Sunday, December 29, 2013

1926 Rehoboth High School Baseball Team

Rehoboth High School Baseball Team

About 1926

The first Rehoboth High School organized and uniformed baseball team came about in 1926 under coaches John Boyd and Richard Francis, both instructors at the school. The team, in their new uniforms, were photographed on the front steps of the Rehoboth Avenue high school building and printed in the Delaware Coast Press newspaper by it's editor, Roland Ingram.
Members of this team are; Norman Calhoun, Ridgely Ward, Coleman Green, Claude Hudson, William Hill, James Burton, Bob Palmer, Francis McSweeney, and Brman Melvin

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

1934 Lewes Christmas Lights

EARLY 1930'S

There was a custom to decorate Christmas Trees at home in early years with open flame candles which created a fire hazard and local fire departments gave warning and instructions , such as, don't light candles and leave them burn when not at the tree, keeps the tree away from other items that might burn, etc.
In the early 1930's the electric lights for Christmas trees became available and coastal Delaware towns sponsored contest, with prizes like toasters, waffle irons, heating pads and other household appliances, and homeowners decorated with colorful lights.
The January 5th 1934 Delaware Coast Press reported, “ Lewes homes, during Christmas week, where better decorated than last last year” and 150 homes were decorated with the colorful lights.
From there on, only WWII caused these towns to curtail Christmas outside lighting, due to 'blackout' regulations.
Delaware Diary, Michael Morgan, Delaware Coast Press, 5 January, 1934.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


By November 1779 the new Americans had been fighting four years against the British forces, the battles of Lexingron and Concord had been fought, the Continental Congress of America had formed an Army in which many men of Sussex county had enlisted. This is the story of one such soldier, known only as J.S., from Lewestown on the Delaware.
Long away from home, by months or even years, soldiers of the Continental Army longed for news from home, usually from letters promised from home. J.S. , however, was disappointed that these letters failed to arrive. J. S. did his part and sent letters to “My Dearest Girl” that he was now in Philadelphia and this, his fourth letter to Lewes, He told her he is in Philadeplhi on way to camp, which he has no idea where that will be, but that when there he will let her know the location so she can wright a reply. These Delaware troops were ordered to join other American troops in the south and when assembled marched through Philadelphia. Many had been in the field several years but had not yet receive full uniform and wore whatever, hunting shirts, common clothing, some in uniform, all with cocked hats, each with 'a green spring' the emblem of hope, and each with his firelock, a look of skillful training.
In the south they fought at Camden, Cowpens, and eventually at Yorktowne. It is not known the fate of J.S. However, this was the last letter he wrote; “ My Dearest Girl, Beleive me I am often ready to leave every engagement and run to the arms of her who I flatter myself wished to make me happy, farewell, do not neglect me. May god send aspeedy and honorable end to our troubles”.
Abstract from Delaware Diary , Michael Morgan.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Cordwainer is the Anglicization of French cordonner a word derived from the city of Moorish Cordoba in south of Spain which was well known for two trades, silversmithing and the production of Cordoven leather. This special leather was made from the skin of the Musoli goat of Corsica and Sardinia, wrought by the Moorish, and brought to England around 1066 after the Norman Invasion.

The term 'cordwainer' first appeared in England around 1100 and applied to 'shoemaker'. There were two classes of shoemakers, the Alutari, the ones who used the cordwain leather and the Basanarii, who were also known as bootmakers, which used the skin of sheep and could only make hightop boots. The cordwain leathers were used for high quality shoes only.

Cordwainers, the shoemakers, came to America in early 1600's, to Jamestown, Virginia . Captain John Smith was a cordwainer himself and it is known that he was supported by profit of the English shoe trade.

Tanners and shoemakers were in Jamestown by 1610 and by 1616 the village had a flourishing leather trade with the New England Pilgram settlement which came about 1619. The leather market held with Jamestown until after the 1760's.

Cordwainers are not Cobblers. Cordwainers work only with new leather whereas a Cobbler works only with used leather and does mainly repairs.

