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Civil List of New Castle County

Prothonotaries1

William Tong, 1702
David French, November 26, 1728
Thomas Noxon, November, 1742
John Mackey, 1746
William Till, December 9, 1748
Theodore Morris, October, 1766
Gunning Bedford, 1777
Alexander Glaasford, August, 1796
Archibald Alexander, 1801
Hugh W. Richie, January 4, 1805
Thomas Stockton, January 4, 1810
Henry Steele, October 7, 1812
Joseph Roberts, October 9, 1817
Joseph Roberts, October 10, 1822
Joseph Roberts, October 6, 1827
Cornelius D. Blaney, January 18, 1831
James D. Mansfield, January 18, 1837
Samuel Biddle, January, 1847
William O. Whitely, January 19, 1862
John A. Alderdice, January, 1867
William Q. Whitely, January, 1862
Richard G. Cooper, January, 1865
Charles Beasten, July, 1876
George A. Maxwell, July, 1880
George A. Maxwell, July. 1885

Recorder of Deeds

The first record found bears date April 8, 1727, and is a commission, for Robert Gordon as recorder of deeds and keeper of rolls for the lower counties.

William Read, October 2, 1735
John Macky, 1746
Richard McWilliams, December 9, 1748
Richard McWilliams, June 23, 1777
George Booth, March 18, 1799
Evan Thomas, January 26, 1800
Daniel Blaney, April 25, 1804
Evan Thomas, February 20, 1805
Daniel Blaney, February 2, 1811
Abraham Vandyke, March 12, 1814
Henry Steele, October 6, 1821
Abraham Vandyke, April 29, 1822
Mathew Kean, October 4, 1822
James S. White, November 26, 1834
John Wiley, December 8, 1836
Mathew Kean, May 26, 1836
Cornelius D. Blaney, 1841
William D. Ocheltree, November 10, 1847
William D. Ocheltree, November 11, 1861
Samuels. Thompson, November 12, 1866
Charles M. Allmond, November 12, 1869
Abraham P. Shannon, November, 1863
James Nicholson, November 13, 1868
Thomas M. Ogle, November 14, 1873
Thomas Holcomb, November 14, 1878
Thomas Holcomb, November 14, 1886

Registers of Wills

On the 26th of August, 1678, Governor Edmund Andros conferred authority upon the court of New Castle to appoint persons to administer upon estates, "having due regard to Widows."

The court before this time had, upon petition, appointed persons to administer upon estates. This was continued until September 16, 1684, when John Cann was appointed register by order of the Provisional Council.

On the 8th of June, 1695, commissions were given to John Donaldson and James Claypoole to attend to probates of wills and to grant letters of administration.

Deputies

For many years the offices of prothonotary, recorder of deeds, register of wills and clerks of the different courts were held by the same person, and the duties in several of these were conducted by deputy, of whom were the following:

Robert French and James Coutts 1707
John French 1710
Rowland Fitzgerald 1711
Sylvester Garland 1716
Thomas Duncan 1718
William Read 1719
Joseph Fox 1722
John Denny 1724
Robert Robinson 1728

Registers of Wills

The first name that appears of record as register of wills after John Cann is John French, who served from 1717 to 1721. The names of a few persons are found, who were registers prior to 1800, from which time they are found recorded:

Robert Gordon, November 27, 1728
William Read, October 4, 1736
William Shaw, October 28, 1738
Theodore Maurice,1 May 19, 17662
Gunning Bedford, February 26, 1788
Evan Thomas, April 9, 1799
Nehemiah Tilton, April 12, 1804
Evan Thomas, April 12, 1809
Evan Thomas, April 14, 1814
Evan Thomas, April 15, 1819
Evan Thomas, December 13, 1822
Evan Thomas, December 13, 1827
Evan H. Thomas, December 13, 1832
Jacob Caulk, December 13, 1837
Joshua B. Driver, December 13, 1842
Amos H. Wickersham, December 14, 1847
Amos H. Wickersham, November 16, 1862
Peter B. Vandeveer, February 17, 1854
Peter B. Vandeveer, October 10, 1869
Robert C. Fraim, October 26, 1864
Benjamin Gibbs, October 26, 1869
Sewell C. Biggs, October 27, 1874
Sewell C. Biggs, October 27, 1879
Ignatius C. Grubb, 1884
John K. Bradford, June 4, 1887

1.The term being formerly more commonly used in the United States, today only the courts of Pennsylvania and Delaware term their chief clerks "prothonotaries."
2. He was also clerk of the peace and recorder in Kent County at the same time.

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

 
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