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afternoon last, accidentally fell into the river and was drowned. Diligent search has been made for the body, but without success. He was about five feet nine inches in height, and well proportioned. He had on a pair of duck trousers and Wilmington stripe runabouts. Should any person discover the body, they will much oblige the relatives of the deceased, by furnishing them with information and a reasonable reward wilt be given for any trouble it may occasion.” A copy of the Newcastle Co coroner's inquest, dated 5 Sep 1826, confirms that Solomon “came to his death by falling in the river Delaware of the warfe at New Castle on Saturday the 2nd day of September 1826.” The inquest is accompanied by a list of expenses, including viewing of body $2, deposition of witnesses $0.5, coffin $2.50, and grave $1.00. I do not know where Solomon is buried. He was about 36 years old.

7 - Rebecca Cline (Kline) - 2 (1794 -

) according to The Sharples Genealogy, was

from Wilmington, DE, and came from American ancestors of the Revolutionary era. This same source notes that there is a Rebecca Kline born 9 Jan 1794 in Columbia, PA, and whose father was Hermanus Kline and mother was Diana Robbins, and speculates this may be our Rebecca; the date of birth is logical in relation to husband Solomon's 1790 birth. However, her baptismal record (below) would place her birth in 1783, making her 7 years older than

Solomon. I have used the 1794 date but her birth year may have been 1783.


and Rebecca had

at least two


Poinsett - 165.


children, Thomas G. Poinsett - in the 1820 U.S. census for

3, our ancestor, and Southwark District,

Philadelphia, PA, Rebecca (“Rebecca at sea or they were separated?) and in

Poinset") is listed as head of household (Solomon her home are three female children, two under 10

was and

one 10-16; in addition Rebecca may have had

to Rebecca there is four children, or two

another female of the children

age 26-45. in the 1820

So, Solomon and household were by

the other woman. Thomas Gabriel would have been 7 in household with his mother is a mystery (perhaps on board

1820, so why he is not listed in a ship with his father?). Where

the the

children were born is unknown to me; there 1814, nor in the Philadelphia directories for

are no Poinsetts in the Wilmington directory for 1813-1817, 1819 or 1823 (the years I searched).

This age 54 years.8 record is from Old St. Mary's in Philadelphia , Sponsor: Elizabeth Robbins. (signed) F. P. Kenrick.” 9 Feb 1837: “I baptized

Rebecca , Thus, Rebecca Poinset

belatedly became a Catholic and her children were practicing Catholics, as later records


7 - Mary Poinsett - 840 (

  • -

    ), daughter of Thomas and Lois Poinsett, married

Jacob Caulk - 841 of New Castle, DE, according to Oliveros. They had two daughters,

8 As noted above her birth year was 1783, if this record is correct, not 1794 as reported in Fishwick and Chester (1887).


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