The Honourable Cordwainers Educational Foundation of Virginia is the source of this abstract information.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013



On the 23d of October, 1711, Maryland Legislature provided 3000 acres along Broad Creek for an Indian reservation, laid out by George Gale, Samuel Worthington and Charles Whittington. Is so happened that the Indians did not care to be so confined and most move on to the northwest, leaving the reservation to be sold in 1786 so that the Indian Tribe could be reimbursed.
At this sale the land was purchased by Barkley Townsend and on parts of this property the town of Laurel was plotted, there were three streets running East and West, named Front, Market and Back, the North and South streets were Rye, Wheat, Corn and Lumber.
April 13, 1883, Laurel was incorporated by an Act of Delaware Legislature.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Major George Welsh, Wilmington Delaware Pilot, Pearl Harbor Hero, Death.

October 12, 1954 - Wilmington, Delaware :

George Lewis Welsh, age 36, of Wawset Park, Wilmington, Delaware, a Pearl Harbor hero, December 7, 1941, , was killed while testing an F-100 Saberjet aircraft in the Mojave Desert at Edwards Air Force Base, California, while chief test pilot for North American Aviation. Welsh was born George Lewis Schwartz but his parents change their name to avoid anti German sentiment during WWI. His father was a research chemist at duPont Experimental Test Station, Wilmington. Welsh was a graduate of St. Andrews School and took a mechanical Engineering major at Purdue University before joining the Army Air Corp in 1939. While stationed at Wheeler Field in Oahu, Hawaii after he received his wings and commission in January 1941, during the Japanese attack, he and Lt. Ken Taylor took off from Haleiwa Fighter Strip in two Curtiss P-40B taking several kills. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal among others, flying 348 combat missions in WWII and Korea with sixteen victories before malaria caused him to retire from the military. Major Welsh is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Saturday, September 28, 2013



It was 1887 and being built at the Pusey and Jones Shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware was the yacht “Volunteer”, built in 66 days, for a member of the New York Yacht Club, General Charles L. Paine. The yacht had been especially designed for the America's Cup Race by Harvard educated Edward Burgess, 39 year old yacht designer of West Sandwich, Massachusetts, who had already designed two America's Cup winners, The Puritan and The Mayflower.

Volunteer” was the first America's Cup Yacht to be built of all steel frame and hull . She had a deck of white pine and was of 130 ton displacement, 108 foot length overall, 86 feet length at waterline. She had a 23 foot 2 inch beam and a draft of 10 foot and carry 8,981 square feet of sail.

Volunteer” was skippered by Captain Hank Haff with assistance of Captains Terry, Berry and L. Jeffreys and easily beat 1886 America's Cup defender Mayflower and won both challenger trial races. In 1888 she won the America's Cup against the Scottish challenger “Thistle” in two races, first race by a 19 minute 24 second margin and the second race by a 11 minute , 49 second margin.

After the race “Volunteer” was bought by John Malcolm Forbes, who also owned The Puritan. She was altered as a schooner in 1891. In 1910 she was broken up at a New York junk yard .

Source: Wikipedia and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lewes, Delaware Again a Place of Smugglig.

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans on the 22 n of January, 1883 has told of smuggling at the Lewes Breakwater. It tells that the quaint family town on the Delaware has regained notoriety it once possessed as a haunt for smugglers as it did in 1878 before government secret service agents caused the risky traffic to abandon the Breakwater area.
Recent withdrawal of these agents has allowed the immediate revival of the nefarious business without interruption, but on a much smaller scale that the 1878 operations. Town folk know the open secret of rum and cigar smuggling to the tune of more than $30,000 annually being offloaded and brought to shore by darkness of night without knowledge of Dr. Burton, the resident Deputy Customs Collector. Lewes possesses very favorable facilities to make smuggling successful, direct on the navigational track and safe harbor, a safe stop for sailing vessels from southern ports. Traders of questionable character rarely, if ever, pass Lewes on their inward passage.
The present band of smugglers numbers near one dozen men who are notified by the pilots who have negotiated with ship captains., to make connections for landing the smuggled goods.
To effectually prevent the activity there must be established at the Breakwater a 'office' to to give unwavering vigilance day and night by government men.
Right now, the quaint village of Lewes is full of rum and cigars, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Delaware in the Civil War

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Contributed by Harrison

Description: September in Delaware During the Civil War
Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

September 5, 1861:
Despite the presence of Union Troops and Prisoners of War, excursion steamers continue to bring parties of men and women to Pea Patch Island where picnics were held.

September 8, 1864:
Pvt. Henry T. Thorn, company D., 2nd Delaware Infantry, became one of 10 Delaware soldiers to die of scurvy, diarrhea, dysentery, etc., in Andersonville Prison in Georgia during the month of September. Their remains have been buried there.

