The first settlers to Guilford began arriving in 1740 from Pennsylvania, Maryland and New England. They were in search of fertile and affordable land. THey were Quakers whose origin was in Maryland, then stemmed throughout other colonies. The settlement was around Greensboro and was known as the Garden Friends Meeting. They were followed by the German Reformed Church and Lutherans and the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. The "Friedens Church" (meaning peace) was led by the Rev. John Ulrich Giesendanner from Pennsylvania in 1740 and settled around the Haw River along the creeks of Reedy, Eno, Alamance, Travis, Beaver and Deep River. The first building used by Friedens Church was made of logs. An examination of the Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy by Hinshaw is indicated in all of the States of their immigration.
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