John Pledger of Portsmouth, England, was born between 1645-1650. His wife was Elizabeth Leferve (LeFerve), a French Huguenot.
John Pledger arrived in Nieuw Nederland, a section of "West New Jersey" before 1674 on a Dutch ship to arrange for the purchase of "Varkens Bloed" (Pigs Blood), which had been a Dutch whaling colony on Hudson's South River (Delaware R.). He was accompanied by his "cousin" (brother-in-law) Hipolyte (Hippolet) LeFerve. Varkens Bloed, also called Varkins Kill, was renamed Fenwick(e)s Colony. It is now Salem, NJ.
Elizabeth Leferve Pledger arrived at Fort Elsborg at the mouth of what is now the Salem River on the "Griffen" or on the "Joseph and Benjamin" (conflicting info) with her two-year-old son Joseph.
John Pledger of Portsmouth died in the early 1700s (1702? 1703?)
His son John Pledger Esq. (1680?-1744) was the owner of Niew Netherland(s) Farm, a vast plantation. In 1707, John Pledger Esq. and his uncle Hippolet Leferve purchased an additional 6000-acre tract. The first wife of John Pledger Esq. was Dorothy Roberts. Their daughter Elizabeth married John Redstreak/Redstrake in 1726. He was the grandson of John-the-Finn (a.k.a. John Redstreak), born in Varkaus, Finland abt. 1620. The second wife of John Pledger Esq. was Hannah Champnes (md. 1731).
John(-the-Finn) Redstreak(e)/Redstrake was a cooper (barrel- and cask-maker) and fur trader along both shores of Hudson's South River in "New Sweden (1637-1655), "Nieuw Nederland (1656-1673) and then in "West New Jersey (1674-?). His first wife is unknown. His consort (2nd wife) was Sarah Bright Star, a member of the Leni Lenape tribes whose native name was Walela (Hummingbird).
John (-the-Finn) Redstreake, John Pledger from Portsmouth and Elizabeth Leferve Pledger were my great-, great-, great-, great-, great-, great-, great-granparents. I don't know if I'm descended from Walela or John Redstreake's first wife.
The Salem County (NJ) Historical Society should be able to help you with additional information about John Pledger (b. 1645/1650 d. abt. 1702 or 1703???0. Please also see my postings -- "1st Pledgers in North America" and "John Pledger and Elizabeth Leferve."
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