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FDR Library presentation/discussion about Delano ancestors.

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021, cousin George English discussed our Delano ancestors, the de Lannoys and the Mahieus, with FDR Library's Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin. The session was recorded, and is available for viewing using the link below.

The story of the English Pilgrims on the Mayflower is well known. Much less so is the fascinating story of survival in 4 different countries within 50 years of the Reformation of FDR's ancestors -- the de Lannoys, and Mahieus. They suffered from Spanish persecution in Flanders, then fled to England while the Separatist movement gathered pace. Then to Leiden, where they had lived for 18 years before John Robinson and the English Separatists arrived. Their descendants, Philip Delano and John Cooke, would leave on the Fortune and Mayflower to build new lives for themselves in New England. Watch FDR Library Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin as he speaks with genealogist and historian (and Delano/de Lannoy/Mahieu descendant) George English.

If you would like to view the discussion that took place on October 27, click on this link or copy it to your browser:

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2021 Annual Meeting Videos

We enjoyed several presentations at the 2021 Annual Meeting and Reunion for which videos are available for members to view. You must be logged in as a member to view those videos. The story about Dr. Thomas, Rebecca and Benoni is available for everyone to view. 

  • An excerpt from the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society's (DRHS) Tour of the Myles Standish Burying Ground: Generously provided to us by DRHS, this is an excerpt from a narrated tour by DRHS's Archivist and Historian Carolyn Ravenscroft. It features the story of Dr. Thomas and Rebecca (Alden) Delano and their son Benoni and honors the completed restoration and preservation of Benoni Delano's grave marker, a project funded by the Delano Kindred in 2021. 

==> To hear the story of Dr. Thomas, Rebecca and Benoni, click here.

==> You can learn much more about Duxbury's fascinating past by clicking here to visit the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society's website.

  • Before the Mayflower, presented by author Jennifer Sinsigalli: Jennifer's book of the same name is a work of historical fiction which demanded significant research to ensure accuracy and interest. Writing under the name of J.L. Rose, she was undisputably successful in that endeavor. Her presentation gives us the full benefit of her research and experience as she describes what life was like in Leiden around the time the Mayflower sailed for America. 

  • DHRS Historian Carolyn Ravenscroft presents Captain Amasa Delano and Samuel Delano Jr.: Amasa and his brother, Samuel, had quite interesting careers. Captain Amasa Delano, a famous Duxbury sea captain, wrote of his voyages and caught the eye of author Herman Melville who turned one of Amasa's voyages into his novella "Benito Cereno". His brother Samuel was recording the ship's log when the brig Grace visited Japan, then a closed country, in 1791. Carolyn gives us the whole story in her presentation.

  • After the Mayflower by Rev. Dr. Becket Soule: Much has been written about the Mayflower, but far less has been published about the ships that followed her: the Fortune, the Little James, and the Anne. Becket Soule introduces us to the ships that followed Mayflower and the stories surrounding them.

  • The 2021 Delano Kindred Annual Meeting: Held at Plimoth Patuxet Museum's Accomack Room on September 18, 2021, this is the full recording of the Annual Meeting.

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The "Deed of Gift" - How Robert Carter III Freed Over 500 Slaves on 5 September 1791

Chip Delano provided the below information (and the reference to the CNN story behind it) for your reading enjoyment. 

Attached below is a link to an interesting article about Robert Carter, III and Nomini Hall of the Northern Neck of Virginia. We thought that the members of the  Delano Kindred might enjoy reading this article since  our cousins, Frank Delano and his daughter Meriwether Gilmore, are prominently featured. 

Here is a "teaser" from the CNN story, followed by a link to the full CNN article.

Like Washington and Jefferson, he championed liberty.

Unlike the founders, he freed his slaves.

Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

Updated 4:01 AM ET, Sun September 5, 2021

(CNN) - It was 230 years ago Sunday that Robert Carter III, the patriarch of one of the wealthiest families in Virginia, quietly walked into a Northumberland County courthouse and delivered an airtight legal document announcing his intention to free, or manumit, more than 500 slaves.

He titled it the "deed of gift." It was, by far, experts say, the largest liberation of Black people before President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Emancipation Act and Emancipation Proclamation more than seven decades later.

To read the full CNN article, click here.

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NL #93, July 2021

In this issue of the Bonnes Nouvelles we include information about the 2021 Reunion and Annual Membership Meeting.

We also discuss a few changes in the organization, including my new role, a report on the restoration of the Benoni Delano marker in the Myles Standish Burying Ground, and some educational and informational articles we wanted to add for all to enjoy.

As many of you know by now, Mr. George B Delano has stepped down as Editor of the Delano Kindred Newsletter and will now serves as our Editor Emeritus. He will, of course, be as much a part of the Kindred Newsletter as he wants, as well as continue to offer his sage advice and priceless opinions.

With that being said, I wanted to briefly introduce myself. I am Nick Neagle, currently living in Stafford, Virginia. My mother, Patricia Delano, was part of the Northern Neck of Virginia’s Delano line. I grew up learning all about the Delano line because I went to a reunion in Warsaw, Virginia in 1991, when I was only 11 years old. I work in Cyber Security for a branch of the Navy known as NCIS, you might have heard of them.

