When “Miss Anthony” went to her birthplace for her birthday (Feb 15) to reminisce about her family news, intrepid New Englanders turned out, despite blustery weather. I’ve been to Adams, Massachusetts many times to visit Susan’s birthplace and to learn about her roots in the place where her Quaker ancestors are buried.
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.
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.