Saturday, January 14, 2012

Deed from William Sharpley to Shadrack Taylor 14 January 1750

This Indenture made this xivth Day of January Anno Domi Seventeen hundred and fifty Between William Sharpley Eldest Son and Heir at law of William Sharpley late of Accomack County Planter deceas'd of the one part and Shadrack Taylor of the County aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said William Sharpley Party to these presents for and in Consideration of Thirty one Pounds one Shilling and Eight Pence Current money of Virginia to him by the said Shadrack Taylor paid before the Sealing and Delivery hereof the Receipt whereof the said William Sharpley doth hereby acknowledge Hath Given Granted Bargained and Sold & Doth hereby give grant Bargain and Sell to the said Shadrack Taylor his heirs and Assigns for ever all that Tract or Parcel of Land Situate lying and being in the County of Accomack aforesaid which Hancock Nichless and Richard Drummond Extors of Richard Drummond Deceas'd and Ann Drummond Executrix of the said Richard Convey'd to the said William Sharpley Deceas'd by their Indenture acknowledged before the Justices of Accomack County Court and among the Records of that court in inroll'd bearing Date the fourth day of December Anno Domi Seventeen hundred thirty and four & by Estimation One hundred Acres be the Same more or Less To have & to hold the said One hundred Acres of land with the appurtenances to the said Shadrack Taylor his Heirs and Assigns for ever and no other use or uses whatsoever and the said William Party to these presents for himself his heirs Executors and Administrators Doth hereby covenant with the said Shadrack Taylor his Heirs and Assigns that he the said William Sharpley at the time of the Sealing and Delivery hereof is Seized of the hereby Granted and bargained Land with the appurtenances in a good and indefencible Estate of Inheritance in fee simple and the he the Said William hath good right and full and Lawful Power and Authority to grant Bargain and Sell the Same to the said Shadrack Taylor in manner and form aforesaid and that the said Bargained one hundred Acres of land with the appurtenances are free and clear of all Dowers intails Mortgages or other incumbrances whatsoever & that he the said William and his heirs forever will Warrant and Defend the same to the sd Shadrack Taylor his Heirs and Assigns forever against all Titles and Persons whatsoever and that he the said William Sharpley and his Heirs will at all times hereafter when he or they shall be thereto required by the said Shadrack Taylor his Heirs or Assigns ... make do and Execute every other and further Act Deed Devise or Devices in the law more Effectually to Secure and assure the said Bargained lands with the appurtenances to the said Shadrack Taylor his Heirs and Assigns for ever as the said Shadrack his Heirs or Assigns his or their Council in the Law [-----] Shall Advise Devise or Require In Testimony whereof the Parties aforesaid have hereto Interchangeably affixed their hands and Seals the day and Year first above written

Wm Sharpley

Sealed & Delivered in presence of Geo. Douglas John Taylor John Elder

At a Court held for Accomack County January 28th 1750

William sharpley Presented and acknowledged the within Indenture to be his Act and Deed to Shadrack Taylor & Admitted to Record Mary the wife of the sd William being first Privately examined as the Law directs and Voluntarily Relinquished her Rights of Dower in the Lands Comprized in the within Indenture

Geo. Holden Cls Cur

Truly Recorded

Geo. Holden Cls

Women In Agriculture - Annie’s Project - Two Local Conferences

Many farm women in several Midwestern and southern states are hearing about a program called Annie’s Project. In a couple of sentences many women relate to the
mission of Annie’s Project, which is to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Annie’s Project is based on the life a of farm woman in Illinois.

Annie was a woman who grew up in a small town in northern Illinois. Her goal was to
marry a farmer and she did. Annie spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved
business partner with her farm husband. Together they did great things, but it wasn’t

Challenges Annie faced included three generations living under one roof, low
profitability, changing farm enterprises, and raising a family. Annie faced pressure from brother and sister-in-laws, and mother-in-law. New regulations for selling processed food directly to the consumer forced many changes. Low profitability did not leave a lot of money to raise a family of four children even though the family worked hard. Annie had to make many painful sacrifices that tested her conviction to be married to a farmer. There were days of tears, anger and sorrow. There were days of laughter, contentment, and accomplishment.

Through it all, Annie kept records. She kept the farm business running, she kept the
family running, and she kept her marriage. Annie knew deadlines, reporting
requirements, tax issues, and did the little management jobs that kept big management
jobs under control.

