About

This blog concerns all aspects of the family of William Penn: the Quaker who became the proprietor of Pennsylvania, USA.  In particular it is a historical counterblast to how the Quaker, William Penn is generally viewed.

As well as being of interest to the general reader I hope it will be a useful educational resource for pupils, students and teachers.

Along with exploring how the Penn family amassed its fortune and landholdings during the 16th to 19th Centuries I will be posting on other aspects of Pennsylvanian history: trans-Atlantic slavery, slave resistance, black history, the history of Native Americans in the Pennsylvanian region and, importantly, the links between Quakers in Pennsylvania and Bristol, UK,

Contributions to this body of work are always most welcome

4 thoughts on “About”

  1. Dear Jim,
    In the light of your posts, you may be interested in this link – http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/E660001-002/ which we recently put on our website here in Cork.
    Yours sincerely
    Hiram Morgan

  2. Jean Penrose Sundborg said:

    October 14, 2014 I found your website while searching for English ancestors of my ancestor, John Antram and wife Frances Butcher. These two immigrant Quakers to Burlington New Jersey were married there March 15, 1682. I disagree with the large number of their ancestors who state that Thomas Antram and wife, Jane Batter who went from Massachusetts to New Jerseyare parents of John and a brother, James..

    Can you suggest web/Quaker sources for my search into English Quaker ancestors?

    I found baptism for a John Antram in 1645 in Hilton, Dorset, England, but he was son of John, vicar. Is there a chance that the son of a vicar would grow up to be a Quaker and immigrate to the colonies?

    • Hi Jean,
      Sorry for my delay in replying to your comment.
      Keep searching for web/Quaker sources for your ancestral research…it’s not really my field. You could contact the Friends Library on Euston Road, London, England – they may point you in the right direction.
      The son of a vicat could indeed have become a Quaker and emigrated to the colonies:
      Following the execution of Charles the First (1649) there was an explosion of printed and vocal propaganda from all kinds of radicals. One such radical was the weaver’s son, George Fox, who for five years or so had been a preacher; imprisoned in Derby on a charge of blasphemy, and jailed at Nottingham for interrupting a church service. It was Fox who became the ‘founder of Quakerism’. By 1652 the extreme radical movement ‘Quakerism’ had been formed and the numbers of people who claimed to be Quakers mushroomed. Fox also preached and converted people to Quakerism in the Low Counties and in the colonies of North America.
      By 1660 there were 40,000 Quakers in the country and by 1700 perhaps as many as 60,000.

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