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Peter Folger (b. 1617, d. 1690)Peter Folger was born 1617 in Norwich,Norfolk,England, and died 1690 in Nantucket, Massachusetts506.He married Mary Morrell on 1644 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
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Weis-Colonial Clergy of New England, p. 86.-Peter Folger, b. England, 1617/18, son of John Folger of Martha's Vineyard; came to N.E. with his father from Norwich, England 1635; was in the service of the missionary corporation as assistant to Rev. Thomas Mayhew, Jr. and was left in charge of Mayhew's mission when the later sailed for England in 1657; missionary to the Indiansat Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, 1656-1661; settled Nantucket 1663; grandfather of Benjamin Franklin; was learned in the Indian tongue and served as interpreter; auther of "A looking glass for the time", 1675; d. Nantucket Island 1690.
NEHGR, July 1862, p. 269.Peter Folger, son of John, born in England, accompanied his father to America in 1635, and probably emigrated with him to the Vineyard in 1642.He married in 1644 Mary Morrill, who had been an inmate in the family of Hugh Peters, and according to tradition, a fellow passenger with him from England.Whilst at the Vineyard he taught school and also practiced as a surveyor of land.He also assisted the younger Thomas Mayhew in his work of Christianizing the native Indians.Rev. Experience Mayhew, in a letter to John Gardner, esq., dated 1694, stated that when Thomas Mayhew, Jr. left for England in 1657, he left the care of his church or mission with Peter Folger.Peter became a Baptist in his sentiments, and after
his removal to Nantucket is said to have baptized 2 persons at Waiptequage pond.
At a meeting of the proprietors of the island of Nantucket, held in Salisbury in the latter part of 1660 or early part of 1661, 5 persons were chosen to measure and lay out the land, and in the order it is said, that what shall be done by then, or any 3 of them , Peter Folger being one, shall be accounted legal and valid.This vote shows the confidence they placed in his judgement and integrity.
Whilst a resident at the Yineyard he acquired the Indian language which was of great service to him in business affairs and in enabling him to communicate religious instruction to the natives.
In the summer of 1659, he is said to have accompanied as an interpreter, Tristram Coffin and others who visited the island of Nantucket to view it about the time of the purchase from Mayhew.He was there in 1661 and 1662, surveying, and on the 4th of July, 1663, the proprietors of Nantucket granted him a half a share of land on Nantucket, or half as much as one of the 20 purchasers, provided he would come to inhabit with his family on the aforesaid island within 1 year after that date, and attend the English in the way of an interpreter between the Indians and them upon all necessary occasions.He accepted the grant and moved there with his family within the specified time.
On the 21st of July, 1673, he was chosen clerk of the courts, which office he held for some years.In his poem--"A Looking Glass for the Times" published Apr. 23, 1676, hye shows himself an advocate for religious liberty, and strongly condemns the persecuting spirit exhibited in New England in his day.Dr. Benjamin Franklin, his grandson, when in England, found no arms for the Folgers at the Herald's office, and concluded that they were a Flemish family who came over in the time of Queen Elizabeth.
Dictionary of American Biography-Peter Folger (1617-1690) Nantucket pioneer, was the son of John Folger of Norwich, England, and his wife, Mirriba Gibs.He emigrated to MA with his parents about 1635 and probably accompanied Thomas Mayhew, Jr. in 1642 from Watertown to Martha's Vineyard.There he was employed as a school master and surveyor and helped Mayhew in his missionary work among the Indians.Cottom Mather praised him the Magnalia as "an able godly Englishman...well learned in the Scripture";Thomas Prince, in his appendix to Experience Mayhew's Indian Conferts repeated this commendation word for word.In 1644 Folger married Mary Morrils, an indenture servant, whome he had bought for 20 pounds from the Rev. Hugh Peters.The money was wisely spent; and their youngest child, Abiah, born on Nantucket Aug 15, 1667, became the mother of Benjamin Franklin.In the summer of 1659 Tristram Coffin and his party stopped at the Vineyard on their way to inspect Nantucket Island, which they proposed to buy from Thomas Mayhew.Folger went with him as surveyor and interpreter in their dealings with the sachems.He was on the Island surveying in 1661 and 1662, and was so useful to the new proprietors that on July 4, 1663, they offered him a half-share of land if he would remove there with his family.Teacher, Indian interpreter, weaver, miller, clerk of the town and court, he was an indispensable citizen.Once he did get into bad odor by joining the "insurrection" of the half-share men, an abortive effort of the proletariat to wrest the political control from the original shareholders.Folger's little part in it was
construed as contempt of court, and, for want of a bond of 20 pounds he was put in the Nantucket jail--... He survived even this indignity, however, and resumed his old place in the community.He joined the Baptist church at Newport, R.I. in 1675 and later immersed a convert or two in Waiptequage Pond.It is on record that at least one of his Indian friends regardedthis new aquatic doctrine as heretical.Folger was the author of "A Looking Glass for the Times"." It was written in 1675"said his grandson in his autobiography " and in the homespun verse of that time and people and addressed to those then concerned in the government there.It was in favor of liberty of conscience, and in behalf of the Baptists, Quakers, and other secaries that had been under persecution, ascribing the Indian wars and other distresses that had befallen the country, to that persecution, as so many judgements of God to punish so heinous an offense, and exhorting a repeal of those uncharitable laws.The whole appeared to me as written with a good deal of decent plainness and manly freedom"....
Farmer-Genealogical register of first settlers-Peter Folger-was born 1618 and came to New England in 1635, m. Mary Morrill. He settled first at Martha's vineyard in 1636; removed to Nantucket 1662.Dr. Franklin, who was his grandson, in a letter dated at London in 1772, supposes the Folgers were a Flemish family, and migrated to England in the time of Elizabeth.
More About Peter Folger:
Occupation: Missionary, Indian interpreter, author.
More About Peter Folger and Mary Morrell:
Marriage: 1644, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Children of Peter Folger and Mary Morrell are:
- +John Folger, b. 1659507, d. August 23, 1732, Nantucket, Massachusetts507.