Thomas Chalkley (1675 - 1741) MP

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Birthplace: ENGLAND
Death: Died in Tortola, BRITISH WEST INDIES
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About Thomas Chalkley

Chalkley was probably the most influential Quaker minister in America during the eighteenth century.

Thomas Chalkey is the Quaker Minister that converted many on Nantucket to Quakerism.

  • CHALKLEY, THOMAS (1675–1741) Quaker
  • the son of George Chalkley
  • Married Martha Betterton in 1699 she was also a Quaker Minister,
  • They had 5 children that all died young.
  • They moved to Maryland in 1701, she died 1712
  • In 1714 he married a widow with 2 children named Martha Brown (SPICER).
  • Thomas Chalkey had a brother named George Chalkley
  • In the autumn of 1741 he went to Tortola, one of the Virgin Islands, where he was seized with fever and died after a few days' illness
  • Only one of his twelve children, Rebecca Chalkley, surviving him.

Rebecca Chalkley married a Quaker merchant Abel James a member of Pennsylvania's provincial assembly, a friend of Benjamin Franklin, and member of the American Philosophical Society.

Rebecca and Abel James had a son Thomas Chalkley James (Physician Medical educator) born in Philadelphia in 1766; died there, 25 July, 1835 He married Hannah Morris in 1802, and they had at least four children.


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Thomas Chalkley's Timeline

August 26, 1722
Age 47
Philadelphia, PA
September 4, 1741
Age 66