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Davis^ Noble and Kinder Families 

Held at Bethel M. E. Church 
October 27th, 1885. 

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K" ARLY in the eighteenth century, allured by the 
salubrity of the climate, the fertility of the soil 
and the beneficent government of William Penn 
and Lord Baltimore, there settled within a 
radius of ten miles from a point midway between 
Bridgeville, Sussex County, Delaware, and Federalsburg, 
Caroline County, Maryland, three families the descendents 
of whom, now numbered by the hundreds, have literally 
made the wilderness blossom as the rose, and have given 
character and distinctiveness to that section of country. 
Although one of the families, the Noble, was originally of 
the followers of George Fox and Wm. Penn, all three of the 
families, the Davis and Kinder, especially, early joined the 
societies of John Wesley, and, accordingly, in 1781 built 
themselves a neat and commodious house of worship, called 
at first, Brown's Chapel, but afterwards named Bethel; and 
it has been in reality a very "House of God" to thousands 
who have already gone to worship in the "Upper Sanc- 
tuary.' ' The old house is still standing and in a very good 
state of preservation, although not more than $700 have 
been spent in repairs since it was first built; the pic- 
ture forming the frontispiece to this pamphlet gives a very 
good view of the time-honored sanctuary. The centennial 

of its existence was celebrated with appropriate ceremonies 
in a three days meeting in August, 1881. 

During a recent visit of Rev. Edward Davis, the present 
pastor of the old church, to Dr. Jacob L. Noble, of Tay- 
lor's Island, Dorchester County, Maryland, the Dr. broach- 
ed the idea of a re-union of the three families, at the time- 
honored sanctuary. Bethel. Mr. Davis, at his next ap- 
pointment, mentioned the conversation between the Dr. 
and himself and asked for an expression of the sentiments 
of the congregation, which was a unanimous one in favor 
of such a re-union, and the time set, October 27th. A 
committee of arrangements was subsequently appointed, 
composed of Mrs. Mary Davis, Mr. Joseph T. 
Davis, Mrs. Castelia Corbin, Mrs. Emily Davis, Mr. S. 
Maddux Noble and Mr. and Mrs. Isaac S. Warren, to 
which committee Rev. Edward Davis was afterwards added. 
The committee met and elected Mr. E. Frank Davis, of 
Federalsburg, to have charge of the singing, and Mrs. 
James H. Davis, of Federalsburg, to preside at the organ; 
they also adopted following programme which, on October 
27th, was carried into execution. 


Voluntary by Miss Bertie Davis. 

Organization, by electing Rev. P. H. Rawlins to the 
chair, and Isaac S. Warren, Secretary. 

Anthem, "Jerusalem My Glorious Home." 

Prayer by Rev. W. W. Morgan. 

Singing, No. 1105, Methodist Hymnal. 

Historical sketch of Davis family, by Rev. Edward 

Singing by Rev. Edward Davis and family, "Eead Me 
Gently Home, Father." 

Singing, No. 789, Hymnal. 


Voluntary by Miss Bertie Davis. 

Singing by James H. Davis and family, "Angels are 
Waiting for Me." 

Historical sketch of Kinder family, by Samuel W. Kin- 
der, Ksq. 

Singing, No. 798, Hymnal. 

Historical sketch of Noble family, by Dr. J. h- Noble, 
represented by Col. James M. McCarter. 

Singing, No. 790, Hymnal. 

Speech by Rev. P. H. Rawlins. 

Singing, No. 442, Hymnal. 

Speech by Rev. A. W. Milby, P. E. 

Singing by Rev. Edward Davis and family, "God be 
with you till we meet again." 

Speech by Rev. W. S. Robinson, late pastor. 

Singing, No. 807, Hymnal. 

Dismission by Rev. W. E. England. 

Before the meeting came to a close a resolution was 
adopted appointing a committee to have the proceedings 
published, consisting of Samuel W. Kinder, Jonathan T. 
Noble, and Joseph T. Davis, Esqs., to which committee 
Mr. Isaac S. Warren was afterwards added. 

The 27th of October 1885 dawned a beautiful, balmy 
day, such a day as only October can give; the woods, gor- 
geous with their autumnal tints, the arrangements perfect, 
the music inspiring, the speeches stirring, and taken as a 
whole, a most enjoyable day; the mid-day meal was eaten 
in the shade of the old trees, which, had, for upwards of a 
century, cast their shadows athwart the Temple raised by 
the Fathers. 

There were upwards of five hundred persons present, 
most of whom could lay claim to kinship with one or more 
of the families; and the reunion of the Davis, Noble and 
Kinder families, marks an epoch in the local history of 
this section of the Peninsula. 

A Historical Sketch 


Davis Family 

As raised up in the neighborhood of Bethel M. £♦ Church. 

By Rev. E. Davis. 

In giving a correct historical statement of this family, we 
ought to be able to go back to the first one of this connection 
that settled in this country. But of that we have but little in- 
formation. Therefore, our knowledge of that part is very limited, 
and, of course, we can say but little. However, we have learned 
through the older members of the family that we here represent, 
that about one hundred and fifty years ago, or more, there was a 
man came over from England, by the name of Solomon Davis, 
and settled in Dorchester County, Maryland, near what was called 
at that time "North West Fork Bridge," but now known as the 
town of Federalsburg. We are informed that this man was mar- 
ried three times, and had born unto him nine children by each 
wife, making a total of twenty-seven children. 

How many of these children lived to grow up to maturity, 
we have no records to show, or what became of those that did 
grow up to manhood or womanhood, we have but little knowledge 
with the exception of one, and that one we here represent to-day 
in this social gathering, and to this one our sketch will be chiefly 

Lemuel Davis, son of Solomon Davis, settled in Caroline 
County, Maryland, over one hundred years ago, within about two 
miles of this place where Bethel M. E. Church now stands. He 
was married to Miss Mary Ann Noble, and raised nine children, 
six sons and three daughters, by the following names: William, 
Solomon, Tilghman, Ennals, Caleb, Sovern, Elizabeth, Kitturah 
and Amelia. Each of these grew up to maturity, married and became 
the head of families. William Davis had born unto him eleven 
children, Solomon Davis had born unto him eight children, 
Tilghman Davis had born unto him nine children, Ennals Davis 


had born uuto him six children, Caleb P. Davis had born unto 
him fourteen children, Sovern Davis had born unto him four 
children, Elizableth Davis Vickers had born unto her four 
children, Kitturah Davis Cannon had born uuto her three child- 
ren, Amelia Davis Williams had born uuto her two children, 
making a total of sixty-one grandcbildren. 

A majority of these j^raudchiltlren grew up to manhood and 
woman bond, and have married and raised up children, so that the 
number of great-grandchildren of Lemuel Davis far exceeds the 
number of grandchildren. 

From the liest information that we have at command, the 
number of great-grandchildren, born unto Lemuel Davis, was 
about one hundred and seventy-five and the number cf great, great 
grandchildren, born unto Lemuel Davis, was from one hundred and 
fifty to one hundred and seventy ; so that, if the children, grand- 
children, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, of 
Lemuel Davis, were all living and here at this re-union to-day, 
we should have about 400 persons of the descendants of Lemuel 
Davis. But all the children of Lemuel Davis have died and 
passed away many years ago; and of the sixty-one grand children, 
there are but seven living today; but of the great, and great, great 
grandchildren, there are many living, but we had no means of 
ascertaining their accurate number. Lemuel Davis, together with 
Jacob Kinder and White Brown, were the leading men in the 
erecting and building of this time-honored Church in which we 
are assembled to-day. which has been standing now one hundred 
and four years. 

Lemuel Davis was a plain, unassuming christian gentleman, 
upright in all his dealings with his fellow men; he was also a 
minister of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, filling the local 
ranks, as a methodist preacher, with gieat credit to himself and 
the church. So that the mantle of this man of God, this father 
in Israel, has seemingly fallen upon his posterity, for there has 
been a minister of the gospel connected with this family, and 
the M. E. Church, and retaining the name of Davis, with the 
exception of a very short interval, for about one hundred years. 

