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BYLLYNGE, Edward, colonial proprietary, died in England in 1687. He was associated with John Fenwicke in the purchase of a large tract of land in New Jersey, embracing, in general terms, all the province north of a line drawn from Barnegat to Burlington. The partners were Quakers, but had a falling out regarding the division of the property; and William Penn, being called upon to arbitrate, assigned nine tenths of the tract to Byllynge. But the latter shortly afterward found himself in financial straits, and was obliged to make an assignment for the benefit of his creditors. The trustees effected sales of land to two companies of Friends, one of which founded Burlington in 1677. The estate, in its divisions, was long known as "The Byllynge tenths." In 1681 Byllynge was among the twenty-four proprietaries to whom the Duke of York confirmed the sale of the province; and in 1677 he was elected by the land-owners governor of the province of West Jersey, and, after the manner of such officials, named deputies and never visited his domain in person. He was never in harmony with his people, who vainly sought to have him removed from office shortly before his death.
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