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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 of Clayton-New Castle County)
Dover
Dover Air Force Base
(a CDP as "Dover Base Housing")
Farmington
Felton
Frederica
Harrington
Hartly
Highland Acres
Houston

Kent Acres
Kenton
Leipsic
Little Creek
Magnolia
Milford
(part of Milford-Sussex County)
Rising Sun-Lebanon
Riverview
Rodney Village
Smyrna
(part of Smyrna-New Castle County)
Viola
Woodside
Woodside East
Wyoming

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

Online Data

BIOGRAPHIES
 

BIRTHS
 

BUSINESSES
Buildings - Owners

CEMETERIES
 

CENSUS DATA
 

CHURCHES
Histories - Records

DIVORCE
News - Notices

FAMILY
Bibles, Histories & More

HISTORY
 

MARRIAGES
 

MILITARY
 

NEWS-COMMUNITY
Crime-Fires-Events

NEWS-PEOPLE
Accidents - Jobs - Social

OBITUARIES
 

QUERIES
 

REAL ESTATE
Transfers - News

SCHOOLS
 

SLAVERY & SERVITUDE
Runaways - News

TOWNS
 

WILLS & PROBATE
Records - Notices

Website Updates:

AUGUST 2014
CRIME NEWS: Walker John Dickerson, murder of Thomas Gree;, Thomas Warren kills his sister; Mary Ann Powell kills adopted daughter; Fletcher Hollis Charged with shooting James D. Wright; Ernest Plummer attempted murder of Emory Hayes
SLAVES & SERVANTS: Daniel Cooper
FAMILY INFO: Mason Bible, Mason Letter, Mason Story
NEWS: Fires-Camden Fire-1884, Camden Fire-1900; Community News-No rain, crops ruined-1835, Record Peach Day-1907; Organization News-Epworth League Elects Officers-1913, Twentieth Century Club Officers-1904, The Milford Club Officers
PEOPLE: James B. Anderson, Augustus H. Bishop, Mary Bryan, Josephine Bateman, Ezekiel Cooper, E. L. Cross, Mr. & Mrs. Jos. Ebm, Nathan Ford, M. Lewis Haldy, James C. Moore, Amanda Powell
TOWNS: News: New park for Dover.-1904
OBITS: Martin Bates, Charles Brown, Ida Deane, Mary E. Dunning, Susan Fisher, Manlove Hayes, Temperance Hollis, Malone Hayes, C. S. Layton, Peggy Lock, J. B. Pennington, Zadok P. Henry, Sr., James Kirk, Sara Ann Martin, Eliza J. Pritchett, John P. Saulsbury

JULY 2014
BUSINESSES: M. J. Allee, George W. Baker, Capitol Manufacturing, James Cowgill, George W. Cummins, Joseph Chambers, H. C. Collison, Wm. R. Cahoon, Dyer & Casson, R. M. Dickson, John M. Ford, W. C. Fountain, William N. Fleming, T. M. Gooden, J. B. Hopkins, William H. Hobson, R. C. Holmes, J. W. Hopkins, William Hammond, Hazel & Pennewill News, William G. Hazel, T. K. Jones, E. B. Kerbin, Mrs. H. Lieberman, Joseph Levi, State Auditor Lingo, John R. Myers, J. E. McGonigal, J. Frank Mancha, F. H. Newhard, Wm. A. Reilly, A. B. Richardson, E. Reynolds, Harry A. Richardson, Hiram Reedy, Stevenson & Slaughter, George W. Spicer, William M. Todd, S. Taylor, William Davis Walls

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Adjacent Counties

New Castle County, DE - north
Salem County, NJ - northeast¹
Cumberland County, NJ - east¹
Cape May County, NJ - east¹
Sussex County, DE - south
Caroline County, MD - southwest
Queen Anne's County, MD - west
Kent County, MD - west

¹ Across Delaware bay, not a landed border

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