Elizabeth Peddle - b. July 1844, Somerton
I've been doing some research on my Mum's family for her 70th birthday.
Her Mum's Dad was Frederick Baker who was born in Somerton and was brought up a Quaker... His Mum was born Elizabeth Peddle and her Dad was William Peddle (seems a popular name for the Somerton Peddles - this William was born in 1796 and married an Elizabeth - which is why, I guess their daughter was called Elizabeth...)
Anyway, I found the below about Quakers in Somerton in the Victoria County History pages (who my friend works for...) and wondered if you knew if who the Elanor Peddle is here... and if she was related to my Mum at-all.I'd very much appreciate any information you have on the Somerton Peddles, I have only been able to go back this far, and as I live in Bristol, and Mum lives in Dartmouth, it'd be lovely to take her to Somerton next year and give her a wee potted history of her Peddle line.
Following comes from the VCH webiste:
A number of Quakers in the parish suffered persecution in the 17th century. (fn. 623) By 1668 Friends from the town were evidently meeting at Pitney, (fn. 624) but in 1674 numbers had fallen so that the meetinghouse there closed, and all went to Long Sutton. (fn. 625) As a result of 'large meetings' at Somerton and 'very good service' there, it was decided to open a meeting-house in 1691. (fn. 626) William Penn addressed Friends there in 1694, possibly in the house of Henry Maber, which had been licensed in 1692. (fn. 627) The house of another Quaker, Eleanor Peddle, was licensed in 1703. (fn. 628) From 1753 Elizabeth Piddle's house was used. (fn. 629) By 1824 no Quaker families remained in the parish, and four years later the meeting-house at the Lynch was sold. (fn. 630) In 1876 a new meeting-house, on the north side of New Street, was opened, the result of the arrival in the town of Messrs. Welsh and Clark, the collar manufacturers. (fn. 631) It was closed in 1935. (fn. 632)