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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:

DECEMBER 2014
BUSINESS: Dover Opera House, Camden Banking House, Samuel Armstrong, Dover Navigation Company-Kenney, Anderson & Maloney, Delaware State Mutual Fire
CEMETERY: Odd Fellows Cemetery Improvements-1902; Friends Cemetery Cleanup-1904
NEWS - MARRIAGES: News: McIllvaine-Sapp, Booker-Draper, Hunn-Mifflin, Parker-Townsend, Habbart-Hamilton, Fairbanks-Hastings, Thistlewood-Reese, Pettyjohn-Chance, Koch-Vinyard, Covington-Howarth
NEWS: 1904 Camden Fire
SCHOOLS: 1904 Dover graduates, 1904 Clayton Graduates
REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: Boozer, Williams, Schick, Keens, Eardley, Slevin, Oaks
OBITS: John W. F. Jackson, Eleanor Johnson, Florence Murphy, William A. Montague, Anna Moore, Mary Pauline Nicholls, Mary A. Ridgely, Mollie Taylor Reynolds, Ezekiel Shaw, Robert H. Stevenson

NOVEMBER 2014
CHURCHES: Barratt's Chapel Receives Presentation-1904, Barratt's 124th Anniversary-1904
ORGANIZATIONS: Dover Century Club (2 articles); Board of Health
NEWS: Visiting-Jenkins, Kincaid, Jackson, Brown, Frear, Cullen, Townsend, Willey, Gildersleeve, Scott
PEOPLE: Wm. M. Bonwill, Alexander Jackson, Georgiana Reed, Harry A. Richardson, W. H. Ridgeway, Jehu Stiffley, C. W. Green
SCHOOLS: Delaware State College for Colored Students Graduation-1904

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Adjacent Counties

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