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From: "Carl J. Denbow" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Monthly Meetings in [Monroe County, Ohio]
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 11:56:34 -0500
Thanks, Tom, for all of your information. Any idea where the records of
the Sunsbury meetings (circa 1840-1860) might be located? From one of
your other posts I was able to contact folks at the Deer Creek MM for
information on their records and am waiting a response. The person I'm
trying to track down is my g3grandmother Martha A. Sharp, who later
became Martha Denbow. She was from a Quaker family back in Harford
County, Maryland, and was -- according to family story -- thrown out for
"marrying out of meeting." I don't think she ever affiliated with the
Quakers after moving to Monroe County, Ohio, but I thought it worth
looking into. Most of her children are buried in a rural Methodist
cemetery, though she is in a private cemetery. Her second husband
(John Denbow died in 1862 while serving in the U.S. Army fighting the
late Rebellion) was instrumental in founding the Buchanan Presbyterian
church, near Lewisville, Ohio, in Monroe County. John himself is an
interesting character. He was never to my knowledge a Quaker but he
apparently shared his wife's Quaker sentiments on slavery and joined the
Union army at age 63, by telling the recruitment officer that he was
44. We have photo of him, and he does look young for his age.
Thanks, again, for all of your help.
> According to James H. Norton's very useful Ph.D. dissertation at Case
> Western "Quakers West of the Alleghenies and in Ohio to 1861," "Sunsbury
> Meeting was located in Sunsbury Township, Monroe County, near Jerusalem.
> A Meeting for Worship was established in 1825 by Somerset Monthly Meeting.
> Sunsbury was divided by the Separation of 1828, with both branches
> carrying on meetings. It appears that the Hicksite meeting did not enjoy
> a long duration of existence. The Orthodox group sided with the
> Conservative Friends in 1854. Sunsbury Preparative Meeting was laid down
> in 1865 and the Meeting for Worship by 1867." Since Susnbury never became
> a monthly meeting, pertinent records to 1828 will be found in the Somerset
> Monthly Meeting. After the Hicksite Separation, the Orthodox members
> remained part of Somerset Monthly Meeting, while the Hicksites would have
> become a branch of the Hicksite Stillwater Monthly Meeting.
> As for Alum Creek Monthly Meeting, the Benedict family, who were Orthodox,
> were committed abolitionists, and probably had sympathies with
> Anti-Slavery Friends. I don't know of any separation there in the 1840s,
> Tom Hamm
> As I remember my Interstate 71 exits, Sunsbury is nearest to Alum Creek
>> Monthly Meeting in Morrow County, OH:
>> I do not know of a specific Anti-Slavery separation in Alum Creek MM, but
>> the Congregational Friends may have attracted some members of the Hicksite
>> Alum Creek meeting farther north in Morrow County and over in Knox County.
>> As to the Congregational Friends, Tom Hamm's book, GOD'S GOVERNMENT
>> BEGUN: THE SOCIETY FOR UNIVERSAL INQUIRY AND REFORM, 1842-1846, is the
>> comprehensive source. You might focus on pp. 108ff (PRAIRIE HOME) or pp.
>> 122ff (HIGHLAND HOME). The nearest identifiable monthly meeting was
>> (Congregational) MM in Logan County.
>> In October when I was researching another question in the Alum Creek
>> (Orthodox/EFI) minutes, I saw several entries that suggested some
>> anti-slavery sympathies in the 1840s. These Ohio meetings were still part
>> of Indiana YM until 1856, so they were in part caught up in the
>> separation of that time.
>> Tom Hill
>> Thomas C. Hill
>> Cincinnati, OH and
>> Charlottesville, VA
>> Website: WWW.QuakerMeetings.com
>> -----Original Message-----
>> [mailto:] On Behalf Of Carl J. Denbow
>> Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 11:51 PM
>> To: Quaker-Roots
>> Subject: [Q-R] Monthly Meetings in Northern Maryland and Nearby Areas of
>> * * *
>> Also, there was a meeting in the Sunsbury area of Monroe County, Ohio, in
>> the 1830-1860 period. Does anyone know of records of this meeting?
>> Dana Adams, in her book "The Neglected Period of Anti-Slavery in America
>> 1808-1831," says that the anti-slavery society meeting at the Sunsbury
>> meeting house in Monroe County, Ohio, was extremely radical in both its
>> published addresses and its constitution. If these records exists (Adams
>> quotes from them), then I would think other records of the meeting itself
>> would also exist.
>> Thanks for any help you can give me.
>> Carl J. Denbow
>> 17 Coventry Lane
>> Athens, Ohio 45701-3718
>> (740)592-2133 (h)
>> (740)593-2204 (o)
>> (740)591-8471 (c)
>> PaternalLines: DENBOW, EMMONS, GIGAX/GYGAX, HALDEMAN, HANLEY,
>> ROSE, SHARP,SMITH, STEVENS, TENNER/TANNER, TIPTON, THOMPSON, WILLIAMS.
>> MaternalLines: BJORNSON in U.S. (No surnames before 1870 in Old Country,
>> traditional Icelandic naming system used.)
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17 Coventry Lane
Athens, Ohio 45701-3718
PaternalLines: DENBOW, EMMONS, GIGAX/GYGAX, HALDEMAN, HANLEY,
ROSE, SHARP,SMITH, STEVENS, TENNER/TANNER, TIPTON, THOMPSON, WILLIAMS.
MaternalLines: BJORNSON in U.S. (No surnames before 1870 in Old Country,
traditional Icelandic naming system used.)