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Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) ChurchEdit
Any history of the Swedes on the Delaware would be incomplete without a short description of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church]. Old Swedes is a stone's throw from where the first Swedish expedition landed and where they built Fort Christina. it is one of five Swedish churches established by the Swedes along the Delaware in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Its importance to our fmaily stems from the fact that some of our ancestors worshiped here, some were christened here, and others were buried here. Matthias and Mary were wed here in 1766.
Most, but not all, of our Swedish ancestors lived near and attended Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Some were members of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church in Philadelphia. A few belonged to the Swedish church built across the Delaware River from Wilmington in Penns Neck, New Jersey. Readers are encouraged to learn more about these and other Swedish churches via The Eight Old Swedes' Churches of New Sweden by Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams New Sweden Center, Wilmington, DE 1999. Republished with the author's permission by the Swedish Colonial Society, the publication can be seen online by clicking and navigating Churches of New Sweden