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Early Settlement . . .
In 1638, a small group of people from Sweden landed
at a site in Delaware now know as Wilmington. Three years later, Peter
Hollander Ridder, the second governor of New Sweden, as the settlement
in the Delaware Valley was called, purchased form the Indians the entire
eastern side of the Delaware River from Raccoon Creek to Cape May. The
first settlement by the Swedes was here on the banks of the Raccoon Creek
in 1642, originally named Raccoon and later Swedesboro.
To attend church, the Swedish settlers in Raccoon had to cross the river
to Wilmington or Philadelphia. The danger of this crossing, together with
their feeling that they were poorly treated by the Swedish authorities
on the other side of the Delaware, and the arrival of an energetic new
preacher, Lars Tollstadius, led to their decision to build a new church
on the banks of Raccoon Creek, near the new bridge for Kings Highway,
which led from Burlington to Salem. In 1703 they purchased 100 acres along
the Raccoon Creek and on part of it established their own log church in
1703, the first Swedish church in New Jersey.
are almost universally farmers, who plow and sow and practice agriculture,
and live according to the laudable old Swedish customs in meat and drink.
This country is also very rich and fertile land in all kinds of grain,
so that, God be praised, it ears richly and abundantly whatever we sow
and plant in it . . . so that we have plentifully our support in meet
and drink . . . We live in great amity with the Indians, who have not
done us any harm for many years.
A Swedish minister in 1693.
INDENTURE made the first day of September in the year of our Lord, One
thousand Seven Hundred and three and in the Second Year of the Reign
of our Sovereign Lady, Ann, Queen of England, Scottland, France, and
Ireland, BETWEEN John Hugg Jun'r of Glocester River in the County of
Glocester and province of New Jersey, Gent., of the one part and Woolla
Dalbo, William Cobb, Woolla Peterson, and Frederick Hopman, all of Raccoon
Creek within the County and province aforesaid, Church Wardens Elected
and appointed of the Swedish Church called [blank] and late Erected
at Raccoon Creek in the County abovesaid, of the other part. WITTNESSETH
That the said John Hugg, for and in consideration of the sum of Twelve
pounds, silver money within the said province to him in hand paid by
the Woolla Dalbo, William Cobb, Woolla Peterson . . .by these presents
DOTH Hereby Clearly and absolutely Grant, Bargain & Sell, Alleyn,
Infeoff, and confirm unto them . . . and to their Successors in the
said office of Church wardens of the said Church forever, The Jut Number
and Quantity of One hundred Acres of Land . . .