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Kent County Delaware ~ Coroner and Clerks

The counties of New Castle and Sussex established the stocks and whipping-posts soon after the organization of their courts. The loss of all early records of Kent County, except those of register and recorder, reader it difficult to determine many things that were known to exist.

The first county records concerning stocks and whipping-post is in the account of Dr. Charles Bidgely, treasurer of Kent County.

Coroner

Robert Bedwell, 1684
Thomas Tarrent, Oct 7, 1736
Nicholas Loockerman, 1746
William Wills, Feb. 28 1766
Jabes Jenkins, Oct 4, 1760
John Gray, Oct 4, 1762
Mathew Manlove, Oct. 6, 1761
Solomon Wallace. Oct. 6, 1766
Jonathan Sipple Oct 6, 1760
John Smithers Oct 6, 1770
Caleb Furbee Oct 6, 177:1
Jonathan Clamphill Nov. 17. 1784
John Chicken Oct. 6, 1791
Evan Morgan, Jan. 19, 1796
John Wild, Oct 9, 1803
George Smith, Oct 14, 1806
Philip Buddy, Oct 6, 1809
George Manlove, Oct 9, 1812
Philip Thomas, Oct. 6, 1816
James Stewart, Mar. 3, 1818
James Stewart, Oct. 9, 1818
William Smithers, Oct. 6, 1821
George Truitt, Oct 9, 1824
Thomas Causey, Oct. 6, 1827
John Covington, Oct 7, 1830
Purnell Hall, Apr. 21, 1832
Levi Lister, June 4, 1832
Levi Lister, Nov. 20, 1832
Armwell Lockwood, Nov. 16, 1838
John B. Hodge Nov. 14, 1840
Israel Peterson, Nov. 10, 1842
David F. Smith, Nov. 16, 1844
T. R. Finsthwait, Nov. 16, 1846
Jas. S. Richardson, Nov. 16, 1848
Robert McBoyer, Nov. 14, 1860
James L Williams, Nov. 16, 1862
William Arthurs, Nov. 1864
John Covington, Oct. 9, 1880
Purnell Hall Apr. 21, 1832
Levi Lister, May 8, 1882
Denny Stevenson, Nov. 14, 1834
William Anderson, Nov. 11, 1836
Armwell Lockwood, Nov. 16, 1838
Edward Reed, Nov. 6, 1866
John Husbands, Nov. 8, 1868
John Dorothy Nov. 16, 1860
Nathan B. Fleming, Nov. 10, 1802
Jenifer S. Taylor, Nov. 1864
Thomas J. Catts, Nov., 1866
Purnell Thompson, Nov. 7, 1868
James M. Killen, Nov. 11, 1870
Stephen Catts, Nov. 26, 1872
Peter Creadick, Nov. 12, 1874
Henry Ewbanks Nov. 13, 1876
John Wilcuts, Nov. 13, 1878
J. W. Jackson, Nov. 13, 1880
Amos Hinsley, Nov. 16, 1882
Zadok L. Butler, Nov. 11, 1884
Thomas H. Wright, Nov. 12, 1886

Clerks of the Peace

John Brinkloe, June, 1680
William Berry, Apr. 31, 1686
Arth. Meston, Apr., 1691
Wm. Rodney, May 16, 1693
Benj. Shurmer, 1702
Hugh Durburrow, Aug. 6, 1736
Nicholas Ridgely, 1744
John Vining, Feb. 26, 1765
Caesar Rodney, Nov. 21, 1770
Samuel Chew, Jan., 1771
James Sykes, Mar. 8, 1777
Joseph Harper, Apr. 11, 1792
Jonathan Pollen, Jan. 4, 1805
James Harper, Jan. 1, 1807
Joseph Smithers, Feb. 23, 1825
Dr. John Adams, Feb. 24, 1830
Thos. L. Hillyard, Mar. 18, 1833
George M. Manlove, Mar. 28, 1838
Liston N. Houston, Mar. 29, 1843
Henry Todd, Mar. 30, 1848
Johns. Bell, Apr. 3, 1858
Wm. N. W. Dorsey, Sept. 10, 1862
John S. Jester, Sept 11, 1867
Wm. A. Moore, Sept 16, 1872
Robert Raughley, Sept. 17, 1877
Cornelius J. Hall, Sept. 18, 1882
Alfred H. Cahall, Sept 19, 1887

Dedimus Potestatimus1

Benjamin Chew, Apr. 10, 1756
John Vining, Apr. 10, 1756
John Brinckloe, Apr. 10, 1756
Andrew Caldwell, Apr. 10, 1766
John Gooding, Apr. 10, 1756
Theodore Maurice, Apr. 10, 1756
Caesar Rodney, Nov. 1764
John Vining, Nov., 1764
Caesar Rodney, Nov. 21, 1770
Caesar Rodney Oct 24, 1774
Samuel Chew, Oct 24, 1774
Charles Ridgely, Apr. 5, 1777
James Sykes, Apr. 5, 1777
Richard Bassett, Apr. 6, 1777
Nicholas Ridgely, Apr. 4, 1787
James Sykes, Apr. 4, 1787
Richard Bassett Apr. 4, 1787
Richard Bassett Aug. 18, 1702
George McCall, Aug. 18, 1702
Robert Clark, Aug. 18, 1792
James Sykes, Sept 5, 1793
Nicholas Ridgely, May 31, 1798
James Sykes, May 31, 1798
John Laws, May 31, 1798
Thomas Rodney, Feb. 2, 1802
James Battell, Feb. 2, 1802
James McClyment, Feb. 15, 1865
James Sykes, Feb. 15, 1806
Henry M. Ridgely, Feb. 15, 1805
James Harper, Feb. 15, 1806
William Hall, Jan. 15, 1811
Joseph Hale, Jan. 15, 1811
Manlove Hayes, Jan. 15, 1811
Willard Hall, Feb. 2, 1820
Cornelius P. Comegys, Feb. 2, 1820
Joseph Smithers Feb. 2, 1820
Nicholas Ridgely, Aug. 18, 1792

Kent County

Footnote:
1. In law, dedimus potestatem (Latin for "we have given the power") is a writ whereby commission is given to one or more private persons for the expedition of some act normally performed by a judge. It is also called delegatio. It is granted most commonly upon the suggestion that a party, who is to do something before a judge or in a court, is too weak to travel.

Source: History of Delaware, 1609-1888, Volume I, by J. Thomas Scharf, L. J. Richards & Company, Philadelphia, 1888.

 
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