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This record is from our Family Court records.
George Truitt

Information in this record:
Religion-
Quakers were Among First Settlers In County,
came From Virginia



Among the first settlers in Worcester County were the Quakers. they came from the Quaker settlements, Annemessix and Accomack, the former in Somerset County, and the latter in Virginia.


The first of these settlers, John and Katherine Goddin, who came from Somerset, bought 2,900 acres of land called Rochester.



In 1689 George Truitt, from Virginia, bought 600 acres adjoining Rochester from Elizabeth Stevens. Several other Quaker families came and settled near Snow Hill, 6 to 8 miles northeast of Snow Hill on the south side of the Pocomoke River.



Among these were the Powell, Fooks and Johnson families of Accomack, and Isaac Morris, from Pennsylvania. All of these settled in the vicinity of Snow Hill, buying land to farm.



These families met for religious services in the home of George Truitt. The first reference we have of this meeting, the Borgerterten Meeting, is in 1697. The Truitt house was approved and recorded by the Somerset County Court as a meeting house for the Quakers in 1704.



Several times Quaker missionaries visited the meetings of the Quakers. It is recorded in both Thomas Chalkeley's and Thomas Story's journals that they had held several meetings in George Truitt's home at different times.



The same George Truitt willed the Quakers one acre of land on August 15, 1729, for a burying ground and meeting house five miles above snow Hill on the Berlin road. This will was probated on November 21, 1721.



There is no record of the termination of the Quaker meetings in Worcester County, but it is believed that they ceased about the middle of the 18th century.



The Worcester Democrat,
Pocomoke City, Maryland,
June 1955 Anniversary Edition.

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Some entries show dates specifically and separately. Some have the dates within the Information notes:
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f = Family Court Date
o = Orphan Court Date
w = Will Date
p = Probate Date

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