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HISTORY



Established in 1683
In about 1670 the English began to settle in the valley of the St. Jones River formally known as Wolf Creek. On June 21, 1680, The Duke of York chartered St. Jones County, which was carved out of New Amstel/New Castle County and Hoarkill/Sussex County. St. Jones County was transferred to William Penn on August 24, 1682, and became part of Penn's newly chartered Delaware Colony. Penn ordered a court town to be laid out, and the courthouse was built in 1697. The town of Dover was finally laid out in 1717, and became the capitol of Delaware in 1777. In 1787 Delaware was first to ratify the U.S. Constitution, and became "the First State." Kent County was a small grain farming region in the 18th Century. More recently, in the 1960's, Dover was the scene of the manufacturing of the spacesuits worn by NASA astronauts in the Apollo moon flights by ILC Dover, now based in the small town of Frederica.

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Cities and Towns


Dover Main Street
July 1938


Bowers - - Camden - - Cheswold

Clayton (part in New Castle Cty)

Dover - - Dover Air Force Base (a CDP)

Farmington - - Felton - - Frederica

Harrington - - Hartly - - Highland Acres

Houston - - Kent Acres - - Kenton

Leipsic - - Little Creek - - Magnolia

Milford (part in Sussex Cty) - - Rising Sun-Lebanon

Riverview - - Rodney Village - - Smyrna (part in New Castle Cty)

Viola - - Woodside - - Woodside East - - Wyoming


Old Barratt's Chapel (Methodist), Route 113,
Frederica vicinity, Kent County, DE

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NEWS-COMMUNITY
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NEWS-PEOPLE
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OBITUARIES
 

QUERIES
 

REAL ESTATE
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SLAVERY & SERVITUDE
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TOWNS
 

WILLS & PROBATE
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Website Updates:

JANUARY 2016
BIOS: Thomas H. Dill
SLAVES / SERVANTS: Charles Emory Fowler
PEOPLE: Charles W. Simmons, James L. Seacord, Joseph Stewart, Frances Brewster Stevenson, Lucretia M. Stevenson, Alfred Smith, Prince Simmons, Leslie W. Stout, Earl Scull, Mrs. Charles Story, Dr. J. G. Stanton
NEWS-CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS: 1904-D.A.R., 1913-Sons of America Meeting
NEWS-FIRE: 1916-Three killed, five hurt
NEWS-INSTITUTIONS: 1904-Old Folks Home

DECEMBER 2015
BIOS: Gamaliel Garrison, Harry B. Clark
OBITS: David B. Stayton, Gove Saulsbury, Mary E. Smith, Elizabeth Ennels Sykes, James Sykes, Anna Matilda Sykes, Judge Skyes
SCHOOLS: 1930-Williamsville School Perfect Attendance, 1905-Addresses by Cross, Lodge, Chambers, Atkinson and Carroll, 1904-Wilmington Conference Academy
WILLS/PROBATE: Wilson Lee Cannon, Henry Ridgely
MARRIAGES: Tarburton-Friedel, Cook-Wallace, Masten-Boyd
BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES: Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Green, James B. Conner, Anna Mosley
NEWS-CRIME: John T. Hughes

NOVEMBER 2015
BIOS: Daniel Ford, John Perkins Jones
PEOPLE: Adonijah Stansbury, John Shilling, John Schabinger
OBITS: Philip H. Noble, John N. Nivison
NEWS-FIRE: 1906-Felton Fire, 1905-Felton Fire, 1914-Farmington Fire
MARRIAGES: Coombs-Moseley, Scarborough-Moore, Krantz-Hardcastle,
CHURCH NEWS: 1907-Felton M. E. Church, 1893-H. S. Thompson

OCTOBER 2015
NEWS-CRIME: Frank Riccio, Charles Robinson, Frederic Allen
OBITS: Robert Peck, Elmer N. Powell, Charles Passwaters, Harriet Palmer, John Patten, James Paul, John Pleasonton, Thomas Pole, Pompey
NEWS-VISIT: Presley Durham, Thelma Williams, Elizabeth Hicks, Laura Mosley, Emma Ridgway, Eunice Ridgway, Elmire Durham, Zella Roe, William Workman, Mamie Cannon
MARRIAGES: Crosby-Leigh, Adams-Taylor, Lee Horner, Herring-Townsend, Wyatt-Andrews, Carey-Wyatt, Short-Callaway
CHURCHES: 1905-Annual Session of the Colored M. E. Conference, 1905-New Organ for Milford Presbyterian
NEWS-POLITICAL: Walter J. Harrington, Nathan Rogers, Hazlettville Democrats Club

SEPTEMBER 2015
WILLS: Mary Richardson, Richard Levick, Sr., Richard Levick, Richard Levick, Benoni Bishop, Sarah Bishop, Contributed by Patricia Mason Harris
FAMILIES: Miscellaneous Hall Family Research, Contributed by Patricia Mason Harris
QUERIES: Frame, Contributed by Patricia Mason Harris
PEOPLE: William Burrows, Stephen Barcas, James Barcas, John Brinckle, Lottie T. Brockson
NEWS-BIRTHDAYS: Fanny J. Crosby, Wilson L. Cannon
CHURCHES: 1904-German Baptist Services by H. C. Baum
COURT-LEGAL: 1916-Indicted on Serious Charge
NEWS-ORGANIZATIONS: 1905-King's Daughters received donation from T. Coleman DuPont, 1905-George Fisher, T. C. Roe

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