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GRIFFITH , JOHN ( 1713 - 1776 ), Quaker ;

b. 21 May 1713 in Radnorshire . Emigrating to America in 1726 he joined the Society of Friends and became an energetic worker in the cause. He returned to England in Jan. 1748 and attended 560 meetings, travelling 12,000 miles in the course of little over two years. He went back to America in May 1750 but returned in Oct. 1750 , m. Frances Wyatt , of Chelmsford , Essex , at which place he settled except for another visit to America , 1765-6 . He d. 17 June 1776 and was buried in the Friends' burial ground , Chelmsford . He published Journals of (his) Life, Travels, and Labours in the Work of the Ministry (several editions, London and Philadelphia ), and Some Brief Remarks upon Sundry Important Subjects … principally addressed to the … Quakers … ( London , 1768 , etc.).

Sources:

  • H. Blackwell , ‘Bibliog. of Welsh Americana,’ 1942 (i.e. printed version of NLW MS 9278).

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959