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Goshen Monthly Meeting Records

Identifier: QM-Ph-G600

Scope and Contents

Records of Goshen Monthly Meeting, 1705-2015, include: acknowledgements, 1762-1774; births and deaths, 1705-1896; disownments and removals, 1721-1930; marriage certificates, 1722-1938; membership registers and lists, 1828-1991; Hicksite men’s minutes, 1722-1962; Orthodox men’s minutes, 1828-1956; Hicksite women’s minutes, 1827-1889; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1722-1911; United minutes, 1985-1999; Hicksite ministers and elders minutes, 1827-1938; Orthodox ministers and elders minutes, 1892-1924; financial records, 1900-1939; Goshen First Day School minutes, 1878-1880; Hicksite library circulation records, 1866-1876; Malvern First Day School minutes, 1908-1918; School Committee records, 1828-1879; Willistown First Day School minutes, 1882-1923; Newsletters, 1986-2015.


  • 1705-2015

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

Goshen Monthly Meeting was established in 12mo 1721/2 by Chester [Concord] Quarterly Meeting out of Chester Monthly Meeting (Pa.). Its first business sessions opened in 1722. In 1827, at the time of the Hicksite separation in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the meeting split into Hicksite and Orthodox branches. In 1939, the three preparative meetings constituting Goshen Monthly Meeting (Hicksite), Goshen, Newtown and Willistown were established as monthly meetings. The original Hicksite meeting held its last business sessions in 1940. In 1956, the second Goshen Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) merged with Goshen Monthly Meeting at Malvern, the former Orthodox meeting, to form the present-day Goshen Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition



Minutes after 1999 are published in the Newsletters.
A Finding Aid for its Meeting Records Deposited in Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
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