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Magnolia in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Murderkill/Motherkiln Friends Meeting

 
 
Murderkill/Motherkiln Friends Meeting Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, September 22, 2007
1. Murderkill/Motherkiln Friends Meeting Marker
Inscription. Quakers were gathering for worship in this area by 1712, when members of the Religious Society of Friends met "at the widow Needham's at Murderkill Creek." Established as Motherkiln Preparative Meeting (under the care of Duck Creek Meeting), the group probably met in the homes of its members until a meetinghouse was constructed at this site, circa 1760, on land donated by William Jackson. The structure was burned soon thereafter, and for a time Friends debated relocating the Meeting to a site near Tidbury Creek. At length, it was decided to re-erect a (brick) meetinghouse here. As of 1788 Motherkiln Meeting gained the status of a monthly meeting. By 1814 members were considering removal to the growing community of Camden, where a preparative meeting had been established in 1805. Regular worship at this site was discontinued by 1828, and in 1830 the Motherkiln and Duck Creek Meetings were formally united with Camden Preparative Meeting, forming Camden Monthly Meeting of Friends. The Motherkiln Meetinghouse was used occasionally until 1844, when the building was sold and dismantled.
 
Erected 2005 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-90.)
 
Location. 39° 4.547′ N, 75° 28.754′ W. Marker is in Magnolia
Motherkill Friends (Quaker) Meeting House and Burial Ground - 1705-1844 image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, September 22, 2007
2. Motherkill Friends (Quaker) Meeting House and Burial Ground - 1705-1844
This makeshift marker is located at the same site. It reads: In this cemetary are the remains of at least 150 souls including those of Dr. Nathaniel Luff, battalion surgeon with Geo. Washington at the crossing of the Delaware for the Battle at Trenton & Warner Mifflin the first abolitionist in America. Within the cemetery Dr. Nathaniel Luff's gravestone is extant, but Warner Mifflin's is not.
, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on South State Street just from Quaker Hill Road. Touch for map. Located just north of Magnolia along South State Street. Marker is in this post office area: Magnolia DE 19962, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Warner Mifflin (here, next to this marker); The St. Jones River: Why the Mansion Faces South (approx. 2.4 miles away); Home of John Dickinson (approx. 2.5 miles away); St. Jones Neck (approx. 2.7 miles away); Commemoration Park (approx. 3.2 miles away); T-33A Shooting Star (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hangar 1301 (approx. 3.2 miles away); Byfield (approx. 3.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Is located directly next to the historical marker for Warner Mifflin
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Colonial Era
 
List of burials at the Motherkill Friends Meeting Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, September 22, 2007
3. List of burials at the Motherkill Friends Meeting Cemetery
This marker, also on site lists the nearly 150 persons buried within the cemetery. The heading reads: "The following named souls were interred in this cemetery between 1769 and 1834. Only a tiny number of graves can be identified thanks to the few surviving headstones. Since the written records may not be complete, it is possible there may be more individuals who were buried here."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 704 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 4, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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