|Posted By:||Bill Strickland|
|Subject:||The Puritan in New Jersey - Strickland 1660|
|Post Date:||December 13, 2012 at 10:11:02|
|Forum:||New Jersey Genealogy Forum|
The Founding of American Civilization : the Middle Colonies; by Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker
Chap IV - The Puritan in New Jersey, pg 131
"If the Newark Zion began to crumble a few decades after its founding, other Puritan towns in New Jersey, less zealous, less homogenous, had little chance indeed to hold out. So early as 1660 a certain John Strickland, of Huntington, Long Island, applied to Governor Stuyvesant for permission to lead a group of settlers to the western shore of Achter Kil. A conference followed which proved a failure only because they demanded, in addition to religious liberty and a large degree of local self-government, the 'right to administer justice in all civil matters, without appeal to the provincial authorities. The matter was still hanging fire when New Netherland surrendered to the English. This was good news indeed to those Puritan families of western Long Island, who had been anxiously waiting, many of them without homes, to move across to New Jersey to start their new town."
Additional discussion of establishing society in eastern New Jersey and elsewhere in the mid-Atlantic states can be found in this rather common text -- see WorldCat for the library closest to you.
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