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Gwynedd Monthly Meeting

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Gwynedd Township, Montgomery (was Philadelphia) County, Pennsylvania was was founded in 1698 by Welsh Quakers. Thomas Evans and William Jones were granted the land by William Penn.

The minutes of Gwynedd list the early settlers in the township.

The Principal Settlers and Purchasers among others were William Jones, Thomas Evans, Robert Evans, Owen Evans, Cadwallader Evans, Hugh Griffith, John Hugh, Edward Foulke, John Humphrey, and Robert Jones.

[They] . . .often met together to wait upon the Lord, at the houses of John Hugh and John Humphrey, until more were added to their numbers.

According to Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Volume 2 only Hugh and Humphrey were Friends.

The minutes of the Haverford Monthly meeting recorded the beginings of the Gwynedd Meeting:

1699. --There is a General Meeting appointed at Gwynedd, the second weekly Third-day of every month, at the desire of Friends there.

Hugh Evans' memories are written in Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Volume 2

When he was a boy, of twelve years of age, he remembered well that William Penn, with his daughter Letitia and a servant (in the year 1699 or 1700), came out on horseback to visit his father, Thomas Evans. Their house then was superior, in that it was of barked logs, a refinement surpassing the common rank. At that house, William Penn ascended steps on the outside to go to his bed-chamber; and the lad of twelve, being anxious to see all he could of so distinguished a man, went up afterwards to peep through the apertures at him; and there he well remembered to have seen him on his knees praying...

The Gwynedd Meeting records were in the Haverford Minutes until 1714.

The first meeting house was a log cabin built in 1700.



William Penn (1644-1718) was a Quaker philosopher and real estate developer. He was the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania.

Montgomery County, in southeast Pennsylvania was created on September 10, 1784, out of land that was originally part of Philadelphia County.
Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was founded in 1698 by Welsh Quakers. The township split into Lower and Upper Gwynedd in 1891.
Some Early Members notes from to
Boone, Squire and Sarah Morgan married 1720    
Coulston, Edward married Elizabeth (Rees) Brooke, widow of James.    
Coulston, Henry and Rebecca Braun      
Coulston, William      
Coulston, William and Ann Rhodes      
Ellis, Thomas and Jane Hughes      
Evans, Cadwallader      
Evans, Evan      
Evans, John sent to Philadelphia    
Foulke, Joseph      
Griffen, Hugh ancient Friend in 1720    
Hanke, John and Sarah Evans married 1720    
Hugh, David 1716 confessed failure, 1718 excess of alcohol    
Hugh, John      
Humphrey, John      
Jones, David and Mary Pugh committed uncleanness with each otherĀ     
Jones, Robert and Anne Coulston      
Knight, Thomas and Sarah Plumly (Plumlee)      
Morgan, Morgan wanted to marry a non Quaker    
Morris, Samuel      
Nanney, Rees and Elizabeth Coulston      
Webb, John and Mary Boone married 1720    
Williams, John 1718 too much alcohol    


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