I appreciate your suggestions and information, and I am following up on it. I have ordered the book "Colonial Families of Delaware Vol. I, Willow Bend Books was out of it but said they will get it to me soon. I was aware of the Keddie's books, but did not know what to buy because there are so many and it gets "pricey". I did not know about the website, It could be very useful and I have signed up for a year. I hope I will find some leads to the parents of JOHN RAWLINS and PRISCILLA WHITE, and it may help me find out more about other ancestors of Maryland and Delaware, surnames DICKERSON, HASTINGS, PETERS,ALLEN, to name a few. THOMAS DICKERSON appears with his wife and a couple of young children on the City of Chester, Delaware County, PA. census for 1850, but thats not where he is from. There is a biographical sketch about his son Edward Dickerson in the book "Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Delaware County, Pennsylvania" by Samuel T. Wiley, and it says THOMAS DICKERSON married SARAH A. ALLEN, daughter of John and Mary Allen of Milford, Delaware, that THOMAS DICKERSON left his native state of Delaware for Chester, Pa., Thomas Dickerson had 10 children and the family were Quakers. The college that has the Quaker records did a search for me years ago, but found nothing. Thomas Dickerson and 4 of his children are buried in a very early Quaker cemetery in Chester, Pa. that no longer exists, but I have a copy of there layout of the cemetery and it shows the location of graves with names on them. I am having the same problem finding parents of THOMAS DICKERSON as I am with JOHN RAWLINS. On the 1850 census, each has married since 1840 and appears with a wife and young children. I have gone back to all of the earlier census records to find RAWLINS and DICKERSON with male children in the age group that would match these men, but in both cases there are multiple possibilities. (Census records for JOHN RAWLINS;most give Delaware as place of birth, but some Maryland. I even looked on all the census records for his adult children that report birthplace of parents, and it was still a toss up between the two states.) There is a marriage record of 1849 Sussex Co., Delaware for JOHN RAWLINS to PRISCILLA WHITE but it is just a minister's return of record to the state, it says it is from a Methodist Episcopal Church, but gives only the name of the minister, bride and groom, no name of witnesses or family members or church. You are so right about needing to look at early records of both Maryland & Delaware. Some of those boundry changes are still confusing to me, but I look in both places.
There was a book written about 100 years ago regarding "Rollins/Rawlings" families in the US and what they have about the "Lott Rawlins" family in Sussex Co., Delaware is sadly full of errors. It says the first Rawlins of this family was Walter Rawlins who arrived in the 1700's. I have done lots of digging around in original documents, and this family goes back much earlier to a Charles Rawlins in Maryland. So much for undocumented publications. I have used Rootsweb before but without much luck, I will go back to it again.
Thank you again for your help, I do appreciate it!
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