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Bradford Preparative Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-B730
Records include: minutes of the pre-Separation meeting, 1764-1824; a Hicksite membership list, 1894, contained in Bradford Monthly Meeting record book, 1828-1899; Orthodox men's minutes, 1828-1875; pre-Separation and Orthodox women's minutes, 1821-1844, 1907-1918; and Orthodox property deeds, 1820-1890.


  • 1764-1894


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repositories All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Repositories as the holder(s) of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.


3.25 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

In 1719, a meeting for worship known as "Brandywine Forks" or "Forks" was established for the winter by Kennett Monthly Meeting. In 1722, this meeting was permitted to meet on a year-round basis. A preparative meeting was established by Kennett Monthly Meeting in 1726. In 1737, the meeting for worship and preparative meeting were transferred to Bradford Monthly Meeting.

The Orthodox preparative meeting was discontinued in 1922,and its members were transferred to Caln Preparative Meeting.

The Hicksite preparative meeting removed to Romansville in 1846 and became Romansville Preparative Meeting. The meeting was transferred to Bradford-Uwchlan Monthly Meeting in 1883. The preparative meeting was discontinued in 1890 and its members were transferred to Uwchlan Preparative Meeting. There was an indulged meeting at Romansville under Bradford-Uwchlan Monthly Meeting from 1890 to 1901; in 1901, the care of the meeting was transferred to Sadsbury Monthly Meeting (Hicksite). This meeting is currently active on a seasonal basis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A Finding Aid for its Meeting Records Deposited in Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and Haverford College Quaker Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2017: This electronic finding aid was updated by Madison Arnold-Scerbo in 2017.

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