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Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-R338

Scope and Contents

Records of the Orthodox meeting and its predecessor, the pre-Separation meeting, 1700-1827. Includes: vital records, 1806-1910; men's meeting minutes, 1802-1910; women's meeting minutes, 1823-1903; Ministers and Elders meeting minutes, 1857-1875; financial records, 1814-1890.

An inventory of the Hicksite and post-Reunification Meeting records may be found with the finding aids for New York Yearly Meeting at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.


  • 1770-1910


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.

Biographical / Historical

A monthly meeting at Amboy was established in 1686 as part of Shrewsbury [Shrewsbury and Rahway] Quarterly Meeting; it began to circulate to Woodbridge in 1689. From 1689 to 1704, this meeting was discontinued due to the Keithian Separation. In 1706, the monthly meeting was reestablished at Woodbridge. In 1763, Woodbridge Monthly Meeting began to circulate between Plainfield, Rahway, and Woodbridge. In 1769, the monthly meeting removed from Woodbridge and alternated between Plainfield and Rahway. Its name was changed to "Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting."

The Orthodox monthly meeting was transferred to Burlington Quarterly Meeting in 1857. It was discontinued in 1910 by Burlington and Bucks Quarterly Meeting, and its members were attached to Chesterfield Monthly Meeting (Orthodox).

The Hicksite monthly meeting was transferred to New York Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) in 1833. From 1892 to 1909, the name of this meeting was "Plainfield Monthly Meeting." After 1909, the name of the meeting returned to "Rahway and Plainfield."

Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting is still an active meeting in Plainfield, New Jersey.


3 Linear Feet



Immediate Source of Acquisition

A Finding Aid for its Meeting Records Deposited in Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
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