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Why Wisemans at Jersey Settlement 1790s
Posted by: FD Taylor (ID *****2294) Date: April 12, 2006 at 20:37:58
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Isaac Wiseman died at the Jersey Settlement in what is now Davidson County, N.C. in the late 1700s. (Was Rowan Co. at that time.)
I believe the Wisemans emigrated saled from Wales to Philadephia in about 1699, (with Isaac possibly born aboard ship) and settled first in Philadelphia. After starting a young family, Isaac apparently relocated to this area of North Carolina, perhaps in the 1740s. His son Isaac (II) relocated to Virginia, a few years later.
I had assumed until recently that the death of Isaac (I) at the historic Jersey Settlement was of no significance and it just happened to be the closest established community to his home.
A recent visit to the library in Salisbury (Rowan Co.,N.C.) has led me to doubt this. I find that some members of the Jersey Settlement were from Pennsylvania, that many of them were tied to an Baptist sect that was oppressed by the British authorities and may have led to their misfortunes in N.J., that the British in N.C. tried to wipe out the Jersey settlers' identity after their part in a revolt in the 1760s, that despite this oppression their church reformed after the American Revolution, and that a Samuel Wiseman was a leader among the Jersey Baptists in the early 1800s.
So my question to anyone who might know is whether the Wiseman family was part of the original Jersey Settlement or was just in the same general area? Also, does anyone know whether this same religious group emigrated from England as a sect before they were forced to leave New Jersey?


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