Another feature in connection with this family is worthy of 
notice, that the great majority of the descendants of Lemuel 
Davis, have been, and are, members of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, and are a church-going people. 

William Davis, one of the sons of Lemuel Davis, was a very 
popular local preacher in the M. E. Church, and served the people, 
at Bethel, faithfully, for many years. The record shows that he 
married over 200 couples during his ministry. 

And we would further state in connection with this family, 
that, by an allwise Providence, an event has occurred which is 
very rare in the history of Methodism. That is this; that one of 
the grand sons of Lemuel Davis has become, and is at this time, 
the pastor of a people that worship God in the same church that 
the grandfather took so much interest in building, and in which 
the grandfather and one of his sous preached the gospel as local 
preacher for many years. And no doubt this event has had 
something to do in leading our brother. Dr. Jacob L. Noble, to 
conceive the idea of proposing this family gathering; we call it 
a family gathering, because the Nobles, Kinders and Davises have 
married and intermarried, unil it seems almost like one great 
family, and as we look over these families here assembled to-day, 
in this time-honored temple, built by the hands of our fore- 
fathers, we can truthfully say that we are "not ashamed to call 
you brethren." And this re-union of these christian families 
here assembled to-day, causes our minds to go back to manj' long 
years ago, and to bring to us, by memory, many pleasant and de- 
lightful recollections of the past It was here, in this temple, 
this sacred spot, that our fathers and mothers led us, in our child- 
hood days, to hear the joyful sound of the gospel, and the songs 
of praise, and taught us to worship the true and living God. And 
while we look over this respectable assembly, and witness such 
love and christian fellowship that has brought us together at this 
re-union, it kindles the fire of love in our hearts, and moves us to 
say that we feel proud that we are Methodists, but prouder still that 
we are Christians; and we are led tc say, in the language of the 
Psalmist, "Behold bow good and how pleasant it is for brethren 
to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment up- 
on the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, 
that went down to the skirts of his garments ; as the dew of 
Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of 
Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for 
evermore. ' ' 

But this re-union at Bethel is only for a day ; we meet here in 
these happy greetings, and spend a few delightful hours together 
as christian friends, but iu a few hours we will have to take the 
parting hand and bid each other farewell, and in all probability 
never be permitted again to see each other in the flesh. 

But this happy event, this re-union of these families here, on 
this 27th day of October, 1885, turns our minds forward also, to 
a future, a brighter, a happier re-union, in the upper Temple, in 
that heavenly home, where many of our loved ones, who have 
gone on before us, are waiting to greet us in the mansions of 


light. That re-uuion will not be for a single day; it will not be 
to meet for a few hours in a temple made by men's hands, which 
is subjected to decay, and crumble to the dust. It will not be 
in a world blighted by sin, stamped with morality, where our 
hearts are often made sad by death entering our homes, and cut- 
ting down our loved ones by our side, and we are called to follow 
their lifeless forms, aad see them buried in the grave. 

No, no, but that future le-union will be in the ' ' not made 
with hands, eternal in the heavens, " where there will be no sick- 
nes.s, no sorrow, pain nor death, but where the people of God 
shall dwell forever in that beautiful home, that land of rest, to 
behold the King in his beauty, and never part again. Then, 

"Forever with the Lord," 

Amen, so let it be! 
I/ife from the dead is in that word; 

'Tis immortality. 


The Kinder Family 

By S. W, Kinder, Esq. 

Jacob Kinder was born in Rotterdam, South Holland, about 
the year 1736, and was married to Miss Katey Cla}', in the year 

The happy couple elected, for a "bridal tour," a trip across 
the wide, wide ocean, and started forthwith for the continent of 
America. With modern facilities for travel, we can now cross 
•the broad expanse of water in eight days ; it is probable that, 
then, it required more than as many weeks. The good Book de- 
clares that "man is born unto trouble," and a crushing sorrow 
met this man and wife upon the very threshold of their newly 
begun life. On reaching this country, they ascertained that they 
had failed to take the proper vouchers for the money paid for 
their fare, and the proprietor of the boat demanded that it should 
be paid again. This must have been a sore conflict at the very 
outset of their married life. Strangers in a strange land, with- 
out money and without friends. However, nothing daunted, and 
possessed of those characteristics of German blood — honesty, in- 
dustry, and unfaltering courage — they devised a plan equal to the 
emergency, and light bioke again long their pathway. 

They met a man who proved himself to be a high-toned 
gentleman, and a friend to them in time of need. 

His name was Lightfoot, and the proprietor of an iron fur- 
nace, located about the spot where the town of Millsboro now 
stands, along the Indian River Shore. They agreed, if Mr. Light- 
foot would repay the fare, that they would work for him until 
the debt was canceled. Lightfoot accepted the proposition, and 
when the obligation was met, he gave the man an honorable dis- 
charge, and the happy heaits full of hope, and inspired with 
self-reliance, began life anew. 

On reaching this country, this party proposed to locate in 
Lancaster County, Pa. But, probably, owing to the trouble to 
which we have just adverted, their plans were thwarted, and they 
came, instead, to what was called Deep Creek ; now Concord, Del. 
At the latter place, in the year 1770, their first child was born, 
whom they called Jacob. 


From Deep Creek they nioved to the farm now owned and 
occupied by Mr. Joseph B. Allen, situated along the Delaware 
Railroad, near Cannon's Crossing. Mr. Kinder rented this farm 
of a man named Bradley — there being a number of families of 
that name living in that vicinity. While living on this farm, 
their second child was botu, and they called him Isaac, after a 
prominent man living in that community, named Isaac Bradley. 

While living on the aforesaid farm, he ascertained that there 
was a piece of vacant land — land which had never been surveyed 
or taken up — close by. 

He walked to Philadelphia, a distance of 125 miles, took out 
a Patent, had the land entered to his account, and returned, per- 
forming the tedious journey in about one week. This tract of 
land he called "Jacob's Choice," and is the identical piece of 
land now owned and occupied by Mr. Jesse Allen, located about 
three miles north-west of the town of Seaford. 

While Jacob Kinder lived on the Bradley farm, Mr. Bradley 
died, and bequeathed to Mr. Kinder, as a legacy, the use of the 
farm for three years free of rent, showing his deep interest in, 
and high appreciation of, the man. 

At the expiration of this time, by selling the tract of land he 
had taken up, he was enabled to purchase the farm located one 
and a half miles from this church, now owned and occupied by 
one of his great grand-sons, William Kinder. Mr. Kinder 
moved to this farm in the latter part of the year 1777. About 
this time a daughter was born unto this family, whom they 
called Nancy. 

In the year 1781, this time-honored Temple, Bethel M. E. 
Church, was built. 

The same year, Mr. White Brown, who owned and lived on the 
farm adjoining the church lot, (now belonging to the heirs of John 
Twiford, deceased,) built the brick dwelling which still stands, 
despite the weight of years and the peltings of the storms. Mr. 
Brown was a prominent man in this community, and a leading 
spirit in the erection of this church. 

His time was so occupied with his own building and the 
building of the church, he proposed that Jacob Kinder should 
take his. Brown's hands and his own hands, and cultivate both 
farms without remuneration. Mr. Kinder, anxious to help in 
every good enterprise, accepted the proposition, and all things 
moved along smoothly and harmoniously while this house of God 
was being built. 

Jacob Kinder remained on the farm where he last settled, un- 
til the year 1790, at which time he died, aged 54 years, leaving 


three children, viz. Jacob, Isaac and Nancy. His widow survived 
him about 32 years. 

Some years before his death he received a letter from Holland, 
stating that his father -was dead, and that there was property left 
him, and if he or any of his children would come, they could 
obtain it. He thought for a time he would go in quest if it, but 
the matter was postponed from time to time, and finally alto- 
gether abandoned. 

