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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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CEMETERIES
 

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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 2015
OBITS: Mamie Tatum, Lewis Tatum, Stanford Tatum, Daisy Tatum, Levin D. Thompson, Henry Todd, George Truitt, Sarah Varney, John Vining
BIOS: William W. Collison, George Washington Collins, Isaac Geiger Fosnocht, Robert J. Hill, Robert G. Hopkins, Alfred Hopkins
NEWS-ILLNESS: Carl Carney, Jesse Shockley, Georgianna Mosley, Rebecca Polk, Celia Ross, W. A. Wise, Louise Cole, Ida Moore, James B. Anderson, Lizzie Brown
MARRIAGES: Harrington-Walters, Hughes-Dill, Freeny-Ellegood, McDonald-Kersey, Rust-Porter
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1905-Good Roads Law, 1905-Ice Harvest, 1905-Blizzard, 1904-Record Breaking Canned Goods, 1904-Typhooid Fever
PEOPLE: James T. Van Burkalow, Frances E. Willard, A. D. White, Anna P. Williams, Charles R. Watson, Fred A. Williams
NEWS-CHURCHES: 1904-Holy Cross Church (2), 1904-All Protestant churches join for Thanksgiving, 1904-Baptist Church News
NEWS-CRIME: More on Edith Jackson Hollis, George Hazleton, Dulaney Maddox charged with killing Joseph Polk

JULY 2015
OBITS: Sarah Justice, Margaret Jump, Mary Killin, Harry Walker, Martin V. Kingsbury, Eunity Lower
ILLNESS: Mrs. Timothy Crowley, George A. Millington, John Fowler
VISITS: Rev. and Mrs. Edwin Gardner, Charles Jewell, Rachel Kelley, Mrs. Charles F. Sheppard, R. Watson Cooper
BIRTHDAYS: Nellie Anderson
MARRIAGES: Mason-Huntley, Short-Eddingfield, Gill-Gilsen

JUNE 2015
BIOS: John S. Herrington, John W. Hopkins
FAMILIES: LEVICK - Richard Levick, William Levick, Ebenezer Levick; HALE - Thomas Hale, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary, William, Samuel and Matilda.
OBITS: Fredericka D. Dannenhauer, Mary A. Dodd, James W. Emerson
WILLS & PROBATE: Hezekiah Rogers, Frederick Morton Fox
NEWS-ILLNESS: Delia Carney, Raymond Mosley, John B. Wharton
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1900-Dog Trees Three Girls Four Hours, 1904-Dover Health Board, 1904-Mail Carriers of Dover
MARRIAGE NEWS: Howell-Maffett, Penello-Ridgely, Willis-Wilcutt, Macombe-Cole, Harrington-Walter

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Salem County, NJ - northeast¹

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Cape May County, NJ - east¹

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