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Near Middletown in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Ashton Tract

 
 
The Ashton Tract Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., January 1, 2022
1. The Ashton Tract Marker
Inscription.  Robert Ashton and his brother-in-law Isaac DeCou arrived in Delaware in 1686 and settled on a 300 acre tract of land they purchased called Chelsey Georges Creek. Ashton purchased DeCou's portion upon his death in 1686. Through later purchases, Ashton consolidated 900 acres. The oldest house on the tract was constructed by Ashton c. 1700 and is located on the St. George Marsh. By 1706 his sons, John and Joseph, had both constructed large brick homes on the land. John's home still stands on a nearby hill and Joseph's home, similar to John's but on the south side of the road, was destroyed by fire in the 1980s.
 
Erected 2018 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NCC-235.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1686.
 
Location. 39° 31.752′ N, 75° 35.136′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Thorntown Road just west of Delaware Route 9, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 507 Thorntown Road, Middletown DE 19709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wetland Ways (approx. 0.8 miles away); Floating Cabins and Skinning Shacks (approx. 0.8 miles away); Village of Port Penn (approx. 0.9 miles away); Port Penn Schoolhouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Cannery Lot (approx. 0.9 miles away); Canary-Naudine House & Store (approx. 0.9 miles away); Webb-Jefferson House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Samuel Carpenter House (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
The Ashton Tract Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., January 1, 2022
2. The Ashton Tract Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on January 15, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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