Their eldest son, Jacob, married quite young, before he had 
reached his majority, Miss Rachael Owens, who resided in Cedar 
Creek Hundred, Sussex County. There were born unto this mar- 
riage eight children, viz. Isaac, Lizzie, Polly, Lovey, Katy ■ , 
Owens, Milley and Nancy. ' — >l/ui,A/t-<-<--«^ 

For want of information we are obliged to pass this interest- 
ing family, excepting a brief sketch of the two sons, Isaac and 

Isaac Kinder spent his boyhood on the farm in his father's 
home. His earl)' manhood was given to educational and mer- 
cantile pursuits, in the city of Philadelphia. 

At the age of 25 years he sought his fortune in the west. He 
located in the State of Ohio, Pickaway County, and engaged in 
school-teaching for a livelihood. It was while teaching and 
boarding around as a country school master, that he made the 
acquaintance of the fair-haired girl who afterward became his 

On May 4th, 1819, he was married to Miss Maria Brown, 
eldest daughter of Peter and Mary Polk Brown, and grand- 
daughter of Judge William Polk, of the Superior Court of Del., 
the ceremony being performed by Squiie Stephen Horsey, also of 
the State of Delaware. 

Some two years later, emigration set in toward Indiana, and 
it was thought that fortunes lay in that direction. Mr. Kinder 
drifted with the tide, traveled extensively through the State, 
entered government land, and in March, 1822, removed his family 
into the very midst of the "Western Wilds." The journey was 
long and perilous, through the almost trackless forest, through 
swollen gorges, and over frozen streams, until at length it was 
ended. The log cabin was reared, and for ten long years he 
worked steadily and hard, the farm all the time improving, from 
the cabin to a handsome two-story biick, which still stands in 
good repair. 

At this juncture, owing to impaired health, he was obliged to 
quit the farm and moved his family to the rapidly growing city 
of Indianapolis. 


Having served as County Surveyor for several years, he added 
to this the dry goods business, and became one of the leading 
merchants of that mighty, prosperous city. 

Mr, Kinder purchased property in the latter place, which 
proved in the course of time to be the spot-nucleus of the Grand 
Central Depot of that mighty metropolis. This investment greatly 
enhanced in value by the rapid growth of the city, not only blessed 
his children with competence, but rendered them quite wealthy. 

There were born unto this union of Isaac and Maria Brown 
Kinder, thirteen children, two .sons and eleven daughters. Four 
of the daughters have visited their relatives in Delaware, and 
have exhibited unmistakable signs of broad culture, extensive 
travel, and are useful, influential members of society. 

The only son who grew to maturity was called Trustin Brown 
Kinder. No expense or pains was spared in educating this young 
man for the law. He was admitted to the bar, and bade fair to 
make one of the first lawyers of the city. 

This ambitious young man enlisted in the Mexican war in 
1846, was made Captain of Co. B, 2d Indiana Volunteers, and fell, 
sorely wounded, February 23d, 1847, at the battle of Buena Vista. 
His comrades seized him, and while en route for the hospital, 
was overtaken by the Mexican Lancers, and cruelly murdered and 

This young man, Captain T. B. Kinder, was affianced to a 
young lady named Miss Sarah T. Bolton, who contributed the 
following lines as a tender tribute of respect for the young man 
and gallant soldier, whom she had loved : 

There is a tear for all who die, 
A mourner o'er the humblest grave; 

But nations swell the funeral cry. 
And triumph weeps above the brave. 

— Byron. 

Sing a dirge full of woe, 
For the noble and gifted. 

For his head lielh low, 
And the sword is unlifted; 

Sad requiems may swell 
O'er the land that he cherished; 

Storied marble may tell 
Where the young hero perished. 

We may blazon his name. 
We may weep and deplore him; 

We may give him to fame. 
But we cannot restore him. 


Gallant Soldier, farewell; 
True thy country has proved thee, 

And thy memory will dwell 

In the warm hearts that loved thee. 

They have made thee a grave 
In the field of thy glory, 

They have written thee brave 
On the pages of story; 

And fair Freedom will come 
Her sad tribute to render, 

O'er the low, silent tomb, 
Of her gallant defender. 

Thou didst pass from our sight, 
In the hour of life's morning, 

When thy pathway was bright 
With hope's brilliant adorning. 

In thy home once so dear, 
There is weeping and wailing; 

But the sigh and the tear 
Are alike unavailing; 

For the conflict is o'er, 
And life's ties are all riven, 

We will meet thee no more 
Till we meet thee in Heaven. 

Isaac Kinder never recovered from the shock this sad event 
occasioned, and in two short years death came suddenly, and a 
good husband, a devoted father, and an esteemed citizen, was 
called from labor to reward. His widow survived him 32 years, 
and died March 19th, 1885, with a hope full of immoitality and 
eternal life. 

Owens, the younger son of Jacob and Rachel Owens Kinder, 
married Miss Alice Smith, who lived in Cedar Creek Hundred, 
Sussex County. 

Thirteen children were born of this marriage. He lived and 
died in the home of his fathers. He was good man, a useful 
member of society, and the writer will never forget his earnest, 
zealous, ardent prayers, and his fiery zeal for God's house. 

Isaac, the second son of Jacob and Katy Clay Kinder, located 
on the farm now owned and occupied by his youngest son, Daniel 
Byas Kinder, situated about two miles from this church, with his 
widowed mother to keep his house. 

The writer is said to be a good hand to keep a secret, but for 
the enjoyment, and perhaps edification of US young folks, he 
feels strongly tempted, just at this juncture, to divulge a little 
family secret. 

This young man, Isaac Kinder, had Met and was favorably 


impressed with a Miss Stevens, a young lady who resided near St. 
Johnstown, in Sussex County. 

He had visited her a few times, and while on his way to a 
"Beach Party," held at some point on the Delaware Bay, passing 
this lady's home, called to see her, and spent the night. Kinder 
like, (with a few exceptions), he was not slow to speak to her of 
the purposes of his mind and heart, and asked her to accept his 
hand in marriage. 

Like all true, thoughtful young ladies, she hesitated to 
answer so serious and important a question. 

He told her he would call to see her again on his return, at 
which time she promised him a definite answer. While at the 
beach party, he met a sweet, mpressive young lady whom he had 
known in early girlhood, Miss Rhoda Warren, daughter of Alex- 
ander and Sina Warren, who lived in Cedar Creek Hundred, Sus- 
sex County. 

This young lady so won upon his heart during his stay at the 
party, that he changed his mind, and determined if he could win 
her heart, he would call her his wife. 

On his return home, as good as his word, he called to see 
Miss Stevens. Supper over, and once in the parlor, the subject 
of matrimony was again introduced. She told him she had come 
to the conclusion that she was too young to marry, and he had 
better look further for a wife. He joined her, told her he thought 
so too. and if she would wait longer, doubtless, she might do 

Soon tiring of "bachelor's hall," and "single blessedness," 
he addressed, wooed, won, and married Miss Rhoda Warren in 
her father's home, on the 19th day of October, 1797. 

There were no carriages in this section of the country at that 
time, and they were accompanied from the bride's father's, a dis- 
tance of twentj'-five miles, by a cavalcade of twenty-five couples, 
on horse-back, to his quiet country home. 

The modern "bridal tourists" to Washington, New York, 
Saratoga and other fashionable centers of the Countr)', by rail and 
steamer, know but little of the real romance and solid jo}' which 
filled the minds and flooded the hearts of that happy couple, as 
their noble steeds loped over hill and dale, and brought them in 
safety to their rustic home. 

