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West Jersey Proprietors

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  • 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. C...
  • John Pancoast (c.1630 - 1694)
    JOHN PANCOAST, a Quaker, was one of the early colonists of West Jersey, and the founder of the American family of his surname. From a manuscript written by his son Joseph Pancoast, it is ascertained th...
  • 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...
  • Isaac De Cou, Surveyor General of New Jersey (1673 - c.1755)
    Isaac de Cou was a Surveyor General of New Jersey. He bought Revell House in Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey in 1699. The house was built by George Hutchinson and sold to Thomas Revell before...
  • Henry Grubb, III (1653 - 1706)
    Henry Grubb – Came to America with John. Henry’s birth date is unknown, but he was probably slightly younger than John. Henry Grubb operated the first tavern in Burlington. The property contained a...
  • 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.



icn_favorite.gif A sub-project has been added built on a list which is limited to the actual Council of Proprietors of West Jersey through 1711