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      New Castle County is the northernmost of the three counties of the U.S. state of Delaware. As of 2000 its population was 500,265. The county seat is Wilmington. This county is part of the Delaware Valley area.

     Colonists from Holland originally settled New Castle County.  The first community, named Fort Casimir, was founded in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant.  He was sent to the New World by the Dutch to provide for the command of all traffic on the Delaware River.  Because of its strategic location, ownership of the settlement was constantly changing. The flags of the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain have all flown over the area now known as New Castle County.  New Castle and the other two counties which make up the state of Delaware were added to William Penn's lands in America.  In 1682, Penn came ashore at New Castle and took possession, but these counties were well established and eventually the citizens of the county became dissatisfied with Penn's rule. In 1704, when he granted them a separate legislature, the town of New Castle became the colonial capitol of Delaware, and also briefly served as the first state capitol. The county seat was moved to the city of Wilmington in the 1880's.  New Castle's location made it an ideal transfer point for trips up and down the coast. As a result, New Castle county was a thriving community throughout the 1700's and early 1800's.

     Counties that lie adjacent to New Castle are: Chester County, Pennsylvania – northwest, Delaware County, Pennsylvania – northeast, Gloucester County, New Jersey – northeast, Salem County, New Jersey – east, Kent County, Delaware – south, Kent County, Maryland – southwest, and Cecil County, Maryland – west.



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·        Delaware State Archives, 121 Duke of York Street, Dover, DE 19901;(302) 744-5000

·        Local Delaware Researchers Find a local researcher or become a local researcher.

·        New Castle County Clerk of Chancery Court has Court Records from 1682 and is located at the 211 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720; Phone (302) 323-4453, fax: (302) 323-5319

·        New Castle County Clerk of the Peace has Marriage Records from 1829-1898 and is located at the courthouse. Phone Number: (302) 255-0300 

·         New Castle County Register of Wills has Probate Records from 1742 and is located at the courthouse. Phone Number: 302) 395-7800  

·         New Castle County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1676 and is located at the courthouse. Phone Number: (302) 395-7700



·        New Castle Historical Society, 2 E 4th Str, New Castle, Delaware 19720; (302) 322-2794, fax: (302) 322-8923

·        The Historical Society of Delaware, 505 Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

·        Delaware Genealogical Society, 505 Market Street Mall, Wilmington, DE 19801



·        New Castle County, DE. New Castle County Division of Libraries. [web site ]  [online catalog]

·        New Castle, DE. New Castle Public Library. [web site ]  [online catalog]

·        Wilmington College. Wilmington College Library. [web site

·         New Castle County, DE. Brandywine Hundred Branch Library. [web site ]  [online catalog]

·         New Castle County, DE. Elsmere Public Library. [web site ]  [online catalog]

·         New Castle County, DE. Kirkwood Highway Public Library. [web site ]  [online catalog]

·         Wilmington, DE. Wilmington Public Library. [web site ]  [online catalog]

·         Wilmington, DE. North Wilmington Library. [web site ]  [online catalog]

·         Wilmington, DE. Woodlawn Library. [web site ]  [online catalog] 



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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Adams;   Armstrong;   Bishop;   Booker;   Bowen;   Bracken;

Green;   Hedges;   Jordan;   McIlvaine;   Springer

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families


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Brackenville;   Centerville;   Christiana Hundred;   Fort Delaware;

  Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church;   Mill Creek Hundred;  


LOCATION: COUNTRY -  United States;   STATE -  Delaware;   COUNTY - New Castle;  

PLACE -  Brackenville;   Map Link - 39.780556, -75.683056

DESCRIPTION:  Brackenville is an unincorporated community in New Castle County, Delaware, United States.


INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Brackenville, Delaware DE Community Profile / New Castle County, DE Data


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LOCATION: COUNTRY -  United States;   STATE -  Delaware;   COUNTY - New Castle;  

PLACE -  Centerville;   Map Link - 39.821389, -75.616667

DESCRIPTION:  Although early settlers began acquiring land in and around Centreville as early as 1680 and a Friends Centre Meeting House has existed since 1711, the year 1750 is generally accepted as the founding date for the Village of Centreville. Centreville lies within the Christiana Hundred subdivision  Of  New Castle County.  Centreville is located on the Pennsylvania state line, 5 mi/8 km NNW of Wilmington.  Brandywine Creek State Park is located just to the SE of the village center. 


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Centre Friends Meeting house was built in 1796 to replace the original 1711

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Christiana Hundred

LOCATION: COUNTRY - United States;   STATE - Delaware;  COUNTY -  New Castle;  

PLACE: Christiana Hundred;   Map Link - N 39.79178 and W -75.59965

DESCRIPTION:  Christiana Hundred is the name of an unincorporated subdivision of New Castle County,  Hundreds were once used as a basis for representation in the Delaware General Assembly.  Christiana Hundred lies north of the Christiana River and White Clay Creek, west of the Brandywine Creek and east of the Red Clay Creek, excepting that portion in the southeast included in Wilmington Hundred. Its northern boundary follows a portion of the 12 mile arc drawn around the town of New Castle. It was one of the original hundreds in Delaware created in 1682 and was named for the Christiana River that flows along its southern boundary. When created it included the some of the area now in Mill Creek Hundred, White Clay Hundred, and Pencader Hundred, all of which were split off in 1710. It also included much of the area now in Wilmington Hundred, which was split off 1833.  

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   Mary Bishop, Marriage in 1732;  

James "Jacob" Springer, Birth 1703, Marriage 1732,  Death 1763;  Nicholas Springer, Birth 05 Aug 1743

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Christiana Hundred - Wikipedia;

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Christiana Hundred


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Fort Delaware

LOCATION: COUNTRY - United States;   STATE - Delaware;   COUNTY - New Castle;  

PLACE -  Pea Patch Island;   Map Link  - 39.59, -75.571944

DESCRIPTION:  Fort Delaware is a harbor defense facility built in 1859 on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River. During the American Civil War, the Union used Fort Delaware as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war. The fort and the island currently belong to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and encompasses a living history museum, located in Fort Delaware State Park.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Henry Lineberry, Death  23 Oct 1863

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Fort Delaware State Park Map;  Fort Delaware Civil War Prison

Fort Delaware


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Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church

LOCATION: COUNTRY - United States;   STATE - Delaware;    COUNTY - New Castle; 

PLACE – Wilmington;    Map Link - 39.738372, -75.540689

DESCRIPTION:  Holy Trinity Church, also known as Old Swedes is a church in Wilmington, Delaware that is a National Historic Landmark. It was dedicated on July 4, 1699.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Elizabeth Jordan, Marriage 01 Jun 1746; First Nm. Unk.?Reed, Marriage 26 Aug 1731; Hannah Bracken, Marriage 02 Feb 1722;  Hester "Elizabeth" Smith, Marriage 01Jan 1741;  James Jordan, Marriage 02 Feb 1722;  John Bishop, Marriage 01 Jun 1746 ;    Margaret Green, Marriage 26 Aug 1731  

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Old Swedes Episcopal Church, Wilmington, DE;  Holy Trinity Church (Old Swedes) - Wikipedia

Holy Trinity Church, Wilmington, DE


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Mill Creek Hundred

LOCATION:  COUNTRY: United States;   STATE: Delaware: COUNTY: New Castle;   PLACE: Mill Creek Hundred;   Map Link  39.7667784N  -75.6829873W

DESCRIPTION:   Mill Creek Hundred is the name of an unincorporated subdivision of New Castle County, Delaware. Hundreds were once used as a basis for representation in the Delaware General Assembly, Mill Creek Hundred is that portion of New Castle County that lies north and east of White Clay Creek and west of Red Clay Creek. Its western boundary follows a portion of the 12 mile arc drawn around the town of New Castle. It was formed from Christiana Hundred in 1710 and was named for Mill Creek that flows through its center. 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   William Bracken, Death 28 December 1749;  Edward Green, Jr., Death abt. 1746

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