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The GHAAHD

Short for "The Genealogy, History and Alliances of the American House of Delano, 1621-1899", the GHAAHD is a comprehensive history of the Delano family in America beginning with the arrival of Philip Delano on the ship Fortune in 1621.

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PLYMOUTH COLONY RECORDS

Officially titled "Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England", transcribed and edited by Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, these volumes contain the Deeds records from the Plymouth Colony from 1651 to 1671. The Delano Kindred is fortunate to have permission from Dr. Bangs to post these copyrighted volumes for online reference only; any effort to copy or download these volumes from this site will constitute a copyright violation. From Dr. Bangs' Preface:

Plymouth Colony's records are extraordinarily complete, covering many aspects of seventeenth-century colonial life. Despite this wealth of potential information, nearly half the official records of Plymouth Colony have never been published. Twelve volumes of Plymouth Colony's court records were transcribed and edited by Nathaniel Shurtleff and David Pulsifer, published in a series that was “printed by order of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” from 1855 to 1861. The published volumes comprise Court Orders (vols. 1-6), Judicial Acts (vol. 7), Miscellaneous Records (vol. 8), Acts of the Commissioners of the United Colonies (vols. 9, 10), Laws (vol. 11), and Deeds (vol. 12). The final volume’s title was “DEEDS, &c. VOL. I. 1620-1651. BOOK OF INDIAN RECORDS FOR THEIR LANDS.” The Civil War interrupted the project, leaving 11 volumes of manuscripts still unpublished, continuing the "Deeds" material.


My transcription was made ca. 1998-2000. A generous grant from the Delano Kindred, together with additional funds from the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation, supported the indexing work, carried out by Sarah Moine, 2015-2016.

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SAMUEL DELANO JR. LOGBOOK from the BRIG GRACE

In the Fall of 2019, the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society (DR&HS) undertook the preservation and digitization of a rare and valuable logbook written by Samuel Delano Jr. in 1791. Supported by funding from the Delano Kindred and many others, that effort was completed in November, 2019. Here is an extract from the DR&HS website describing the logbook:

The logbook for the brig Grace is the first-hand account of an American vessel trading successfully with Japan in 1791, long before Admiral Matthew C. Perry commanded the entry of American vessels in 1853. The American brig, Grace, sailed into the harbor of Koshimoto and traded with Japanese villagers on May 1, 1791. Onboard was a 22 year-old Duxbury sailor and shipbuilder named Samuel Delano, Jr. As clerk, Delano kept the log of voyage and it is the only English language version of this momentous first meeting between two cultures.

Historian Scott Ridley (author of Morning of Fire about the sister ship Lady Washington) has described the log as “a rare record of America’s first visit to the closed nation of Japan in 1791. The historic visit is noted in fragments in Japanese archives, but this book, written day-to-day aboard the brig Grace as it lay in the harbor of Koshimoto, is the only American document to emerge from the voyage. It is a remarkable artifact.” The Japan-U.S. Friendship Memorial Museum in Koshimoto is dedicated to this important first contact. Scott Ridley and Hayato Sakurai feature the logbook in their book, “America’s First Visit to JAPAN April 29-May 8, 1791: Voyage of the Lady Washington And the Grace.”

The logbook now resides at the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society’s Drew Archival Library, and the entire logbook is available online in digital flipbook form on the Society's web page. Check out the logbook and see what other treasures exist in the DR&HS Delano Family Collection by clicking on the link below:

https://duxburyhistory.org/collection-highlights/logbook-for-brig-grace-1791/

Along with the flipbook, there is a transcription of the events from April 29 to May 10, 1791. Further transcriptions and other site enhancements are ongoing. Congratulations to DR&HS for a job well done! The Delano Kindred is honored to have been a part of this project.


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