Dateline: 2 Jan 1689: The Council of Philadelphia choose the commissioners of peace—very much like justices of the peace. Names are here for family historians.
Maybe your ancestor makes his appearance somewhere in this list.
Since this is not complicated, let’s get right to it.
Modernized transcription begins:
Ordered that the Commissions of the Peace be made for all the counties and these persons following to be inserted, viz:
Thomas Lloyd, Wm Salway, Law. Cock, John Eckly, Bar. Wilcox, John Holme, Robert Turner, Francis Rawles
Anthony Cook, Thomas Janney, John Brock, Joseph Growdon, Wm. Byles, Henry Baker, Wm. Yardly, Nicholas Newlin
John Bristow, Nicholas Newlin, James Sanderling, John Beaven, Francis Harrison, Wm. Howell, John Blunston, Samuel Levis, John Fearne
NEW CASTLE CO.
Peter Alrichs, Cor[nelius] Empson, Charles Rumsey [sic], John Cann, Johannes D’Hayes, Robert Ashton, William Stockdale, Peter Banton, John Hayley
Wm Clark, Dan Jones, Wm. Freeland, John Brinkloe, John Walker, James Brookes, George Martin, Mark Manloe, William Manlow, John Curtis, William Lawrence
William Clark, John Hill, Robert Clifton, Thomas Wynne, Thomas Price, Samuel Gray, Luke Watson, Samuel Preston
The latter two counties at that time came under Pennsylvania’s jurisdiction.
Minutes of the Provincial Council, vol. 1, 1683-1700, (Jo. Severns and Co. 1852), pp. 320-21.