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George Fox

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Leicestershire, England
Death: January 13, 1691 (66)
London, England
Place of Burial: London Borough of Islington, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Christopher Fox and Mary Fox
Husband of Margaret Fell
Brother of John Fox

Occupation: founder of the Quakers
Managed by: Francis Gene Dellinger
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About George Fox

George Fox is known as the founder of the Quaker religion. He was born in a small hamlet in England. He was known to be different from other children even at a young age. He was quite religious and observed people constantly. He was known for his honesty and integrity.

George would spend much time shepherding sheep in the Leicestershire hills. It was during these teen-age years that he began to search for direct inner communion with God. He would study his Bible and --in silence--open his heart to God. It was here that the "Quaker silence" was begun.

When George Fox was nineteen he left his family and began traveling the countryside to discover the true religion that a humble, honest person could live by. He watched and listened and thought about each thing. He memorized the Scriptures. He was trying to find spiritual truths but no one that he talked to, whether a religious leader or layman, seemed to have the answers he desired. He was ridiculed and persecuted by many.


From Pembrokeshire History on line

"George Fox, the founder of the Society of Friends, came to Pembroke and Haverfordwest [Wales] in 1657 and, before long, there were Quaker meetings held at Redstone, near Narberth, Puncheston, St. David's, Newport, Jameston and Haverfordwest. By 1661 Lewis David of Llanddewi Velfrey and others were imprisoned for their beliefs and their persecution continued until they emigrated to Pennsylvania where David had purchased 3,000 acres of land from William Penn. There they settled in townships which they named Haverford and Narberth."

Links to additional material:

  • Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750, with their early history in Ireland, by Albert Cook Myers. Published 1902 by The author in Swarthmore, Pa .
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George Fox's Timeline

July 1624
January 13, 1691
Age 66
London, England
London Borough of Islington, England