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Fairfax Monthly Meeting Records

 Collection — othertype: SW/B/F351
Identifier: QM-B-F351

Scope and Contents

Records of Fairfax Monthly Meeting, 1718-1941. Includes men's and joint minutes 1745-1929, women's minutes 1745-1889, vital records 1722-1924, financial and property records 1929-39, and miscellaneous 1718-1800.


  • 1718-1941


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

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

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Biographical / Historical

Friends of Monocacy and Fairfax Preparative Meetings were given leave by Concord Quarterly Meeting to establish a monthly meeting in 8mo 1744. It first met in 6mo 1745, alternating between Fairfax and Monocacy meeting houses. The meeting continued to grow and Pipe Creek was set off as a monthly meeting in 1776; it included the Friends in Monocacy. In 1785, Fairfax was divided into two, Fairfax Monthly Meeting and a newly-established Goose Creek Monthly Meeting. At that time, Fairfax Monthly Meeting came under Warrington and Fairfax Quarterly Meeting. In 1787, the meeting remained under Fairfax Quarterly Meeting when Warrington and Fairfax Quarterly Meeting was reorganized. In 1789, the meeting was transferred from Philadelphia to Baltimore Yearly Meeting. During the Separation of 1828, the meeting remained with the Hicksite branch of Friends. The small number of Orthodox became part of Hopewell (Orthodox) by 1830. Fairfax faced a continued loss of membership to westward migration during the nineteenth century, and the meeting was laid down in 1926.


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

Physical Location

This collection is stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

Existence and Location of Copies

Also available in microfilm, for use in the Library only: MR-B117-119, 121


The Meeting was informally known as Waterford. Vol. 1.1 includes handwritten copies of first few pages. Vol 1.4 includes a sketch of Fairfax Meetinghouse and a copy of the resignation of the meeting's trustees. Vol. 3.1 includes marriages, births, and deaths. Vol. 3.3 includes the traveling certificates of Jacob and Sarah Janney. Vol. 3.9 includes marriages, births, deaths, removals, and list of burials in Fairfax Meeting graveyard. Vol. 3.11 includes a membership certificate of Frederic Stabler. Vol. 5.1 includes misc. papers from Monocacy Preparative Meeting.

Fairfax Monthly Meeting Records
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