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Friday, March 24, 2017
Quaker Women Series: Mary Fell Lower
Fell Lower (1647-1720)
already learned about Elizabeth Hooton, the oldest (and first) person to preach
in public (she was around 70 years old).
Now, let’s learn about the youngest!
Mary Fell, daughter of Margaret Fell, was the youngest to preach in
public in the 1650s. She was 8 years
Mary was privy to George Fox’s preaching and she is included in the list of
names of the Fell household who were “convinced.” She was approximately 5 years old at that
time. She traveled with her mother,
along with her sister, Sarah, when Margaret met with the king regarding the law
requiring Quakers to take an oath to the king.
When Margaret herself refused to take the oath and was imprisoned, her
daughters tried to get the king to intercede on their mother’s behalf but
his hands were tied when it came to matters of parliament.
she may not have had a choice of what her mother did or where her mother went
and she needed to accompany her because she was a child, nobody forced her to
tell an Anglican priest, “Lampitt, the plagues of God shall fall upon thee and
the seven viols shall be poured upon thee and the millstone shall fall upon
thee and crush thee as dust under the Lord’s feet how can thou escape the
damnation of hell.”
nearly five years of imprisonment, Margaret was released just prior to Mary’s
marriage to Thomas Lower, a Quaker who was also convinced by Fox. The year was 1668. She was 21 years old.
not been able to find much information on Mary’s personal ministry. She had ten children but only five children lived
beyond infancy. In 1676 she and Thomas
moved their family to Marsh Grange, the birthplace of her mother.