Saturday, October 24, 2009

The English brothers

One of my goals on this trip is to figure out what happened to Joshua's surviving brothers, John and Abraham. I'm also hoping to find out anything about his mother or his childhood.

Another great tidbit in the Quaker Historical Library this week: Now I know why I don't know much about them. Joshua's mother Mary and his elder brother John were disowned. Unlike many other records, they don't say what the two did, but it was so bad that they were immediately disowned instead of the usual attempts at reconciliation. Ah, more mysteries! What did they do? In other records, people got in trouble for excessive drinking and frequenting alehouses, running up their debts or dealing unfairly with people, marrying outsiders, joining the army, and unmarried folks living together. What could have been worse?

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