September 11. 1863:
Twelve Confederate bodies in coffins were placed on the wharf at Fort Delaware, the first od many, readied for burial on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River at Finns Point.

September 16, 1862:
President Lincoln called for 300,000 men, 3440 of which were Delaware's quota. The draft was extended to allow securing volunteer and after funds were raised to pay bounties the quota was filled.

September 29, 1862:
The bodies of Captains Evan Watson and James Rickards of 1st Delaware Infantry Regiment, killed at Antietam lay in state in Old Town Hall then buried in Wilmington Brandywine Cemetery.

September 30, 1863:
The month ended with 340 Confederates at Fort Delaware having died during a like period from prison hardship and disease.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Revolution This Week

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Contributed by Harrison

Description: George Washington & The Revolution This Week -
September 3 - 10
Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

The Revolution News for Week of September 3 - 10 :

3 September 1774
George Washington, on his way from Mount Vernon to attend the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia, dined at Carson's Buck Tavern at Summit and stayed overnight in New Castle, then crossed the 4th Street Ferry in Wilmington.

3 September 1777 :
British General Howe and his Army debarked ships from the Chesapeake and marched north toward Elkton, Maryland. Meanwhile Hessian General Willhelm von Knyphausen met up with Howe and Cornwallis at Aiken's Tavern, halting a move on Newark.

5 September 1774
Caeser Rodney, Thomas McKean and George Reed represented Delaware in Philadelphia at the First Continental Congress. Although John Dickerson maintained residence in Kent County, he was a delegate from Pennsylvania

8 September 1777
At 7 am British troops passed through Newark on their way to defeat George Washington's ytoops in the 'Battle of Brandywine'.

9 September 1777
General George Washington left Stanton and marched his American Army to Chadds Ford Pennsylvania hoping to cut off the British from entering Philadelphia.

9 September 1780
General George Washington praised Dr. James Tilton of Delaware and thanked him for his hospital work and efforts to alleviate typhus in the American Army.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ellendale Swamp

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Contributed by Harrison

Description: Ellendale Swamp - Black Camp Insurrection
Date: 2013

Source: internet

The Nanticoke Swamp, as Ellendale Swamp was then known, was said to be a place where criminals hid from the law in the 1750's thereabouts. One cause being that this area was in a border dispute between Maryland and Delaware, and neither claimed jurisdiction. In 1780's the Nanticoke Swamp became a refuge to British Loyalists and known as the Black Camp Insurrection. Harold Hancock in his "History of Sussex County" says "With the removal of the British from Philadelphia in the spring of 1778, British vessels in the Delaware Bay decreased and activities of Sussex County Tory's diminished except for the 1780 Black Camp Rebellion in which insurrectionists, mainly from Sussex Counties Cedar Creek and Slaughter Neck, who had headquarters in this Swamp about six miles north of Georgetown where 'leaders' Bartholomew Banynum and William Dutton had near 400 men under arms formed into militia units. These people, it was said' were ignorant, opposing all laws, favored the Kings Law, the payment of tax and thought that the south of Chesapeake Bay had laid down arms and taken Kings Law and thought Sussex should do the same." A Continental Militia from upper Delaware dispersed these insurrectionists, some were place in the Continental Army, some faced treason charges and some were to be "hung by the neck until most dead, then cut their bowels out and be burnt before your face, then the head be severed and the body quartered". By good fortune, this order common for treason, was never carried out and all were pardoned in 1780 session of the General Assembly on November 4th. In 1780 there were two villages, Fleatown, aka Federalsburg, to the North and New Market to the south. Ellendale had not yet been formed.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Sussex County Airport Manager

Journal Every Evening new edit
Contributed by Harrison

Date: July 12 1946

Newspaper published in: Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Own collection

Page/Column: News From Delmarva Peninsula

Georgetown, Delaware - July 12 1946 :

