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3 days ago

Although I am a Delaware resident w/ genealogical ties to Delaware I’ve inherited quite a bit of research materials pertaining to New Mexico and its surrounding states. These materials are no longer needed by my late mother or myself. Would anyone know where or to whom I could donate them? I’ve contacted my local library who then suggested I contact the Delaware Archives for more suggestions. If anyone in this group is interested in these items I’d gladly give them to you. ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

My ancestor, John Boyd, is referred to in court documents related to his death as “said county schoolmaster “. In attempting to research this, it appears that most teachers we employed by families for their children. Can anyone clarify this for me or advise where I could do further research? ... See MoreSee Less

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If you do a google search of the phrase, it seems to be a common phrase in wills from the past century. It just means that there has been mention of a specific count earlier in the sentence, and in that count, this guy was a schoolmaster. I doubt it implied anything about whether the schoolmaster was employed by a private family or a town or a religious community. I’ve not heard of private family tutors in Delaware. There were many small, town-based schools as well as small academies, in Delaware.

“Said” means “mentioned previously”. So this is just saying either the county or the schoolmaster was already referred to earlier in the document. As stated in another comment, it tells you nothing about who employed the schoolmaster.

I think I found the record you’re referring to on Ancestry (next time you should attach it to make it easier for us to help you). The verbiage is “John Boyd late of said county, schoolmaster …” This means John Boyd is deceased but prior to his death he was a schoolmaster and lived in “said county” - i.e. Kent County, which was the county mentioned earlier on the page.

Are there any related time period?

I manage a small museum in York Co, Pa. We had a large genealogy collection donated this year. Many Boyd files if you have a Pa connection.

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5 days ago

With reference to John Boyd, I failed to mention that he died in 1774 ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Photos from Brandywine Hundred Historical Society's post ... See MoreSee Less

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Photos from Mike Dixon, Historian's post ... See MoreSee Less


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I am addicted to cemeteries.

4 weeks ago

A little motivation… ... See MoreSee Less

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kinda volunteered my self accidentally. Totally addicted and actually doing as I type this

Or sometimes we focus on people we are not related to, but who need to have their stories told. Like the patients at DSH (“Remembering Farnhurst“) — shameless plug. And now I’m working on a companion book about people buried in the New Castle County Hospital (Almshouse)/Farnhurst Potters Field Cemetery, to be called “The Cemetery in the Woods.”

For some reason I was picked out when I was about 10

The challenge is to find and educate the family historian in the next generation.

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