First Marriage Jacob Hazzard, Blacksmith, appears in the Orphans Court dockets and minutes of both Sussex and Kent counties, Delaware as a petitioner and guardian and also as a Court appointed valuer and appraiser of real and personal property in Sussex county. The Register of Kent county recorded settling the estate of John Parker, brother … Continue reading The four wives of Jacob Hazzard?
Apart from Shipping Intelligence in newspapers, this is the only time, Dan. Dingee described himself as Captain Dingee.
Daniel Dingee, and many of his contemporaries of Sussex county, Kent and New Castle counties, Delaware came from a conservative background and not unlike their antecedents appreciated the principles of English law and liberties.  Dan Dingee, as he preferred to acknowledge himself when signing legal documents, fits the Loyalist profile: land owner, conservative farmer, … Continue reading The paradox of Daniel Dingee’s political ideology
In his monograph, “Stories for a Sunday Afternoon”, Maynard H Mires presents an unconvincing case his “revolutionary” ancestor Daniel Myers (Miers, Mires), Indian slayer and original settler of the Minisink township, descends from Delaware Quaker families, Miers and Cummings. Mires is correct in stating Ann Cummings daughter of Enoch Cumming married John Miers between 1747-48 … Continue reading Problems with “Stories for a Sunday Afternoon”
Phila. MM Minutes 1740-1755 (image 102) 28 1749 Fifth (28 Jul 1749) The Meeting being informed that Obadiah Eldridge is lately broke much in debt and as he says unable to make any reasonable composition with his creditors, and as it appears that he was a considerable time since advised to deliver up his effects … Continue reading Obadiah Eldridge, Phila. 1740-1755; Is he the son of Joseph Eldridge, Kent county 28 1749 Fifth (28 Jul 1749)?
"Marvel not my name's concealed // In being hid it is revealed"  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 … Continue reading Catherine Dingee
Deed William Jefferess from Saml. Rowland & uxor. This Indenture made 25 November 1783 Between Samuel Rowland and Alice his wife, Sussex & William Jefferess Carpenter Witnesseth: That whereas there is a certain tract piece or parcel of land situate lying and being in the county of Sussex and in White Oak Neck part of … Continue reading Samuel Rowland & Alice his wife
Who are the many Samuel Rowland's of Sussex county, Delaware, British Colonial America ? Deeds, book A1-B2, 1693-1698 (folio 100-102) ? Thomas Fisher Plt. agt Samuel Rowland Deft; In a plea of trespass upon the case And therein the said Plt. complains that on the 18th day of November last past, being the fourth year … Continue reading Trespass 1702, Sussex Delaware, Thomas Fisher v. Samuel Rowland
Worshippers of the medieval church, St Mary’s, standing on a lofty eminence above the River Bure, Wroxham could be forgiven their confusion during the month of October 1843 when marriage banns were read for three members of the same family on three consecutive Sundays with two sets of the betrothed couples named William and Maria. … Continue reading Wedding bells ring in Wroxham
Catharine McPhail, the first wife of fisherman, Duncan McTavish, died before civil registration of Scottish births deaths and marriage commenced in 1855. The only clue to her ancestry was thirty-year old mariner, James McPhail, enumerated as brother-in-law with the McTavish family in the 1851 census. But, James' occupation was a fabrication and for years the … Continue reading “Oh, thou demon Drink, thou fell destroyer”