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Chester Preparative Meeting [Moorestown, NJ] Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: QM-Ph-C455

Scope and Contents

Records as follows: minutes of the Hicksite men's meeting and later, of joint sessions with women, 1827-1950; minutes of the Orthodox men’s meeting, 1819-1946; Hicksite women's minutes, 1827-1897; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1788-1918; Hicksite financial records, 1761-1913; Orthodox financial records, 1922-1945; pre-separation property records, 1700-1814; Hicksite property deeds, 1852-1948; Orthodox property deeds, 1782-1944; minutes and other records of Moorestown First Day School, 1869-1924.


  • Creation: 1761-1950


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 meeting for worship at Pennsauken Creek was established in 1685 by Burlington Monthly Meeting. The meeting became part of Newton (Haddonfield) Monthly Meeting about 1686. In 1717, a meeting for worship began to circulate between Chester and Evesham. A circulating preparative meeting was established in Twelfth Month, 1717/1718. A meeting for worship held entirely at Chester and a preparative meeting were established in 1740. At the time of the Separation of 1827, Chester Preparative Meeting split into Orthodox and Hicksite branches.

The Hicksite Preparative Meeting began to meet on an annual basis in 1922; it was discontinued in 1950, and all its business and assets were transferred to Chester [Moorestown] Monthly Meeting (Hicksite).

The Orthodox Preparative Meeting began to meet on an annual basis in 1927. It was discontinued in 1946.


9.5 Linear Feet



Physical Location

This collection includes records stored at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Chester Preparative Meeting [Moorestown, NJ] Records
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Find It at the Library

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