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Map of Zwaanendael

Nautical chart of Zwaanendael (“Swanendael”) and Godyn’s Bay in New Netherland. Zwaanendael was a patroonship founded by Samuel Godyn, a director of the Dutch West India Company, in 1629. Godyn made his land claim to the West India Company under jurisdiction of the Charter of Freedoms and Exemptions. After a short time, the initial 32 inhabitants were murdered by local Indians and Godyn sold his land back to the West India Company. The West India Company kept the names of the local area, including Godyn’s Bay, which eventually became Delaware Bay. The text in Dutch at left side of the map reads: The nations at the South River are Great Sironese at the Hoerenkil, Sewapois, Remkokes, Small Sironese, Minquaen also named Machaorikyns, Naraticonck, Atsayonck, Mantaes, Rechaweygh, Armewamix, Matikongh, Momakavaongk, Sankikans. These above described nations have friendships with each other. And are mostly one people with one language, with the exception of the Machaoretijns that are named like this because of their language that is Minquaens and is as much similar as with us old Dutch or Wallonian. The life of these people is totally free. Their soothsayers or devil preachers have nothing to say over them, their shamans can’t order them and have no authority to give someone a death penalty. The marriages are not fixed, most have one wife, the chief more than one. And they leave their women easily, and these will go from one to another like a whore, usually women are disowned after having a child and as a result the population remains low. Translation of the tribal names: Sironese – Ciconicine Sewapois – Sewaposees,...

Delaware Genealogy at Ancestry

Ancestry is the largest provider of genealogy data online. The billions of records they provide have advanced genealogy online beyond imagination just a decade ago. The following is but a small sample of what they provide for Delaware genealogy at Ancestry. While some of these databases are free, many require a subscription. You can try a 14 day free trial and see if you can find any of your Delaware genealogy at Ancestry! Delaware Genealogy Databases – Subscription May be Required Ancestry Free Trial Delaware Statewide Genealogy at Ancestry 1800 census, Delaware A history of the original settlements on the Delaware Allied families of Delaware Colonial mansions of Maryland and Delaware Deaths taken from the Delaware gazette Delaware : a guide to the first state Delaware Birth Records, 1800-1908 Delaware Census, 1790-1890 Delaware Death Records, 1811-1933 Delaware gazette, published at Delhi, Delaware County, N.Y., from Nov. 1819 to Aug. 28, 1844, death notices Delaware Governor’s Register 1674-1851, Volume I Delaware Marriage Records, 1744-1912 Delaware Marriage Records, 1806-1933 Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796-1959 Delaware Pensioners, 1835 Delaware Trails: Some Tribal Records, 1842-1907 Directory of churches and religious organizations in Delaware Early clergy of Pennsylvania and Delaware Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware from the Colonial Period to 1810 Indian land sales in Delaware Selected African Americans in Delaware, 1890 U.S. Census Some of the First Settlers of The Forks of the Delaware and Their Descendants Web: Delaware, Find A Grave Index, 1710-2011 Delaware Military Data at Ancestry Delaware County in the American Revolution : an address delivered before the Lansdowne Chapter,Daughters of the American Revolu Thomas Leiper : lieutenant of Light Horse,...

Biography of John H. Townsend

John H. Townsend was born at Smyrna, Costa (now Kent) county, Delaware, March 16, 1843. When seven years of age his parents removed to Madison county, Indiana, and settled at Collinsville, where he lived with them until he reached the age of eighteen years, and was there educated. On leaving home in 1861 he went to Placerville, California. On his arrival there he had but six dollars. On the first day after his arrival he was employed as a clerk by B. Meacham, a dry goods merchant, at a salary of six hundred dollars per year and board, and remained with him until 1865, receiving an increase of salary each year. By investing his earnings in mining stock and loaning he accumulated enough to return to the East. Leaving Placerville in October, 1865, by steamer, and by way of the Nicaragua route, arriving at Brunswick, Missouri, where his parents had removed to during his absence, in the following November. In the spring of 1866 he engaged in the mercantile business at Brunswick with his uncle, Luke Townsend, in the firm name of L. & J. H. Townsend. Their co-partnership was of short duration as his uncle died in nine months after. However, young Townsend purchased his uncle’s interest of the executors and continued in business at that place until December, 1874. In this latter year he came to Gallatin and in April, 1875, established his present business, carrying on the dry goods and grocery business, separately, on an extensive scale and is one of the staunch business men of Gallatin. December 3, 1868, Mr. Townsend married Miss Arbetia V....

