An American Family History

Newhope Monthly Meeting
Greene County, Tennessee


Greene County, Tennessee developed from the Nolichucky settlement. It was formed in 1783 from part of the original Washington County, North Carolina.


Some of the first Quakers in Greene County, Tennessee settled about a mile north of Rheatown on the Nolichucky River. At first they were called "the little meeting at Nolachuckey." In 1794/95 this meeting became the New Hope Monthly Meeting and and the area was later called Quaker Knobs. When New Hope was founded, the Lost Creek Friends were also included in their membership. It was founded by direction of Westfield Monthly Meeting (Tom’s Creek) l in Surry County, North Carolina.

Beginning in 1804 some of the members migrated to Ohio and Indiana.


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.

The Nolichucky River flows through Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is a tributary of the French Broad River. During the 1770s, European Americans established the "Nolichucky settlements" in what is now Greene County, Tennessee.

The Village Messenger 
Fayetteville, Tennessee
06 Oct 1824, Wed  •  Page 2

Early Members      

Ballard, Moorman

founding member    
Barrett, James founding member    
Beals, David      
Beals, John Bowater founding member    
Beals, Jacob founding member 1787 - 1875 in VA, s. of Daniel Beals and Mary Squibb, m. Sarah Ellis (1788-1840) d. of Ellis Ellis  
Beals, Thomas   1799, m. Margaret Braun  
Bonine, Daniel founding member, overseer of poor    
Brown, Thomas   m. Rachel Beals  
Clearwater, Jacob founding member    
Coppock, Aaron founding member    
Cotter, James   b. 1763, m. Rebecca Ellis  
Crumley, Abram   b. 1793, m. Elizabeth Marshall  
Davidson, Ruth founding member    
Dillon, Garrett   b. 1776, married Margaret Reece/Reesand Margaret Edmondson the daughter of Solomon Edmondson,
son of Peter
Dillon, Peter founding member b. 1752, married Elizabeth Haworth daughter of James Haworth  
Ellis, Ellis founding member, overseer 1760, s. of Enos Ellis and Elizabeth Coulston m. Mary Pickering, d. of William Pickering and Sarah Wright  
Ellis, Jacob   1796-1858, son of Ellis Ellis and Mary Pickering, m. Elizabeth Beals (1792-1863) d. of Daniel Beals and Mary Squibb.  
Ellis, Mordecai founding member 1723-1785, married Mary Hutton, from Berks, PA  
Ellis, Samuel founding member, clerk b. 1760 in Bucks, Pennsylvania  
Ellis, Thomas   b. 1721, married Magdaline Carlen  
Edmondson, Susannah Wilkinson founding member    
Embree, Thomas      
Fisher, James founding member    
Frazier, Ezekiel founding member    
Frazier, Samuel recorder    
Haworth, George founding member b. 1749 son of James Haworth
married Susannah Dillon
Haworth, James, Jr. founding member, overseer of poor b. 1752, son of James Haworth
married Mary Reece/Ree
Hoggatt, Moses founding member    
Humbard, Samuel   b. 1730, m. Sarah Painter  
Iddings, Benjamin founding member, overseer    
Johnson, James   b. 1759, m. Abigail Barton  
Jones, Evan founding member b. 1770 in NC
m. Sarah Bonine
Jones, James   b. 1766 in NC
m. Rachel Ellis
Marsh, Gravenor   b. 1799, m. Elizabeth Oliphant, s. Gravenor Marsh and Hannah Moore  
Marshall, Abram founding member b. 1775, m. Martha Doane, s. John Marshall and Ruth Hadley (daughter of Joshua Hadley)  
Marshall, John   b. 1799, m. Hannah Beals, d. of David Beals and Rachel West  
McNeese, Gravener   b. 1796, married Mary Beals  
McNeese, Samuel   b. 1755, m. Ann Ware and Lydia Marsh  
McNeese, William Isaiah   b. 1730 in Ireland  
Neal, William founding member    
Pearson, Samuel      
Pickering, Benjamin founding member b. 1752, married Rebecca Ellis  
Rambo, John      
Reece/Rees, William founding member b. 1736, married Charity Dillon, daughter of Daniel Dillon  
Smith, Abraham founding member    
Smith, Seth founding member    
Smith, William   m. Jemima Smith  
Stanfield, Samuel      
Stanfield, Thomas founding member    
Swain, Elihu overseer    
Thornburgh, Joseph overseer    
Willis, Jesse founding member    
Wright, James founding member    
East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.



from The Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee - Greene County

About 1790 a large number of Friends or Quakers began to come into the [Greene] county from Pennsylvania and North Carolina, although a number of person of that faith had come several years before. Among the pioneers were William Reese [Reece/Rees], Garrett and Peter Dillion, William and Abraham Smith, Solomon, David and John B. Beales, Samuel and Mordecai Ellis, Abraham Marshall, Samuel Pearson, Samuel Stanfield and George Hayworth [Haworth].

The first religious services were held on the eleventh day of the ninth month, 1791. Other meetings were held from time to time, and on the twenty-eighth day of the second month, 1795, New Hope monthly meeting was organized about one mile west of Rheatown where a house of worship was erected. A church house was also erected on Lick Creek at an early day.

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