Mary Penington (1625–1682)

Mary Penington’s name is usually mentioned first because she was married to Isaac, and secondarily as mother of Gulielma, William Penn’s first wife. I encourage you to make her acquaintance in her own right, however, because she was a brave, articulate, and fervent spirit whose autobiography is good reading and who gives good company to the modern seeker. Born into a Protestant knightly family, Mary was orphaned early and fostered by a good family of moderate piety. While thriving under the kindness of her foster family, Mary was engaged from youth in a search for an authentic spiritual life🔒

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Brian Drayton is a member of Weare (N.H.) Meeting.

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