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From: marilyn <>
Subject: [PACAMBRI] Letters from Cambria County Welsh ministers to Wales??
Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:11:19 -0500
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The Quakers were around Philadelphia and Eastern Pa. I live in West Central PA. The article you sent is about Welsh, but none of the Welsh in Cambria County were Quakers, so far as I know.. The only Quaker meeting around here, and I think it is still meeting, is in Grampian, Clearfield County, Pa. It is perhaps an hour's drive north of Cambria County.
There was some conflict between the early Catholics and the Welsh. I think the Welsh were still in the era of Cromwell's England, and tended to see the Catholics as a fallen church. What I was interested in was copies of letters that the Cambria County Welsh ministers sent back to Wales. These letters, only one of which I have read, were very critical of the Catholics. That was then and this is now. I am interested in them because of history, not religion.
Many universities in Europe are collecting and publishing letters that the emigrants sent back home. I have a marvelous one of German letters to and from Germans in Somerset County and Blair County, among others. They give you a really good inside view of the emigrants.
If anyone knows anything about this topic--emigrant letters--I would appreciate hearing from you.

Marilyn Kline Washington

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From: carolyn mcfarlane <>
Sent: Sun, Jan 10, 2010 5:06 pm
Subject: Re: Letters to Wales: John Griffith, Quaker preacher, 1713 to 1776

Hello Marilyn,

I know only a tiny bit about the Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania in the 1700s and I know nothing about the Quakers in PA after that. I do know that my remote ancestor John Griffith #2 & siblings (whose parents were John Griffith #1 and Amy Morgan) were Quakers when they lived in Radnorshire, SouthWales around 1700. Some of this family (a John Morgan and another uncle & aunt of the 3 siblings) had already immigrated to the States, so John & Amy accepted when their two of their sons Thomas 18 and John 13 and a younger daughter Martha age 8!! wanted to immigrate there in 1726 (yes, amazing that the parents would let them go "alone"--in the company of another Quaker family, but they did).

When the 3 arrived in the area near Philadelphia, John joined "the Abington Meeting" and then the Lower Derby meeting. There were also Quaker meetings at Pilesgrove, Salem, Aloes-Creek, Quohanfey, and many others (see John's journal on Google books, page 33 and following). John reported that his true conversion occurred at a Quaker meeting in PA.

The following article that I found on the Web talks a bit about the Welsh in relationship to Fr. Demetrius Gallitzin, but I do not know anything about these people

I do not know anything about the letters (or book of letters) you mentioned, but you might skim through John Griffith's book to see if you can find anything interesting. Note that the information in the book covers 1726 to 1776!!

Carolyn McFarlane

a écrit :
Until recently, I thought all the Welsh belonged to the same church--I was corrected. I discussed it recently while I was in London with a religion/philosophy teacher.
This is, however, the first mention of Welsh Quakers I have seen. The area in Eastern PA is the largest settlement of Welsh, and Cambria County the second largest.
The only Quakers I know of anywhere in this general area are in Clearfield County at Grampian. I have no idea of the nationality of that group. I don't know if the Friends' Meeting House there is active or not. Does anyone know any details about it?
You seem to have done some research on the early Welsh settlers. Do you know about a book of letters from one [or several] of the Welsh ministers in Cambria County in the early 1800s sent back to Wales? I saw an excerpt from one of the letters and the footnote referenced it to a book of letters that I could not find. I have since lost the reference. I am interested because it contained comments about Fr. Demetrius Gallitzin, who was the Catholic priest at Loretto. Fr. Gallitzin did not get along with the Welsh, and it was mutual, I think. The comments were not complimentary, but that is neither here or now. I would like to find that book of letters. It may have been published in Europe.
I have found other books of letters from American emigrants that were sent back to Europe and collected and published there. I found one with German letters from the Somerset area included. This is becoming an area of academic interest in Europe.

Marilyn Kline Washington

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From: carolyn mcfarlane <>
Sent: Sun, Jan 10, 2010 4:34 am
Subject: [PACAMBRI] John Griffith, Quaker preacher, 1713 to 1776

Attention to people researching GRIFFITH.

I have been enjoying reading a book (scanned) on my remote ancestor,
John Griffith, b 1713 in Radnorshire, Wales. John immigrated to PA as
a teenager in 1726; became a Quaker pastor in 1734, lived in Lower
Derby, and re-immigrated to England in 1747. He traveled extensively as
a pastor and had many interesting experiences. For example, when he was
immigrating back to England in 1747, his ship was captured by French
privateers who took the ship to France (story to be continued....) John
died in England in 1776.

John is related to Harvey Milton Griffith MD, b 24 OCT 1860 near
Jennerstown PA and died 9 July 1942 in Conemaugh, Cambria County. Harvey
lived in the Conemaugh area from 1880 (or before) until his death at the
age of 81.

You can download John Griffith's journal (very quickly and without
charge from Google Books). It is in PDF format, about 400 pages long.

Carolyn McFarlane

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