Colonel William Campbell Goldsborough, retired Army Air Corps officer, a native of Smyrna, Delaware, has been named as manager of the Sussex County Airport by the Sussex Levy Court, and will assume his position on Monday of next week with headquarters in a building located at the air field near Georgetown. Goldsborough brings wide knowledge and experience in aviation. He is a veteran of both World Wars and has served 27 years in the Army Air Corps. He was educated in the local Smyrna school system, a preparatory school and studied law at University of California. He received an Army commission in 1918 in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps as a pilot. After the close of WWI he was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Regular Army Air Corps. He served assignments in the Hawaiian Islands, Scott Air Field in Illinois, flew mail for six months and in 1939 was Commander at Langley Field. During WWII he served as a submarine patrol pilot and also had administrative duties in India and China. He comes to Georgetown from Curtice Wright Corporation where he was an executive in their research division.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Revolutionary War Moonument on Long Island

escription: Delaware Revolutionary War Monument On Long Island Date: August 27 2001

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

August 27, 2001 the State of Delaware commemorated a monument on Long Island to the Continental Delaware Regiment who played a vital part in the retreat of the American Army, preventing the annihilation of 3000 troops of General Washington by the British Troop 225 year before. The seven foot blue granite contains the seal of Delaware and the history of the regiment.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013



Thomas Holiday Hicks, Maryland Governor during the civil War, was born in Dorchester County, on the family estate “Sector”, near East New Market, September 2, 1798 and began a political career as Sheriff of Dorchester County. In 1824. He also was the manager of a deceased brothers shipping business that carried passenger and freight between Vienna and Baltimore.
On October 22, 1850 Thomas Hicks married his third wife , Jane Wilcox, the widow of his cousin Henry Wilcox, who said to have built the home inherited by his wife Jane and daughter, which is our subject..
The two story house, sits on Vienna's Water Street at the corner of Church, and overlooks the swift moving and scenic Nanticoke River. It has also a cellar and a spacious attic, with cooking house and regular necessary out buildings. It is a basic square house, with a cooking house unattached.
Cellars, with outside doorways, were common in early days for keeping food stuff's in the coolness, and other household items in storage.. The first floor rooms have eleven foot high ceilings which were a comfort during the heat of summers but difficult to keep warm during winter months by the in room fireplaces. .. All rooms have 'chair rails' and wide plank floor boards. In the spacious hall is the fine woodwork of the staircase leading to the second floor and attic. The first floor, where entertaining was held, has elaborate carved panels and mantels while they are not so impressive on the second floor. The Pre Civil War door locks and latches are rather interesting also.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Description: Cooches Bridge August 25, 1777.
Date: 2002

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

Cooches Bridge, Delaware August 25, 1777

On a hot and close morning, British General William Howe landed an Infantry group of British and German soldiers in the upper Chesapeake Bay, south of Elkton Maryland. General George Washington, with General Nathaniel Green and the Marquis de LaFayette reconnoitered Iron Hill and Gray's Hill near Newark prior to the Battle of Cooches Bridge. During the night when a violent thunderstorm came upon them these three generals were forced to take shelter at the home of a Tory land owner and spend the night. .

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bailey's Windmill

The late 17th century, behind the high sand dunes of Cape Henlopen and along the banks of LeweJonathans Creek sits the growing village of Lewes, with surrounding farm lands of grain. Jonathan Bailey knew these farmers needed a mill to grind their crop into flower and meal. He also knew that the persistent sea breezes were a dependable source of power.
In 1687 Bailey erected his windmill near the lower end of what we call Pilot Town.
Around his windmill he erected a fence to keep the cows, hogs and other animals that roamed the banks of Lewes Creek from interfering with it's operation.
This fence, however , cut off the burial grounds and angry Lewes citizens
made complaint that the miller had “impudently denied ad refused the neighbors the use of ye ground to bury their dead, forbidding them to come to said ground”.
Jonathan Bailey was hauled into court and ordered to remove the fence from the road to the cemetery.

Lewes Delaware Windmill

Bailey's Windmill

The late 17th century, behind the high sand dunes of Cape Henlopen and along the banks of Lewes  Creek sits the growing village of Lewes, with surrounding farm lands of grain. Jonathan Bailey knew these farmers needed a mill to grind their crop into flower and meal. He also knew that the persistent sea breezes were a dependable source of power.
In 1687 Bailey erected his windmill near the lower end of what we call Pilot Town.
Around his windmill he erected a fence to keep the cows, hogs and other animals that roamed the banks of Lewes Creek from interfering with it's operation.
This fence, however , cut off the burial grounds and angry Lewes citizens
made complaint that the miller had “impudently denied ad refused the neighbors the use of ye ground to bury their dead, forbidding them to come to said ground”.
Jonathan Bailey was hauled into court and ordered to remove the fence from the road to the cemetery. 

