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From: "Baber" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Free Quaker Burial Ground
Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 12:23:57 -0400
Do you have any more info or leads to Timothy Matlack?? My family name is
Warrick, I am the grgranddaughter of Margaret Wills Coles, and one of my
ancestors is a Matlack, as a matter of fact, my father worked with a cousin
of his whom we visited, and we always just called him "Matlack"- I don't
ever remember hearing his first name!
Maggie (my grgrandmother) and most of her relatives are of course, buried at
Colestown Cemetery in Evesham (now Cherry Hill) on Kings Highway. I don't
live in N.J. now, but I plan to go to Colestown Cemetery when I visit this
summer, to record some info from the headstones.
As a child, I was always told that her grandmother was Francis Curtis (of
the "book" Curtis'--not the candy family). We are also related to
Lippincott's (the publishing) and that they were from Philadelphia. My
grandfather Raymond Coles Warrick, hailed from Burlington County
(Hartford-now in Mt. Laurel)...they were married into the Haines's, Walton's
and way back, Sara French in Moorestown.
All of the preceding leads me to believe that the Matlack you mention, may
be a cousin of my grgrgrandmother. Any info or pointing me in a direction
would be appreciated.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark E. Dixon" <>
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2004 9:55 PM
Subject: [Q-R] Free Quaker Burial Ground
> Hi, folks
> I've been doing a little research on the Society of Free Quakers, a
splinter group of Friends who left the society during the Revolutionary War.
Supposedly, they did this because they supported the war and Friends as a
group did not. In reality, it seems, those who joined the Free Quakers
included some who had been disowned years before the war for unrelated
reasons including marrying out, debt, dishonest practices and (according to
one of my sources) slave-owning.
> In any case, I came across the location where a number of Free Quakers in
the Philadelphia area are buried and thought someone out there might find
this useful. Originally, the Free Quaker burial ground was adjacent to the
meetinghouse at Fifth and Arch streets in Philadelphia. As the downtown
area grew and commercialized, however, the graves were moved to suburban
Montgomery County, adjacent to Mill Grove, the estate of John James Audubon.
(Yeah, the bird guy.)
> Mill Grove's website
pretty bare-bones. So, below, I've pasted the URL for a private
individual's website which includes a photo of the burial ground, plus this
> "The Bakewell burial site (aka Fatlands Burial Ground and Free Quakers
Burial Ground) is in close proximity to the site of the Bakewell family's
Fatlands estate and near Mill Grove, the first home of John James Audubon,
in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. This modest plot erected on a granite
coping and enclosed with a iron fence is pleasing to the eye. The first
person interred here was Lucy Green Bakewell, first wife of William Bakewell
and mother of Lucy Bakewell Audubon, who was the wife of John James Audubon,
the naturalist. William Bakewell was later buried here. The Wetherill family
later acquired this land, and members of the Wetherill family are also
buried here. This cemetery came into the possession of the Society of
Friends (sic*) by the will of Col. John Malcolm Wetherill. (Some of this
information from Sketches of the Historical Society of Montgomery County-PA,
Second Hundred Years, author unknown) (Bakewell Burial Site near Mill Grove,
PA September 2000)"
> (*What the writer meant is the Society of Free Quakers -- Mark.)
> See http://www.geocities.com/micromarty/Audubonlegacy.html
> Note: In addition to those mentioned above, this is also the burial site
of Timothy Matlack, the man who wrote* the Declaration of Independence.
(*Jefferson and his committee strung the words together. But when it came
time to create a presentable copy for everyone's signature, Matlack is the
guy who took a large piece of parchment and a quill pen and created what now
occupies that big case at the National Archives in Washington.)
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