time to time, bits (or "snippets") of our township's history, that do
not constitute enough information to warrant its own page, come to my attention.
Hermon B. Fagley, of Ohio, who is a regular
contributing member of the Gloucester County email discussion list, often sends
me valuable information about people and places in our township. and surrounding
areas. I'm deeply indebted to him for these contributions.
You may also
visit the "Snippets
of Gloucester County History."
The Pennsylvania Evening Post, (Philadelphia), February 3, 1778:
Volunteers Skirmish at Mantua Creek "
"Yesterday about twenty West Jersey loyalists crossed the Delaware,
from this city, in order to assist some of their friends, who had expressed a
desire of taking refuge here, to avoid the horrid tyranny and implacable persecution
of the rebels.
the mouth of Mantua creek, they fell in with a party of the enemy in ambuscade,
whom they soon repulsed, advanced into the country, and took one Wilson prisoner,
who was a committee man, and, it is said, very active in distressing the friends
returned this day with the prisoner, and their friends.
loyalists had one man killed, but what the rebels suffered is not known. Wilson
is in confinement."
Fagley provided the following historical background information on the above news
Wilson Willson] Parents, Edward Wilson m Alex Bennett's Sarah, 1724 at Mt Holly
Quaker MM, NJ. 1730'S both familes moved to Woodbury Creek," Ward and Justice
Chew, Loyalist, of Mantua Creek,almost surely was a leader of these Loyalists.
Savil Wilson had married his sister, Susanah Chew, in 1756, Gloucester Co,NJ Their
siblings built the Bethel, sw Ohio farm houses on either side of me.