The Shakers and the Mormons touched the lives of George Darrow and some of his descendants. Darrow, a child of Calvinists and New Light Baptists, became associated with the Shakers, shortly after their arrival in New York in the summer of 1774. He was soon connected to leading members of the Shaker Church by blood, marriage, and association. Darrow’s life’s story is interesting and important because it helps explain his association with the Believers and how they affected his life. But, Darrow turned away despite family connections and having been a participant in Shaker events. He turned away in response to evolving church doctrine, stricter laws of obedience, and the creation of new policies and practices. His story shows how changing doctrine and policy, as well as his personal character traits, influenced his decision to leave the society.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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