An American Family History

New Garden Monthly Meeting
Guilford County, North Carolina

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.

New Garden Monthly Meeting established in 1754. They brought the name with them from the New Garden Meeting in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

. . .25th of the 5 mo. 1754. Friends at New Garden requested this meeting to Grant them the privilege of holding a Monthly Meeting amongst them by Reason of the hardship they underwent in Attending the monthly meeting at Cane Creek;

And it appeared to this meeting that there is Near or Quite Forty Families of Friends seated in them parts; In consideration of which, this meeting thought propper to grant them there request.

The original members included:
Thomas Beals,
Benjamin Beeson,
William Beeson,
Abraham Cook,
Daniel Dillon,
Eleazar Hunt,
William Hunt,
Mordecai Mendenhall,
John Mills,
Henry Mills,
Hur Mills,
Thomas Mills,
Benjamin Rudduck,
John Rudduck,
Thomas Thornbrugh,
Thomas Vestal, and
Richard Williams.

Members by the presentation of certificates during the first few months were:
James Brown,
William Smith, wife and children,
Richard Beeson and wife,
George Hyatt,
Isaac Cox and wife,
Anthony Hoggatt and wife,
Benjamin Britain,
Joseph Unthank, wife and children,
Samuel Pearson, wife and children,
Nathan Dicks,
Zacharias Dicks,
Peter Dicks, wife and children,
Isaac Pidgeon and
Joseph Hoggatt.

Members received in membership by request were:
Robert Hodgson,
Hanuel Edwards and
George Hodgson


Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created in 1682.