An American Family History

Newhope Monthly Meeting
Greene County, Tennessee


Greene County, Tennessee developed from the Nolichucky settlement. It was formed in 1783 from part of the original Washington County, North Carolina.


The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America and was ratified in 1789.

The first Quakers in Greene County settled in several locations. One group settled on Lick Creek and another settled about a mile north of Rheatown on the Nolichucky. They were first called "the little meeting at Nolachuckey." In 1794/95 this meeting became the New Hope Monthly Meeting and and the area was later called Quaker Knobs.

In 1789 a committee from the New Garden Monthly Meeting visited "the little meeting at Nolachuckey" and were satisfied with the meeting. Certificates were ordered to be prepared for:

Thomas Embree and family,
John Rambo, and
Samuel Frazier and children.

A preparative meeting was settled [at Nolichucky] on the fourth day the 12th of the 8th month, 1793, and the name of Newhope given to it shortly after.

Samuel Ellis - clerk
Samuel Frazier - recorder
Benjamin Iddings, Ellis Ellis, Elihu Swain and Joseph Thornburgh - overseers
Daniel Bonine and George Haworth - overseers of the poor.

Other Friends who were members at Newhope before the establishment of the monthly meeting, or who became members soon afterward, include:

Moorman Ballard
James Barrett
John Bowater Beals
Jacob Beals
Daniel Bonine
Jacob Clearwater
Aaron Coppock
Ruth Davidson
Peter Dillon
Ellis Ellis
Mordecai Ellis
Samuel Ellis

Susannah Edmundson
James Fisher
Ezekiel Frazier
George Haworth
James Haworth

Moses Hoggatt
Benjamin Iddings
Evan Jones
Abram Marshall
William Neal
Benjamin Pickering
William Rees
Abraham Smith
Seth Smith
Thomas Stanfield
Jesse Willis
James Wright


East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Greene County, Tennessee developed from the Nolichucky settlement. It was formed in 1783 from part of the original Washington County, North Carolina.




from The Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee - Greene County

About 1790 a large number of Friends or Quakers began to come into the [Greene] county from Pennsylvania and North Carolina, although a number of person of that faith had come several years before. Among the pioneers were William Reese, Garrett and Peter Dillion, William and Abraham Smith, Solomon, David and John B. Beales, Samuel and Mordecai Ellis, Abraham Marshall, Samuel Pearson, Samuel Stanfield and George Hayworth.

The first religious services were held on the eleventh day of the ninth month, 1791. Other meetings were held from time to time, and on the twenty-eighth day of the second month, 1795, New Hope monthly meeting was organized about one mile west of Rheatown where a house of worship was erected. A church house was also erected on Lick Creek at an early day.