Unfortunately, there is no giant book with all Quaker info included....there is a monumental work by Hinshaw, but he died before he could finish and include all the various records. Thus, Hinshaw's Quaker Encyclopedia does not contain any, later ones, from the mid-west, or any from Chester co and other places. It is out on CD and I have that CD, which was where your VA/OH info came from. I will be glad to look up specific people for you, but you need to give me a geographic area, some sort of date, and a full name....the CD is not particularly user friendly, so it takes a while.
There are a good many midwestern records warehoused at Elam College, in Richmond, Indiana....you'll have to visit their online site for what is available there. Swarthmore College in PA has a huge Quaker library, but there is nothing on line from them, or available anyway other than a visit...so, forget that unless you live close!
Quakers are no more like Mennonites than dogs are like cats....a religion, yes, but completely different. I would advise you, as you have Quaker ancestors, to read up on the religion. It was totally pacifistic, and a part of the everyday life for these people...it dictated who they could marry, and who they couldn't and often times where them lived, when and where they moved, and why. For instance, many Chester co Quakers moved down the Shenandoah Valley, in Va....some stopped there, and there is a large congregation called the Hopewell Meeting, in Frederick Co, VA....some moved on into Loudoun and other Va cos...some went even further south into the Carolinas and Ga. After Ohio was formed, and declared a free state, meaning slavery was not allowed, many of these southern Quakers moved to Ohio, for a couple reasons. By this time, the Quaker faith had become firmly against slavery, so for ideological reasons they preferred a free state. Also, they could not compete, economically, with persons who owned slaves, which equated to free labor, while the Quakers had to pay their workers. This is just an illustration of how, knowing about the Quaker faith can help you track people all over the country.
Other than Hinshaw, there are many, many different Monthly Meeting records published...but to know what to look for you need to know WHERE your folks lived and WHAT MMs there were in the area...that's up to you to determine, though your own research, so do your homework...everything you learn will be helpful.
While Quakers were almost entirely from English speaking countries...England, Wales, Ireland......Mennonites were of Germanic origin and the members will definately have Germanic names....some in Chester were Pennypacker, Buckwalter, Beitler, Hellerman....you get the idea. Their idealogies are in NO way similar and they are classified under the heading of German Reformed Churches.
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