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Haworth family home, in what used to be the town of Gambleside.
Haslingden is in lower left corner. (Click to make larger)
The church where George was baptized was St. James Church, in Haslingden. The picture below is the church today. The original church, from George's time, fell but was rebuilt with the same stones. According to the church website, "Disaster struck after a long period of burying within the church so that the building became unstable and eventually fell down. In fact in 1772 an entry in the register of burials reads:-
|St. James Parrish Church, Haslingden|
George, as a young man, became a Quaker. At this time in England, Quaker's were being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Also, around this same time, William Penn had accepted a land grant in America, which was a debt owed to his father by King Charles II, and which would eventually become Pennsylvania. He believed it could be a religious refuge for the Quakers, so began a quest to get many in England to move over to the New World. Side note: George Fox, one of the founder's of the "Religious Society of Friends" or "Quakers", wrote in his autobiography that he was imprisoned for a year in Derby Prison and when brought before an English magistrate by the name of Gervase Bennett, told him he should "tremble at the word of the Lord." The magistrate, after hearing this, called him a “quaker”. (Tremble - quake.) At first this was thought to be a derogatory name but the Quakers embraced it and today that is how most of them refer to themselves.