Facts and Events
Giles Slocum and the Society of Friends
From A short history of the Slocums by Charles Elihu Slocum (p.27-28):
"The history of the Society of Friends in New England dates from the year 1656, and some points in this history are here sketched inasmuch as the Slocombes (Slocums) early became active members of the Society and the succeeding generations have continued their membership in some lines to the present time.
It is inferred that Giles(3) Slocombe (sketch No. 2) became a member early in the Society's history in Rhode Island. The records of the Friends' Monthly Meeting for Portsmouth, R. I., are preserved only from the date of Twelfth month loth, 1676, and these records show that "Giles Slocum, senior," was a member of committees in the business of the Society. In his will, dated October 10, 1681, he remembered his 'Louing friends the people of God called Quakers' with a bequest; see sketch No. 2. The old record of the births of Friends' children is still preserved near Newport. It begins with the names of two children born in the year 1638, three born in 1640, and three in 1642,— Johanna, daughter of this Giles Slocum. being one of the number born in the last named year."