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Swansea Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends)

Swansea Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends) Records

29 vols., 2 boxes 5.75 linear feet
Call no.: MS 902 S936

Quaker worship began at Swansea, Mass., by 1701, under the care of Rhode Island Monthly Meeting, with the Swansea Monthly Meeting being set off in 1732. Situated in an area with a relatively large Quaker population, Swansea oversaw worship groups and preparative meetings in nearby Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Taunton, and Troy. Swansea was divided by the separation of 1845, with the Wilburite meeting persisting for about twenty years.

The records of Swansea Monthly Meeting are a rich assemblage of meeting minutes, vital records, and other materials, covering nearly two and a half centuries of Quaker activity on Cape Cod. The collection also includes records of the Fall River and Swansea Preparative Meetings.

Gift of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, April 2016


Quakers--MassachusettsSociety of Friends--MassachusettsSwansea (Mass.)--Religious life and customs


Fall River Preparative Meeting (Society of Friends)New England Yearly Meeting of FriendsSwansea Preparative Meeting (Society of Friends)

Types of material

Minutes (Administrative records)Vital records (Document genre)