“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Middletown in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

McDonough Burial Ground

McDonough Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
1. McDonough Burial Ground Marker
Inscription. Here lie the remains of the family of James McDonough, an Irish immigrant who purchased land at this location in 1748. Seven children were raised here by James and his wife Lydia. Their eldest, Thomas McDonough, was a prominent local physician. In March 1776, he was chosen to serve as a Major in Delaware’s Continental Regiment. Senior officers being absent, he was in command of the regiment at the Battle of Long Island in August 1776. Charged with protecting the retreating Americans, the Delaware Regiment and their Maryland comrades prevented the capture of the army, and a defeat that may well have ended the Revolution. Returning to his home following the Battle of White Plains, he was commissioned as a Colonel in the Delaware Militia. Actively involved in civil affairs, he was a member of the state Privy Council 1777-79. Elected in 1780 to the General Assembly’s upper house, then known as the Legislative Council, he later served two terms as Speaker of that body. He was appointed Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and Orphan’s Court in 1788, and continued to serve in the judiciary until his death in 1795. Thomas and Mary McDonough were the parents of ten children, among them a son Thomas, who achieved fame in his own right as an officer in the United States Navy. He is buried in Connecticut.
McDonough Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
2. McDonough Burial Ground Marker
2003 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-133.)
Location. 39° 29.551′ N, 75° 39.024′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 13, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown DE 19709, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Commodore Thomas Macdonough (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Drawyers Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Odessa (approx. 2.3 miles away); Old St. Paul's Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House (approx. 2.5 miles away); Port Penn Front Range Light (approx. 3.3 miles away); Former Site of the Alston and Hunn Farms (approx. 3.6 miles away); Duncan Beard (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Middletown.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial Era
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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