Catherine Dingee

“Marvel not my name’s concealed // In being hid it is revealed” [1]


Reading  the will of Isaac Smith, husband of widow, Mary Craig (formerly Hazzard) made 21 November 1779, Sussex county, Delaware hitherto reveals the existence of Catherine Dingee:

“… I hereby request and desire that my daughter Sarah may be put under the care and direction of her aunt, my friend, Catherine Dingee whom I hereby appoint her guardian and have good hope that she will be to my said daughter as a good mother and educate and bring her up in the best manner she can – she receiving the annual sum I have by this my will appointed to be raised for this purpose.” [2]

An exciting discovery that immediately creates a preponderance of questions.

(i)         Is Catherine the unnamed daughter of Charles Dingee? (Previous post here https://wp.me/pdex8H-14)

(ii)        Is Catherine the wife of (unnamed) Dingee or femme sole?

While the identities of women and girls in colonial society often remain a mystery, whether extensive research in the on-line archival records of Sussex county, Delaware can resolve the question of Catherine’s identity is yet to be determined.


 

[1] https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-female-aristocrats-little-known-poems-now-available-online-180970910/

[2] FamilySearch Catalog, Wills, books B-D 1751-1794, Film # 007652947 (Book C No 3 folio 259).

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