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John Ogden, the Pilgrim
(1609 - 1682)

A Man of More
Than Ordinary Mark

Published By
American History Press,
Staunton, Virginia

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BOOK SUMMARY
John Ogden was an extraordinary man, living in an extraordinary time. Born in Lancashire, England, in 1609, he brought his family to America in 1641 to accept a contract building a dam and mill for the newly founded settlement of Rippowam, now Stamford, Connecticut. For the next forty-one years, Ogden made many significant contributions to early colonial America.


A very early map of American colonies and settlements, indicating places where the Ogden family lived or worked.
In 1642 he and his brother, both stonemasons, built the first permanent stone church in New Amsterdam, now New York City. Leaving Stamford, He founded the settlements of Hempstead and North Sea, on Long Island, where he would remain for twenty years. In 1651 He was granted the first commercial whaling license in America, establishing what would become the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’ most storied industry. He also built and operated grist and lumber mills, and a tannery; and operated a successful trading business throughout the colonies.

In 1665 John Ogden was the leading founder of Elizabethtown, the first permanent settlement in what would become the colony, then state, of New Jersey. For the remaining seventeen years of his life, he would lead his town and colony in their ongoing struggle against the attempted seizure of their lands and government by a succession of English proprietors.

His actions in this regard made him one of our country’s earliest patriots. However, the rightful record of his deeds was lost amidst early New Jersey’s tumultuous land struggles, which were unique among America’s original thirteen colonies.

John Ogden and a group of early Elizabethtown settlers meet warily with the new men send by the English proprietors to govern them, in 1665.

The story of John Ogden’s life, and his heroic struggle for justice, has never been told before. It is a story all Americans should read, particularly extended members of the distinguished American family of Ogden.