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Remembering Farnhurst

Stories from the Delaware State Hospital 1894-1920

Members of several DGS teams have worked with the author Katherine Dettwyler to bring this information to you.

Remembering Farnhurst


This book, Remembering Farnhurst, published in 2019, includes a detailed look at the lives of 186 patients admitted to the Delaware State Hospital at Farnhurst between 1894 and 1920. Despite usually being thought of as having been simply a “mental hospital” or “lunatic asylum,” the institution cared for people with many different conditions. From brain injuries, syphilis, epilepsy, and schizophrenia to deafness, blindness, and age-related senility, a wide variety of conditions were treated because, at a time, there were few or no other options for care.

The Author:

Katherine Dettwyler

DGS Searchable Name Index:

The DGS website has a searchable Name Index. The table is searchable with a list of names with the page numbers on which they appear in Remembering Farnhurst.

The Rememberg Farnhurst page with the searchable Name Index can be found by clicking this link.

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Margaret Canby Gause Bramble

Margaret Canby Gause Bramble

Margaret passed away earlier this year on April 2, 2020. She was a long-time member of the Delaware Genealogical Society, having joined in 1985. She also was a direct descendant of Joseph Tatnall, who supplied George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War and hosted him at the house he built in 1770 in Wilmington. The DGS board extends our condolences to Margaret’s family. Her obituary can be found here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delawareonline/obituary.aspx?pid=195901880

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