Sunday, 19th of November 2017

Sunday, 19th of November 2017

On October 10, 1925, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey dedicated a tablet at Old Salem County Courthouse in Salem to the memory of John Fenwick, founder of that city. The courthouse was erected in 1735 and is the second oldest courthouse in continuous use in the United States.  John Fenwick donated the land upon which the edifice stands.

JohnFenwick

TO KEEP IN PERPETUAL REMEMBRANCE THE NAME OF


JOHN FENWICK
1618 - 1683

MAJOR IN THE ARMY OF OLIVER CROMWELL, 1648
PROPRIETOR OF THE SALEM TENTH
FOUNDER OF SALEM NEW JERSEY, 1675
MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY OF WEST NEW JERSEY, 1681


THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS
IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, 1925


"THAT MY SAID COLONY AND ALL THE PLANTERS WITHIN THE SAME MAY BE SETTLED IN THE
LOVE OF GOD AND IN THAT PEACE WHICH BECOMES ALL OUR GREAT PROFESSIONS OF BEING CHRISTIANS"

Established in 1681, Salem County was one of the two original counties in West Jersey, and the first English colony therein. The English had in 1664 conquered New Netherland and the Duke of York granted the Province of New Jersey to Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret. The Dutch subsequently regained and held control until 1672, when New Jersey was restored to England. Lord Berkeley, having acquitted the Province of West Jersey as his share, sold it in 1673 to Major John Fenwick in trust for Edward Byllinge, both of whom were Quakers.