Murderkill/Motherkiln Friends Meeting

Murderkill/Motherkiln Friends Meeting (HMQDK)

Location: Magnolia, DE 19962 Kent County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 4.547', W 75° 28.754'

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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.
Marker NumberKC-90
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 458546 N 4325295
Decimal Degrees39.07578333, -75.47923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 4.547', W 75° 28.754'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 4' 32.82" N, 75° 28' 45.24" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5125-5165 S State St, Magnolia DE 19962, US
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