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Harriet and Lois Ann. Harriet married George W. Turner, and they had Mary and Charles.

7 - Stephen Poinsett - 847 (1795 -

) is listed in the Asbury M. E. Church records as

“remaining on trial” and on “probation” in 1823. He is included in the Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE, 1830 census as age 30-40 years and in the 1840 Wilmington census as between age 40 -50, is single, and engaged in manufacturing or trading. With Stephen in 1830 is a female age 70-80; perhaps this is his mother, Lois Bennet, the widow of Thomas Poinsett. The 1850 census shows Stephen, age 55, was living with his brother Asa and

family; his birthplace is stated to be DE. Stephen appears to have remained single.

7 - Asa Poinsett - 848 (1799 - 1870) was born in NJ, according to the 1850 census. His first wife was Ann Unknown - 850 (1800 - 1843). The first record I have found for Asa is a tax assessment for the Christiana Hundred of New Castle, DE, in 1821 (he is erroneously listed as “Esau”). A daughter, Catherine, was born to Asa and Ann 10 Jun 1820. Asa is listed in New Castle tax records for 1825 with a tax of $1.34. Asa and Ann are listed in the 1830 Class No. 4 of the Asbury M. E. Church. Asa's family are included in the Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE, census for 1830 and 1840. The Christiana Hundred tax record for New Castle for 1832 lists Asa, with a tax of $3.00. There is an order in the files of the E. I. duPont de Nemours and Co. files from Asa for powder purchase in 1843. Asa was a cooper, making powder kegs on French Street in Wilmington. From 1835 to 1843, when the Wilmington Whaling Company flourished, he made all their casks and barrels and employed 20 men. He later moved to Brandywine, increased the number of employees, and made barrels for the Prices at the mills. In 1849 a cooper received 17 cents for a barrel. The best workmen could make 30 barrels a week. There are several records of deeds with Asa as grantor or grantee in Wilmington between 1842 and 1869; he appears to have been prosperous. Asa was an original director of The Temperance Hall Company, chartered in 1842. As a stock company they erected Temperance Hall on the south side of Fourth Street, near Market Street. The hall was dedicated 9 Dec 1842. (Scharf, J. T., 1888, History of Delaware 1609 -1888, vol. 11, p. 800, L. J. Richards & Co., Philadelphia.) Ann died 23 Apr 1843 and Asa then married Eliza Liston - 859 in Philadelphia, 14 Nov 1844. Eliza was born in DE. Asa is listed in the Wilmington city directories for 1845 (as cooper, second betw. Poplar & Lombard) and in 1853, (cooper, 91 2nd.). Asa was appointed appraiser of goods of Ann Danby in 5 Sep 1866. Asa died of hectic fever in 1870 at the age of 72. Asa's will of 9 Dec 1869, New Castle Will Book, vol. B2, p 20, bequeathed all his property to wife Eliza. Eliza (incorrectly listed as “Ella”) effected a deed of sale in Wilmington in 1873. Eliza's will, in vol. E2, dated 10 Sep 1876, mentions Catherine D. Kelly nee Poinsett, Lydia B. Poinsett, wife of Charles W. Poinsett, and Rachel Fotherfill (Fothergill) nee Poinsett, and daughter Ann Eliza Reed nee Poinsett, wife of Henry Reed. Asa and his two wives, as well as grandson Asa Brumfield Poinsett, are buried in the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery.


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