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Date Posted: Friday, June 4th, 2010

We typically do not collect private papers, but we do have some.  One of the collections of private papers we have in our Small Manuscript Collection is the Florence Lewis Papers.  There are several series within this collection, from newspapers to genealogical research notes. But the one I want to talk about today is the land records.  They date from 1680-1914.  The records deal with land in Kent and Sussex County, especially in the Milford area.  They include plots, deeds, surveys and surveyors notes. The collection also includes some unique items like a return for bibles distributed to the poor by the Sussex County Bible Society, an 1859 tax assessment for School District 5 and 116, and a 1846 tavern license to name a few.

The plot I have attached is the earliest illustration of a ship on the Mispillion River. On June 12th there will be an event at the Wilson M Vinyard Shipyard to celebrate the launching of a restored yacht on the Mispillion.

For a complete description of this collection please view our on line guide to our collections.

The earliest illustration of a ship on the Mispillion, 1758.

 


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