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West Jersey Proprietors

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  • Major John Fenwick (1618 - 1683)
    John Fenwick (1618 – 1683) was the leader of a group of Quakers that emigrated in 1675 from England to Salem, New Jersey where they established Fenwick's Colony, the first English settlement in West Je...
  • Henry Wood (1603 - 1686)
    Entered 14 April 2010: "In 1682 Henry Wood, a Quaker, escaped from religious persecution and sailed to America with his family on the ship the ‘Lyon’. He founded a new community which took its name f...
  • Thomas Hand (1646 - 1714)
    Recompense Hand may have been her youngest son, and she may have died in childbirth. “Thomas 2 b. Southampton 1646, d. in Cape May Co., N.J. drowned Oct. 2, 1714; he m.1st before 1687, Mary, dau. Cap...
  • Dr. Daniel Coxe (1640 - 1730)
    Dr. Daniel Coxe (1640 – 19 January 1730) was a governor of West Jersey from 1687-1688 and 1689-1692. The first Colonial influence in Hopewell, New Jersey was the purchase of a 30,000-acre (120 km2)...
  • Francis Collins, Sr. (1635 - 1720)
    The Quakers formally established their congregation in Burlington County, New Jersey in 1678. Initially, they met in private homes and between 1683 and 1687, Francis Collings constructed a hexagonal me...
  • Since April 1688
  • The Proprietors of the Gloucester Tenth
  • have met annually on this spot
  • to elect members to represent them
  • in the Council of 
  • the General Proprietors of 
  • the Western Division of New Jersey

The goal of this project is to showcase the original proprietors of West Jersey.


From Wikipedia

"The Dutch defeated New Sweden in 1655. Settlement of the West Jersey area by Europeans was thin until the English conquest in 1664. Beginning in the late 1670s Quakers settled in great numbers first in present day Salem County and then in Burlington which became the capital of West Jersey." ~• Besides Burlington, there were other Quaker settlements of the same era, the Proprietors having divided land into so-called Tenths. An example of one of these is the "Irish Tenth" that comprised an area of land including present day Camden.