To view and/or print the Charitable Contribution Form, click here.

Reminder: You must be logged in as a member to view the newsletter or make a nomination for our annual charity drawing. Links for those will appear below if you are logged in.

2021 Annual Meeting Information UPDATED 27 August 2021

ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE: September 17-19, 2021.

The 2021 Delano Kindred Annual Meeting, to be held both in-person and virtually via ZOOM, is scheduled for September 17-19, 2021, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Annual Business Meeting will be at 1 PM (Eastern time) on Saturday the 18th. This post will be kept updated as new information becomes available. Registration will be available via this website.


27 August 2021 - 

  1. Cancellation Policy: Simply stated, the registration fee is NOT refundable, but money paid for the dinners, Alden House tour and pictures is 100% refundable ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 9th.
  2. Masks: At the present time, Plimoth Patuxet (where our meetings are being held) is NOT requiring visitors to wear masks at their facilities. So, our mask policy is that masks are appreciated, especially for those who haven't been vaccinated against COVID, but it's up to you. We will let you know if that situation changes.
  3. Vegetarian Dinner Option: We have been asked to add a vegetarian option for dinner, so if you would prefer that in place of a dinner option you've already selected, use the CONTACT US form to send in an email with your request and we'll change your order. The cost is the same.
  4. Special Dietary Needs: The kitchen is capable of responding to special dietary needs, such as an allergy to wheat or shellfish or whatever, but they must be told about it BEFORE they prepare your dinner. So if you do have such an allergy, use the CONTACT US form to send in an email with your special needs and we'll update your order.

27 July 2021 - The REGISTRATION DEADLINE for BOTH the Baymont and the In-Person Reunion Meeting has been EXTENDED to AUGUST 31st, 2021.

24 June 2021 - The Agenda is set and REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN. Please click on the link at the end of this post to register for either the Annual Meeting via ZOOM (1 PM Eastern time on Saturday, September 18, no registration fee) or to attend the Annual Meeting and Reunion in person ($15/person registration fee until August 31, $20 thereafter). Delano Kindred members may elect to attend the Annual Meeting virtually via ZOOM rather than in person; ZOOM meeting credentials will be sent to you via email a day or two prior to the meeting. For in-person attendees, a valid, unique email address is required for the person completing the registration, but is not required for any of his/her guests. Important dates to remember:

  • AUGUST 31, 2021 - Last day to reserve a room at the Baymont by Wyndham Hotel at the guaranteed Delano Kindred group rate (see below for hotel details);
  • AUGUST 31, 2021 - Last day to register for the in-person meeting without incurring a $5/person Late Fee;
  • SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 - Last day to register for the meeting, either in-person or virtual via Zoom;
  • SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 - First day of the in-person meeting;
  • SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 - Last day of the meeting (Annual Meeting at 1 PM Eastern time).

For those attending in person, here is what's happening (all times are EASTERN time):

  • Friday, September 17
    • 10 - 11:30 AM: Early registration, genealogy chit-chat with Muriel, and "social hour" in the Baymont's conference room.
    • 12:15 - 1:00 PM: Registration in the Plimoth Patuxet Museums Accomack Room
    • 1:00 - 2:00 PM: Speaker - Jennifer Sinsigalli (author of Before the Mayflower, a work of historical fiction describing life in Leiden in 1609-1625) on Leiden in the Early 17th Century
    • 2:00 - 3:00 PM: Speaker - Carolyn Ravenscroft (Historian, Duxbury Rural & Historical Society) on the Samuel Delano Logbook, Amasa Delano's voyages and their influence on Herman Melville's short novel Benito Cereno
    • 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Speaker & Video - Carolyn Ravenscroft - Myles Standish Burying Ground tour and rededication of the restored Benoni Delano marker
    • 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Guided tour of the Alden House Historic Site with hors d'oeuvres
      • 7:00 PM: Speaker - Desiree Mobed (Alden Kindred Executive Director) on Delano and Alden Connections
  • Saturday, September 18
    • Saturday morning on your own (suggest visiting Mayflower II or the Museum grounds, passes for sale at the Museum)
    • 1:00 - 2:30 PM: Annual Meeting, in-person and via ZOOM for registered attendees in the Accomack Room
    • 2:30 PM (or immediately following the Annual Meeting): Group Pictures
    • 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Speaker - DK member Becket Soule on After the Mayflower
    • 4:00 PM: Vacate Accomack Room to allow setting up for dinner
    • 6:00 - 6:45 PM: Cash bar and social hour
    • 6:45 - 9:00 PM: Dinner with guest speaker

10 May 2021 - Where to stay: A block of rooms has been secured at the Baymont by Wyndham hotel at 149 Main Street in Kingston, MA for our members on September 17 & 18 for $149.00 (plus tax of $14.45) per night for a double-queen room (non-smoking). Arrival earlier or staying later is an option at $99 (plus tax of $9.60) per night. To receive these rates, you must call the hotel directly at (781) 585-3831 and ask for the Delano Kindred Group Rate before August 1st. If you are a Wyndham Rewards member, you may accumulate points for this reservation but you may not use points to pay for it. If you would like to know a little bit more about where we're staying, click here to check out the Baymont by Wyndham website.

Registration for this event ended on 09/09/2021.

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