Isaac Kinder, soon after his marriage, sat under the preaching 
of the Gospel of Jesus, and went to his home convinced of "sin, 
righteousness and of judgment to come " For weeks, he sought 
an interest in the blood of Christ, about his home. One day 
while walking on his farm in great distress of mind and heart. 



asking what he must do to be saved, these sweet 


Last of Line of Six Physicians — 
Descendant of Bunl<er Hill Hero. 
Special to The New York Times. 
. BOSTON, July 17.-Dr. John War- 
ren, eminent Boston physician and 

must do to be saved, these sweet words of Jesus 
flashed like a jewel upon his mind. —"Come unto me all ye that 
labor, and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." "Take my 
yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in 
heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls." That was the 
glad hour when the darkness dispersed, and the liglit broke in, 
when the burden rolled away, and his soul, light and happy, 
held uninterrupted communion with his Savior and his God. 

Rhoda Warren Kinder, his happy bride, was one of the best 
women whoever lived. There was a motherly love and tenderness 
pervading her heart and life which baffled human description. 
She proved to be, to her confiding husband, the kind of woman 
described by Solomon — "who can find a virtuous woman ? for her 
price is far above rubies— the heart of her husband doth safely 
trust in her, she will do him good and not evil all the days of 
her life. She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with 
her hands. She riseth, also, while it is yet night, and giveth 
meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She 
maketh fine linen and selleth it. She openeth her mouth with 
wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 

"Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband, also, 
and he prizeth her." 

There were born unto this happy union nine children, viz: 
Nancy, Warren, John, Stephen, Jacob, Sina, Daniel Byas, Eliza- 
beth Riley and Mary Hudson. 

Nancy, the first-born, died when nine years old. 

Warren Kinder married, 1st, Miss Annie M. Davis, daughter 
of Caleb and Nancy Cannon Davis; 2nd, Mrs. Eliza Bradley; 3rd, 
Miss Emeline Davis sister to his first wife. 

John Kinder married, 1st, Miss Castelia Davis, daughter of 
Tilghman and Mary Wilson Davis; 2nd, Miss Catherine Davis, 
sister to his first wife. 

Stephen Kinder married Miss Mary Wright, daughter of Jacob 
and Milky Wright. 

Jacob Kinder married Miss Mary Cannon, daughter of Wiugate 
and Sallie Wilson Cannoa. 

Daniel Byas married, 1st, Miss Mary Dukes; 2nd, Miss Emily 
Davis, daughter of Jessie Davis. 

Sina Kinder, the only daughter of Isaac and Rhoda Warren 
Kinder who lived to maturity, married Lewis N. Wright, a man 
of precious memory, whose noble, industrious, heroic life, de 

serves many pages in this brief record. 
1883, and passed to his eternal rest. 

He died December 25th, 

World War veteran, died today at 
the Massachusetts General Hospital. 
He was the last ot unexpectedly a 
line of Warrens, all doctors, and 
with one exception, all Harvard 
men, dating back to Revolutionary 
times, when the family tradition of 
medical service was begun by two 
brothers. General Joseph ^WjaXJcen, 
who was instrumental in the found- 
ing of the Harvard Medical School. 

The first Dr. John Warren was 
ollowjd by five descendants who 
were doctors, the last of whom was 
the man who died today. He never 

Death was due to an injury to a 
knee, received in a fall in Italy sev- 
eral months ago. 


Sephen Kinder was powerfully converted to God in his early 
manhood — was considered the more pious of the sons— was ap- 
pointed class-leader at Bethel M. K. Church, and in eight short 
months aftc his marriage died in full hope of a better life at the 
early age of 23 years. It was thought by those who knew him 
best, had he lived, he would have become a minister of the ever- 
lasting Gospel. 

Elizabeth Riley Kinder embraced the christian religion in her 
14th year, and at about the age of 15, in the very bloom of youth, 
passed to the eternal life, with a bright hope of a blissful im- 
mortality. We are told there were no doubts to cloud her mind, 
and that the last words she uttered were: "My ransomed soul 
shall soar away to sing God's praise in endless days. " 

Mary Hudson Kinder died in her 17th year. Ivike Mary in 
the New Testament, she remembered her creator in the days of 
her youth. We are told her life seemed to be "hid with Christ 
in God," that she was sweet-spirited and amiable in her life, 
and most interesting and lovely in her death. 

A fitting epitaph upon her tombstone would have been — 
' Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excel leth them all.' 

Nancy Kinder, the only daughter of Isaac and Katy Clay 
Kinder, was married quite young to Mr. Robert Owens, who 
lived but a few years and died without issue. 

She afterward married Mr. Stephen Warren, of Sussex County, 

There were born of this marriage five children, viz: Mary, 
David, Rhoda, Katy and Stephen. 

We are sorry that for the want of information we cannot speak 
more particularly of this family. 

Jacob Kinder, the eldest son of the first Jacob, remained on the 
farm now occupied by William F. Kinder, until the year 1831, 
when he gave it into the hands of his son, Owens, and purchased 
and moved to a farm located one and a half miles west of the 
town of Bridgeville, familiarly known as the "Laws Farm," and 
remained at the latter place until his death, which occurred in 
the year 1837, in the 68th year of his age. 

Isaac Kinder greatly improved his temporal condition, pur- 
chased many hundred acres of land, lived a life of great activity 
and usefulness, and came down to a good old age like a ripe shock 
of corn, ready to be garnered in the skies. 

He remained on the farm where he first settled, now occupied 
by his youngest son— Daniel Eyas— until his death, which took 
place in the year 1855, aged 82 years. 


Nancy Kinder, afterward Nancy Warren, settled with her hus- 
band in Cedar Creek Hundred, Sussex County, and there remained 
until the year 1852, when she died, aged about 77 years. 

There were bom unto Jacob and Katy Clay Kinder, who came 
from Holland to this continent in 1760, three children, twenty- 
two grandchildren, and one hundred and two great grandchildren. 
Being unable to trace the fourth generation accurately, we think 
we approximate the truth, when we say there were about one 
hundred and fifty, great, great grandchildren. 

We have reserved our last page to speak more particularly of 
the three sons of Isaac and Rhoda Warren Kinder, who have 
fought life's battles successfully, and have gone to their eternal 
reward ; viz : Warren, John and Jacob, three of the noblest and 
grandest men who ever lived in this communt}'. 

In a general respect, they all reminded me of the Ocean. The 
Ocean is grand, so were those men. 

The Ocean is majestic, so were those men. And yet, each 
one reminded me of the Ocean under varied circumstances. War- 
ren reminded me of the Ocean when it stretches on and on in its 
majestic grandeur, under the solemn stillness of an autumn's sun. 
John reminded me of the Ocean, when the breezes have fauntd 
themselves into a brisk gale, and have piled up its bosom into 
mighty, towering columns of strength and power. Jacob remind- 
ed me of the Ocean when the dark storm-cloud gathers, and the 
driving winds lash it into fury, and its mighty huge billows, 
rolling mountains high, dash and break upon the shore as if they 
would submerge and engulf the very earth. Jacob Kinder pos- 
sessed a restless, riggling activity, which would not let him be 
still. But give him something to do, something that was worthy 
of his doing, and he was up and at it, and never succumbed until 
the task was accomplished, and thoroughly accomplished. 

Like the seabird, happiest when riding the highest wave of 
the storm, Jacob Kinder was most and greatest and mightiest when 
he was ascending the very crest of some mountain barrier, and 
had but to reach forth his hand, nerved by his mighty indomi- 
table will, and wrench success from the very jaws of apparent 

Those men were firm men. Men of the staunchest type of 
integrity. Men, wherever known, whose word was as good as 
their bond. Men who always exerted an influence for good, and 
impressed their noble spirits upon all with whom they came in 
contact. Men who did their own thinking, and arrived at their 
own conclusions, and when they had once reached a conclusion, 

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you had might as well try to move the earth with a crowbar, as to 
move those men from their conviction of right and duty. 

We are not here to say that those men were perfect, or free 
from weakness which are the common lot of humanity — else they 
had not been human — we are not here to say that those men did 
not study policy in their actions and transactions among men, but 
we are here to say that whenevei a ([uestion of policy or right 
was presented to those men for decision, there was such a deep 
sense of abiding rectitude and right in the very constitution of 
their natures, that they invariably vergd to the right, let the out- 
come be loss or gain. 

