Sophia Fisler

Sophia was a younger unmarried sister of Hannah Collin. Their grandparents, Felix and Barbara, emigrated from Switzerland in 1730, and settled in New Jersey, along the Delaware River. Their parents, Jacob Fisler and Sophia Klein, were children on board the same ship. Sophia Klein’s parents, so the story goes, were killed by the ship captain for their money. The Fislers then paid her fare, so she would not be sold as an indentured servant. Fourteen years later, Jacob Fisler & Sophia Klein married.

Reverend Nicholas Collin

Reverend Nicholas Collin (1746-1831)

Nicholas Collin came to the Delaware Valley in 1770 and died here in 1831. He was both the last remaining priest of the Swedish mission and the first priest of the new American Gloria Dei. In his time the American colonies separated from great Britain, the Swedish mission came to an end, and a new Protestant Episcopal Church made up for the sundered relationship with the Church of England. The United states entered on its first great period of economic growth in the two decades after the War of 1812. Collin kept a detailed journal of his activities as a pastor at Trinity Church, Swedesboro, New Jersey (1770-1786), and we learn much about his daily activities, the problems he had keeping his no longer very Swedish congregation together, and the personal peril in which he found himself during the American Revolution.

Old map of Central America, 1870

A Story From The Grave: Catharine, Wife Of Sea Captain Peter Cruse

The inscription on Catharine Cruses’s gravestone leaves a message for her “dearest man.” This message in stone might reflect the final words that Catharine would have liked to say to her husband if he had been with her at the end.

James Peale

James Peale, Artist (1749-1831)

Best known as a portrait miniaturist and fruit still-life painter, James Peale (1749-1831) also made oil portraits, history paintings, and landscapes. The total number of landscape paintings he created remains undetermined, but he executed more than two hundred watercolor miniatures on ivory, perhaps one hundred still-life paintings, fewer than seventy oil portraits, and at least eight history paintings.

William Irvine (1741-1804), Brigadier General, U.S. Congressman

William Irvine (1741-1804) graduated from Dublin University, became a physician, and served as a surgeon in the British Navy before immigrating to Pennsylvania in 1763. He resumed practicing medicine and was a Delegate to Pennsylvania’s anti-Stamp Act conventions in 1764 and 1766. Irvine also took part in Pennsylvania’s conventions held to consider independence in 1774 and 1775.

Jacob Jackson: A Navy Man In The War Of 1812

By Michael Schreiber and Amy Grant

Jacob Jackson, whose body rests near those of his wife Catharine and several of their children, was a U.S. Navy veteran of the War of 1812. He was an active supporter of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, elected as a member of the vestry in 1842.