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Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-B-S361

Scope and Contents

Records of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting and its predecessors at Clifts, Herring Creek, and Indian Spring, 1658-1992-2020. Includes men's and joint minutes 1677-2019, women's minutes 1776-1891, vital records 1658-2015, Ministers and Elders minutes 1918-62, financial and property records 1739-1950,and miscellaneous 1823-2020. Also includes the minutes of Indian Spring Preparative Meeting (Orthodox), 1829-1841 and Friends House Worship Group, 2012-2014.


  • Creation: 1658 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy. Digital files are accessible to TriCollege accounts or on-campus users.

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Biographical / Historical

The lineage of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting begins with the Clifts in 1677. This monthly meeting met variously at Clifts and West River from 1698 until 1750. In 1750, the meeting changed its name to Herring Creek Monthly Meeting and met at West River, Herring Creek, and Indian Spring. From 1771 through 1778, it was referred to as West River Monthly Meeting, and continued to rotate between the three locations. Due to declining membership, the meeting met consistantly at Indian Spring from 1778 to 1795 and bore the name of that meeting. Beginning in 1795, Indian Spring Monthly Meeting rotated between Indian Spring and Sandy Spring. During the Separation of 1828, most of the membership affiliated with the Hicksite branch of Friends. In 1846, the Hicksite meeting formally adopted the name, Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, by which it is known as today. In 1949, Sandy Spring and Ashton Monthly Meetings united to form the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting of Friends (United).

The small number of Orthodox Friends eventually joined Baltimore Monthly Meeting (Orthodox), identified as the Indian Spring Preparative Meeting, Orthodox. This meeting was discontinued in 1841 and membership joined to Baltimore Preparative for Eastern and Western Districts.


10 linear ft.

0.1 GB

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Divided into series: 1.Men's and Joint Minutes; 2.Women's Minutes; 3.Vital Records; 4.Ministers & Elders; 5.Financial and Property Records; 6.Miscellaneous.

Physical Location

This collection includes records stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Please contact for more information on depositing new records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit. Digital records from the 2010s deposited by Wayne Finegar, General Secretary of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, in 2020.


Vol. 1.9 includes a list of meeting dates. Vol. 1.10 and 1.12 include dates of meetings and appointments. Vol.1.16 includes committee listings and misc. correspondence to Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Vol. 1.19 includes proposed budgets. Vol. 3.1 includes Mary Moor's copy book of epistles and testimonies. Vol. 3.5 includes births, deaths, marriages, and removals. Vol. 3.6 includes births, deaths, marriages, and removals. Vol. 3.8 includes a letter concerning the disownment of Ezekiel Hopkins. Vol. 3.10 includes marriages. Vol. 4.3 contains minutes of Ministers and Elders Quarterly Meeting for the Western Shore 1699-1716 and accounts of Friends Stocks, 1736-1766. Vol. 6.1 includes answers to queries, misc. correspondence, requests for membership, and committee reports. For a partial abstract of records, see GEN. MSS Brown, Kirk, compiler.

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