They were good men. Since their death many tender tributes 
of respect have greeted my ears from men who knew them well all 
their lifetime. The writer was standing at the desk of a promi- 
nent merchant, who is struggling to accumulate this world's 
goods, when the news of the death of my uncle, Lewis N. Wright, 
came, and said this man: "I envy such men as Warren Kinder, 
your father, and Lewis Wright, when I hear of their death. Men 
who have acted a noble part in life, and have come down to its 
final close with honor and credit to themselves, and the respect 
and love of all who knew them." 

A few weeks after my father's death, I met one of the most 
prominent men who ever lived in this State, Senator Saulsbury, 
who knew him long and well, and speaking of his noble life, 
said he, "John Kinder was the salt of the earth." 

Men who have made it the business of their lives to find fault 
with christian men and to point out their weaknesses rather than 
their strength, men who knew Jacob Kinder well, were compelled 
to acknowledge the purity and uprightness of his life, and the 
holy triumph of his death. Many men have been made by cir- 
cumstances, but the process was too slow for Jacob Kinder. He 
made circumstances, and pushed all the interests of his vocation 
to their utmost bounds, and at the same time lived a life devoted 
to God, and the great interests of His Church. 

These facts have been mentioned to show that those men's 
noble, active lives were impressed upon all lives about them, and 
that there is a power in the Christianity which they professed and 
lived, which raised them above the suspicion of men, and crowned 
their years with honor, goodness and success. 

Those men had an unconquerable faith in their Mother's Bible 
and their Mother's God. Several ministers visited Warren on 
one occasion. During the day they took a walk on his farm. 
One of the ministers could not be satisfied long at a time without 


a book in his hand, and he said in the walk, "I wish I had a good 
book to read." My uncle remarked "he had a ver)- good book 
in his house." The minister felt somewhat elated to think he 
was in such close proximity to a good book and on returning to 
his home Warren Kinder handed him a copy of the Holy Bible 
saying: "That is the best book I ever read." 

Those men lived close together in their lives and were not far 
apart in their death, and at a good ripe old age closed their eyes 
upon the conflicts of mortality and have gone to live and grow 
and sing forever in the Paradise of Angels and God. 

And now as we look upon the friendly, familiar faces which 
compose this re-union —earth-born and fleeing — and as we look 
beyond it and beyond this Church — this time-honored Temple — 
and beyond these grounds and beyond the horizon, and beyond 
the clouds and beyond the stars let us ask ourselves the question: 
"Shall we all meet in that grand re-union in the upper Temple 
and with Abraham and Isaac and Wanen and John and Jacob be 
eternally shut in to go out no more forever?" 

The Noble Family 

By Col. J. M. McCarter. 

The first of this famil}-, we thiuk, came to America from 
England settling ou the Eastern Shore of the Province of Mary- 
laud about A. D. 1650. At this time about fifty families among 
whom were the Richards, the Wrights, and the Nobles, and others, 
followed John Richards to Dorchester County who had patented 
large tracts of land lying in what is now known as North West 
Fork Hundred in the State of Delaware, and in several of the 
upper election districts of Dorchester County, Md. The writer 
of this sketch has seen and examined the original title deeds 
from King Charles I of England to the aforesaid John Richards, 
one or more of which is yet in the possession of his lineal de- 
scendant, Mrs. Doctor Hugh Martin, nee Richards, of Seaford, 

We have no means of ascertaining ths christian name of the 
first immigrant bearing the name of Noble in the early settlement 
in Dorchester County. He and his descendants, for several gene- 
rations, lived unconspicuous and quiet lives. When the celebrated 
Dr. Johnson, author of the English dictionary, was refused mar- 
riage by the lady whom he addressed with that view, and he 
pressed her to know the reason of such refusal, she is said to 
have replied, that an insuperble obstacle was in the fact that her 
father had been hung ; to which he made answer, that the hang- 
ing of several of his ancestors was, he had no doubt, richly 
deserved, if it had not been effected, and instead of its being an 
objection, was an honor. This era in English history was the 
period of death for political offences, and we know that : 

"Whether on the gallows high, 

Or in the battle's van, 
The noblest place for man to die 

Is, where he dies for man." 

We know of none of the Nobles who have been hung, or who 
have been lifted into notice in history by either heroic or crimi- 
aal conduct. The generations succeeding the first immigrant 
bearing this name, lived through exciting periods, but no one 


bearing the name of Noble was conspicuous in the disputed 
boundary question between Delaware and Maryland ; nor in the 
Claiborne or Cromwellian wars of Maryland. Even in the struggle 
for independence, we have no knowledge of one of this name 
fighting either in the ranks of the "Maryland Line," or in those 
of the "Blue Hen's Chickens," as the soldiers of Delaware were 
called. So far back as we can trace them, they were Quakers. 

The origin of name designating individuals and families 
sometimes was found in the qualities, or characterisics of the 
person. We flatter ourself that this was the case in the name of 
Noble; and strange and incongruous as it seems in a Republican 
Government and a Democratic State, we have had Nobles (a nobil- 
ity) from its beginning, and today finds us surrounded if not 
indeed, overawed, by NOBLES. 

The grandfather of our present Sheriff William Noble was a 
member of the Society of Friends ; a Dorchester citizen who was 
twice married. By his first marriage were two sons, John and 
William. His second wife was a Miss Jackson of Dorchester 
County; by this marriage there were two sons also; Joshua and 
Mark Noble who are the progenitors of the family here today 
assembled. Of the other and earlier brothers, we are without 

The father of Joshua and Mark Noble was removed from them 
by death when they were quite young; and their mother married, 
for a second husband a gentleman by the name of Brooks, who 
squandered a very considerable estate of his own and of his wife's, 
in gambling and horse-racing. The extent to which horse-racing 
was indulged in, at the close of the last century, and indeed 
throughout the entire century, by those residing in the colonies 
settled by the English, may be learned by reading the July num- 
ber of The Century Magazine, 1885, in an article by Dr. Eggles- 
ton. Mr. Brooks was devoted to this sport, and when Joshua, 
the elder of his two step-sons, became old enough to manage a 
race-horse, he, under the control of his step-father, became a race- 
rider; going, not unfrequently, the distance of one hundred miles 
from home, to ride in races for Mr. Brooks. When Joshua ar- 
rived at the age of seventeen 5'ears, after mature deliberation, he 
determined never to ride again, and so informed his step-father. 
He expected to be severely chastised for this avowal. Mr. Brooks 
did not, much to his surprise, even threaten him, and never 
afterward asked him to get into a saddle for a race. Joshua was 
ever after the most determined foe of horse-racing. Soon after 
this Mr. Brooks died and left his two step-children and their 

motber almost pennyless. These boys kept her, as long as she 
lived, by their earnings; devoting themselves, for her sake, to 
hard and self-denying manual labor. Upon his arrival at man's 
estate, Joshua came over the line into Delaware, and soon after 
purchased the farm now known as Kirk farm, almost in sight of 
where we are now assembled. He then married Sally, daughter 
of Solomon Twiford. This marriage occurred in the year 1797. 
Their children were Charles, Daniel, John, Archibald, Lovey, 
Elizabeth, Solomon, Hester, James, Alexander, William 1st, 
Amelia, William 2d, now Sheriff Noble, Twiford, Rhoda and 
Jane; sixteen, of whom twelve grew to maturity. Daniel and 
John died when young men, unmarried. Daniel at his father's, 
and John near Chillicothe, Ohio. 

Charles Noble married Mahala, daughter of Rev. Wm. Davis. 
He died leaving four children : Mary, Jonathan, William and 
Sarah Ann. Mary and Jonathan are with us today. Sarah 
married twice. Her first husband, Arthur Neal, died, leaving 
two sons, James and Jonathan Neal, deceased. Her second husband 
was Samuel Ward. She died leaving two children of this mar- 
riage, Mary and William Ward. 

