Information and Books about Delaware and the Marvel Family

History of Delaware – On October 25, 1682, William Penn directed that Delaware be divided into townships occupied by 100 families. Each family would have an average of about 10 members (including servants). These townships were referred to as hundreds in an April 9, 1690 order by the Provincial Council. Originally, there were 5 hundreds in New Castle County, 5 in Kent County and 2 in Sussex County. As the population grew, several of the hundreds divided, creating new hundreds. In 1875, the total number of hundreds had grown to the present-day 33 hundreds. Their boundaries have essentially not changed since and no longer serve as judicial or legislative districts.   Several of the names of the hundreds end with the suffix kill (for example Broadkill, Murderkill, etc.). This suffix comes from the Old Dutch word ‘kille’ meaning river bed or channel.  

The above information came from – Delaware Geological Society website –

Maps of the Delaware Hundreds in 1868

Map of the Delaware Hundreds from 1875 to the Present

Pages from the Marvel-Smith Family Bible

Pages from the book – Delaware Bible Records

Wills of Various Members of the Marvel Family

Marvel Family Information by Pauline Manning Batchelder

The Sussex County, Delaware Tax Lists were gathered together by Nannette Davis. From 1806 to 1850 – Covering the Marvel Family

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Kent County, Delaware – ODD FELLOWS Cemetery Information

Odd Fellows Cemetery Information was Submitted by Briana and Katie Barnhart Completed as a Girl Scout Silver Award Project – April 26, 2002