[S198] "Robert Palmatary of Duck Creek, DE"
Hannah M FAULKNER
_Obadiah VOSHELL JR well doc fam_+ | (1727 - 1796) m 1786 _James VOSHELL _______| | (1776 - 1806) | | |_Hannah IRONS 2nd wife___________+ | (.... - 1830) m 1786 _Daniel VOSHELL _____| | (1786 - 1827) m 1815| | | _________________________________ | | | | |_Elizabeth first wife_| | (1770 - ....) | | |_________________________________ | | |--William VOSHELL | (1816 - 1898) | _________________________________ | | | _Nathaniel SMITH _____| | | (.... - 1793) | | | |_________________________________ | | |_Nancy Ann SMITH ____| (1790 - ....) m 1815| | _________________________________ | | |_unknown _____________| (.... - 1793) | |_________________________________
Orphan court papers for his grandmother, Hannah Voshell 1833 say he is under the age of twenty-one, if the newspaper account of William being 83 in 1898 when he died then his year of birth is 1815. He would have been 18 and a good age to be "'bound out' to a farmer" as reported in the Article from Runk, "History of Delaware" published in 1899. The documents in Hannah Voshall Orphan Court file have him going to a Jesse Montaque. There is a will for this person in the DE Archives dated 1882-1883.
It is interesting the names William chose for his children are Alexander, David, and Miriam [his siblings names], Daniel [his fathers name], Mary A [an aunt]. This may be the only way of guessing this is the correct connection. That this deliberate naming is the reason for passing on of the family names. Need to find the obits for the siblings to connect this William to the "Hannah Voshall" 12 children line.
1850 Census list a Jesse Montaque in Dover Hd 45 Farmer born in MD. Wife and seven children. The farm appears to be one away from Samuel Voshell.
1850 Census age 34 farmer Dover HD list wife as Anna 28, Mary 8,Martha 7, Daniel 6, Mariam 6, Hannah 3, William 3/12 and Thomas Fortane 17 M labor.
1860 Census age is 43 Farmer $2500 $500 born in DE lives in MK [birth date 1817]
1880e: William VOSHELL
Estimated birth year: <1815>
Relationship to head-of-household: Self
Home in 1880: North Murderkill, Kent, Delaware
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: Hannah VOSHELL
Father's birthplace: ---
Mother's birthplace: ---
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Image Source: Year: 1880; Census Place: North Murderkill, Kent, Delaware; Roll: T9_117; Family History Film: 1254117; Page: 267D; Enumeration
"His ancestors came to America from France and settled in Delaware in the early part of the eighteenth century. His father (article is written about his son William H. Voshell) was born in Murderkill in 1813. The parents of William Voshell died when he was very young and the youth was "bound out" to a farmer for whom he labored until he was twenty-one years old. His only remuneration was his clothing and boarding. Even the opportunity of attending the district school a short time during the winter months was denied him, and none in the farmer's household taught him to read or write. These primary accomplishments were left to be acquired afterward.
After leaving his taskmaster, Mr Voshell rented a farm in the same hundred and set to work with a stout heart and strong arms to accumulate sufficient money to purchase a farm for himself. This purpose he accomplished in a comparatively short time. His home consisted of 100 acres in Murderkill hundred, which he improved, erecting a new dwelling house, barn, etc. He made his land very productive, and raised on it grain, peaches, apples, and other fruits and found places, besides, for feeding live stock. On this farm he still resides (book published 1899) His political view are those of the Democratic party. William Voshell marries Hannah, daughter of Robert Faulkner, a farmer. She was born in Murderkill hundred. Mr. and Mrs. Voshell had ten children," (notes entered as data).
Middletown Transcripts obituary published April 30 1898:
"W.H. Voshell Sr.
Mr. W. H. Voshell of the McDonough Mills was called to Kent County this week because of the death of his father who was 83 years old and for over 40 years has served the people oat his flourmills near Canterbury. Interment was had in Canterbury M. E. Church on Wednesday. Mr. Voshell was the last of a large family of brothers and sisters, and his work was well and faithfully done."
While reading the Voshell probate file in Dover the mill on Voshell Mill Pond Road seems to have belonged to a John C Voshell. Not sure of the obit article this is the only place that William is mentioned to be a miller. On all the directories for Kent Co Wm. Voshell is listed in the Farmer section. Have not found his name in the mill category
There is a Voshell Pond that is formed by a mill dam on Voshell Mill Pond Road just north of the Canterbury cemetery and the map location in 1881 of a "W Voshell" farm site. The mill still exists in 1999. No evidence of the farm buildings at the location estimated to be the location of the farm on the 1868 map of Kent CO.
No stone exists in the Canterbury cemetery for William near his wife.
Notes from Steven Voshell:
Conflicting information on the date of birth--Jan 3 1810 his info lists 1850 census age 34, on 1860 census age 45
Places of residence 1850 Dover hundred; 1860 Camden, Murderkill HD occupation was farmer
 [S46] History of the State of Delaware, Volumes 1 & 2, 1899
 [S6] Middletown Transcript
 [S65] DE Archives Marriage Card file