When big decisions had to be made, Annie was there with her records. To increase cash
flow, Annie sent her husband to work off-farm while she milked cows and kept an egg
route in Chicago. Eventually, her records guided them to discontinue an egg laying
enterprise, a seasonal turkey enterprise, and the dairy business. Other farmers with larger equipment and more resources could better run the farm. So Annie became the landowner renting to other farmers. She paid expenses, and marketed corn and soybeans.

When others looked upon decisions Annie had helped to make, their opinions were not
always kind, and that was very hard on Annie. But she stuck with her decisions. She
corrected mistakes, and learned from experience. As an ex-school teacher Annie had
never ending patience, and ability to weather bad times.

Annie was married to a farmer for 50 years. She died in 1997, a wealthy woman, and
doing things her way. One of Annie’s daughters, Ruth, married a man from a farm. And the story starts all over. One exception to the story; while Annie would never dream of working off-farm, Ruth works for University of Illinois Extension as a Farm Business Management and Marketing educator.

Annie’s Project was founded out of need, observed and lived, by daughter Ruth.
Farm women have diverse backgrounds, some which prepare women well for the
responsibilities of running a farm business. Other farm women come into farming
operations by way of marrying men who happen to be farmers, or by means of their
spouse or family members dying and leaving them in charge. Being married to a farmer
or being a woman in a male dominated business has its challenges. Some women have
learned to handle this responsibility very well and are valuable mentors to women who
have not had it so easy. Through Annie’s Project, Ruth takes the skills instilled in her by her mother, and mentors and educates farm women. Farm women find answers, strength, and friendship, in Annie’s Project. Farm women grow in confidence, business skills, and community prestige.

Other women and men equally skilled, educated and impassioned for the role of farm
women have expanded the program into surrounding states and southern states. Describe
Annie’s Project to farm women and watch their eyes light up. Instructors as well as
students seem to find a piece of Annie in his or her lives.

As much to fill an educational need for risk management, Annie’s Project is dedicated to the life of Annette (Kohlhagen) Fleck (1922-1997.)
Creator of Annie’s Project Ruth Fleck Hambleton Mother, wife, and educator.


Wednesdays January 25-March 14, 2012

WorWic Community College


$75.00 registration (includes dinner each evening & all course materials)

Univeristy of MD Extension Lower Eastern Shore will offer Annie's Project during the winter of 2012 at WorWic Community College. Annie's Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farm women with a passion for business, agriculture, and involvement in the farm operation. Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of risk management - production, marketing, financial, legal, and human resources. This course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices.

The cost of the course including meals and materials is $75. Registration is required in advance before January 18 - register early as space is limited! For more information, visit or call 410-758-0166. If you require special assistance to attend the classes, please contact UME Worcester County office at least two weeks prior to the class.

Annie's Project has been approved for FSA Borrower Training. If you require training through the FSA loan process, you can attend Annie's Project and complete a follow up workbook for your training requirement. There will be an additional $100.00 fee for the FSA Borrower Training.



Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center, Dover, DE

February 9-10, 2012

This conference is geared at educating women involved in agriculture by providing a framework for networking and continuing education. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Laurie Wolinkski at 302-831-2538 or by e-mail.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Oral Will of William Thompson - Recorded 29 January 1750

Be it Remembered that Robert Ardis of the County aforesaid Aged forty Seven Years and Upwards and John Taylor Aged thirty Nine years and Upwards being Severally Sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God Severally Declare that William Thompson lately Deceased in the time of his Sickness of which he dy'd and before his Death Spoke and pronounced in the hearing of these Deponents these words following as his will Concerning his Estate (to wit) I desire my sister Mary Thompson may have all I have after my Death And these Deponents also do & Severally Swear that the said William Thompson at the time of his Speaking & Pronouncing the said words was of sound and Disposing memory and understanding as these Deponents verily believe and then did apprehend and at the time when he So spoke and pronounced the said words he desired the said Deponents to take Notice of And that Such was his will Sworn before me January the 12th 1750. -
Anderson Patterson

At a Court held for Accomack County January 29th 1750 -

The within Noncupative Will of William Thompson Deceased was Exhibited in Court by George Douglas who taking the Oath And giving George Holden for his Security Certificate is granted him for Obtaining Letters of Administration on the said Decedent's Estate with his Will annexed
Geo. Holden Clk Cur

The African-American Heritage Center of Delaware - A Racist Idea

The News Journal had an article on the proposed African-American Heritage Center of Delaware. The proposed African-American Heritage Center of Delaware has been beat around for a number of years. In 2004 by way of a bond issue from the City of Wilmington one million dollars was obtained to establish it. Another $2.5 million has to be raised for the project. The Afro-American Historical Society and the Delaware Historical Society were the only two organizations to submit proposals for the grant.

