Center Monthly Meeting, located in Clinton County, Ohio, three miles northwest of Wilmington was "set up" (organized) on the 2 Mo. 7, 1807. A meeting for worship appears to have been held since about 1806. The first recorded interment was in 1804. The new monthly meeting was "set off" (started/approved) from Miami Monthly Meeting by authority of Redstone Quarterly Meeting, Pa.
The spelling of Center or Centre. The Center Monthly Meeting has been spelled Center by Clinton County property deeds, Center by the name of the road where it is located, Center by all of the Monthly Meetings that make a reference to Center MM, Center by the "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy" and the written records from Center MM. Center had four categories for record keeping, Men's Minutes, Women's Minutes, Removal records and Birth & Death records. These records are contained in several volumes that are all titled Center except the birth and death records; This volume was spelled Centre.
In recognition of the practices of The Society of Friends, they did not use grave markers until the early to mid 1800's and varied by location. They also did not use a name of the month like May, but rather the number, 5 for May.
A list of names of those persons who were early members of Center Monthly Meeting includes Robert Andrews, Daniel Bailey, Morman Ballard, Elizabeth Barnard, Mary Barrett, William Butler, Joseph Cloud, Stephen Compton, Rebecca Compton, overseer, Charity Cook, Isaac Cook, elder, Thomas Cox, Rachel Embree, Thomas Emery, Benjamin Farquhar, David Faulkner, Ellen Faulkner, Judith Faulkner, Martha Faulkner, Susanna Faulkner, John Furnace, Ruth (Doan) Haines, William Harvey, Sarah Hawkins, overseer, George Hayworth, Joanna Hayworth, Mary Hayworth, Phebe Hayworth, Rachel Henderson, overseer, Richard Henderson, overseer, Center Preparative, John Henley, Francis Hester, Mary Hester, overseer, Patience Hines, Achsah Hodgson, Amos Hodgson, Jacob Jackson, Robert Kirby, Abigail Leonard, Rachel Lewis, Nathan Linton, David McMillan, Hannah McMillan, Richard Mendenhall, Anne Millhouse, Henry Millhouse, Robert Millhouse, overseer, Caesars Creek Preparative, Sarah Millhouse, assistant clerk, Jane Moon, Saline Moon, Samuel Owens, overseer, Caesars Creek Preparative, David Painter, Isaac Perkins, Phenia Perkins, clerk and elder, Sarah (Hayworth) Rice, Esther (Lewis) Roads, John Sanders, Mary Sanders, Lydia Smith, Mary Spray, Samuel Spray, William Stanton, Rebecca (Clark) Steward, Ann Stout, John Stout, clerk, Margaret Stout, John Stubs, Mary Thatcher, Joanna Vanhorn, Martha Walker, Mordecai Walker, William Walker, Robert Whitacre, David Whitson, Mary Whitson, Enoch Wickersham., Betty Wilson, Jehu Wilson, Sarah Wilson, elder, Elizabeth Wright, clerk, Joel Wright, Jonathan Wright, elder, Susannah Wright.
In 1828 the Hicksite separation divided the monthly meeting into two branches. The Orthodox branch appear, to have had the larger membership and to have retained the record books of the original meeting. The Hicksite branch was "laid down" (discontinued) in 1864. The Orthodox branch was "laid down" in 1921.
In 1974 The Wilmington Yearly Meeting transferred the Center Friends Burial Ground to the Clinton County Historical Society. Then in 1998 the Center FBG was transferred to the Trustees of Union Township, Clinton Co., OH. In 2012, the official Center FBG map was updated and approved by the Union Township Trustees.
Many members of Center MM were living in other near by areas. Many of these remote members death dates and burial locations were in New Hope FBG and Caesars Creek FBG, the links below are for quick access to those two Friends Burial Grounds.
New Hope FBG.......Caesar Creek FBG
The information supporting this description, can be found in:
1. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy 1750-1930, Volume V page 469, by William Wade Hinshaw
2. Quaker Rare Collections, Watson Library, Wilmington College (Ohio).
GPS Coordinates: 39.48244, -83.86928
- Added: 29 Jan 2005
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2134180
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