Memo to:Courtney Pledger-Ruiz, 1/16/02
Re:John Pledger and Elizabeth Leferve
John Pledger, born in England abt. 1645-1650?Ships carpenter.Arrived in Nieuw Nederland from Portsmouth before 1674 on a Dutch ship to arrange the purchase of Varkens Bloed, a Dutch whaling colony on Hudson's South River (Delaware R), renamed Fenwick's colony (now Salem, NJ).
In June of 1986, Dr. Robert W. Harper, history professor at Glassboro State College, now Rohan University in Glassboro, NJ, confirmed my earlier "speculation" that John Pledger and his "cousin" (brother-in-law) Hippolet leFeverve arrived in Nieuw Nederland in advance of the colonists who founded the first permanent Quaker colony in the New World.
John Pledger's wife, Elizabeth Lefevre, a French Huguenot from St. Martins-in-the-Fields, Middlesex County, England, arrived at Fort Elsborg at the mouth of the Salem River, home of the new Quaker colony on March 13, 1675, with son Joseph (age 2) on the "Joseph and Benjamin," Matthew Paine, ships master (captain).
John Pledger, Esq. (1680?-1743/44), was owner of Nieuw Nederland farm (plantation) when he and Hippolet Lefevre (his uncle) purchased additional 6000-acre tract.Dorothy Roberts was the first wife of John Pledger, Esq.He married Hannah Champnes (2nd wife) in 1731.
Articles of Agreement February 24, 1702:John Pledger of New Netherlands Farm is to have Manning's Plantation (Mannington) of 544 acres unless Margret Braithwait has a child in the next 9 months.(The deceased Manning Braithwait was the cousin of John Pledger, Esq,).
Will of Henry Roberts 1713: "... leaves all of estate, both moveable and immoveable to wife (Ann) for her natural lyfe, and after her decease to my beloved counsin John Pledger Junyor for him and his heirs and assigns forever."
Petition 1735:On March 5, 1735, Jane Hart sent a petition "to the Governour of the Provinces of New York and New Jersey, requesting that John Pledger, Esq., be her guardian.
John Pledger Jr. received title of Esquire for being the Justice of the Peace for Salem County in the years 1727, 1728, 1730, 1737 & 1740-1743.
Elizabeth Pledger, dtr of John Pledger, Esq. & Dorothy Roberts married John Redstreake in 1726.John Redstreake's grandfather, John Redstreak(e), also known as John-the-Finn, was born in Varkaus, Finland abt. 1620, and he was a cooper (barrel-maker) and fur trader along Hudson's South River in New Sweden (1637-1655), Nieuw Nederland (1656-1668), then West New Jersey (1668-?) after the Dutch lost their South River.
After his first wife died, John Redstreake's consort (wife) was Sarah Bright Star.Her Leni Lenape name was Walela (hummingbird).
Grandsons of John Pledger, Esq., mentioned in his will were:John Redstreake (1731-1768), Joseph Redstreake (1734/36?-1747) and Pledger Redstreake (1737/38?-1747).
A fourth son of Elizabeth Pledger Redstreake (named Francis) died in 1735: Pennsylvania Gazette, Philadelphia, 7/24/1735:"We hear from Penn's Neck that John Redstrake's son of three years and his Negro slave died after eating poisioned mushrooms.Their stomaches swelled and continued to swell ..."
John Pledger, the ships carpenter, and Elizabeth Leferve Pledger are the great-, great-, great-, great-, great-, great-, great-, great-grandparents of my younger son, Thomas Pledger Redstreake (b. 1970), my daughter, Anne Redstreake French (b. 1960) and my older son, Edward Worthington Redstreake (b. 1958).One of my grandsons, Nicholas Redstreake, is a 12th generation North American --
with the name Redstreake.
The Redstreake-Redstrake-Redsteicke geneology is on file at the Salem County, NJ, Historical Society.Or if you would like to have a recently revised/updated copy, please call me at 215.699.2997 or write to me at 1509 Gwynedd View Road, North wales, PA 19454.
Bill Redstreake (b. 1932)