Gov. William Penn’s Great Grandparents Driessen Pletjes (1550-1645) and Alet Goebels (1550-1615)
are My 11th GG Parents…
My 8th Great Grandfather, Abraham Op Den Graeff and Gov. William Penn were 1st Cousins
Governor William Penn, Born 1644 – Died 1718
Admiral Sir William Penn, baptized: 23 Apr 1621- died: 16 Sep 1670
British Admiral, and Father of the American Quaker William Penn.
He was a parlamentarian in the English Civil War, commanding the naval forces of Oliver Cromwell. On Cromwell’s death he offered the fleet to King Charles II, and built a close relationship with the King. He captured the island of Jamaica from the Spanish and, as its first British governor, stripped it of its wealth, causing terrible hardship for its people. He loaned the majority of this wealth to fund the King’s building plans but, on his death, his son requested repayment of the loan. The King, having no money to repay this debt, offered William Penn land in America on the condition that it was named after the Admiral. The State of Pennsylvania (Penn’s Woods) still incorporates the coat of arms of the Admiral in its official State Flag.
With this Penn’s Woods land, Penn hoped to provide a refuge for Quakers and other persecuted people and to build an ideal Christian commonwealth. “There may be room there, though not here” he wrote to a friend in America, “for such a holy experiment.”
Penn’s cousins the Op den Graeffs, an old Krefeld Mennonite family, ‘turned’ Quaker were among the Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants of 1683. The first 13 families to settle Germantown, Pa., arriving at Philadelphia from Germany on 6 October 1683.
Reach out and touch your Elders,
talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.
Have Fun -OmaEagle
I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past, and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle