Jemima Wilkinson

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Birthday
29, 1752
Birthplace
Rhode Island
Death Date
Jul 1, 1819 (66)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
29, 1752
Birthplace
Rhode Island
Death Date
Jul 1, 1819 (66)

About

Quaker who led the Society of Universal Friends sect, who believed strongly in sexual abstinence and the idea of gender neutrality. Her followers believed that they were neither male nor female and refused to answer to their original birth names.

Before Fame

She grew up attending silent worship at the Smithfield Meeting House in Rhode Island. Following a severe bout with typhoid in the 1770's, she claimed to have been sent by God himself to preach his word.

Trivia

After migrating to New York, she and her followers became the first white people whom Native Americans in the region traded with.

Family Life

She was the daughter of Amy and Jeremiah Wilkinson.

Associated With

Her father was the cousin of Rhode Island Governor and Chief Justice Stephen Hopkins.