…to the DELANO KINDRED Web Site!

The DELANO KINDRED was founded in 1991 for the purpose of exploring the ancestry and genealogy of our common ancestor, Philippe de Lanoy. Philippe was born to Jan and Marie de Lanoy around 1602 in Leiden, Holland, and was baptized there on the 6th of November, 1603. In 1621, Philippe arrived in Plimoth (now Plymouth, Massachusetts) on the ship Fortune and some time later changed his name to Philip Delano. He is the progenitor of the Delano family in America.

The latest DELANO KINDRED NEWS items are displayed below. The menus above and on the side lead to a lot more information about the DELANO KINDRED and this web site. Are you already a Delano Kindred member? There is more news and a lot more for members to see on this web site, so CLICK HERE to log in!

We hope that you find the site useful and enjoy your visit.

NL #75, October 2014

In this issue we have included the good news that the IRS has determined the DELANO KINDRED is exempt from Federal income tax thus making contributions to our society tax deductable. Highlights of the 2014 Reunion and Annual Membership Meeting as well as news from our members are provided. Although Philippe de Lanoy missed celebrating the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving with his Uncle Francis Cooke and Cousin John Cooke, we hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving with your family. Those members whose membership expires on 31 December 2014 will shortly be receiving renewal notices. Please complete them and return them as early as you can.

To view or download the Delano Kindred Contribution Form, click here .

501(c)(3) News

We are delighted to announce that the Delano Kindred has been designated as a public charity and is now tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The effective date for this status is March 25, 2014. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, all donations and contributions to the various Funds of the Delano Kindred, Inc. made on or after that date are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The Employer Identification Number (EIN) for Delano Kindred, Inc. is 04-3134529.

Friday Night at the 2014 Reunion

We are delighted to announce that we will have a very special night of entertainment at our 2014 Reunion on Friday, June 13th, with Maine’s own professional storyteller and performer, John McDonald. John delivers an educational and hilarious mix of basic and fun facts about the Pine Tree State, including, of course, more than a few wicked funny stories. Click here to check out John’s website and come join us in Portland June 12-15 at the Merry Manor Inn! If you would like to know a little bit more about where we’re staying, click here to visit the Merry Manor Inn website.

2014 Reunion Extra!

Our 2014 Reunion will be held in Portland, Maine, June 12-15, at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn! The 2014 Annual DELANO KINDRED Membership Meeting will be held in conjunction with our Annual Reunion at 9:00 AM in the Inn on Saturday, June 14, 2014. We thank Cousins Elizabeth and Arden Clarke and the Reunion Committee for planning and organizing this exceptional reunion… they’ve even arranged for a trolley tour of the Portland area and a real Maine Lobster Bake for Saturday night!

Many DELANOs came to Maine when it was then part of Massachusetts. Among these DELANOs were several lighthouse keepers. We are fortunate that the Reunion will be located within a few miles of the iconic Portland Head lighthouse. Barzillai DELANO was one of the early keepers of this light, a visit to which is included on our trolley tour.

Click here to view all the REUNION DETAILS and to download the Reunion Registration Form. Please note that hotel reservations should be booked by 12 May to secure the special room rate. Also, please remember to complete both parts 1 and 2 of the 2014 Reunion Registration Form and send it to Arden Clarke as soon as possible (Arden’s address is on the Form).

The Chairman of our Reunion Committee, Elizabeth Clarke, wrote a fine letter to our members describing what we can expect to see and do at our Portland Reunion. Click here to read her letter.

Portland and the surrounding area are full of things to do and see; it’s a very exciting city in which to hold a reunion. This will be a most memorable Reunion, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to view all the REUNION DETAILS and Registration Form or click here to view just the Registration Form!

NL #74, March 2014

In this issue of the Bonnes Nouvelles we provide the details about the 2014 Reunion and Annual Membership Meeting in Portland ME—June 12 to June 15. Those of you who have visited Portland, perhaps on the occasion of our 2008 Reunion, know of the city’s many charms. Our Reunion Committee has highlighted many of its scenic places and neat things to do and see while you are there. We thank Cousins Elizabeth Clark and Arden Clarke for making the arrangements. This Reunion will be centered at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn, in South Portland, which is just a few miles north of the upscale and exclusive Delano Park neighborhood. It is very near the location of Barzillia Delano’s blacksmith shop and lies on the south border of park that includes Fort Williams and the iconic Portland Head lighthouse. This is a Reunion you will not want to miss.
Also included in this issue are articles about the Federal Reserve Centennial and the DELANO Connection, the early DELANOs of Maine, news about some of our members–as well as new and departed members, the Annual Charitable Drawing, DELANO Board happenings, and a recent book by the well-known photographer, James Whitlock Delano.

