Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey


Whereas, It is eminently proper that the prominent events of our Colonial history from the settlement of Jamestown, Va., May 13, 1607, to the battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, should be duly commemorated, and

 Whereas, Our forefathers, following the dictates of their consciences, and in order to secure civil and religious liberty, imperiled their lives in the founding and maintenance of the Colonies of America, and

            Whereas, The embodiment of their fundamental ideas is our Declaration of Independence, and the final result of their labors is the United States of America,

            Now, therefore, we, their descendants, in order to perpetuate the memory of our ancestors, and to preserve for all times the names and deeds of those who, by their acts and counsel, assisted in the establishment and maintenance of the American Colonies, do hereby constitute ourselves the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey, to the end that it may collect and preserve the manuscripts, records, and other documents relating to that period, that it may erect memorials commemorating persons and events of the Colonial Period and may advance the study of Colonial History through publication of original documents of importance and historical works of merit, that it may inspire in these ways its members and their descendants with the fraternal and patriotic spirit of their forefathers, and that it may perpetuate those national characteristics by which alone the unity and liberty of our country have been secured, and by which alone they can be maintained and preserved.



            Any male person above the age of eighteen years, of good moral character and reputation, shall be eligible to membership in the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey, provided he be lineally descended in the male or female line from an ancestor:

  1. 1.Who served as a military or naval officer, or as a soldier, sailor, or marine, or as a privateersman, under authority of any of the Colonies which afterward formed the United States, or in the forces of Great Britain which participated with those of the said Colonies in any wars in which the said Colonies were engaged, or in which they enrolled men, during the period from the settlement of Jamestown, May 13, 1607, to the battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775; or

2.      Who held office in any of the Colonies between the dates above mentioned, as

(a) Director General, Vice-Director General, or member of the Council, or legislative body, in the Colony of the New Netherland;

(b)  Governor, Lieutenant or Deputy Governor, Lord Proprietor, member of the King’s or Governor’s Council, or of the legislative body, in the Colony of New York, the Jerseys, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware;

(c)   Lord Proprietor, Governor, Deputy Governor, or member of the Council, or of the legislative body in Maryland, the Carolinas, or Georgia;

(d)   Governor, Deputy Governor, Governor’s Assistant, or Commissioner to the United Colonies of New England, or member of the Council, body of Assistants, or legislative body, in any of the New England Colonies.

(e)      Justice, Judge, Justice of the Peace, or other judicial officer.


Membership in the Society shall not be held completed until the application papers relating thereto have been approved by the Registrar General.

Membership shall be subject to the vote of the Council upon the moral qualifications of the applicant.

There shall be no honorary memberships in the Society of the Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey.  The Council may, from time to time, waive, in whole or in part, the annual dues of a worthy member of the Society.

Any person under the age of eighteen years who is a brother, nephew or lineal descendant of a living or deceased regular member may be proposed and seconded by any two regular members to be elected a junior member of the Society upon payment of the enrollment fee.

Junior members shall not be liable for annual dues, shall have no vote, and shall not hold office in the Society. Each junior membership shall terminate upon the holder’s reaching his eighteenth birthday, at which time the former junior member shall be encouraged to become a regular member.