Not His Father’s Quaker

Punchbowl that belonged to the Anthony family, displayed at the Leavenworth County Historical Society. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Punchbowl that belonged to the Anthony family. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Daniel Anthony, the father of Susan B. and her siblings, was of such an independent mind that he married “out of Meeting,” i.e. someone who was not a Quaker. In fact, he married a girl who had been his student, a Baptist named Lucy Read. For this he was temporarily ousted from the Meeting, as he was at numerous other times during his life. Continue reading

Quakers At Heart

Quaker Meeting House, Adams. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Quaker Meeting House, Adams. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Quakerism was at the center of the Anthony family. It was a bee in the bonnet of Susan’s antislavery activities that began in New York State, and a spur atop the saddle for Merritt and Daniel as they rode with the Kansas cavalry in the Civil War.

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Susan B. Anthony Family Origins: Massachusetts

 

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum kitchen. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum kitchen. Photo by Jeanne Gehret

The Anthony story begins in Adams, Massachusetts at the family homestead and Friends’ Cemetery. That home represents a fairly stable period in the relationship between the Anthonys and the Quakers.
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