Saturday, January 20, 2018




Most churches have stained glass windows of varying degrees of beauty and craftmanship

with biblical scenes but at the Groome United Methodist Church in Lewes, Delaware there is a

distinct local touch.

That is a nautical atmosphere in keeping with Lewes; ancient ties to the nearby Atlantic

Ocean and the towns headquarters for the pilots which take ocean going ships up the Delaware

River to Phildelphia.

Groome Church is 75 years ld and the stained glass windows were recently restored. One

of the nautical scenes depicts a lighthouse keeper headed for his station on the Breakwater, another

shows the Overfalls Lightship, once a beacon at sea for passing ships.

Abstract January 20, 2018, of Salisbury Daily Times, Friday May 28, 1982 by Harrison H.  

Friday, January 19, 2018



Emory Brittingham, former police chief and state magistrate died at age 82 in Lewes
Convalescent Home after a years illness.

He was one of the first city police officers to be graduated from the Delaware State Police
Academy in 1957. during his Lewes police service he designed new uniforms and adopted the
Great Seal of Lewes, England as the logo of the local police in Lewes Delaware. He was Lewes
chief from 1965 to 1968 when appointed a state magistrate from which he retire in 1983. He was
also a town commissioner.

At Fort Milles in 1944 to 1945 he was chief of the auxiliary military police unit and in 1941
to 1944 he was in a similar position at the duPont Nylon plant in Seaford.

He owed Britt's Restaurant in Lewes from 1948 to 1957.

Mr Brittingham was an Army veteran and served in Hawaii where he at one time guarded
Amelia Earhart's airplane, then while assigned to Manila he was on the Harbor Patrol.

Upon discharge in 1946 he came back to Lewes where his family had founded Lewes
Dairy which he joined.

He was a member of the Groome Methodist Church and a life member of the Fraternal
Order of Police, Sussex Lodge #2.

Surviving are Hazel downs Brittingham, his wife, a son Kim, six grand children and
four great grand children.

Burial was in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes.

Abstract Wilmington News Journal , January 27, 1998.

Thursday, January 18, 2018



From an abstract of Wilmington News Journal
by Lynn Parks
A book “History of Tower Hill” by Ralph Prettyman

Tower Hill, a tract of land north and a wee bit west of downtown Lewes, 475 acres, pert
wooded and part farm land, in Rehoboth- Lewes Hundred.

The Duke of York granted it to Daniel Browne in 1676.

Tower Hill lies southwest of Canary Creek, is bisected by Black Oak Gut run which
flows from Old Mill, aka, Coolspring Creek, right smack in the middle of “Hells Neck”

John Prettyman moved to Sussex county in 1696 from Accomack county, Virginia,
on the Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula, and bought 200 acres at Tower Hill.

The book by Prettyman is from his concern over the future of this tract and he has hope
that development will not disrupt the integrity of Tower Hill. Historian Hazel D. Brittingham
of Lewes encouraged Prettyman because of the lands history. Hazel is a member of Groome
United Methodist Church of Lewes that owns a big part of the Tower Hill tract.

Dr. John S. Prettyman figures in the book as the owner and publisher of the first Republican
Delaware newspaper, “ Peninsula News and Advertiser” . The doctor Prettyman and Ralph are
third cousins four times removed.

The doctor publisher, was unpopular because of his position against slavery.

President Lincoln named Dr. Prettyman U. S. Consul to Glasgow Scotland for his support
of anti slavery causes.

Others mentioned are Harbeson Hickman, wealthy hardware-man, Sussex land owner,
Joel Hickman, well to do farmer, and his wife, plump, sweet and gentle, wife Sarah.

Ralph Prettyman who was 36 in 1999, graduate of Sussex Central High School of
Georgetown and Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, has wife Andrea, a son Zachary and
daughter Alyssa.

Source: Wilmington News Journal, Wednesday , 10 February, 1999. Abstracr by

Harrison H. Nassau.    

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Lewes OLdtimers Thomas Robinson.


Captain Thomas B. Robinson, age 62 years, died early the morning of Tuesday, February
21, 1905 at his home in Angola, near Lewes. He had been ill only a few days with a cold
that developed into pneumonia. His death was sad news to a host of friends in the realm of
coastal shipping under sail, of which the captain was engaged for many years.

