|In 1682 William Penn and his fellow Quakers came to the New World. They named their new colony Pennsylvania. This meant Penn's woods.|
June 30, 1743- A son, Jonathan, is born to George Burson & Sarah Cox in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
William Penn established the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the goals of religious tolerance and peace. Further, he sought to bring the Society of Friends (Quakers), who long suffered religious intolerance in Europe and the Colonies, to his new Colony.
There were three waves of migrations of Quakers to Pennsylvania.
According to Elliott, “The first and largest group were the English Quakers from London, Bristol, and counties in the west and north. A small minority were wealthy and they purchased the best lots in Philadelphia. The early nucleus of wealthy merchants in Pennsylvania was dominated by English Quakers from Barbados, Jamaica, New York, and West Jersey. English Friends also predominated the first tier of counties in Pennsylvania along the Delaware River. Later, a group of English Friends settled in Ceres in northwestern Pennsylvania.” -Quaker Records (by Wendy L. Elliott, CG, published 1987 by American Genealogical Lending Library)
(Jonathan Burson is my third cousin 6 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Potts & Elizabeth Baset.)