Mary, daughter of Charles Noble, is the wife of Alfred Davis. 
Their children are Emily, wife of Henry Cannon, of Seaford ; 
Augusta, now Mrs. Booth, of Philadelphia; Mary Adaline, de- 
ceased 1874, married Joseph James, of Seaford, and left three 
children, Rose, Frederick and Lena. Charles, resident of this 
vicinity; and SallieC. , wife of W. E. Carpenter, of Cannon's 
Ferry. Anna, who died 1883; James, and Laura A., wife of 
Oliver Obier, of Seaford, Delaware. 

Jonathan Noble, of Charles, married Eliza Ward; their child- 
ren are Mary, wife of Isaac S. Warren ; Sarah, wife of George 
Williams; Joseph, who died in early manhood, 1871, and Charles, 
now in Arizona Territory. 

William Noble, of Charles, known as Dr. Noble, died in 
Federalsburg, 1879, after years of successful practice in his pro- 
fession ; one of the nobility of earth ; a man of honor and worth ; 
a scholar, a man of rare genius and a christian gentleman. He 
was twice married, first to Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Vickers, 
and of this marriage there is one survivor, Mrs. Corinne Johnson, 
of Sioux Rapids, Iowa. For his second wife he married Miss 
Mary A. Houston, who survives him. By this second marriage 
are four sons, William H. Noble, M. D. , of Port Deposit, Md ; 
Robert, Lieutenant U. S. Army, a graduate of West Point, and 
now stationed in Arizona; Charles Noble, M. D. , Philadelphia, 
Pa., and Herbert, a student of St. John's College, Annapolis. 


Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua Noble, married Anthony R. 
Adams. She died at the house of Sheriff Noble, 1875, leaving 
one surviving daughter, Ruth, wife of James Harris, of Seaford, 

Emily married Noah Lednum ; she died leaving one son, 
Francis Lednum. 

Margaret died unmarried. 

Hester, also died unmarried. 

Solomon, son of Joshua Noble, born 1809, married Harriet, 
daughter of Noble Williams. He died February, 1868, leaving a 
widow and ten children, of whom eight are yet living; those are 
Lottie, now Mrs. Raimey, of Baltimore, Md. ; Martha; Joseph 
died April, 1885; Rhoda, wife of John Mark Davis, of Baltimore, 
Md. ; Harriet, wife of Wm. Alberger, Federalsburg ; Clementine, 
now Mrs. Zebdice Fountain, of Andersontown, Md. ; Hally, wife 
of Alfred Noble, Federalsburg ; S. Maddux and Robert. 

Hester, daughter of Joshua Noble, married Charles Smith ; she 
died leaving one daughter, the late Mrs. Ross, who left two sons, 
William, and Noble Rolph, children by her second husband, Mr. 
James Rolph. 

James, of Joshua, married Mary Howard, of Somerset County, 
Md. He died 1866, leaving a widow and four children, all liv- 
ing. These are Frances Josephine, now Mrs. Lieutenant Wind- 
sor, U, S. Navy; Ella, wife of Alva Hubbard, of Baltimore, and 
Mary Belle. 

Alexander, of Joshua, married Louisa, daughter of Aaron 
Wright; died 1853, leaving five children: Daniel F. ; James A., 
merchant, Linchester, Caroline County; Mary C. , wife of R. 
D. Bradley, Charles W., who died 1860, and Harriet, wife of John 
Pert, of Andersontown. 

Amelia married William N. Collins. Rev. Wm. Collins, of 
St. Louis, is one of ten surviving children ; Joshua, who died 
1883, left a wife and children; Henry, a resident of Indiana; 
Sallie, widow of Robert Bratton ; he died 1884; Georgiana, now 
Mrs. Studly, of Kansas; Emily married Henry Schock ; Henry 
and Laura are married, and Rhoda and Edward yet unmarried ; 
all residents of Kansas except William and Henry Collins. 

William 2d, known as Sheriff Noble, of Caroline County, 
born 1818, married Rhoda Ann, daughter of Warren and Anna 
Maria (Davis) Kinder. Three of their children died in infancy, 
and Sallie, wife of James M. Andrews, of Dorchester County, is 
their only surviving child. 

Twiford S, , of Joshua, was born 1820, and died February, 


1882, leaving a widow and four children. He married first, Ruth 
Hannah, daughter of Jacob and Hannah Leverton. She died 
leaving two sons, Jacob L. Noble, M. D. , engaged in the practice 
of medicine on Taylor's Island, and Rufus, a merchant, also of 
Taylor's Island. His second wife was Caroline, daughter of 
Caleb P. and Naucy Davis, who died leaving Ada, now Mrs. 
Robert Jarrell, and Alexander, farmer, at the homestead near 
Preston. His third wife was Levisa A. Martin, widow of James 
Rumbold, who survives him. 

Jane, daughter of Joshua Noble, born Jan. 21st, 1824, was 
twice married ; first to Wra. Henry Wright ; of this marriage 
were four children : Twiford N. , Sally C, who married Tilgh- 
man Davis ; Louisa, now Mrs Daniel Moore, of Federalsburg, 
and Maggie, now widow of Eli Gullett, late of Federalsburg. 
For her second husband she married John T. Fleetwood and died 
leaving one child, Ida Fleetwood. 

Mark Noble, younger brother of Joshua, of whose family we 
have given the foregoing sketch, was married three times. His 
last wife was Betsey, daughter of William Maloney, of Delaware. 

His children were Daniel, Nathan, Milly, Joshua and Ridson. 

Daniel, of Mark, married Nancy, daughter of Garey Leverton, 
Of this marriage, five children grew to m aturity. Willis Noble; 
Isaac, a resident of Preston, Caroline County ; Amelia, now Mrs. 
Bland, of Cambridge; Daniel James, and Garey L. , who became a 
oldier in the late war; a m ember of the 8th Maryland Regiment, 
U. S. Service; died 1863 in the 23d year of his age. 

Nathan, of Mark, married Mary Hubbard, of Bloomery, Caro- 
line County. They had four children: Henry, deceased; EHsha 
and James, residing in the west ; and Elizabeth, widow of Green- 
bury Nichols, residing near Pine Grove Church, Caroline County, 

Joshua, of Mark, became extensively known as a minister of the 
Society of Friends. He resided near Federalsburg, where he died 
18th of August, 1870, in the 62d year of his age. His children 
are Joseph M., of Hurlock's Station, Dorchester County, Md ; 
John H. , Mark E. , and Alfred Noble, all of whom are living 
within a few miles of the parental homestead. 

In intelligence, integrity and industry, this family has a most 
honorable record, and as eulogy is inappropriate in such a paper 
as this, we submit this brief sketch of the history of Noble 

Address of 

Rev* P* H. Rawlins 

Dear friends and kindred: I am neither a Davis, a Noble, 
n©r a Kinder, but I number among my most intimate friends, 
members of each of these families; and my wife, as you all know, 
is a descendant of the Kinder family, and her father, Lewis N. 
Wright, has had honorable mention today. 

We have met on historic ground, and have come from far 
and near to greet each other in this old, time-honored temple. 
We have come to renew our friendships, and re-kindle in each 
other's hearts the fires of kindred love, and to extend our ac- 
quaintance to others who claim a relationship of consanguinit}' or 
aflBnity. But few remain to meet with us that were acquainted 
and associated with the fathers of the past generation. A few 
yet linger to whom we look up and call "the fathers and 
mothers. " 

The fathers, whose memories are recalled today, have passed to 
their long home. Their graves are with us, and on them we 
would place fresh immortelles, as we are reminded of their names, 
and deeds, and heroic struggles, They labored long and well to 
make the "desert rejoice and blossom as the rose." 

It is not mine to repeat the story of their lives and the histo- 
ries of their families; that has been the work of others better 
prepared than I am to do them justice. 

