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Dunn's Creek Quaker Meeting

NC-87, Fayetteville, NC, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 0' 38.8512", -78° 52' 9.7212"
  North Carolina State Historical Marker
    North Carolina State
Historical Marker
    Marker Text:
"Started about 1746; joined yearly meeting, 1760; discontinued about 1781. Site and cemetery are 2.5 miles S.E."
     Early Quaker settlers found their way into North Carolinaís Cape Fear River valley beginning in the 1730ís. From as far away as Pennsylvania, members of the Society of Friends migrated to the region for its fertile land and ease of navigation. By 1740, two of the earliest known meetings were established in close proximity, Carverís Creek and Dunnís Creek. Dunnís Creek met in a part of Bladen County that became Cumberland County in 1754. Both Carverís and Dunnís had attendance sufficient to forward to the Perquimans Quarterly Meeting and Eastern Yearly Meeting a request to be given the status of Monthly Meetings. Carverís received that status in 1746 and Dunnís request was granted in 1750. Dunnís was led by founding member Richard Dunn who first associated the Meeting with Eastern Quakers but the group later joined the Western Quarter in 1760. From that point forward, Dunnís became closely associated with the Cane Creek Meeting in Alamance County.

     The tumultuous times of pre-Revolutionary North Carolina were difficult for the pacifist Quakers of Dunnís and many of the meetingís members moved to Orange County and to other states. By 1772, most of Dunnís members were gone, possibly to Cane Creek, and the meeting was ďlaid down,Ē or discontinued, and, by 1781, all Quaker worship in the area had stopped. Records of the meeting were lost, including the location of the church building and its cemetery. The location of the church and its cemetery was identified by historians in the 1960ís about eight miles southeast of Fayetteville in Cumberland County. Dunnís Creek was renamed Stoney Creek over time, adding difficulty in identifying the meetingís original location. Quaker historians point out that since the history of Dunnís and other Quaker meetings in the Upper Cape Fear is now known, the establishment of early churchgoing in the region can be attributed to Quaker influence in additon to Presbyterianism.

Stephen B. Weeks, Southern Quakers and Slavery (1896)
Fayetteville Observer, May 21, 1972
North Carolinian (March 1959)
Genealogical Information on Dunnís Member Daniel Chancy: http://www.geocities.com/bovon/daniel.html

Dunn's Creek Quaker Meeting Historical Marker Location Map, Fayetteville, North Carolina