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South Kingstown Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends)

South Kingstown Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends) Records

12 vols., 2 boxes 3.75 linear feet
Call no.: MS 902 S556

The South Kingstown Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends was the home meeting of John Wilbur and as such, the epicenter of the Wilburite separation of 1845. A part of Rhode Island Quarter, the meeting became a locus for the Wilburite separation of 1845 when the membership at South Kingstown rebuffed efforts to discipline Wilbur. After being suspended from 1842 to 1847, the Gurneyite South Kingstown Monthly Meeting was laid down in 1899.

The records of South Kingstown Monthly Meeting contain an extensive set of minutes, though sparse in the post-separation years, along with vital records, records of meeting disciplinary cases, certificates of manumission for people enslaved by members of the meeting, and miscellaneous other content.

Gift of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, April 2016


Quakers--Rhode IslandSociety of Friends--Rhode IslandSouth Kingstown (R.I.)--Religious life and customs


New England Yearly Meeting of FriendsWilbur, John, 1774-1856

Types of material

EpistlesMinutes (Administrative records)