Finding Your Roots

S7 E1 | CLIP

Ancestors Disowned

Henry Louis Gates Jr. informs Glenn Close that the Quakers disowned her ancestor in 1843.

AIRED: January 19, 2021 | 0:01:08
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- Glenn, this is another Quaker document

from Swarthmore's archives.

(Glenn laughing)

It's dated 1843.

Would you mind reading the transcribed lines

about your ancestor?

- Middletown preparative meeting informed

that John S Worell is charged with fornication,

which charge he denied

and that he has also married a woman not in membership

with friends by the assistance of a magistrate.

I like him.

(people laughing)

- [Henry] Your eyes- - Wow!

- Your eyes, it was like a cartoon.

Your eyes went ding on fornication, you know?

- Yes, right there.

So he married a woman who wasn't a friend and-

- Your ancestor was disowned

by his own Quaker meeting for doing that.

- Well, I share some of that with him.

- Yes.

- Being disowned by, you know,

walking away from-

- [Henry] You got it.

- Something that was trying to control you.

(peaceful music)

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