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Subject: Re: [S-I] Religious freedom in Colonial America
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:23:27 +0000 (UTC)
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Hi Charlie, certainly Virginia didn't have religious freedom but Maryland and Pennsylvania most certainly DID. I guess we're still debating Rhode Island .... but compared with their neighbors they sure look good to me!

Linda Merle

----- Original Message -----
From: "Charlie Weaver" <>
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 7:24:53 AM
Subject: [S-I] Religious freedom in Colonial America

"Religious Freedom" in early colonial America
was not what we consider today. As far as my
Virginia and North Carolina ancestors were
concerned, their "Freedom" was limited to the
established religion only, as was the case in
Plymouth Colony.
>From the Jamestown
settlement in 1607 to the early-mid 1700s, only
the State sponsored, Anglican/Epicopal,
religion was officially allowed. A little pocket of
Swiss/German (mostly Calvinist) immigrants
settled in the New Bern area of NC in 1710.
The story is that my immigrant ancestor, Matthew
HOWARD came to VA c1630, and lived in
what became Lower Norfolk Co. In about 1650,
he and some of his friends - the TODDs, ROCKHOLDs,
etc, were exiled to the Severn River in what is now
Anne Arundel Co MD. The reason for their "banishment"
to "wilderness" was that they refused to adhere to
the Church of England Prayer Book.
So, there are "degrees" of religious freedom. Tolerance
of other faiths was fairly slow to come, and even today,
is a societal problem, and probably always will be.

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