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Former Site of the Alston and Hunn Farms

 
 
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By John Ben Urban, September 8, 2015
1. Former Site of the Alston and Hunn Farms Marker
Inscription.  Near this location were the farms of John Alston (1794-1872) and John Hunn (1818-1894), cousins who shared the Quaker faith and were well documented operatives on Delaware's Underground Railroad. John Alston sometimes employed fugitives as laborers on his farm and in 1850, sheltered a young woman named Molly who was later captured there by bounty hunters. In his diaries, Alston wrote this prayer, "Enable me to keep my heart and house open to receive thy servants that they may rest in their travels." The most notable act of civil disobedience to take place at Hunn's farm occurred in December 1845 when Samuel D. Burris, a free African American man from Kent County, DE led a group of twelve fugitives escaping from Queen Anne's County, MD to Hunn's farm. Pursued by bounty hunters on their way north to freedom, the group included Samuel and Emeline Hawkins, along with their six children. For abetting their escape, an illegal activity according to the laws of the time, Hunn was sued by the owners and severely fined. The expense caused Hunn to lose his farm and other assets. He continued with his Underground Railroad activities in Delaware until the
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By John Ben Urban, September 8, 2015
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outbreak of the Civil War. After the Union Navy captured the South Carolina Sea Island in 1862, Hunn relocated there, and continued his work aiding the newly freed. In 1872 Hunn wrote, "I ask no other reward for any efforts made by me in the cause than to feel I have been of service to my fellow-men."
 
Erected 2015 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-210.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1845.
 
Location. 39° 27.071′ N, 75° 41.501′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on East Main Street (County Route 299) near Dove Run Blvd, on the left when traveling west. Located at Middletown High School (120 Silver Lake Rd, Middletown, DE), northern side which boarders Route 299/E. Main St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown DE 19709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Louis L. Redding Comprehensive High School (approx. one mile away); Middletown World War I Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Middletown (approx. 1.4 miles away); Witherspoon Tavern (approx. 1.4 miles away); Middletown Academy
Former Site of the Alston and Hunn Farms Marker image. Click for full size.
By John Ben Urban, September 9, 2015
3. Former Site of the Alston and Hunn Farms Marker
(approx. 1.4 miles away); School Bell (approx. 1.4 miles away); Forest Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Union Lodge No. 5 A.F.&A.M. (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Also see . . .  Middletown Transcript Newspaper. Memorial to recognize Middletown as Underground Railroad stop (Submitted on September 8, 2015, by John Ben Urban of Middletown, Delaware.) 
 
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By John Ben Urban, September 8, 2015
4. A Bench by the Road
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By John Ben Urban, September 8, 2015
5. A Bench by the Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2015, by John Ben Urban of Middletown, Delaware. This page has been viewed 628 times since then and 137 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2015, by John Ben Urban of Middletown, Delaware.   3. submitted on September 9, 2015, by John Ben Urban of Middletown, Delaware.   4, 5. submitted on September 8, 2015, by John Ben Urban of Middletown, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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