Could the Nobles, Kinders and Davises, of a hundred years 
ago, look down upon this audience today as we are gathered here, 
what an army of their descendants would they behold ! And who 
shall say that they do not, from the battlements of the upper 
world, behold this assembled multitude ? 

Who knows how near they are permitted to come to this 
congregation ? The veil is thin that intervenes, und with tha 
clearer vision of the disembodied, the)' may be permitted to look 
through upon us now. Many of us cannot claim to be their lineal 
descendants, but charmed by their virtues and fascinated by the 
smiles of their fair daughters and granddaughters, we sought a 
place in their circle, and to be twigs on their family trees. Thus, 

" 'Tis but one family, the sound is balm, 

A seraph whisper to the wounded heart." 


No towering obelisks mark the resting places of our ancestors. 
No long drawn histories tell their noble deeds. No poets have 
sung of their virtues and thus embalmed their memories; but we, 
their descendants, have embalmed them in our hearts. Bring the 
spices and lay around their sleeping forms! Polish their tombs 
and re-write their names. Tell the story of their lives to our 
children Honor the fathers and the mothers. 

" 'Tis memory of the pious dead, 

"To earth-worn pilgrim's wistful eye 
"The brightest rays of cheering shed, 
"To point to immortality. 

"A twinkling speck, but fixed and bright, 

"To guide us through the drearj' night, 
"Each hero shines, and lures the soul, 

"To gain the distant happy goal. 

"For there is one who, musing o'er the grave 

"Where lies interred the good, the wise the brave, 
"Can poorly think, beneath the mouldering heap 
"That noble being shall forever sleep? 

" 'No,' says the generous heart, and proudly swells, 

" 'Though his ceted corpse lies here, 
" 'With God his spirit dwells.' " 

There are lessons for us to learn today. We are not to make 
this simply a festival, an hour of pleasant intercourse, which, 
like a dream, is forgotten when one awaketh, shall pass from our 
memories, as we go forth again into the battle of life. Every heart 
here should be glad to greet its kindred hearts, and every hand to 
grasp its kindred hands. But then, we may be profited by 
relating to each other something of life's struggle — the hopes and 
fears that alternately prevail. 

Oh ! who has not a story to tell, an experience to relate ? To 
some, the wind has seemed to be tempered, while upon other 
heads it has poured out its severe, tempestuous blasts. With some 
perhaps the pathway has been comparatively smooth while others 
have found it rough and thorny. A benign Providence has smiled 
upon some and their barns have been filled ; no bands have seemed 
to bind them while others again have sown in tears and reaped in 
sadness. Yet let us remember that we be brethren. If Joseph 
rules, it is his brethren that have come to buy corn ; let no sac- 
riligious hand destroy the band that would bind together their 
hearts, or invade the sacred precincts where, falling upon each 
other's necks, they weep. The re-union has long been deferred. 
The dark waves have rolled between them and threatened to 
separate them forever, but the hour has come for these things to 


be past. Inquire now, ye brethren, for each other's family and 
health. Judah and Simeon, and Joseph and Benjamin, inquire 
for the "old folks at home." Some are not here — "The old 
man of whom ye spake." This meeting should teach each one of 
us something we did not know before about the different mem- 
bers of the family. Our acquaintance may have been long and 
intimate, but some trait of hidden virtue may be developed, some 
new cord woven which shall bind ns the more intimately together. 
Our acquaintance is to be enlarged. 

Why, here are a host of little ones and big ones, young in 
years, that "knew not Joseph" 'till today. They are members of 
these families, and at some future re-union, wll be among the 
fathers and mothers, and foremost in the movement. When we, 
whose heads are now gray, and on whose brows the "crow feet" 
but foreshadow the coming winter of life, shall have gone to our 
long home, when these stalwart young men, and cheerful 
maidens, with rosy cheeks, have grown old with age, may the 
experiences of this day be repeated, and the story told in the ears 
of the unborn multitude. And as we weave garlands and place 
them around the names of our ancestors, and make their graves 
beautiful with the flowers that affection strews upon them, so may 
others remember our names and deeds. 

Let us learn more than ever to honor the fathers and mothers 
that remain with us, and bow at their feet to receive their coun- 
sel and blessing. There is no more beautiful picture, to my 
mind, than that of the children of the old patriarch Jacob, as they 
gather around his dying bed to receive his parting blessing. 
They had often gathered about him before. They had doubtless 
told him their little jealousies. How they envied Joseph on 
account of the favorism shown him. Of their intention to slay 
him, and of Reuben's intercession for him, and Judah's propo- 
sition to sell him as a slave to the Ishmaelites. The whole 
story had come to the ears of Jacob, and he had been constrained 
to say that God overruled it all for good. Now they gather for 
his last blessing upon them. He calls to their remembrance the 
names of his ancestors, and the blessings God had promised them 
and their descendants, and requests them to bury him with his 
fathers, even in the cave which Abraham bought in the land of 
promise. The spirit longs to be with the fathers in the land of 
rest, and desires the body to be laid with theirs in the tomb. A 
few of the fathers and mothers who knew a former generation, yet 
remain with us. Their number is growing rapidly less. New made 
graves are almost constantly being opened to receive some saintly, 


beloved form. Let us prize those that remain, more than ever. 
Oh ! I want their blessing upon my head before they go hence. 
I want to hear more of their counsel and experience, before their 
lips are closed in death. 

Once more, let us be reminded of the time coming, when there 
is to be a grand re-union of the saintly ho'^ts around the throne of 
God. We are surrounded to-day by an innumerable crowd of 
witnesses. What a company ! It seems to me, I can almost see 
them ! It seems that the old fathers and mothers who worshiped 
in this temple years ago, are with us. I go back a hundred years, 
in imagination, and the Kinders, and Davises and Nobles, of 
that age and day, with a host of others, are around us. How they 
sang and prayed. This old temple seems to echo again with their 
shouts and songs. There are the grey-headed sires, and the infant 
of days. They are in the unseen multitude now — the host of 
disembodied saints! Our eyes are holden, we cannot see them, it 
is only a flight of imagination ! But let us move on down the 
ages, until the cycling years of time are ended. The Arch-Angel 
with the trumpet declares that time shall be no more. The 
tombs are bursting. All these old grave yards are torn in pieces, 
and the graves are opened. Behold the multitude as they come 
forth! See that saintly host gathering at the right hand of the 
throne! What a company! It is a re-union of the godly of all 
ages, and our faith is, that a multitude of these families repre- 
sented hereto-day, will be there. Oh, may we all be there! 

"Over the river they beckon to me, 

Loved ones who have crossed to the further side. 
The gleam of their shadowy robes I see, 

Their voices are drowned in the nishing tide. 
They crossed in the twilight grey and cold, 

And the pale mist hid them from mortal view. 
We saw not the angels who met them there. 

The gates of the city we could not see. 
Over the river, over the river. 

Our fathers are waiting for you and me." 

"Over the river, the boatman pale 

Carried others — our household pets. 
Their brown curls waved in the gentle gale, 

Darling children! I see them yet. 
They crossed on their bosoms their dimpled hands, 

And fearlessly entered the phantom bark; 
We watched it glide from the silver sands, 

And all our sunshine grew strangely dark. 
We know they are safe on the other side, 

Where all the ransomed and angels be; 
Over the river, the mystic river, 

Our household idols wait for you and me." 

Address of 

Rev. A. W. Milby, P. E. 

We are assembled to celebrate the re-union of thiee families, 
to wit ; Davis, Kinder, and Noble. 

Mankind exists in three conditions ordained of God; in the 
family; in the nation; in the church. The family includes per- 
son, the nation is composed of families, and the church compre- 
hends nations. And as the family is the first, so it will be the 
last form of human development, as the Apostle speaks of the 
whole family in heaven and earth. 

This general introduction prepares the way for a four-fold 
division of the subject. We will then consider you, firstly, 
analytically; secondly, synthetically; thirdly, anithetically ; 
and, in the fourth place, potentially. 

