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Dr. Kenneth L. Carroll

Wrong Dr. Kenneth L. Carroll?

Trustee, Quaker History

Third Haven Friends
Phone: (410) ***-****  HQ Phone
Third Haven
Friends Meeting 405 South Washington Street
Easton , Maryland 21601
United States


Employment History

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  • Ph.D. degree
    Duke University
  • BA Degree
    Duke University
  • BD Degree
    Duke University
23 Total References
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Third Haven Friends Meeting: Clerks & Committees, 31 Oct 2014 [cached]
Kenneth Carroll, Laurence Claggett, Jr., Marsie Hawkinson, Allan Mielke, Sumner Parker, Diana Rein, Adrienne Rudge
Ken Carroll: Quaker History
Third Haven Friends Meeting: Honoring Ken Carroll, 1 May 2011 [cached]
"Ken, you're a tough act to follow.
Ken's career as a professor of Religious studies flourished at Southern Methodist University in Dallas beginning in 1952, lasting 35 years before he returned back here to the Eastern Shore and to settle down in Easton.
Ken's travels and studies back in the '60's and 70's, led him to persuade notable visitors to visit us here later...from Japan, Ireland and England. On a sabbatical in '69 & '70 Ken spent a year's study @ Haverford as the T. Wistar Brown Fellow.
He became a member of Third Haven in 1986 and began at once, serving on Worship and Ministry. At the request of the Meeting, Ken wrote "300 Years and More of Third Haven Quakerism" to help us celebrate that anniversary in the mid '80s. (not incidentally, copies are available today for purchase in the Common Room)
Ken was asked to serve as our clerk in 1988 and did so until 2001... some 13 years at the helm. During that time he gave a variety of talks on numerous topics including the creation of the Bible; on the life and teachings of Jesus... as well as on many aspects of Quakerism. During Ken's leadership as clerk, we experienced growth in numbers and diversity and the beginnings of Wednesday evening worship. Introductions of new visitors became common place at the rise of meeting.
Ken, we thank you. We thank you not only for you past contributions but for your continued presence; often high-lighted during worship with your inspiration and words of wisdom... sometimes salted with warm humor. And today, in some way, we want to mark our appreciation for your leadership and service.
As a result, Friends have felt called to raise funds in your honor and, in the process, have arranged to have a large, finely-crafted, custom cherry table with your name on it to be placed in the new, expanded Maryland Room of the new Talbot County library. This is done in recognition of your contribution to passing along local Quaker history to this generation and those to come. Ken, the flow of gratitude and funds keeps coming and, as a result, we're now able to also add a very substantial sum to Third Haven's youth scholarship endowment fund in your name. I want to thank those generous contributors.... but, even more to the point today...
...we say: "Thank you, Ken, for your contribution to our future.""
Kenneth Carroll
It was so nice for those who traveled from a distance to enjoy the Meeting for Worship, Larny Claggett's presentation, Ken Carroll's lecture, and then to have such a delicious meal. What a delightful day., 25 Jan 2006 [cached]
300 Years of Quakerism by Ken Carroll
Kenneth L. Carroll, Joseph Nichols and the Nicholites, A Look at the 'New Quakers' of Maryland, Delaware, North and South Carolina (Easton MD., 1962); ÒAnother Look at the Nicholites, The Southern Friend, V, No.2 (Autumn, 1983), 3-26, Quakerism on the Eastern Shore.
Clarence Pickett of the AFSC and author of For More Than Bread spoke, as did Kenneth Carroll.
In 1962, by special request, Third Haven sponsored a public meeting to help mark the tercentenary of Talbot County's establishment, with Kenneth Carroll speaking on "Quakerism and its Effects on Three Hundred Years of Talbot County History."
About the Authors A native of Easton, Maryland, Dr. Kenneth L. Carroll received his BA, BD, and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Carroll is the author of Quakerism on the Eastern Shore, joseph Nichols and the Nicholites, and John Perrot, Early Quaker Schismatic and the editor of Creative Centre of Quakerism.
Dr. Carroll has been active in many Quaker organizations, including the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Friends General Conference, American Friends Service Committee, and Friends Committee on National Legislation. He has traveled widely among Friends in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
A member of the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, since 1952, Dr. Carroll has held the rank of Professor since 1960. He has lectured at Pendle Hill (the Quaker Study Center in Pennsylvania), served as the T. Wistar Brown Fellow at Haverford College in 1969-1970, and now is a member of the Board of Pendle Hill. Professor Carroll also holds life membership in the following organizations: Friends Historical Association (USS), Friends Historical Society (U.K.), Society of Biblical Literature, Maryland Historical Society, and the Penn Club (London).
Easter Shore Quaker Histroy, 21 Mar 2006 [cached]
After continuing my investigation for several years, I discovered an article published in The Virginia Magazine, by Dr. Kenneth L. Carroll who is a Professor of Religion at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and is considered an authority on Quakerism in Colonial America. In Dr. Carroll's article on page 176, George Brickhouse was listed as a member of the Quaker congregation at Nassawadox, Virginia.
Dr. Carroll again mentioned George Brickhouse on page 178 of his article by saying,
1Carroll, Dr. Kenneth L., The Virginia Magazine, "Quakerism on the Eastern Shore of Virginia", pages 178-179.
8Carroll, Dr. Kenneth L., T he Virginia Magazine, "Quakerism on the Eastern Shore of Virginia", page 171.
18Carroll, Dr. Kenneth L., The Virginia Magazine, "Quakerism on the Eastern Shore of Virginia", page 174. 19Ibid., page 175. 20Ibid., page 175.
21Ibid., page 175. 22Boweter, John, Christian Epistles, Travels and Sufferings, of That Antient Servant of Christ, (London: T. Sowle) 1705. 23Carroll, Dr. Kenneth L., The Virginia Magazine, "Quakerism on the Eastern Shore of Virginia", page 173.
May 2011 Newsletter of the Annapolis Friends Meeting, 1 May 2011 [cached]
I would like to encourage all to take a unique opportunity to visit Third Haven Meeting House in Easton, and honor Quaker historian Kenneth Carroll. Third Haven will be honoring Dr. Carroll, who has been in failing health, in conjunction with the Friends Historical Society Spring Event.
Dr. Carroll came and spoke for our 350th year of Quakerism in America event in 2006, and is truly a treat to hear. He is past president of the Friends Historical Association (NA) and of the Friends Historical Society (UK). A native of Easton, he spent his professional life as a professor of divinity at Southern Methodist in Texas. Then he returned to Maryland to become an expert on Third Haven Meeting and local Quaker history. A unique character. A bibliography of the works of FHA President Emeritus Kenneth L. Carroll is available here:
If you review Dr. Carroll's bibliography, you will see that he has been writing about Quaker history for sixty years. He is a " Living Quaker Treasure. If you are interested, let me know, and I will keep you "in the loop" until May 1 about this special opportunity.
We also have a DVD of Dr. Carroll's lecture for Annapolis Friends that is available for viewing. After Dr. Carroll's lecture on May 1, you may find yourself clamoring for more.
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