff, of
York, daughter of Harman and Lydla, deceased;

William Farqubar, of Pipe Creek, Frederick Co.,
Md.. son of William and Ana, deceased, and Lydia
Willis, daughter of William, of York County, and
Betty, deceased; 13-8-1796.

Harman Updegraff, of the borough of York, and
Susanna Mills, of same place, widow of William
Mills, lateot Lancaster County; 1-14-1801.

Thomas Conard, of the Nortliern Liberties of
Philadelptila, son of Matliew and Mary, deceased, of
Pliiladelphia City, and Sarah Welch, daughter of
William and Hannah, of the borough of York; 9-

William Farquhar. of Frederick County, Md.,
son of AU'.'n and Phebe, deceased, and Sarali Upde-
graff. daughter of Joseph and Mary, of the borough
of York; 10-7-1801.

Thomas Leech, of Warrington Township, son of
Thomas and Phebe, and Hannah Garretson, of East
Manchester, daughter of Cornelius and Margaret,
deceased; 3-10-1803.

John Worley, of York County, son of Jacoli and
Ann, and Elizabeth Coats, of the borough of York,
daughter of Aaron, deceased, and Mary; 7-6-1803.

Daniel Hains, of Frederick County, Md., son of
Nathan andSofiah, deceased, and Rachel Updegraff,
daughter of Ambrose and Elizabelli, deceased, of
York County; 10-38-1806.

Timothy Kirk, of York Town, son of Timothy
and Mary, of Harford County, Md., and Editii Kirk,
widow of Ell, and daughter of Joseph and Susanna
Updegraff, deceased; 3-16-1808.

Samuel Jefferis, son of William, deceased, of
Pennsylvania, and Priscilla, and Lydia Cope, daugh-
ter of John, deceased, of York borough, and Mary;

Amos Griest, of York, son of Joseph, of Latimore,
Adams County, «nd Rebecca, and Phebe Swayne, of
York, daughter of James and Hannah, deceased;

Mordecai Williams, of AVarrington, ■ and Mary
Holland, of York Town; 3-14-1810.

Samuel Cook, of Warrington, son of Samuel and
Ruth, deceased, and Sarah Garretson, daughter of
Cornelius, of Anne Arundel County, Md., and
Margaret, deceased; 4-17-1811.

Amos James, of Baltimore City, son of Thomas,
deceased, of Harford County, and Ann, deceased,
and Mary Cope, widow of John, and daughter of
Harman Updegraff, deceased, of York, and Lydia,
deceased; 6-13-1811.

John Glllingham of Baltimore City, sou of James
andElizabeth, of same, and Mary Updegraff, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Mary, of York, the former de-
ceased; 9-21-1814.

Benjamin Garretson, of Newbury, son of Samuel
and Alice deceased, and Orpah Smith, daughter of
Samuel, of Spring Garden Township, and Ruth; 8-

Obadlah Dingee, of Ijampeter, son of Jacob and
Elizabeth, deceased, of East Marlborough, and Han-
nah Welch, daughter of William, deceased, and
Hannah, of York; 13-11-1823. -

Phineas Davis, of York, son of Nathan and Mary,
deceased, of Grafton, N. H., and Hannah Taylor, of
York County, daughter of Libni and Sarah, of
Clearfield County, Penn.; 11-1.5-1826.



At a western quarterly meeting, held at
London Grove, Chester County, S-1 5-1763,
Deer Creek (Md. ) monthly meeting mentions,
that a few families of Friends settled in
Fawn Township, York County, were desirous
of having the privilege of holding a meeting,
having selected a spot of ground on which
they designed to build a meeting-house.
John Jackson, Thomas Barrett, Joshua Brown,
Thomas Carlton, William Samborn, William
Swayne and Isaac Whitelock were appointed
to visit them and mako a report.

11-21-1763, the committee reported: That hav-
ing met and viewed the place purposed by them
to build a meeting house on (which place being not
yet secured and the winter season approaching), they
are of mind that is best for this meeting to defer
granting their request till the spring: yet that Deer
Creek monthly meeting- may allow them the same
liberty as formerly, and have a watchful eye over
them to see whether they maintain the priviledge
granted 'em with reputation, which report was
signed by all the committee, and being twice read
and considered, it is particularly recommended to
Deer Creek monthly meeting to make a close inspec-
tion how the friends of Fawn Township keep up
their meeting the ensuing winter, and make report
thereof hereafter to this meeting.

2-20-1764: The case of the Friends in and near
Fawn Township in York County is still continued
under the care of Deer Creek monthly meeting.

There is no further mention of this meet-
ing in the minutes of Western quarterly
meeting up to 5th mo. 1779.

In Levi K. Brown's brief account of the

meetings, belonging to Baltimore
meeting (1875) it is stated that:

This meeting, a branch of Deer Creek
meeting, was probably held as early as 178(
branch of Gunpowder monthly meeting).


(then a
la 1790
the first meeting-house was built, and in the fifth
month (1792) the preparative meeting was estab-
lished. In 1870 there were thirty-four families and
parts of families. Total, 100 members. Midweek
meetings fourth days, at 10 o'clock summer, 11 win-
ter. (It probably never belonged to Gunpowder

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