Thursday, July 7, 2016



When the post office at Angola, Sussex county, Delaware, is discontinued Wednesday, Dagsworthy Derickson Burton, age 86, can look back on a half century of faithful service to the public. Since 1886 Mr. Burton has been the postmaster there. The fact that he has been in office over all there years attests his ability and faithfullness.
Angola is not a large town but the community depended on reliable mail service when the post office was established, more so then than now. Good auto roads and the automobile have seen to that. Both Angola and neighboring Holleyville will now be served by the Harbeson
post office.
Postmaster Burton of Angola has given the better part of his life to public service and leaves as the dean of postmasters in Delaware with satisfaction knowing he has earned that honorable distinction.
[Wilmington New Journal, Saturday , September 11, 1937]

Dagsworthy Derickson Burton was born April 17 1851, in Indian River Hundred, Sussex, Delaware to Willian C. Burton, who lived between 1822-1910, and his wife, Anna Eliza Derickson Burton, who lived between 1826 and 1903, and married in Sussex county the 10th of May 1848. He was first born to family of seven children, he and three brothers and three sisters. His mother died in 1903 and father in 1910. His father, william C., was a Civil War Veteran of the Union .
Anna Eliza Derickson was born in Indian river Hundred to Dagworthy Derickson who lived between 1799 and 1860 and his wife, the former Priscilla Marvel, born 1800.
Dagsworthy married Mary Prudence Burton, daughter of Peter Robinson Burton , 1821 – 1891, and Mary Prudrnce Hunter, 1821 – 1860, born the middle of a ten member family, four of which died as infants. Both Dagasworthy and Mary are buried in Saint Georges Chapel Grave Yard.
Dagsworthy and Mary Burton had one son, Clifford E., born 28 December 1876, Sussex County, and died November 2 1956, and buried at St. Georges Chapel. Clifford remaid at home and farmed the family lands around Angola and Burton's Pond. Clifford was married to Margaret Short and had son Leland Sipple Burton, born 1904 and died 1977 at Lewes. Leland became a Delaware Bay and River Pilot, married Mary Elizabeth Townsend on 23 April 1930, had a son Leland, Jr. born 1936 and daughter Charlotte Townsend Burton, born 1940. Leeland, Jr.. married Jeanne Elisabeth Schaffner and Charlotte married Vernon Noel Helmly.

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