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Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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Where is Wilmington, Delaware, USA? 

Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA

Wilmington is built on the site of Fort Christina and the settlement Kristinehamn, the first Swedish settlement in North America. (1638)

Beginning in 1664 British colonization began; after a series of wars between the Dutch and English, the area stabilized under British rule, with strong influences from the Quaker communities under the auspices of Proprietor William Penn. A borough charter was granted in 1739 by King George II, which changed the name of the settlement from Willington, after Thomas Willing, to Wilmington, presumably after Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.wikipedia


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Wilmington, Delaware, USA - Market Street looking North from Fourth Street Shopping District, Wilmington, Del.
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Market Street looking North from Fourth Street Shopping District, Wilmington, Del.
Wilmington, Delaware, USA - Court House
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Court House
Wilmington, Delaware, USA - Hotel Rodney, Market St., Wilmington, Del.
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Hotel Rodney, Market St., Wilmington, Del.

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1638 - Swedes begin settlement in what is now Willmington, Delaware

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1698 - Among Delaware's many historic churches is Old Swedes Church and Hendrickson House Museum, in Wilmington, which has been in use since its completion in 1698.

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1802 - Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, a French immigrant, built the state's first gunpowder mill on Brandywine Creek near Wilmington in 1802. The Du Pont Company would eventually become the largest chemical company in the United States.

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News  1847 - EXPLOSION AT WILMINGTON, DEL.
Correspondence of the Pennsylvanian.
Gazette Office, April 14, 1847.
We regret to inform you of...Read MORE...

News  1855 - POWDER MILL EXPLOSION AT WILMINGTON, DEL. - SIX PERSONS KILLED AND FIVE WOUNDED.
Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 3.
Three of Gareshe's powder mills, near Wilmington, Del., exploded...Read MORE...

News  1856 - Tornado
AT WILMINGTON, DEL.
Considerable damage was done by the heavy wind. One half of the roof was blown ...Read MORE...

1879 - December 13 - 1st federal fish hatching steamer lauched (Wilmington Delaware)

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News  1886 - A TERRIBLE COLLISION ON THE WILMINGTON & NORTHWESTERN RAILROAD.
Wilmington, Del., January 10. - Friday night's snow storm caused the most serious block on the...Read MORE...

1887 - Steel-hulled racing yacht built in Wilmington, The Volunteer, won America's Cup

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News  1890 - Dupont Powder Works Explosion
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7. - The shock of the explosion at Wilmington this afternoon was plainly felt in ...Read MORE...

News  1907 - WHOLE FAMILY ASPHYXIATED. MAN, WIFE AND CHILD FOUND DEAD IN WILMINGTON, DEL.
Wilmington, Del., Feb. 12. - MICHAEL RYAN, aged 35 years; his wife, MAMIE, aged 25, and their...Read MORE...

1907 - December 9 - 1st Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington Del post office)

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News  1925 - THEATER RIGGING LOFT COLLAPSES; 12 INJURED. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CHORUS HURT WHEN PIECES OF MASONRY, SCENERY AND LIGHTS BEGIN TO FALL WITH ROAR LIKE AN EXPLOSION
PANIC AMONG AUDIENCE PROBABLY AVERTED WHEN MEMBER OF CAST APPEARS ON STAGE AND BEGINS TO...Read MORE...

News  1939 - October 24 – Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time anywhere in Wilmington, Delaware.

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October 24, 1939
1940 - September 29 - 1st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware

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1957 - July 17 - On a warm and sunny day at Wilmington, DE, with a high of 86 degrees, a dust devil suddenly appeared.
It tore most the roof off one house, and stripped shingles from a neighboring house. A TV aerial...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Woolston
flag  Alfred D. WOOLSTON (1825, Wilmington, Delaware, USA - 15 February 1872, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Smidt (Smith)
immigrant   Hans Jurge Georg SMIDT (SMITH) (3 November 1696, Falun, Dalarnas, Sweden - 27 December 1753, Wilmington, Delaware, USA) gravestone
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1787
Isaac JUSTASON (abt. 1739 - 1812) & Sarah TUSSEY (abt. 1740 - 1805)
married 23 May 1787
 

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