Guide to the Minutes of the Bordentown Friends Preparative Meeting 1832-1860 MG 76


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Guide to the Minutes of the Bordentown Friends Preparative Meeting
MG 76

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Inventory prepared by Althea Bernheim as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. March 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bordentown Preparative Meeting
Title: Bordentown Preparative MeetingMinutes
Dates: 1832-1860
Abstract: Consists of the minutes of the Bordentown Preparative Meeting for 1832-1860.
Quantity: 1 volume
Collection Number: MG 76

Historical Note

The Society of Friends, a religious group whose members are called Quakers, started up the Delaware River in 1675. They were the first settlers of Bordentown and the surrounding area known then as Farnsworth’s Landing. The Quaker’s willingness to deal with the harsh life made them permanent settlers where the gentry were not willing to go. By 1736, Joseph Borden had settled the area that is today known Bordentown.

The Bordentown Meeting was established by Chesterfield Monthly Meeting in 1739. The preparative meetings were established in 1775, but discontinued in 1778. A second preparative meeting was established in 1804. The Orthodox preparative meeting and meeting for worship were discontinued in 1828 and the members reverted back to the Chesterfield Preparative Meeting. Meanwhile the Bordentown Preparative Meeting, Hicksite, continued until 1878. Their members were also transferred to Chesterfield Preparative Meeting. In 1904 the Bordentown Meeting was discontinued altogether. The Bordentown Meeting house still stands today.

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Scope and Content Note

These are the minutes of the Bordentown Preparative Meeting; these were religious meetings with a concern for business, and required the presence of a clerk. The minutes record business issues of concern to the Meeting, including dues and attendance as well as topics of discussion.

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The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Organizations:
Bordentown Preparative Meeting (Society of Friends : 1832-1860)
Subject Topics:
Society of Friends–New Jersey–Bordentown.
Society of Friends–New Jersey–History–18th century–Sources.
Subject Places:
Bordentown (N.J.)–History.
New Jersey–History–1775-1865.
Document Types:
Minutes–New Jersey.

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Related Material

For materials related to individual Quakers or the Society of Friends, see:

Manuscript Group 68, Woodbridge (N.J.) Records

Manuscript Group 410, Burlington County (N.J.) Records

Manuscript Group 837, Bellangee Family Papers

Manuscript Group 946, Benjamin White Papers

Manuscript Group 982, Ann Nicholson Papers

Manuscript Group 1222, Edmund Willets Papers

Manuscript Group 1245, John Hunt Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 76, Bordentown Friends Preparative Meeting Minutes, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased in 1928.

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