Descendants of Founders of New Jersey

Descendants of Founders of New Jersey reside within the state, across the nation and around the world. The stories of the lives and contributions of their ancestors in settling New Jersey three or more centuries ago may have been chronicled, but many have been lost in time.

Thirty-five years ago a group of descendants of early New Jersey colonists joined together to form Descendants of Founders of New Jersey; a society of those associated with the earliest development of our state.  Membership includes those descendants who remained in New Jersey and those who have fanned out across the nation. Today Descendants of Founders of New Jersey is an active society with over 400 members.EAmong the objectives of Descendants of Founders of New Jersey are: to establish, preserve and publish information concerning the founders of New Jersey and to provide assistance to those who advocate the preservation of the history of the State.

We welcome in membership any adult, 18 years of age or older, who provides documentation of their descent from a founder who resided in or contributed to the settlement of New Jersey prior to 17 April, 1702, and who subscribes to the objectives of the society. 

The date of 17 April, 1702 was chosen because that was the date on which East Jersey and West Jersey were merged to create the single entity of New Jersey. By that date basic settlement had been accomplished in the areas that now make up the state.

Evelyn Hunt Ogden, Ed.D.
Registrar General
Descendants of Founders of New Jersey