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Re: Civil War Soldiers
Posted by: Bill Redstreake Date: March 16, 2002 at 15:59:08
In Reply to: Civil War Soldiers by Edwin E Peeler of 519

Your query re: Pledgers/Civil War Soldiers

Ten (10) Pledgers from Georgia served in the Civil War.

There may have been Pledgers from the South Carolina branch of the family who also served in the Civil War.

ALL were descended from Joseph Pledger, who arrived at Fenwicke's Colony (Salem, NJ) in 1675, at age two, with his French Huguenot mother, Elizabeth Lefevre Pledger, on either the "Joseph and Mary" or the "Griffen" (conflicting reports). Joseph Pledger was NOT born in North America.

My ggggggg-grandfather John Pledger (1650-1702?), Joseph's father, from Portsmouth England, and John Pledger's "cousin" (brother-in-law) Hypolite LeFerve, arrived at "Varkens Bloed" (Pigs Blood), a former Dutch whaling post on Hudson's south river (Delaware R) before 1674 on a Dutch ship -- most probably "de Onrust" (the Restless) or "de Walvis" (the whale), according to history professor Dr. Robert Harper and historian Bill Laimbeer of the Philadelphia Historical Society -- to arrange for the purchase of the first permanent Quaker colony (now Salem, NJ) in North America in a region once designated as "New Sweden" then called the southern portion of "Nieuw Nederland."

My European ancestors include Joseph Pledger's younger brother, John Pledger Esq. (1680-1743/44) and his first wife Dorothy Roberts.

I've posted information about the 1st Pledgers in North America -- but I don't have any details about the southern branch of the family. (I assume you are aware there are also "colored" Pledgers). Incidentally, my northern Redstreak-Redstreake ancestors in the Nieuw Nederland section of "West New Jersey" were Baptists, slaveholders, and owners of vast plantations in what is now southern New Jersey, until the Quakers raised a big fuss about the slaves.

Bill Redstreake

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