Posted By:Jerry Rogers
Subject:Quakers Who Married in Other Than the MM
Post Date:August 06, 2012 at 03:07:52
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For those concerned or confused by records indicating that their Quaker ancestors married in a church and not in the Monthly Meeting, this may help explain:

Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750, p.212:

"Many young Friends, impatient of the slow and troublesome process of passing meeting, would hasten off to "ye priest" or to a magistrate, and be married without any delay or formality. Ancient church registers, notabley those of the Old Swedes' Churches of Philadelphia and Wilmington, record the marriages of many young runaway Quaker couples. The monthly meeting minutes abound in the record of such infractions of discipline , and the elders of the meeting were ever busy laboring and dealing with the delinquents."