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Established in 1683
County Seat is Georgetown

Georgetown Post Office, 2 The Circle,
Georgetown, Sussex County, DE


Bethany Beach - Bethel - Blades - Bridgeville
Dagsboro - Delmar (part of Delmar is in MD) - Dewey Beach - Ellendale
Fenwick Island - Frankford - Georgetown - Greenwood - Gumboro
Henlopen Acres - Laurel - Lewes - Milford (part of Milford is in Kent County)
Millsboro - Millville - Milton - Ocean View - Rehoboth
Seaford - Selbyville - Slaughter Beach - South Bethany

Pilot Town is the section of the Hamlet of Concord where many free black families have lived in harmony with the white families since around 1765.
It was so named for the many African-American pilots who lived in the area and piloted vessels down the Nanticoke River to Chesapeake Bay.
Two of the best known were Cann Laws and George Laws.
LOCATION: Concord. At junction of Road 20 East and Road 20A.

Sussex County Aliases

Sussex County has been known by several names over the years including:

Susan County,

Hoorenkill or Whorekill County
as named by the Dutch prior to 1680 when Kent County broke off,

Deale County
from 1680 to 1682 after being taken over by the British under James Stuart, Duke of York prior to signing over to William Penn, and

Durham County
when claimed by the Lord's Baltimore during the boundary dispute with the Penn family.


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Patents and Transfers

Debt, Indentured Servants, Etc.





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Letters - Stories - Clues

and Probate & Related Records


JULY 2015
OBITS: Sallie Sirman, Mrs. Hiram L. Short, Robert Swain, Manlove Scott, Harry Steele, John C. Stuart Jr.
PEOPLE: N. Wallace White, John Wiltbank, Henry West
MARRIAGES: Collins-Masten, Brice-Coulbourn, Loflin-Adams, Trader-Thistlewood, Roe-Davis, Wilson - Gray

JUNE 2015
BIOS: Peter J. Hart, Peter P. Dodd
OBITS: Noah Blocksom, Helen Brown, Allen L. Boyd, Benjamin Butler, Christine Burton, Mrs. A. F. Bateman
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1910-Bumper Crop, 1910-Tomato Crop
PEOPLE: William H. Richardson, Harry L. Robinson, Samuel Ross, Robert Riggin, W. H. Quillen, William J. Quillen, Roland Quillen, William J. Eskridge, George Evans
NEWS-POLITICAL: 1910-M. S. Newton, 1910-William O. Johnson, 1910-Griffith Running for Coroner
NEWS-FIRE: 1909-Home Fire, 1909-George Williams and Woodburn Martin boats burned, 1910-Old Church Burns
DIVORCE: Thomas and Arien McFadden
TOWN: 1909-First Steam Laundry in Georgetown
NEWS-ILLNESS & INJURY: James Wilkins Daughter, Walter Ellingsworth, Ella Pettyjohn, Levin Derrickson, Noah Short, William Bennett, Monroe Askins, Charles Watson, Harris Millman, James McGlothen, Herman Roach, John Hitchens
MARRIAGES: Ross-Bell, Hatfield-Larrimore, Haddy-Bramble, Phillips-Allen, Russell-Brown

MAY 2015
BIRTHS: ~ 50 births from 1866, 1867, 1881 and 1882
OBITS: John Donovan, Charles Dewees
PEOPLE: Valiant Waller, Rev. Arthur E. Whatham, Ollie B. Wright, J. W. Wheatley, J. T. Williams, James Williams, J. H. Wilson, J. B. Wright, Amanda Webster, Harry J. Wallace, M. W. Williams, John I. Wentz
TOWNS: 1909-Lewes Residents Want Building Inspector, 1909-Georgetown Enormous Tax, 1910-Seaford Alley Dispute, 1910-Rabid Dogs loose in Milford
NEWS-INJURY & ILLNESS: Bush Yarnall, Jacob Short, Robert West, Edward Hazzard, J. B. Marvel Children, Mrs. William Ennis, George Larrimore, Christopher Jackson, Roland E. Wright, Victor Messick, Edward C. Ross, Edwin R. Willey, Walter Hearn, Mrs. Joseph Stewart, Mrs. Elijah Collins, Postmaster Black, William Evans, Mrs. J. C. Collison, William Mason, J. Ollie Williams
MARRIAGE NEWS: Sipple-Hargardine, Wright-Conaway, Cooper-Cooper, Morris-Phillips, Thompson-Scott

APRIL 2015
OBITS: K. K. West, Harry H. Wheatley, Curtis W. Wright, Floyd Wright, Caroline Wright, Rebecca M. Walls, A. Nowell Walls, Elizabeth Wheatley, Thomas B. Windsor, J. E. Wise, William Wolf, J. Edward Windsor
FAMILY: McIlvain
PEOPLE: William J. Insley (5), Oscar King, James M. Eskridge, Reuben P. Quillen, William J. Quillan, William Cummings, George Conoway, Mollie Cordery
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1910-Daring Chicken Thieves, 1910-Pole in the middle of the road.
SCHOOL NEWS: 1919-Bridgeville School News, 1910-Superintendent Office Moving, 1910-Seaford Graduation
CRIME: Joshua B. Jones, 1943-Poultrymen on Trial, 1902-Race Riot, 1900-Assault, Robert Warfield arrested for murder of J. W. Grasen

MARCH 2015
NEWS-VISIT Mrs. Alexander Guthrie, Mrs. E. M. Connolly, William J. Insley, Walter Barrett, Mary Barker, Mrs. Edward Lee, Annie O'Day, A. F. Bateman, William Cummings, J. D. Harvey, Walter Barrett Wilmington, John P. Steward
LEGAL: 1889-Will Probated in 1797
PEOPLE: Geo. D. Insley, John Jones, Daniel F. Long, Charles O'Neal, William J. Quillen, Roland Quillin, W. J. Quillin, Hattie Saxton, Elizabeth and Jennie Scott, George P. Stoeckle
NEWS-FIRE 1902-Ten Men Burned

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Adjacent Counties
Kent County, DE - north
Cape May County, NJ- northeast¹
Worcester County, MD - south
Dorchester County, MD - southwest
Wicomico County, MD - southwest
Caroline County, MD - northwest
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