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Elizabeth Hooton: A Mother of Quakerism

Passionate and persevering, Elizabeth Hooton played a key role in the birth of Quakerism. Her story, one that both inspires and challenges Friends today, deserves to be better known. She is mentioned in the earliest histories of Quakers and in George Fox’s Journal; many facts of her life, travels, and sufferings are known. Elizabeth Hooton: First Quaker Woman Preacher (1600‐ 1672), written by Emily Manners, pulls together many little‐known documents related to her life. The full nature of her important role, however, must be read between the lines. Born in 1600 in Elizabethan England, she was probably named for🔒

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Marcelle Martin, a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., is a core teacher at Pendle Hill Quaker study center in Wallingford, Pa., for 2006-07.


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