Map of the Nanticoke Indians’ territory, 1742

This week the Laurel Star (and presumably the Seaford Star) published an article I wrote about the Nanticoke Indians about a year ago, as well as a rough map of the area showing the approximate locations of the Nanticoke, Choptank, and Indian River reservations in 1742. It was in that year that the surviving tribes gathered near Trap Pond and planned to wipe out the English settlers and reclaim the Eastern Shore with the help of Shawnee warriors and French forces. The plot was discovered and foiled, otherwise the history of the peninsula might have unfolded quite differently.

I’ll post the full article in a week or two, as I’d like for everyone who’s interested in the subject and able to do so to support the newspaper and buy a copy, but in the meantime here’s the map. Click to enlarge.

Nanticoke territory, 1742

– Chris Slavens


Filed under Indian River Indians, Laurel, Maps, Nanticoke Indians, Sussex County

6 responses to “Map of the Nanticoke Indians’ territory, 1742

  1. Carol

    Wow! Thank you for the map! I was looking for one to help me figure out where Deep Creek was in relationship to Broad Creek and Nanticoke River. My husbands ancestors were in this area by 1727. As far as I can tell Peter Dolbe/Dolby was the first in this area. His son John inherited “Anything” 30 acres and plantation on “Double Purchase” 100 acres. The patent certificate for “Double Purchase” actually mentions Peter as John’s father and that he inherited via Peter Dolbe’s will. Peter Dolbe’s will, probated 1744 Worcester Co, Md mentions “Double Purchase” and adjoining land “Anything”. Also mentioned in will are other sons Jonathan who inherits “Venture” and son Peter who inherits “Second Choice”, daughter Leah.

    Double Purchase described as being on South East side of Nanticoak River back in the woods on the West side of the main branch of Deep Creek, being where ?? Dolby now lives….

    Anything is described as being on East side of Nanticoke River back in the woods one ? South side of ? Head of Deep Creek bounded as folowette. Beginning at a marked White Oak standing one of Northwest side of a small path that leades from William Grayes to Petter Dolbey’s and from thence …..

    Note: August 29, 1759. Deposition by John Dolby regarding border dispute.
    Age 39 “he hath lived on the brances of Deep Creek near unto the head of Nanticoke River for Thirty two years…… So he was in this area Abt age 9 in 1727. I read somewhere Peter Dolby was on tax rolls starting in this year si I am assuming this is his father.

    There are other parcels owned by the Dolby/Dolbee’s later on I am trying to place them on the map so thank you for posting them and also for the history. I especially liked the history about the Nanticoke Indians.

    question. I am a little confused when it says head of Deep Creek. Does that mean where it branches off the Nanticoke River or the other end of Deep Creek?
    Thanks again for taking the time to blog about this area.

  2. Carol

    Oops meant to say age 7

    • Carol

      I should clarify: when I say Peter Dolbe/Dolby is first to this area I was meaning the first Dolby to settle in this area. Also when I say I am assuming Peter Dolby is this John’s father it is because of several documents that appear to prove that.

  3. Chris Slavens

    Hi Carol, I’m a descendant of Peter Dolbe, and have done quite a bit of research on him and his family. I’m going to email you; it sounds like we ought to compare notes.

    “Head” generally means the source, or thereabouts. Off the top of my head, I recall deciding that Peter must have settled near Tindall’s Branch, but I have a lot more information about that filed away. The locations of some of his descendants’ houses can be found on the Pomeroy & Beers Atlas of 1868.

  4. Carol

    Wow! Thank you for the map info.., I looked it up. I think we are all stuck on Peter Dolbe d. Abt 1744 Worcester Co., wish we could find the missing generation. All I have is the brief on his will from online. I do not have his actual will or probate papers. Also info abt the land: Double Purchase and Anything. I have a lot on his descendants though. Our line: Peter Dolbe d abt 1744′>Peter d abt 1785>Benjamin d abt 1816>Minus b 1807 d 1887 (moved circa 1840’s to Ohio) ….etc. Ok to email me. My current stragegy is to look at the Dolbys in Accomac Co, Va. (Before 1744) Since it is on same peninsula.

    • Chris Slavens

      I’ve not been able to link our Peter to the Dalbys / Dolbys in Accomack, who go back as early as 1640, but I feel reasonably certain that it’s the same family. Many of the early Somerset settlers came from Virginia, and the Accomack Dalbys tended to name their sons John and Peter, too. I have some more information speculation on another computer, and will send you what I’ve got as soon as possible.

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