They were imprisoned and banished by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.Their books were burned, and most of their property was confiscated.To differing extents, the different movements that make up the Religious Society of Friends/Friends Church avoid creeds and hierarchical structures.
Some meetings of both types have Recorded Ministers in their meetings—Friends recognised for their gift of vocal ministry.
The first Quakers lived in mid-17th-century England.
The Hicksite–Orthodox split arose out of both ideological and socio-economic tensions.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Hicksites tended to be agrarian and poorer than the more urban, wealthier, Orthodox Quakers.
They were able to establish thriving communities in the Delaware Valley, although they continued to experience persecution in some areas, such as New England.