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Quaker Mechems

Quaker Mechems

Posted: 1281240406000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Mechem, Meacham, Mecham
I am descended from Francis Mechem, the Quaker who emigrated from Nottingham to Philadelphia in 1702. I'm looking for the Quaker thread, and have it as far as the mid-18th Century in Concord Monthly Meeting, West Chester, PA. Any information about further Monthly Meetings would be appreciated. I understand the family may have been "read out" of their meeting -- perhaps for taking up arms during the revolutionary war (Isaac Mechem is one known to have fought in the revolutionary war) or perhaps later.

Elizabeth Mechem Carroll

Re: Quaker Mechems

Posted: 1281283559000
Classification: Query

I too have Belmont County, Ohio Quaker ancestors who came from Pennsylvania.

The Revolutionary War caused much emotional trauma in Quaker families when some 'took up arms' and therefore were not welcome in the faith anymore since that was not following the Quaker's peaceful ways. Some married a person out of the Quaker faith and that was reason for them to be 'shunned' and no longer welcomed in the group. Others followed their families who moved away from Quaker surroundings.

Many of the Quaker Meeting records are available online - but not all.

When my family moved from Pennsylvania to Virginia, family stories passed down tell us of this 'trying time.' My Pennsylvania Quaker families 'took up arms' to defend their new country.

After the war, they moved into Ohio wanting land for their family and while they tried to continue living within their Quaker faith and may have done so for some time, however, moving into larger parcels having smaller communities, they found fewer 'like minded' people living near them. Since attending church was important to them they found a church of a 'similar' faith closer by and they attended that one - becoming members. Families attended church - first and foremost - whichever church was available. Church was the center of the community - whichever denomination it happened to be.

Following the flow of our ancestors over time by church affiliation becomes very interesting as churches influenced many family behaviors.

Re: Quaker Mechems

Posted: 1359224491000
Classification: Query

Below is what I have on them on the moment....I am a decendant of Issac's brother John I was wondering if you had any information on John's wife and Issacs' wife's full nmae? See below on Issac's sibbings and parents.

Francis Mechem, son of John Mechem and Jane Stanley, born 11 Jun 1764, Goshen, Chester County, Pennsylvania; died 28 Apr 1841, Harford District 3, Harford County, Maryland. He was married 29 Sep 1791, Goshen, Chester County, Pennsylvania, to Naomi Goodwind, daughter of Richard Goodwin and Lyida Potter, born 22 Apr 1771, Goshen, Chester County, Pennsylvania; died 06 Dec 1849, Harford District 3, Harford County, Maryland. They had resided in Harford District 3, Harford County, Maryland. They are buried in the ______________ Cemetery, ______________, Harford County, Maryland.

Francis Mechem and Naomi Goodwind had four children in their union:


__. John Mechem about 1792; 19 Oct 1868 _____________________

__. Richard Mechem 29 May 1798; 16 Jul 1871 1st Sarah Priscilla Jones
2nd Lucretia Naomi Alderson

__. William Goodwin Mechem 08 Jun 1806; about 1888 1st Ellen P________ Moore
2nd Cynthia _____________

__. Isaac Jacob Mechem 11 Jul 1810; 7 Aug 1888 Celestia M_________ Russell
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