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  • Title
    Journal of Abiah Darby
  • Reference
    MS VOL 310
  • Date
    1744-1769
  • Scope and Content
    Journal of Abiah Darby of Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, prefaced by an autobiography of her earlier years. In a folder marked MS VOL 310b, there are 2 black and white portraits of the Reverend John Fletcher, the vicar of Madeley, and his widow Mary Fletcher, formerly kept in MS VOL 310. Association unclear; not in letter of gift for MS VOL 310.
  • Extent
    1 volume
  • Level of description
    item
  • Existence and location of copies
    Microfilm 928
  • Publication note
    World Microfilms Publications
  • Creator
    • Darby, Abiah, 1716-1794
      Abiah Maude Darby, was born 4 January 1716/7 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, the youngest daughter of Samuel and Rachel Maude (1) About her 16th year she bore testimony once in public, but shortly afterwards "One young man who sympathised with me and often spoke to my State, insensibly drew my weak tender mind into Friendship for him and by degrees I let me Affection go too much Out in harkening to his Offers" (2). Her friends were opposed to the match "as he had not so much in the World as I had" (3), but she gained her mother's reluctant consent, and about 1734 married John Sinclair (Sinclare, Senclare) (4). This, she felt, "quenched the holy Spirit in me, filling my mind with the cares of Life" (5). However, he died before she was 21. She married, secondly, 9 March 1745/6 Abraham Darby of Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, and removed there. At the time of her marriage she would appear to have been living in Westmorland, within which county the wedding took place (6). She was his second wife. She came forth once more in the ministry when she was 32, and travelled extensively in that service, visiting most of the meetings of England and Wales, and some in Scotland. She was Clerk of the Women's Yearly Meeting in 1759 (7) and took a leading part in her Women's Quarterly Meeting (8). "She was a tender Sympathizer with the afflicted, whether in Body or Mind, & an eminent Example of Christian Benevolence...being rich in good Works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate, feeding the hungry, cloathing the naked, visiting the sick, & also at sundry times, under an especial Apprehension of duty, the condemned & other Prisoners in different Jails'. She died 19 June 1794, aged about 77, and was buried at Coalbrookdale on 29 June 1794 (9). ________________________________________________ 1 Durham Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Births 2 'Extracts from the Diary of Abiah Darby' in Journal of Friends' Historical Society, volume 10 (1913), p.79 3 ibid 4 Not in Durham Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Marriages. The date 'about 1734' is given in pedigree facing p.79, Journal of Friends Historical Society, volume 10 (1913). John Sinclair's birth not in Durham Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Births. He was buried at Sunderland October 1737. Durham Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Burials She states that she had one child by this marriage, Rachel, 'which died before its father in the Small Pox', but there is no mention in Durham Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Births or Burials 5 Diary, loc.cit. 6 Westmorland Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Marriages. 7 'London Yearly Meeting during 250 years' (London 1919) p.130 8 'I had all the business in the Women's Meetings to transact myself as I generally have...', quoted ibid, p.104.n 9. Hereford, Worcester and Wales Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Burials. For notice of death see Volume 00/27.
  • Archival history
    Presented by John T Dickinson to the Library in 1919.
  • Normal location
    SR115/4/4
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