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New Sweden, Upland Court 1655 to 1681

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  • Gov. Pieter Stuyvesant (c.1592 - 1682)
    Peter Stuyvesant (c. 1612 – August 1672), served as the last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland from 1647 until it was ceded provisionally to the English in 1664, after which it w...

Upland Court 1655 to 1681


This project is very focused . It only considers people and profiles who arrived in Upland Court between 1655 to 1681.

For many Americans, Upland Court is the gateway to their European ancestors. In turn, for many Europeans, there are lots of 'lost relatives' who simply disappeared from the European records because they emigrated to New Sweden and the 'new world'. The project seeks to further collaboration between American and European Geni users to connect the dots.

Brief History

Upland Court was the governing body of the New Sweden colony following Dutch West India Company annexation from Swedish colonial rule. In 1655, Peter Stuyvesant, governor of the Dutch colony, allowed the colonists to remain an independent Swedish nation through Upland Court, allowing freedom of religion, organization of their own militia, while maintaining their land and trading rights. The court typically met at Upland, now known as Chester, Pennsylvania. This location should not be confused with the current borough of Upland, which adjoins Chester. The Upland Court dealt with legal matters on both sides of the Delaware River.

In November 1674, under the terms of the Treaty of Westminster, Dutch interests ceded New Netherland to the English. The operation of the Upland Court was continued following the establishment of English rule by order of James Stuart, Duke of York. The Upland Court was dissolved by William Penn in 1681 with the charter of Pennsylvania. It was replaced by Philadelphia, Chester and Bucks County courts


Immigrant Ships


New Sweden Settlers, 1638-1664

Names in the 1671 Wharton census of the Delaware

1693 Inhabitants of what was New Sweden, on the Delaware River

Famous Descendants

  1. Swedish Colonial Society
  2. Swedish Colonial News
  3. Books
  4. Gloria Dei Records Project
  5. Churches of New Sweden
  1. Nya Sverige i Nordamerika

Forefather Profiles

(Applies only to The Swedish Colonial Society )

New Sweden Forefathers, Swedish Colonial Society, 1638-1664 Arrivals

Forefathers, Official list


Links to Historic Sites