Monday, July 20, 2015


Lewestown on Delaware:

Thomas Cary, arrived America from England and was wealthy and educated.  He had two brothers,  Edward and John, his parents and other siblings who lived in Somerset County Maryland and owned land south of the Crouch and Gardey families land.  John Cary was a young and wildman, often in trouble and early court records show he was charged with public intoxication, cursing in public,  and twice with lewd behavior with another man wife.  He was accused of running away with the wife of one James Ingram. Needless to say,  John Cary was a bounder and no doubt a source of expense and worry to his parents.  It is thought the behavior of John was one of the reasons that he, Edward and Thomas left Somerset and relocated in Sussex county, Lewes-Rehoboth Hundred,  Delaware, where the family owned land in addition to land on Assateague Island.  Once they were settled in Lewestown they became prosperous  purchasing and selling land.  John Cary became a jurist on the Sussex County Court, which was held in Lewes.  Qualifications for this post were that one needed to be a male, literate and a land owner. John met those very well.
It is known that both the Cary family and the Taylor family lived in Lewes after 1694. Now for several assumption, corroborated by land and court records.  At appears that around 1699 Rose Taylor had two children she claims were fathered by her sisters brother in law, John Cary.  A court record confirms that "two bastard children" were born to Rose Taylor , and said to be Peter and Moses, sons of John Cary.  
Source Ancestry Memoirs :   Rose  Rosamund Rozanna CrouchL

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Cliffs in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Built By Joshua Fisher of Lewes.

The Cilffs is a Registered Historic Place near 33rd and Oxford Streets , East Fairmount Park, in Philadelphia. built in 1753 by Philadelphia merchant Joshua Fisher who lived 107 to 1783, the great grandfather of joseph Wharton. It overlooks the Schuylkill River from the east.  It is acountry house in the Georgian style, constructed in stone, two stories and basement, heated by double fireplaces on both floor and basement. The estate included a farm. During the Revolution War, Ben Franklin daughter, Sarah Franklin Bache and her sewing group made clothing and bandages for continental soldiers.

Joshua Fisher had settled in Lewes Delaware, marrying Sarah Rodman , and had started a hat making business using locally plentiful animal skins and became wealthy.  In 1746 he moved his family to downtown Philadelphia and built the cliffs as a country getaway where he brought the family in the summer .  The house remained in the Fisher family over 100 years. . 1868 it was purchased by Fairmount Park, was rented and maintained until 1960's.  In 1960's it was maintained and repaired by the Shackamaxon Society then became vacan when money to keep it up became scarce.  It burned in 1986 and today is a shell of masonry . 

Sunday, July 5, 2015



Robert H. Goldsborough, the convicted murder of Charles Marsh, and sentenced to hang on 10 December 1869, is reported to have escaped . The “Commercial” newspaper of Wilmington has let the following account:

We have received the following particulars as to the manner in which he accomplished his escape and they leave no room to doubt that he had outside assistance in getting away. He had evidently been furnished with an instrument with which he sawed off the bolt of the leg irons and this left him manacled. He then was able to saw an eighteen inch hole through the floorboards of his cell to the outside wall, dig a hole beneath the outside wall which allowed him to get into the outside yard, also enclosed by a concrete wall where he removed an earthen drain and enlarged this hole to craw through to the street where a carriage was waiting to carry him off toward Lewes and the east.
A Goldsborough relative had visited a short time ago and left a jar of beach plum preserves which is believed to have contained the sawing instrument concealed. Goldsborough is connected to a wealthy and highly respected Maryland family and it is supposed sufficient means have been been place at his disposal to make his freedom.
The Delaware Governor has offered a meager $1000 reward for his capture.