Source: Delaware Diary, Delaware Coast Press, Michael Morgan Collection 

Friday, July 26, 2013

1920 Delaware Aviation


1918 enter John 'Jack' White and his steel worker family to Delaware as employees of the new Claymont Steel Plant in New Castle. This was a time that aviation was a proven value and planes were built with wood, wire and canvas, but now with powerful engines. World War I had shown America that air travel was here to stay.
'Jack' did not stay with the steel industry but took a job with the John Jacob Raskob family as a maintenance worker on his estate. Raskob was the ram rod of General Motors Corporation in the 1920's and had established a flying school to train WWI pilots. This is where Jack White was assigned to work and while there he became enamored with flying and became friends of J. Allison Buck, better known as “Allie, Delaware's first licensed pilot who taught White to fly. During the 1920's White and other pilots flew over Delaware farms, performing and doing stunts and such. This was called 'barnstorming'. Also they would take passengers for short rides.
1928 White and Buck organized Air Service which prospered for several years but then came the Great Depression and Jack left aviation for more stable pursuits.
World Way II saw one of his sons become a pilot and it was a great experience for Jack White to pin the 'wings' and Lieutenant bars on his son William.
John 'Jack' White passed away in 1956 when aviation was just 50 some years old.
The source of this abstract is of Michael Morgan and his conversation with Harold White , who has lived in Delaware for several decades and was an office manger for Diamond State Telephone Company at Georgetown.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WWII Death

Description: WWII Death of Nassau Man in France on D Day
Date: August 15 1944

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

Nassau, Delaware August 15 1944

Private Minos Tee Conaway, age 22, of rural Nassau, Sussex county, Delaware was killed in action on the first day of the invasion of Southern France while serving with the 3ed Infantry Division.

Minos was the son of Minos Tyndal Comaway amd Anna Mae Hudson Conaway of Nassau, Delaware, and was married to Mary Burton Hazzard.

He was a rifleman serving in Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Division, U. S. Army. He was awarded a Purple Heart Medal.

Minos Tee Conaway is buried in the Whites Chapel Methodist Cemetery , Sussex County, Delaware.

Delaware Civil War Cavalry Organized by Napoleon B. Knight of Little Creek.

Description: Colonel Napoleon Boneparte Knight to Raise Delaware Cavalry Regiment
Date: August 13 1862

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

Dover, Delaware August 13, 1862 :

Major Napoleon Boneparte Knight, of Little Creek Hundred, Kent county, Delaware, has received authority to raise four companies of cavalry in Delaware for the civil war.
Napoleon is the son of James and Rebecca Knight, a prominent Kent county gentleman farmer family. of Little Creek Hundred, born the 3rd of 7 children. He as educated at a prominent educational institute in New York. During the Civil War he rose to the rank of Colonel in command of the first Delaware Cavalry Regiment, assigned to the 8th Army Corps to Baltimore Defense, saw action at Westminster, later assigned to the Army of Potomac, 6th Army, 1st division, 1st Brigade, with action at Cold Harbor.
After the war in 1867, Col Knight moved to Salem, Oregon, where he became a Lawyer and married Sarah Ursula Miller, daughter of General John F. Miller. together they raised one son and two daughters.
Col Knight died in Salem, Oregon, 17 February 1902, 62 years of age, where he was a lawyer. He and his wife are buried in Odd Fellows Rural Cemetery, Marion county, Oregon.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Griffin Seward, of Keent County Delaware, Congressional Medal of Honor Receiptient.

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Description: Griffin Seward Born Hazlettsville, Medal of Honor Holder.
Date: August 10 1842

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History 1842

Dover, Delaware August 10, 1842:
Griffin Seward, a recipient of the Congtrssional Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars in Arizona in 1869 was born in Hazlettsville, five miles west of Dover.
"He was the son of John and Martha Hawkins Seward of Kent County Delaware, and served in the United States Army during the conflicts with the Plains Indians as a Wagoneer with Company C, 8th Cavalry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery against the Apache's at Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, in 1869. Seward also served in the Civil War with the 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry. Griffin Seward is buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery, California."