His daughter , 23 year old Anna , lay critically ill at his death and pass away in 1905

The captain had retired several years ago and returned to the home farm where he had done
much improvement and modernized until it became the finest farm of Indian River Hundred.
The farm included, he held over a thousand acres of Indian River Hundred land around Angola
and Robinsonsville..

During the Civil War Thomas Robinson served in the U. S. Navy.

Captain Robinson married Lydia Burton the 15th of April 1868, and she died February
1914 at age 69 and is buried with the Captain in Conley’s Chapel church yard. They had two
sons and two daughters, son Joshua born 1870, son Thomas Burton, Jr. born 1876, daughter
Anna born November 2, 1872 and died at age 23 in 1905 soon after her father, and a daughter
Elnora born 1879.

Thomas Robinson’s father was Joshua, who lived 1805 to 1850, mother was Mary.

The captains wife, Lydia Burton was born 28 September 1844, died 20 February 1914.
Her parents were Benjamin and Catherine Marsh Burton. Her mother was from the family of
James and Margaret Rhodes Marsh of Sussex county.

Abstract of Wilmington Morning News, obituary, Tuesday 21 February 1905, by Harrison H.
January 13 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018




Harbeson's “grand old Lady” is today, Saturday. January 24th, 1946, observing her

79th birthday anniversary, with her husband , Charlres R. Davidson, age 82. Last December

they observed their 59th wedding anniversary.

Gena, as she was better known, was born August 1867 in Indian River Hundred, Sussex

County, Delaware to Abraham H. and Mary Hester Rust Dorman of Hollyville. Her mother
died at Hollyville in 1874 when Gena was 7 years old. Abraham Dorman, her father, died

21 May 1907.

Eugenia and Charles are both members of the Beaver Dam Methodist Church at Harbeson

and are active in the community affairs. They were married in 1887.

They had five children, Wilbert, born in 1887, who lived in Wilmington, Chattie May ,

a daughter, born 1892, who married Harry C. Walls and also lived in Wilmington, another

daughter, Elsie, who married John Reynolds of Milton, Martin who lived in Philadelphia, and

Harland, which there is no record.

There are seven grandchildren , Captain Preston R. Walls of the Army, Elsie and Esther

Walls, Katerine and Wilbert Davidson, Jr., of Wilmington, Betty and Norman Reynolds of

Milton` and a great grandchild, George R. Walls.

Charles Davidson died 1948 and buried in Beaver Dam Cemetery, Harbeson,

Gena died in 1949 and is also buried in Beaver Dam Cemetery. 

Monday, January 8, 2018




August 30, 1947 Rehoboth resident, Strickland Bernard Tewelow , received the

Bronze Star and Combat Medal for heroic service aboard his ship, the destroyer

U.S.S. Haynesworth, when Jap suicide bombers attacked.

Lt. Cmdr. Leon Thompason, U.S.N., representing the Secretary of the Navy, made

the presentation on the beach in front of the Henlopen Hotel which was well attended by

Rehoboth district Navy men, residents and summer visitors.

Strick, as he is better known, was a graduate of Rehoboth High School , is son of Mrs.

Bess Tewelow of Rehoboth Beach. He served in WWII in the Pacific as a bridge signalman

on the USS Hayneworth, a destroyer.

He is now in Wilmington attending the Beacom Business College.

SOURCE: Salisbury Daily Times, 30 August, 1947.



May 31, 1947:

This will be the 67th class to graduate from Lewes High School and the Rev. Crockett,

pastor of Groome Memorial Methodist Church , tomorrow, will give baccalaureate service

at the school auditorium. Commencement night is Friday, June 6th.

Thee 30 graduates are; Fred Stevenson, Bob Lockerman, Evelyn Mitchell. Josephine

Guerin, Sam Howarth, Parke Perine, Betty Shipley, Evelyn Dodd, Charlotte Reim, Dolly

Bernice White, Elixabeth Lowe, Marge Strums, Donald Mitchell , Theodore Richards,

Peggy Warrington, Iris Conaway, Patnter Lynch, Ken Quillen, Louise Wagamon,

Helen Marsh, Dicky Brittingham, Donald Marsh, Rena Dirks, Mildred Elliott,

Elizabeth “Micky” Lawton, Virginia Russell, Louise Dickerson, Faye White, Elva

Marvel and Barbara Dayton.

Source: Salisbury Daily Times, 31 May 1947. Abstract Harrison H., 8 January 2018.