Delaware World War 2 NMCG Casualty List

Inclusion of names in this Delaware World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States area or as a result of disease, homicide or suicide in any location is not included. This is a state summary taken from casualty lists released by the Navy Department, corrected as to the most recent casualty status and recorded residence of next of kin. Personnel listed as MISSING are under continuous investigation by the Navy Department, and therefore will be officially presumed or determined dead. Some will be found alive. The last official notice to next of kin will take precedence over this list. Compiled, February 1946 State Summary of War Casualties Dead:          Combat 115          Prison Camp 2 Missing 4 Wounded 114 Released Prisoners 4 Total 239 Delaware World War 2 NMCG Casualty List Delaware WW2 NMCG Casualty List – B Surnames Delaware WW2 NMCG Casualty List – C Surnames Delaware WW2 NMCG Casualty List – D Surnames Delaware WW2 NMCG Casualty List – E Surnames Delaware WW2 NMCG Casualty List – G Surnames Delaware WW2 NMCG Casualty List – H Surnames Delaware WW2 NMCG Casualty...

Delaware County Courthouse Addresses

Division of Public Health P.O. Box 637 Dover, DE 19903 (302) 739-4721 Fax: (302) 739-3008 Kent County 414 Federal Street Dover, DE 19901 (302) 744-2305 Sussex County 2 The Circle, PO Box 589 Georgetown, DE 19947 (302) 855-7742 New Castle County 87 Reads Way New Castle, DE 19720-1648 (302)...

Delaware Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking. Event: Birth, Death Cost of copy: $10.00 Address: Office of Vital Statistics Division of Public Health P.O. Box 637 Dover, DE 19903 Remarks: State office has death records since 1962 and birth records since 1930. Additional copies of the same record requested at the same time are $4.00 each. For previous years, write to Archives Hall of Records, Dover, DE  (302) 744-5000 . A photo identification is REQUIRED for all transactions. If submitting by mail, a copy of ID IS REQUIRED. Check or money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Statistics. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (302) 744-4549. Event: Marriage Cost of copy: $10.00 Address: Office of Vital Statistics Division of Public Health P.O. Box 637 Dover, DE 19903 Remarks: Records since 1962. Additional copies of the same record requested at the same time are $4.00 each. A photo identification is REQUIRED for all transactions. If submitting by mail, a copy of ID IS REQUIRED. Event: Divorce (State) Cost of copy: $10.00 Address: Office of Vital Statistics Division of Public Health P.O. Box 637 Dover, DE 19903 Remarks: Records since...

Biographical Sketch of Matthew Bushby

Matthew Busby, of Ireland, was a weaver by trade. He came to America and settled first in Delaware, from whence he removed to Bath Co., Ky., at an early date. He had seven sons, one of whom, James, married Nancy Lewis, of Delaware, by whom he had eleven children Isaac, Rolley, John, James, Hiram, Lewis, Granville, Elizabeth, Lucretia, Amanda, and Malinda. Lewis and James settled in Missouri. The former married Eliza McClannahan, of Kentucky, and settled in Missouri in...

Biography of A. P. Johnson

A. P. Johnson. Among the learned professions there are, probably, none that demand so much tact, judgment, patience, natural executive ability and specialized knowledge as that of the educator. The individual who enters into this field, selecting it as his chosen life work and calling, must be prepared to make many sacrifices, to endure numerous disappointments, to often spend himself for others without apparent return of gratitude, and to give the best years of his life often without the emoluments that equal efforts would in all probability bring in any other profession. It is a vocation for which there are no weights and measures. The material with which it deals is the youth of our land upon which impressions are often eternal and which affords the man who would serve the race an opportunity than which there are none greater. Of the men of Champaign County who have dedicated their lives to this work, one of the best known is A. P. Johnson, superintendent of the public schools of the city of Urbana. Born December 16, 1863, in Sussex County, Delaware, A. P. Johnson, is a son of Benjamin and Sarah (Smith) Johnson. On both sides of the family he is descended from English ancestors, and his ancestors lived for many years in Delaware, where both his parents were born. Benjamin Johnson was a fanner by vocation and in 1873, feeling that the fertile fields of Illinois would yield him a fortune; he came to this state and settled on a farm in Mahomet Township, Champaign County, where the remainder of his life was passed in the tilling of...
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