1719 William Trent House

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Today’s Colonial History Bits for New Jersey and Mercer County

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Things were really hopping in the Delaware Valley area in the early between the mid 1500’s and the 1700’s, even though the settler’s considered the area to be uninhabited.

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Here is an excerpt from the Trenton Historical Society website


The name bestowed upon New Jersey by the Indians was “Shejachbi” (pronounced as if spelled “Sha-ak-bee”). They claimed the whole area comprising New Jersey. Their great chief, Teedyescung, stated at the conference at Easton, Pa., in 1757, that their lands reached eastward from river to sea. When I was a boy I assumed the word “Delaware” to be an Indian name, evolved by the savages themselves and by them bestowed upon the river and bay. Originally, however, it was three words, “De La Warr,” the name of an ancient English family ennobled in the time of Edward II, who reigned from 1307 to 1327. It is undoubtedly of Norman origin. The particular scion of that ancient house for whom the Delaware River and Bay, and the State of Delaware, were named, was Thomas West, Lord De La Warr, born July 9, 1557. It was from the lordly title of this distinguished nobleman and adventurer that we get our present name “Delaware.”


Visit the William Trent House Museum!  Beautifully restored to the 1719 condition.



Written by sallykwitt

August 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm

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