Brayton (Nee Greene), Patience

Brayton (Nee Greene), Patience a minister of the Society of Friends, was born in North Kingston, R.I., November 18, 1733, and, at about the age of twenty-one, was "approved," in accordance with the usages of her denomination. In 1758 she became the wife of Preserved Brayton. Among the praiseworthy acts of their early married life was the liberation of their slaves. In the spring of 1771 she left her home, for the purpose of making an extended religious tour among Friends in the Middle and Southern States. Her Journal relating to this tour is full of interesting details, dwelling largely upon her own spiritual trials, and recounting the many hardships which, she and her companion endured while engaged in what they believed to be the Lord's work. Early in the year 1772 they were in South Carolina. After her long and arduous service, she reached her home in Rhode Island, June 27, 1772. On December 14, 1783, she sailed for Great Britain. Of the incidents connected with this tour in the Old World, we have a minute account in her Life. Having accomplished her mission abroad, she returned home to America, September 10, 1787. After this she travelled but little, on account of the infirmities of age. She died July 30, 1794. See Friends' Library, 10:480. (J.C.S.)

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