THE CONCESSIONS AND AGREEMENTS
When William Penn and company bought West Jersey, there were already settlers in the area. There was some question as to whether these settlers would recognize the new proprietors and subject themselves to their government. Accordingly The Concessions and Agreements of the Proprietors, Freeholders was drawn up in England. The new proprietors signed it. Settlers about to sail for West Jersey signed it. Finally it was circulated in West Jersey and was signed by many of the settlers already here, including Dutch and Swedes.
The original document is in the possession of the Proprietors of West Jersey and we hope the will bring it down for display when they hold their 1986 meeting in Gloucester County as the guests of the Board of chosen freeholders, As part of their first visit we hope they will attend a public meeting at which they can display the original and tell us about it.
As part of the same meeting, the Cultural and Heritage Commission will make an award to any person descended from one of the signers of the Concessions and Agreements: The rule is that it you live in Gloucester County, an award will be made for you no matter it your ancestor lived in Gloucester County or not. However, if your ancestor lived in old Gloucester County (which included present Camden and Atlantic Counties) you may reside wherever you will and the award will be made.
However, we will not trace your ancestory for you. You must do that and complete the adjacent form. Return this to the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission, C/O Dr. Robert Harper, Glassboro State College, Glassboro N.J. 06028. He is arranging to have the lineages checked and if found faultless, the award will be made.
Charles Crabbe Thomas
|The following is the list of names appended to the ancestory, from one whom you must be descended:|
Garret Van Fumme,
William Gill Johnson,