Tag Archives: Quaker

Kissing Cousins

When my parents were moving toward marriage in the late 1960s, my grandfather became concerned that they might be related.  It was a reasonable concern.  Both my parents’ families had lived in the same small town of Richmond, Indiana for … Continue reading

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Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright, son of John and Elizabeth Wright, was born probably in Castleshane, Ireland, where it is known his sister Rachel was born.  He was brought to America as a small child by his parents and grew up near Menallen … Continue reading

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Kindness Beyond Expression

“I believed that liberty was the natural right of all men equally.” John Woolman (1720-1772) wrote these words in his Journal in 1756, recalling a conversation he had recently had with some slave-holding friends.  Woolman was a Quaker and one … Continue reading

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A Political Life

One hundred and sixty one years ago–on August 11, 1850–Robert Hill died at the age of seventy.  He was buried in the cemetery on a corner of his property, the one he had donated to the local Quaker meeting in … Continue reading

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Coming to America

Yesterday was Columbus Day, the day we celebrate Christopher Columbus coming to America.  Columbus came in 1492, but it was only after 100 years and more that settlers began consistently coming to America to make a new home. In my … Continue reading

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The Brethren

People say America is a melting pot.  But I think of it more like a stew.  All the different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds come together and swim around in a common pot.  In a stew, you can still see … Continue reading

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Kiss Me, I’m Irish?

‘Tis the month for celebrating being Irish.  Saint Patrick’s Day, Green Beer, Shamrocks and the Dublin Irish Festival (Dublin, Ohio, that is).  Until I went to Notre Dame for my undergraduate studies, Saint Patrick’s Day never meant much to me.  … Continue reading

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