Thought you might like to read through this survey dated October 31, 1701 to see if you recognized any of your family living in New Castle during this time period. I tried to stay as faithful to the original spelling as possible but I may have slipped a few times her and there since I am such a miserable typist!
Jim Houston Fort Worth, Texas
Source: From the publication titled, “ New Castle Common, New Castle, Delaware : October 31, 1701, Common located by warrant for survey from William Penn : October 31, 1764, Trustees of New Castle Common incorporated by charter from the proprietaries, Thomas Penn and Richard Penn : January 25, 1792, Trustees of the New Castle Common re-incorporated by special act of Delaware Assembly”, Wilmington, Del
RETURN OF SURVEY
By George Dakeyne,1704.
By vertue of a Wart. to me directed, bearing date the twenty third Day of the tenth mnth. 1701, to Survey and lay out to the Inhabitants of New Castle to lye in common for thieraccommodationand to their onely use and behoofe, onethousand aces of Land adjoying or near to the said Town of New Castle, Reputed always to be Common, and to make Returns of the same lato the Generall Surveyrs office att Philadelphia This may certifie into the Genll. Surveyrs. office, att Philadelphia, that I have Resurveyd this Tract of Land (being formerlysurvey’d) this tenth Day of Aprill, 1704,begining att an old corner Black Oake of Joseph Wood’s, standing by the Rode that Leades to Christina fferry and running along the Rode towards New Castle, S. 9° Easterly 68 pch, to an old corner Black Oake of Robt. Ffrench land; then by his oldline of markedTrees, S. 85° westerly 182 pch. to an old corner Black Oake of Robt. ffrench then by an old—of marked Trees S. 20°Westerly 109 pch. to another old corner Red Oake of Robt. ffrench; then along the cripple W 82 Westerly 18 pch. W. 16 pch. S. 70° Westerly 18 pch. S. 23° Westerly 55 pch. S. 68° Easterly 84 pch. to anold corner White Oake of Robt. ffrench; then along the cripple S. 56°Westerly 44 pch. to a BlackOake, S. 5° Easterly 44 pch. to an old corner White Oake of William Houstons, standing near to the Smith Boom; then along the said Houstons line S. 39 Westerly 92 pch to an old corner Spanish Oake of the said Houston., standing by Maryland Rode; then by the severall courses of thesaid Rode N. 84° Westerly 87 pch N. 75° Westerly 134 pch. over against Joseph Kents House; then by the severall courses of the Rode that Leads to Christina Bridge, N. 62° Westerly 75 pch., N 64° Westerly 42 pch. W. 48 pch.. N. 85° Westerly 30 pch. N. 76° Westerly 34 pch.. S. 82° Westerly 62 pch, S. 58° Westerly 20 pch. S. 80° Westerly 64 pch.. to a new corner Hickery by the said Rode; then by a line of marked Trees N. 36° Easterly 33 pch. to an old corner Tree of John Wilsons; then by the line of Robt Hutchison and Garrett Garretson, N. K 329 pch. to an old corner Hickery Sapling; then by an old line of marked Trees S.E. 200 pch. to an old corner Red Oake, being a corner Tree of Robt. Dyers Land and Edward Blake; then along their line, N. E. 114 pch.. to an old corner Red Oake of the afforesaid Dyers and Blakes and still by their line, N. W. 144 pch. to an old corner Hickery of John Husseys Land; then with the said Husseys line, N. 68° Easterly 268 pch. to an old cornerOake of the said Husseys and continueingthe same course 62 pch. to a newCorner Black Oake, standing in a line of Joseph Woods land, and runningby his line S. 52 Easterly to an old corner Black Oak of the said JosephWoods, and runningby his line S. 80° Easterly 155 pch. to thebeginning, containing 1068acres of land.
Resurveyd the Day andYear above written date
Pr. G. DAKEYNE,Survyr.
Recorded in the Recorder’s Office at New Castle in Book of “New Castle Surveys,” page 400.