The News Journal has an interesting selection of photos with their article. The one of Harmon Carey, who heads the Afro-American Historical Society, shows him standing in front of a run down looking building where they had proposed to change to a heritage center. He is dressed in a plait outdoor's jacket with a skull cap on his head. The photo of Scott W. Loehr, the chief executive officer of the Delaware Historical Society, shows him standing inside the society's Research Library, a grand structure. Obviously the News Journal was going with the sympathy vote on photos.

As I have said before in my experience it is rare to see Black people in museums or doing research on history or genealogy, I also have a hang up about public money going to any museum or culture center that is dedicated to any hyphenated race or ethnicity group, (didn't we try for equality and doing away with separate facilities based on race back in the 1960's? )so to me the possible $3.5 million this will take (and no ones believes it is only going to be $3.5 million) could be put to better use elsewhere.

Anyway the Wilmington Mayor selected the Delaware Historical Society to run the project. It was based on a proven track record of running historical museums in Delaware. As was pointed however the Delaware Historical Society tends to take my view and has not done much to exhibit Black people culture in Delaware. So I am sure the Delaware Historical Society will be searching for the token Black people to sit on the board and contribute their name to the project - you have to love Delaware it is so 1970's.

1953 Bayer Aspirin Ad

By 1982 Doctors had already reached a consensus that the use of aspirin to treat flu and chicken pox could cause Reye's syndrome, The Centers for Disease Control recommended warning labels as early as November 1981.

In September 1982, President Reagan's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Richard Schweiker, signed proposed regulations requiring the warning labels, yet five years passed before labels were required in 1986. The Reagan Administration and the Bush Administration have been marked by a commitment to deregulation and when it occurs in an area where it has a health impact, the consequences were profound.

The five-year Government delay in requiring warning labels on aspirin led to the needless deaths of 1,470 children from Reye's syndrome.

WARNINGS: Children and teenagers should not use this medicine for
chicken pox or flu symptoms before a doctor is consulted about Reye
syndrome, a rare but serious illness reported to be associated with aspirin.
As with any drug, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, see the advice of a
health professional before using this product. IT IS ESPECIALLY
this and all medicines out of the reach of children. In the case of accidental
overdose, see professional assistance or contact a poison control center

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Life Of A Blonde In 2011

Blonde 2011 Year In Review......

January – Took new scarf back to store because it was too tight.

February – Fired from pharmacy job for failing to print labels…HELLOOO!…bottles won’t fit in printer.

March – Got really excited…finished jigsaw puzzle in 6 months….box said “2 – 4 years”.

April – Trapped on escalator for hours…power went out.

May - Tried to make Kool-Aid – wrong instructions… 8 cups of water won’t fit into that little packet.

June - Tried to go water skiing – couldn’t find a lake with a slope.

July – Lost breast stroke swimming competition…learned later, the other swimmers cheated, they used their arms.

August - Got locked out of my car in a rain storm…car swamped because soft-top was open.

September - The capital of California is “C”, isn’t it?

October - Hate M&M’s – they are so hard to peel.

November – Baked turkey for 4 1/2 days…instructions said 1 hour per pound and I weigh 108 !!!

December – Couldn’t dial 911- duh – there’s no eleven on the stupid phone.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Delmar Delaware Board Of Adjustments Meeting - 2012

The Delmar Delaware Board Of adjustments had their meeting tonight regarding signage for the Old Bonanza Building. The members of the Board of Adjustments are Mayor Michael Houlihan, Town attorney James Waehler and Public Works Supervisor Jerome Reid. In the audience were Town employees William Hardin, Gaylon Bounds and Cindy Fisher.

The issue tonight was Atlantic Financial (The Old Bonanza Building) would like additional sign(s) over the amount allowed in The Delmar Planning and Zoning Ordinance on page 83 which states;

B. For each lot containing two or more businesses the following shall apply:
1. The number of signs shall not exceed one (1) sign for each single
commercial occupant, and each such sign shall not exceed one (1)
square foot in area for each lineal front foot of the building used for that
single commercial purpose. Each allowed sign must be on or attached
to the building.

