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Re: Iowa Darlingtons
Posted by: Jeannette Darlington Date: January 04, 2002 at 22:57:05
In Reply to: Re: Iowa Darlingtons by Rita Turegano of 566

I have provisionally linked David Darlington to Perry County (formerly Cumberland County), Pennsylvania; I haven't found anything to confirm his wife Margaret's last name, but I've seen it as Barnett (descended from George Barnett, son of Johann Thomas Bernhardt). There are few Darlingtons in Perry County, so I'm fairly sure David's father was Meredith, son of John Darlington (purportedly born in Ireland) and Mary Bruce, and that David had a brother Wilson. Based on suggestive census data, I was guessing that Jane (maiden name unknown) was Meredith's wife, widowed between 1820 & 1830. According to John Darlington's will, his younger daughter Mary married William McClure. If you have more info on the family, I'd be glad to see it. Here's my own (fairly raw) data:

From John Darlington's will:
DARLINGTON, JOHN, Juniatta. August 2, 1799.(written) October 28, 1817.(proved)
Wife Mary.
Eldest dau. Sarah wife of William Bull.
Two sons Meredith and John.
Second dau. Mary wife of William McClure.

US Census 1820
Juniata Township, Perry County, Pennsylvania
Microfilm# M33-104
Enumerator: John Wilson

Pg 350 Head of Household

John Darlington
White Males
0to 10 - 2
26 to 45 - 1
White Females
0to 10 - 2
26 to 45 - 1
Occ. Agr. - 1

Meredith Darlington
White Males
to 10 - 2
10 to 16 - 1 (Wilson would have been 15 in 1820)
16 to 26 - 1 (David would have been 20 in 1820)
45 up - 1 (Almost certainly Meredith, Head of Household)
White Females
16 to 26 - 1
45 up - 1 (Jane of the 1830 census, perhaps?)
Occ. Agr. - 2

US Census Microfilm (I haven't yet ordered the films)

1850 David Darlington Centre Twp, Perry County, Pennsylvania Roll No. 805 Page No. 432
Wilson Darlington Centre Twp, Perry County, Pennsylvania, Page No. 436
1840 David Darlington Centre Twp, Perry County, Pennsylvania Roll No. 480, Page No.:264
Willson Darlington, Centre Twp., Perry County, Pennsylvania Roll No. 480 Page No. 266
>There are no other Darlingtons listed in Perry County in 1840 or 1850; no earlier censuses list Darlingtons in Centre Twp, but there are these in Perry County:
1830 Jane Darlington Juniata Twp Perrry County Roll No.: 156 Page No. 278
1820 Meridith Darlington Juniata Twp Perry County, Pennsylvania Roll No. 104, Page No. 350
1810 Meredith Darlington Juniata Twp. Cumberland County, Roll N. 48 Page No. 58
1800 Meridith Darlington No Twp listed, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Roll No. 38 Page No 805
Jonathan Darlington No Twp Listed, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Roll No. 38, Page No 63

Given that Meredith is a family name - David had a grandson born in 1878 with that as a middle name - it is quite possible that Meredith is David's father, who died sometime between 1820 and 1830, leaving his widow Jane as head of household. Unfortunately, the censuses of those years only enumerate by age group and don't list name, age, etc., but I would expect to find young men - and certainly in David's case, young children - living with Meridith and Jane. I need to get the 1850 census - if it has all the names I expect, I can then reasonably confirm the connection between my David and Meredith in Perry Co. -JD


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