Old Kennett Meetinghouse

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11 Comments

Reply Rima Milligan
6:17 PM on May 8, 2017 
My maiden name is Taylor and I am a descendant of the Taylor's of Kennett Square. Most (and for a long period- all) were members of Kennett Meetinghouse. Since doing my ancestry and realizing that this is the place that they came to in the United States from Little Leigh,England , back in the 1600's, has made me want to visit and be in the places they once lived. I am hope to visit sometime this summer or fall.
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Reply Cindy Klein
5:36 PM on November 20, 2014 
I was so interested in finding this site. I descend from George Harlan through his son Aaron. Aaron was buried in your cemetery. George was my grandfather x9! I would love to be able to visit someday. Interesting how the religion has changed in his line. I note from other messages here that some descendants are now Catholic. I was raised Methodist but am now Jewish. Not sure what George Harlan would have made of that but, the family did come here for religious freedom...
Reply Shannon J.
4:44 PM on October 9, 2013 
I believe one of my ancestors may have attended meetings here at one time. His name was Nathaniel White. He appears to have been granted permission to marry his wife, Mary Kerlin, here in 1745. If you have any information regarding the Whites, please email me! I'd love to hear more. :)
Reply Cynthia Lora Denny
11:22 AM on June 23, 2013 
My grandmother, Lora Norene Whitaker is daughter of John Whitaker, whose grandparents were married in Kennett Square. They were William Whitaker & Elizabeth Carolton m. Dec. 13, 1722. I am planning a visit to this area in Oct. & am excited to find out about the early settling of this area & the circle of friends way of life.
Reply Jon
12:29 PM on February 9, 2013 
My wife is a descendent to George Harlan (1649-1714) through his son Moses (1683-1749). There journey started at Kennett,PA to Alamance NC to Yadkin NC to Wabash IN to Henry IN

George Harlan (1649-1714)
Moses Harlan (1683-1749)
Mary Harlan (1713-1753)
Margaret Peggy Cox (1737-?)
Mary Spencer (1770-1844)
Ruth Hadley (1792-1824)
Spencer Davis (1816-1864)
Amos Davis (1842-1902)
Benjamin Spencer Davis (1885-1960)
Mary Magdaline Davis (1910-1999)
Reply Carole A. Baxter
11:13 AM on October 19, 2012 
My maiden name is Carole Anne Hurford. My father was James Rayner Hurford. He would have been raised in the 20's and 30's. His family was from Kennett Square and a member of the Quaker Church there. I have the Quaker family bible which will be a great help. I am beginning to research my father's side of the family at this time.
Does anyone there remember the family?
Reply Patti
11:53 AM on January 21, 2012 
My father was descended from George Harlan through his son Aaron's daughter, Mary Harland Evans Laughlin. She was married to Owen Evans until he died and then married Hugh Laughlin and moved to Orange County, N.C. One of their daughters married into the Woody clan. A couple generations later, the Quaker Woody clan removed to Indiana and that is where Asenath Woody married Joseph Crow. They came to Michigan and are my g-great grandparents.

I came across the Old Kennett Meeting House through Ancestry.com and hope to visit it in the next year or two. Hopefully, we will stay at the bed and breakfast that is Joshua Harlan's house. It is ironic that my mother and father visited Longwood Gardens many years ago and I'm sure Dad had no idea of his ancestors' place in the history of the area. I'm grateful that historic buildings are valued.
Reply Sheila Anastas
12:20 AM on August 14, 2011 
I'm a descendant of Thomas Wickersham who I understand helped build the meeting house. Also I descend from the Hayes, Harlans, Wards, Halls, Hoopes, Passmores, Puseys and Worleys...and the Guthries who married in "downstream" in Ohio. Some years ago, my husband, son and I stopped by to visit the cemetery, and reflected on the events that have happened there, as well as the cemetery at Marlborough Meeting. Its nice to see it being kept up. Our branch has gone full circle, and are Roman Catholic again. My parents, grandparents and I ran into Frank Pusey Walton mowing at Marlborough Meeting in 1969. He jumped in our car and got us access to the old Thomas Wickersham house, since demolished, and then gave perfect strangers from Virginia his precious handwritten Wickersham genealogy to take home with us. I returned it after hand-copying it, but marveled at his kindness. When I returned again with my own family over 30 years later from Connecticut, I again was walking through the Marlborough cemetery and there was someone who turned out to be Frank's granddaughter sitting by the Meeting house. I was moved to tears by the coincidence.
Reply Michael Silvon
6:07 PM on July 29, 2011 
My son married a Brinton descendant. Now that they have two infant girls I've become interested in their place in Chester County history. A Brinton family website notes that many Brintons were married and buried in the Meetinghouse and cemetery. I respect that their graves were most likely unmarked. Are records available?

Thank you,

Mike

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Use of metal detectors is not allowed in the burial ground area, please respect our ancient burial ground.

Metal detectors may be used on the property around the Meetinghouse. Please be sure to refill any holes that are dug and replace grass when digging for artifacts. Let us know what you find. 

A Tribute to "Old Kennett"

Written in 1910 on the occasion of Old Kennett Meeting's Bicentenial


Two hundred years ago, they say,

These walls composed of stone and clay,

Were built by men whose faith and zeal

Greatly aided our common weal.


We who are gathered here today

To honor those who have passed away,

Have but faint idea of the patient care

And trials these men were compelled to bear.


Their work was good—they built to endure,

Each stone was laid to be secure,

How well they toiled we can see today.

For nothing has crumbled or gone to decay.


The seats and benches were quite plain;

Few people at that time were vain;

No cushioned pew was given thought—

The grace of God was only sought.


The meetings were earnest, though members few;

The members were scarce, for our land was new.

Around these historic grounds where the pine trees nod,

Sincere was the praise they gave to God.


Let us all resolve to take greater part

In helping those of heavy heart;

To assist each other and worship the Lord,

And there can be no doubt of our heavenly reward


by S. Hammer Benson.1910