4 Mast Coastal Schooner, Albert F. Paul, Baltimore, Sunk by German Sub.

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Description: S V Albert F. Paul Launched at Abbott's Ship Yard in Milford
Date: August 2 1917

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History 1917

Milford, Delaware August 2, 1917 :

The last four masted coastal schooner, the 195 foot Albert F. Paul, was launched today at the William Abbott shipyard in Milford

"The tonnage of this ship is 735 tons, owned by Albert Shipping Company with home port Baltimore. The 13th of March 1942 as she was on return to home port with a cargo of salt from Turks Island, Antilles, the German U-332 observed the unescorted and unarmed vessel, with Master William Mack Martino at helm, 160 miles north-northeast of Cape Hatteras and sunk her with a second torpedo causing her to sink in six minutes with lost of all 8 crew members. Those eight men were OS James Clarence Bagley, Arno Wooster Brown, Cook, AS John Alexander Carlson, AS John Chistophersen, AS Gidion Lindquist, Master William Mack Martino, Bosun Douglas William Peek and AS Hugo Tokko."

Delaware Governor Gove Saulsbury Death

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Description: Former Governor Gove Saulsbury Dies at Age 66.
Date: July 31 1881

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History 1881

Dover, Delaware, July 31, 1881 :

Former Governor Gove Saulsbury, the man about whom some said "never apologized, compromised nor surrendered, unless, of course, it was in his interest, died in Dover at age 66. He is buried in Old Methodist Whatcoat Cemetery in Dover.
He was known as the sylest, cunningest and most natural born politician the State of Delaware ever had.
He was born in Kent county's Mispillion Hundred to William and Margaret Ann Smith Saulsbury, descendants of a Welsh family. The spelling of the name was changed during the Revolution from Salisbury to Saulsbury because of the families loyalist sympathies.
He attended Delaware Collage in Newark and was graduated from Pennsylvania Medical School and was a physician. He married Rosina Jame Smith and had five children,Margaret, Olivia, Rosa, Gove and William. Although the famly were staubch Episcopalians, his family became Methodist. He was Democrat and had full control of the Delaware Democratic Party while he lived and had a medical practice in Dover.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Delaware People of Note

Description: Delawareans Of Note
Date: October 20 1912

Newspaper published in: Philadelphia

Source: newspaper archives

Page/Column: Down in Delaware

Brandywine, Delaware October 19, 1912

The one hundredth anniversary of the victory of the American sloop of war, Wasp, over the British warship, Frolic, on October 18, 1812, was held here by the Delaware Society of Daughters of The War of 1812. The event is especially interesting for the reason that Commodore Jacob Jones, st that time Captain, was in command of the Wasp, was a native Delawarean, and the victory was due to his bravery. The celebration was held at the New Century Club which is located one block from the Brandywine Cemetery where Commodore Jones is buried. An address was delivered by Judge Henry C. Conrad, of Georgetown, judge of the Delaware Supreme Court, also a leading authority of Historic Matters in this State. Archdeacon C. H. B. Turner, of Lewes also spoke.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Rehoboth Beacon new edit
Contributed by Harrison

Description: October 1872 - The Beginning of Rehoboth Beach
Date: July 1873

Newspaper published in: Rehoboth Beach, Near Lewes, Delaware

Source: My Own Collection

On October 10. 1872 , Revds., R. W. Todd, , L. C. Matlock, D.D., E. Stubs, J. B. Quigg and H. M. Rile, Esq., all of Wilmington; Rev. T. L. Poulsen and J. D. Robinson Esq., of Baltimore; together with the Rev. W. M. Warner, T. E. Records and S. P. Houston, Esqrs., of Lewes visited the grounds, carefully examining the same with a view to a determination of the question of their fitness for the purposes designed. That evening a meeting of the gentlemen above, and a few others, was held at the residence of Mr. Warner in Lewes, where, after consultation, the unanimous conclusion was reached that the location was adapted to the purpose of a sea side resort. A committee consisting of Rev. W. M. Warner, T. E. Records, S. P. Houston, and E. J. Morris, was appointed to negotiate for the purchase of the property. also at this meeting twenty some shares were subscribed and proper measures were taken to organize the Association. The third day of November following, contracts for the purchase of two tracts of land belonging to Lorenzo D. Martin and John Marsh , were drawn up and executed. The Rev. Robert W. Todd of Wilmington and Hon. Robert J. Jump, of Denton, furnished the money to confirm the sale.

Note: The Rehoboth Beacon was published by the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The above issue was Vol 1 - No.1, July 1873