QUAKER H Eclipse of Oracular Ann Branson and the ISTORY Ministry in Nineteenth Century Quakerism William F. Rushby* I. Introduction This paper examines the life and religious labors of Ann Branson (18081891), a traditionalist Quaker from southeastern Ohio, whose life spanned most of the 19th century.1 Ann was recognized as a minister at the age of 29. After her death, her diary and other materials were collected, edited and published as the Journal of Ann Branson.2 This and related documents will serve as sources for my essay.3 The paper focuses on the prophetic character of Ann's ministry, and its significance in light of the radical changes that occurred in 19th Century Quakerism. II. Background and Early Life Ann was the sixth of eleven children of Jacob and Rebecca Holloway Branson of Flushing, Ohio.4 She was born three years after her parents migrated from Virginia to Ohio. All four of Ann's sisters died before the "meridian age." Ann too was sickly. A sister's death as a child provoked serious reflections for her. At 11, she dreamed of seeing a mysterious light and hearing a voice, which assured her of her father's favorable spiritual condition. Later, at 16, she went
Quaker History – Friends Historical Association
Published: Oct 27, 2016
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