The Search capability has been upgraded. Selecting a family will generate a page with
an overview of the family in Ohio YM on the left and a (mostly) alphabetical list of people with
that surname on the right.
This website is intended to document the history of the Society of Friends and recognize the faithfulness and contributions of our members.
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Initially, the site will focus on Ohio Yearly Meeting, in preparation for its 200th anniversary (2013).
The Historic Atlas of Ohio Yearly Meeting was published by Ohio Yearly Meeting in
2012 as a part of its bicentennial commemoration. The book is an illustrative
companion to the existing histories of Ohio YM, although it contains some new
Ohio Yearly Meeting of 2013 authorized the publication of additional copies of the Historic
Atlas. At this time I am reading through the text, adding some new information that
has been provided, and making other corrections. The deadline for submitting changes or
new information to me is 1/13/2014.
All copies of the first run of the book have been exhausted. The price was $15, but it is
possible that the price of the second edition will be slightly higher.
Ohio Yearly Meeting held its first called session in its history on Eleventh Month 16, 2013. The
purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues regarding the lease of rights under lands held
by Ohio YM for oil and gas extraction.
The meeting, held at Stillwater, came to the conclusion that Ohio Friends do not feel directed
by the Lord at this time to lease these lands.
Ohio Yearly Meeting owns over 200 acres of land, extending from the farm of
southeast of Stillwater to the Plummer House along Route 147.
First Month 11, 2014
Rockingham QM at Chattahoochee
Second Month 1, 2014
Stillwater Quarterly Meeting at Stillwater
Second Month 8, 2014
Salem Quarterly Meeting at Salem
Eighth Month 5-9, 2014
Ohio Yearly Meeting at Stillwater
was a prominent Elder of Chesterfield Meeting in the late 19th century. Huestis
(pronounced hyoos-tis) was one of the best medical doctors in southeastern Ohio
in his day. He had been trained in medicine by Sylvanus Fisher, another renowned doctor
of the 19th century. He also took additional training at Starling Medical College.
Huestis settled at Chesterfield in 1837 and practiced there throughout
the remainder of his life. In 1850, someone came into the Chesterfield Meeting House
during the course of Monthly Meeting and announced that Huestis's services were needed
immediately. An alternate Clerk was appointed, and Huestis left to aid his patient.
Huestis was active in Quaker affairs on all levels. He served many years as Clerk of
Chesterfield MM and Pennsville QM. He also donated many years to the Boarding School,
particularly after the decision was made to rebuild at Stillwater. During the doctrinal
controversies of the mid-century, Huestis supported the efforts to stand apart from the
national turmoil. He did not support exchanging epistles with New England YM after 1845.
Huestis was the Men's Clerk of Pennsville QM when it appointed a committee to revise
the minutes of the women's Chesterfield MM in 1862, the event that precipitated the
Primitive division in Ohio YM. He wrote the minute authorizing the committee to review
the MM minutes, and when women's MM Clerk Belinda Hobson refused to allow this abuse
of Quaker process, her supporters (the Primitive Friends) withdrew from Ohio YM.
Gregory McReynolds, a descendant of Isaac Huestis, provided an old photograph of him (detail
shown here). Gregory is also a descendant of other Friends of the former Pennsville QM.