Quakers were prodigious record keepers, which is very helpful to anyone researching Quaker ancestors. Here's how it works....if a person is a member of one meeting, regardless of where it is - the next county over, or another country...when he wishes to transfer to another meeting....next county over or another country.....he must take a certificate with him, that says, more or less, that he is a member in good standing of his old meeting. Then, when he moves and joins the new meeting, most generally his name is entered in the records of the new meeting, with this sort of notation; 1m 23, 1710 Jonathan rocf New Garden pa meeting
(which means that on the date given, Jonathan was received into whatever meeting records you're looking at, and he presented a certificate from the New Garden Pa meeting. If the record says "1m 23 1710 Jonathan Smith rec...then that means that he was received as a member on that date, as a new Friend, and not one transferring from another meeting
In the way it is possible to track an ancestor, by seeing where he transferred from, or from the note in his old meeting, that he requested a certificate from that meeting to the new one. These are about the only times where one came from and where one moves to are recorded in the records of a MM. So, it there is nothing in the Arch Street meeting records, about where he came from, then I wouldn't know what his previous meeting was. It wouldn't be included in any meeting records AFTER Arch...only at Arch, or before.
In case you don't have it...Silas' will;
Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834
PRYOR, SILAS. Kennet, yeoman.April 14, 1732. June 13, 1732. A. 376.All estate real and personal to wife Susanna during widowhood. To daughter Joanna wife of Thomas Heald £5 and my great bible. To sons James and Joseph all real estate at wifes decease. Estate entailed to heirs of sons and failing them to heirs of daughter Susanna "so long as wood grows or water runs in and upon this Terestiall Gobb of Earth and water." Executors: wife Susanna, Ellis Lewis and Jos. Mendenhall, overseers. Witnesses: Moses Cason, Thomas Parvin.
*(Ellis Lewis is an ancestor of mine)
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