A variance was requested to add an additional sign. As the Town attorney stated a hardship condition would have to be provided in order for the Board of adjustments to approve it.

Charlie Towers Of Towers Sign appeared to provide information on the signs and the hardship it would cause without it. The owner of the property was not there.

The first question by the town attorney was who owns the building. Mr. Towers wasn't sure and couldn't swear to it but thought Atlantic Financial did. Again this is a reason why an owner of the property should be there.

Anyway the hardship given for the lack of the additional sign was financial as people could not see where the businesses were from Rt13 without the additional sign. Since this was a public hearing the question was asked if anyone had a comment and since no one was for or against the sign the meeting continued. As to be expected approval was given for the additional sign.

Approval of the meeting of March 15th 2011 was also approved. I assume that was the last time this board had a meeting.

As a side note prior to the meeting Councilman Robt Thompson gave the board a briefing on the matter. I question if this should have not been done after the meeting was called to order as it had the appearance of the Board of Adjustments having a non public meeting out of the public eye as all three members were present.

Open meetings are covered under the Freedom of Information act

Delaware Open Meetings Law Statement of purpose
The statement of purpose of the Open Meetings Act states,
"It is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner so that our citizens shall have the opportunity to observe the performance of public officials and to monitor the decisions that are made by such officials in formulating and executing public policy; and further, it is vital that citizens have easy access to public records in order that the society remain free and democratic. Toward these ends, and to further the accountability of government to the citizens of this State, this chapter is adopted, and shall be construed."

The law states that all gatherings of a quorum of members of a public body, whether formal, informal or through video conferencing, with the intention of discussing public business are considered meetings.

Delmarva Mediterranean Market

I stopped by Delmarva Mediterranean Market 1305 South Division st,. Suite 18 Salisbury, MD 21804 (where the old roller rink use to be) yesterday. It is an interesting place - no scrapple but it is an interesting selection of foods.

The owner of the store is quite helpful explaining what everything was. Altho his selection of spices are small they are cheap in comparison to McCormick spices. The selection is aimed at food from Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, etc, like the sign says; Mediterranean and Sudano Africian. I have been trying to add more vegetables to my diet and have been looking at Indian and Mediterranean recipes to give them some taste. I picked up a couple of things to try. I am not expecting to like all of them but maybe 10 to 20% will be keepers.

Among the items he has are Burgul, Farika, Couscous,flafel Pickles and appetizers (BabaGhanouj, Tahini, Humus, Olive oil, Sesame oil, Veggie Ghee, Sheep & goat Feta Cheese, Kefir Cheese, Yogurt drink etc etc etc Stop by and have a look. It's different from Wal-Mart.

The phone number is 410-341-7171 and hours are 10 AM to 7 PM.

TV Local News Coverage

I am of course a creature of habit, I was around before WBOC TV and started watching it in the 1950's when it was only on the air for a couple of hours a day. Today I tend to automatically turn to it for the 6 o'clock and 7 o'clock news. I expect to heard and see local news coverage when I watch it. For some reason WBOC has gone to doing less coverage of local news and more news from the western shore or those stupid ass voice overs where they show the footage from some place out of the area and the local newsperson does the voice describing it. I am guessing that WBOC is down to maybe five minutes of local news out of a half hour show and the rest is weather, sports, news pickups from other areas, and advertising. God forbid for WBOC to actually do any investigative reporting. Well habits are hard to break but I for one am going to try and turn to WMDT Chanel 47 at night and frankly they do just about a poor job as WBOC but at the moment they seem to do a better job than WBOC.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Sussex County Press release

Learn about issues seniors, adults with disabilities face in Sussex County

Georgetown, DE (Jan. 9, 2012): If you are 55 or older, if you are an adult with a physical disability, or if you know someone who is, Sussex County offers a forum in which you can voice your concerns to people who care – and who might be able to offer some guidance along the way.

The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities meets six times each year to discuss relevant topics affecting senior citizens and those with physical disabilities. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at the Nanticoke Senior Center, 1001 W. Locust St., in Seaford.

