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Mount Laurel, New Jersey is situated in Burlington County. William and Jean Evans settled in Burlington, along with their three children, in 1682. The Quaker family had left Wales because they were not allowed to practice their faith. They settled along Rancocas Creek. In 1688, their son, William Evans, Jr. bought 300 acres of land on the mount of what would become Mount Laurel. He married Elizabeth Hanke in 1693, and they lived in a cave on the south side of the mount until they finished building a house. In 1698, he gave an acre of the land to the Society of Friends, who built the Friends Meting House on it. In 1700, he bought another 1,000 acres. Descendants of the Evans family still live throughout the settlement their ancestors built.

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