Warren Delano III Photo Album

The family photo album from Warren Delano III is now online and available to members. The album contains 165 photographs of Warren and his family. At this point, we have not identified the people shown in these pictures. The original photo album has been given to the Roosevelt Library (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, New York 12538).

2014 Reunion Details Announced!

Our 2014 reunion will be held in Portland, Maine, from Thursday, June 12 to Sunday, June 15, at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn. May 12th is the deadline for registration, so it isn’t too soon to get started. Remember, you do not have to be a Delano Kindred member to attend our reunions. So SAVE the DATES, MAKE your RESERVATIONS, and JOIN US in PORTLAND! Click here for all the REUNION DETAILS and the Registration Form! You will need to make your own lodging reservations with the Merry Manor Inn (see REUNION DETAILS for our group rates) in addition to sending your reservation form in to the Delano Kindred prior to May 12th. If you would like to know a little bit more about where we’re staying, click here to check out the Merry Manor Inn website.

Index to 2013 Newsletters Published!

The index to all Bonnes Nouvelles newsletters published in 2013 is now available. Check out the new “VIEW NEWSLETTER INDEXES” in the menu on the right side of the page.

NL #73, November-December 2013

In this issue we have included a long delayed article about the DELANO Cemetery near the south end of Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven, MA. Highlights of the 2013 Reunion and Annual Membership Meeting with photos are also included. Also included is an article about the arrival of the FORTUNE at Plymouth in 1621 and, in keeping with the holiday season, we have included an article about primary sources telling of the First Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation in the fall of 1621 and a reprint of Christmas in 1620. Details about organizational changes resulting from the Annual Meeting Elections are provided. We hope you have an enjoyable Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Early Texas Delanos

Some Early Texas DELANOs

by George B. DeLano

 We have at least 10 families of Texas DELANOs who are currently members of our Society, but how many DELANOs came to Texas before 1900?  We scanned the GHAAHD (the second book of the 1899 DELANO Genealogy) and found about 10 entries of DELANOs who are listed as being in Texas before 1899.  We also checked the Republic of Texas Army and Claims listings and other sources to find more “Early DELANOs.”  As some say, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could.”

1830 -1850

The earliest DELANOs settled in the eastern portion of the Texas Republic in what are now Jasper, Polk, Tyler, Jefferson and Orange Counties; located north and east of Beaumont.  Brothers Marvin DELANO, Oliver H. DELANO and Norman DELANO all emigrated from Ohio to Texas in the 1830s (GHAAHD pgs 427 and 428).  Texas land grants show that Oliver was granted land in Jasper County in 1835 and Marvin was granted land in the same county on 21 August 1845. Marvin and Norman also received land grants in Jefferson and Orange counties in the period from 1837 to 1848.  Republic of Texas Army records show that Marvin served as a private and Oliver was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.  There is no record to document the GHAAHD assertion that Oliver held the rank of Lt. Colonel.  After the War for Texas Independence Oliver was the Surveyor for Jasper County.

Thomas DELANO (probably Thomas Cornelius DELANO, GHAAHD pg 408) was born in Wilkes Barre, PA. He arrived in Texas in the 1830s and also served in the Republic of Texas Army.  He purchased land in Bell County (south of Killeen and Temple) in 1850.  In 1851 he purchased land in Karnes County (southeast of San Antonio). The GHAAHD indicates he married and died in Texas.


John DELANO (GHAAHD pg 430) was born in Clinton OH in 1824. He served in the 1st Kentucky Infantry in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).  He married Elizabeth J. Stanton in Georgetown Texas (north of Austin) in 1850.  They had three children settling in Copperas Cove (just west of Killeen), Adina in Lee County (east of Austin) and Houston.  John DELANO died in Houston in 1858.

Horace Frank DELANO (GHAAHD pg 385-386), a graduate of West Point in 1849, was a 2nd Lt. in the 2nd Regiment Dragoons. After graduating he married Marie Covert of Shrewsbury, New Jersey in 1849.   He was later stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico on “frontier duty.”  Apparently he had a health problem and traveled south along the Rio Grande River to Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He died there in 1854.


Oliver Joseph DELANO (GHAAHD pg 428–son of Oliver H. DELANO) served in Company G of the 13th Texas Confederate Cavalry, with his brother-in-law James Haralson.  A Charles DELANO (possibly a son of Marvin DELANO) served in Company I of the same cavalry organization.


There is a record of another Thomas DELANO who married Sophia Chasson in Orange County in 1893.

Although not mentioned in the GHAAHD, according to the Orange County Texas Marriage Records there were four DELANO marriages there between 1870 and 1918.