Eric Jacobsen, Associate Professor of the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Assistant Director of the Institute for Public Administration, will be the featured guest speaker at the meeting. He will provide a presentation entitled, “Maturing of Sussex County: Helping Communities Prepare for an Aging Population”. The Advisory Committee invites the public to attend the session.

The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities is an 11-member panel established by the Sussex County Council to be an advocate for programs and policies that benefit older and disabled residents. The committee meets every other month, in January, March, May, July, September and November. All meetings are open to the public.

The Advisory Committee’s mission is to increase dialogue, make recommendations to Sussex County Council, and to give support, assistance and advice on significant issues and programs that may affect the lives of the county’s aging and adults with physical disabilities populations.

For more information, visit the Advisory Committee’s page at

Catesby Fleet Rust (1819-1894)

I was reading some of Eliza Frances Andrews' "The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865" a free on line book and came across this diary entry.

Feb. 21, Tuesday

A letter from Mecca Joyner, saying she is coming to make me a visit, and I must meet her in Albany on Wednesday. Just as I had finished reading it a buggy drove up with Flora Maxwell and Capt. Rust, from Gopher Hill. Flora has a great reputation for beauty, but I think her even more fascinating and elegant than beautiful. Capt. Rust is an exile from Delaware, and a very nice old gentleman, whom the Maxwells think a great deal of. He was banished for helping Southern prisoners to escape across the lines. He tells me that he sometimes had as many as fourteen rebels concealed in his house at one time.

Albert Bacon called after tea and told us all about the Hobbs poetry, and teased me a good deal at first by pretending that Capt. Hobbs was very angry. He says everybody is talking about it and asking for copies. I had no idea of making such a stir by my little joke. Metta and I were invited to spend this week at Stokes Walton's, but company at home prevented. We are going to have a picnic at the Henry Bacons' lake on Thursday, and the week after we expect to begin our journey home in good earnest. Sister is going to visit Brother Troup in Macon at the same time, and a large party from Albany will go that far with us. I have so much company and so much running about to do that I can't find time for anything else. I have scribbled this off while waiting for breakfast.

The Captain Rust mentioned I think would be Catesby Fleet Rust (1819-1894) before and after the war a farmer of Seaford, Delaware. Since the diary entry says he was an older gentlemen, Catesby Rust would fit the description better than Charles Palmer Rust who also left Delaware to join the Confederate forces.

Catesby Fleet Rust was the son of John Rust and Priscilla Laws Rust. Catesby was married to Anne Eliz Palmer in 1840. Their son was Charles Palmer Rust.

From The Past - 1958

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Boy scout Troop 127 in 1958, planting seedlings in Salisbury park - Scoutmaster Fred Sahler, Boy scouts Donald Glenn and Robert Dickerson

Delmar Delaware Board Of Adjustments Hearing Tuesday Night

January 10th at 7:30 PM Click on Photo to enlarge

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Full Moon Rising

Tonight is the Full Moon, if you feel an impulse to race outside and bark at the moon it is because the Indians(PC - native Americans) referred to the full moon in January as the Wolf moon. They chose this name because they heard hungry wolf packs howl outside the villages.

Congratulations to Parth Gadani

Picked up from the Newark Post

U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, Governor Jack Markell and Mayor James Baker recognized the top scoring students of the 2011 United States Cyber Foundations fall competition at a special award ceremony at the Wilmington Charter School on January 5.

This national online competition included 2,034 high school students from 32 states, three U.S. Territories and 169 schools. Gavy Aggarwal from the Charter School of Wilmington was the national winner, with Jacob Davis, also of the same school, placing 14th nationwide. Third place in Delaware was Esme Li of Middletown High School. Top scorers from other Delaware schools include: Eric Wright, Howard HS of Technology; Cynthia Krejczman, Polytech HS; and Parth Gadani from Delmar Senior High School.

Cyber Foundations is a nationwide online competition focusing on the most important foundational fields of cyber security: networking, operating systems, and system administration. Cyber Foundations is a feeder program into other US Cyber Challenge events, including the collegiate level camps, which were hosted in Delaware in 2010 and 2011.

The goal of the Cyber Challenge is to identify and nurture America's top young people destined for careers in cyber security. The program encourages students to learn advanced skills to protect our nation's critical information infrastructure. Delaware was one of 6 states hosting collegiate level cyber security training camps in 2010 and 2011.

For more click here

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley

Today at Graceland there will be a birthday cake cutting and a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials with free admission, because it is Elvis Presley Day.