An American Family History

Hopewell Friends Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia


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.

Hopewell Friends Meeting was set off from the Concord, Pennsylvania Quarterly Meeting in 1734. It was originally named Opeckan [Opequon] after nearby Opequon Creek. The first log meeting house was built in 1734 and was about six miles north of Winchester, Virginia. At various times there were about 30 meetings under its over­sight. These meetings covered a large area including all of northern Virginia, and all of what is now West Virginia, parts of western Pennsylvania and one meeting in Maryland (Monocacy).

About 1736, the members asked Chester quarterly meeting for permission to hold a monthly meeting.

The next autumn, on the 6th day of 10th month, 1760, at Hopewell Monthly Meeting Jesse Pugh, Enos Thomas, Jonathan Parkins, William Dillon, Henry Rees (Reece), and Joseph Lupton were appointed to visit "a scattered number of friends Living on Mill Crick, Middle Crick and Tuscarorah," who by reason of distance could not well attend at Hopewell, and who therefore were desirous of being indulged with liberty to hold a meeting for worship during the winter season. But they could not agree among themselves upon a meeting-place. The committee of six from Hopewell was to assist them to an agreement. (from Hopewell Friends History)

In 1757, the Hopewell meeting house burned and the early records were lost.

on the 7th day of 10th month, 1771, the following minute was entered at Hopewell:

This meeting Appoints William Pickering, Enos Ellis, Samuel Pickering, John Lupton, Joseph Lupton, and Benjamin Thornbrugh to meet the Committee from the Quarterly Meeting to meet at pipe Creek in Maryland the 23d of the 10th mo. to Confer With them Conserning Holding of A Quarterly meeting and make Report to the Next monthly meeting.

In 1781, Hopewell Meeting split into Crooked Run and Centre Meetings. Crooked Run Meeting was in Warren County, Virginia near the village of Ninevah.

Opequon Creek is tributary of the Potomac River. It joins the Potomac northeast of Martinsburg and its source is at the foot of Great North Mountain. It is part of the boundary between Frederick and Clarke counties in Virginia and between Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.

Some Early Members Notes    
Adams, Joseph      
Adams, William      
Antram John      
Antram, Daniel      
Bailes, John      
Ballinger, Henry or Ballenger    
Beeson, Edward and Martha Mendenhall      
Beeson, Richard, Jr. and Ann Brown      
Beeson, Susanna      
Berry, John      
Branson, John and Martha      
Brock, John      
Brown, Daniel, Sr.      
Brown, Isaac      
Brown, William and Moons, Hannah      
Bryan, Morgan married Margaret Strode (Stroud) may not be Friends    
Cadwallader, Rees      
Clun, Thomas M.      
Coope, Joshua      
Cowgill, John      
Dillon, William      
Ellis, Enos and Elizabeth Coulston      
Ellis, Mordecai      
Ellis, Thomas      
Eyre, Robert      
Fallar, George      
Fallar, Jacob      
Fallar, John      
Faulkner, David      
Fawcett, Richard and Mary Pickering Mary daughter of Samuel    
Fawcett, Richard, Sr.      
Fawcett, Thomas      
Fisher, Barak      
Forker, Williams      
Gardner, William      
Garwood, John      
Gawthrop, James      
Griffith, John      
Grubb, William      
Hackney, Joseph      
Hains, Levi      
Hains, Robert      
Haworth, Absalom son of George Haworth    
Haworth, James and Sarah Wood      
Hiatt, John or Hyatt    
Hiatt, William and Alice Lowden      
Hoge, William, Jr. sons William and Solomon    
Hollingsworth, Isaac      
Hollingsworth, Jonah      
Holloway, John      
Jackson, Josiah      
Janney, Joseph      
Jenney, Amos      
Jenny, Jacob      
Jobe, Abraham and Sarah Gatchell      
John, Thomas      
Jolliffe, William      
Knight, Abel      
Lee, Anthony      
Littler, John and Mary Mary operated a tavern    
Lupton, John and Sarah Frost      
Lupton, Jonathan son of Joseph    
Lupton, Joseph and Mercy Twining      
Lupton, Joseph and Rachel Bull      
Lupton, Samuel and Sarah Smith son of William Lupton    
Lupton, William and Grace Pickering      
MacKay Jacob      
MacKay, Andrew      
Malin, Lidya      
Matthew, George      
Matthews, William b. 1697, m. Mary Ashman    
McCoole, John      
McGrew, James      
McPherson, Daniel      
Mendenhall, James      
Mendenhall, John      
Mendingall, Mordica or Mendenhall    
Merchants, Richard      
Mills, Hur      
Mills, Thomas      
Moon, Richard      
Neill, Lewis      
Nevitt, Isaac      
Norton, Edward      
Painter, Robert      
Parkins, Charles and Patience Milborn      
Parkins, Isaac      
Parkins, Jonathan      
Pickering, Benjamin and Rebecca Ellis b. 1750, son of Samuel    
Pickering, Jacob and Hannah Ellis b. 1750, son of Samuel    
Pickering, John      
Pickering, Samuel and Grace Stackhouse b. 1718    
Pickering, William and Sarah Wright b. 1727    
Pleasants, Samuel      
Pugh, Azaiah or Peugh    
Pugh, Jesse      
Pugh, Thomas      
Purviance, James      
Rambo, Jacob      
Rea, Robert      
Reece/Rees, Henry and Ann Neill also Rees    
Reece/Rees, Jacob      
Reece/Rees, Morris, Jr. and Sarah Hackney      
Renfro, Elizabeth widow of Joseph Hollingsworth. married out of unity    
Ridgway, Richard      
Rogers, Evan      
Rogers, John      
Rogers, Owen      
Ross, Alexander and Catherine b. 1682
set aside land for the meetinghouse
Ross, David      
Ross, George      
Ross, John and Lydia Hollingsworth      
Sarjant, John      
Sexton Meshack      
Shinn, George      
Smith, John      
Smith, William      
Steer, James      
Steer, Joseph, Jr.      
Stratton, Joseph      
Sutherlin, Ann      
Taylor, Simeon      
Thomas, Enos      
Thomas, Evans and Catherine minister    
Thompson, Joseph and Ann Lupton marriage certificate    
Tremble, John      
Tremble, Moses      
Walker, Abel      
Walker, Lewis      
Walker, Mordecai      
Walton, Moses      
White, Edward      
White, Nathaniel      
Wiliams, Henry      
Wood, Joseph and Rachel Lupton      
Wright, Isaac      
Wright, James      
Wright, Jonathan      
Wright, Joseph      
Wright, Thomas      
Wright, William      


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