Stukely, a farmer from Yeovil, England, came to America in June, 1635 and settled in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife Julianna and their six children. While living in Salem he became close friends with Roger Williams, who was subsequently banished from the Salem colony for his advocacy of the separation of civil and religious authority.
In 1638 Stukely was also ordered to leave Salem, due apparently to his association with and support of Williams. He moved his family to Providence, where he joined with Roger Williams in the founding of the Rhode Island colony.
Shared by: Bart Westcott of Palo Alto, CA
Thanks. This public cemenory has become a relatively new tradition for Old Salem. Or perhaps it is more apt to say, a revival of an old tradition, since Old Salem was the site of the very 1st celebration of Independence Day.