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New York Yearly Meeting of Friends at Poplar Ridge was founded in 1853 by the Wilburite separation in New York Yearly Meeting. It is sometimes referred to as Wilburite and sometimes Conservative in addition to being called New York Yearly Meeting (Primitive).
Poplar Ridge Yearly Meeting's origins trace back to Scipio Monthly Meeting, which was established in 1808 under New York Yearly Meeting's Easton Quarterly Meeting, and put under Scipio Quarterly Meeting at its establishment in 1825. In 1828 the Separation divided Scipio Quarterly into Orthodox and Hicksite branches, and in 1847 the Orthodox branch separated into Gurneyite and Wilburite branches. The much smaller Wilburite branch divided yet again in 1859 in Otisite and Kingite factions.
The Kingite branch stopped meeting around 1880. The Otisite branch, which remained in sympathy with other Primitive Quaker meetings, laid down its yearly meeting in 1896, but its remaining meeting, the reunited Wilburite Scipio Quarterly Meeting, continued meeting in summer until its union with Canada Yearly Meeting (Conservative) in 1916.
Records of New York Yearly Meeting of Friends at Poplar Ridge 1853-1896. Includes minutes 1859-1896, and Meeting for Sufferings minutes 1853-1868.
This finding aid is only for the yearly meeting, consitutent meetings of Poplar Ridge, including Scipio (Conservative) are described separately as part of New York Yearly Meeting.
Transferred from Haviland Records Room by NYYM in 1997.
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The minutes begin in 1859 with the Otisite/Kingite division of the Wilburite/Conservative group, with James Otis named as clerk of the new Yearly Meeting in Poplar Ridge.
Beginning in 1868, the minutes are for a joint session of men and women Friends. The yearly meeting was laid down in 1896, with the summer meeting of Scipio Quarterly continuing.Physical Description
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The volume begins with the first Meeting for Sufferings held by the Wilburite branch of New York Yearly Meeting after the 1853 separation of the Orthodox NYYM into Gurneyite and (smaller) Wilburite factions. In 1859 it records the additional Otisite/Kingite division of the Wilburite meeting, being continued by the Otisite branch. In 1868, the Poplar Ridge Yearly Meeting (Otisite) recommended that a separate Meeting for Sufferings be discontinued.
In addition to typical minutes, there is a longer accounting of the 1859 Otisite/Kingite division in New York.
Much of the volume was left blank, and has been repurposed as a kind of diary / day book with daily entries beginning "Miss you so dear little mother" from 1950-1955.Physical Description
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