In considering you analytically, we must resolve you into 
parts, and thus address you individually, and impress upon you, 
severally, the great idea of personal responsibility. A thought- 
ful man asks, what is time? Who can readily and briefly explain 
this? Who can, even in thought, comprehend it, so as to utter 
a word about it? But what, in discourse, do we mention more 
familiarly and knowingly than time? And we understand when 
we speak of it; we understand, also, when we hear it spoken of 
by another. What, then, is time? If no one asks me I kuow ; 
if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not ; yet I say 
boldly that I know, that if nothing passed away, time past were 
not ; and if nothing were coming, a time to come were not ; and 
if nothing were, time present were not. Those two times, past 
and to come, how are they ? Seeing the past now is not, and 
that to come is not yet, but the present, should it always be 
present, and never pass into time past, verily, it should not be 
time, but eternity. If, therefore, time present, in order to be 
time at all, comes into existence only because it passes into time 
past, how can we say that that is in existence whose cause of being 
is, that it shall not be? How is it we can not truly say that time 
is, but because it is tending not to be ? 


The difficulty of properly appreciating the present moment 
arises from a delusion practiced upon the understanding. As the 
ancients, in their ignorance, imagined the earth to be a vast plain 
instead of an immense globe, so we, in our folly, conceive of 
time past, present and to come, as a continuous line; whereas 
the time present more truly resembles a point at which an infinite 
number of imaginary circles meet. 

Thus the present hour touches the present moment ; the 
present day meets the present hour at the point of the immediate 
now ; and the present week coalesces with the present day and the 
present hour in the present time; and the present month meets 
the present week and the present day, and the present hour in 
the immediate present moments. So, also, the present year 
touches the present month, and the present week, and the present 
day, and the hour in the present moment. 

Thus we may go on until we shall see, that in reality as to 
all the consequences of our being and well-being, the great cycle 
or infinite orb of eternity touches upon this particular, punctual 

Hence, instead of considering this moment as pait of an imag- 
inary line of unbroken continuity, we ought to regard it as a 
centre of power developing itself concentrically, and the various 
acts of our lives in this world as having a controlling power over 
our destiny in that world where an eternal now forever lasts. 

In order to correct impressions made upon the mind by exter- 
nal objects, let us imagine a man with his feet firmly planted 
upon a block of wood, which rests securely upon the ground; he ■ 
would feel safe; proximity to the earth, and the presence of 
surrounding objects, would impart an air of composure and self- 
possession ; but suppose by some mechanical power that piece of 
wood is made to rise, silently and steadily, with every fluxion of 
its advance there would creep over him a feeling of insecurity, and 
his ascent, if continued to a great altitude would become abso- 
lutely perilous. Now why is this? You cannot resolve the 
whole question by a simple reference to the law of gravitation, 
for according to our supposition, the power beneath him is amply 
sufficient to counteract the force of gravity. 

The present moment is, then, the summing up — the epitome — 
the abridgment of eternity. Your present character is the result 
of the combination of circumstances which have entered into your 
antecedent history; causes external and internal, have acted and 
reached and made you what you now are; what you will be de- 
pends very much upon the decisions of the present time. 


We can, with the utmost precision, tell an eclipse of the 
moon, and of the sun ; we can determine the distance of a fixed 
•tar scarcely visable by the aid of the most powerful telescope. 
We can calculate the velocity of the planets, as they move in 
their orbits through the regions of infinite space. We can do 
almost anything and everything but sound the mysterious depths 
of the human will. The decisions of the present can only be 
made manifest bj' the time to come. 

'Tis not for man to trifle. Life is brief 

And sin is here; 
Our age is but the falling of a leaf, 

A dropping tear. 
We have no time to sport away the hours; 
All must be earnest in a world like ours; 

Not many lives, but only one, have we — 

One, only one; 
How sacred should tliat one life ever be, 

That narrow span! 
Day after day filled up witli blessed toil. 
Hour after hour still brings in new spoil. 

We come now to the second part of our subject which is to 
consider you synthetically. Now in this we are obliged to put 
you back into your original places where Providence has put you 
in the family, in society, and in the church. As the christian 
is the highest style of man, we exhort you as travelers upon the 
highway of life. Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfill 
the law of Christ. 

Some there are who are, contitutionally, very desponding, 
always looking on the dark side of every picture, and harassing 
their minds with the apprehension of imaginary evils. Such are 
subject to great depression of spirits, and in that state no more 
capable of judging of their religious condition than the eye can 
see itelf. How prone are persons of such temperament to write 
bitter things against themselves. The ailments of their body 
give a color to their spiritual exercises, and while their des- 
pondency is a hindrance to their own spiritual enjoyment, they 
frequently infuse their melancholy forebodings into the cup of 
pleasure of those around them. With such minds there can be little 
sympathy with those who are of a more joyous and buoyant spirit ; 
and without mutual forbearance and due consideration of diver- 
sities of temperament, the asperities of life's journey will be 
greatly augmented. Christian kindness should teach you to study 
well the character and disposition of such, and not aggravate 


their already aflHcted niiiiils l)y any harsh and unkind expressions. 

There are others who are naturally lij^ht and volatile. Such 
is the peculiarity of their disposition, that they never get credit 
for the piety they actually possess. It was the remark of Mr. 
Whitefield that an ounce of grace would show more in some per- 
sons, than a pound would in others. Moroseness and stern 
austerity have often passed in this world as true godliness, and 
many a man has obtained reputation for piety more through a 
bad stomach, than a good heart. The austere, unsocial virtues of 
John the Baptist made a more profound impression upon the pub- 
lic mind than the meek unostentatious piety of the Son of Man. 
Our Savious does not condemn that type of piety which was exem- 
plified in his forerunner without its natural abuses, but He does 
not extol it as the most desirable, and His own example favors 
the more amiable virtues. 

I make not these observations to extenuate folly or excuse 
levit}', but to caution persons of an opposite temperament not to 
be too hasty to blot from the book of life the names of those 
whose infirmity is an exuberance of animal spirit. 

Others there are of a peculiar serious and thoughtful turn of 
mind. Religion with them is an exceedingly solemn concern. 
Their very solemnity, in fact, has more the appearance of super- 
stitious dread, than of a filial, loving fear of offending God 
When reminded that like as a Father pitieth his children, so the 
Lord pitieth them that fear Him, they are ready to reply ; it is a 
fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. You would 
imagine them continually, musing on such sentiment, as those 
expressed by the poet : 

No room for mirth and trifling here. 
For worldly hope or worldly fear 
If life so soon be gone; 
If now the judge is at the door 
And all mankind must stand before 
The inexorable throne! 

Now without objecting to the poetry questioning the senti- 
ment expressed, we do, nevertheless, think that this world is 
something more than a place to diet in, and man should not al- 
ways look as if he were going to a funeral. The very rejoicings 
of the bouyant and hopeful are, to such minds, indications of 
presumptions confidence. And they are often surprised that 
others, by whom they are surrounded, who are by no means remark- 
able in their religious life, can go from the enjoyment of the 
innocent festivities of pleasure to the Sanctuary, and unite with 



fervor with the assembly of God's people, as though, like Anna, 
they departed, not from the temple. Others there are who are 
exceedingly fond of decorating their persons, very much to the 
annoyance of those who regard plainness of apparel as no bad in- 
dication of inward holiness. Now such persons are disposed to 
say to the remonstrances of those who are more plain in their 
dress, such things don't hurt me; which is certainly true. 

Gold and costly apparel never hurt anybody, but they are 
frequently the sign that those who wear them have been most 
seriously injured. But how shall we settle this interminable 
controversy between two distinct classes in the church of God ? 
Though we may not all agree as to what is wrong, yet there is by 
no means unanimity of opinion concerning what is precisely 

With the variety of tastes among men and women, uniformity 
of dress is by no means possible, if desirable. The question is 
not to be determined by the subtle rules of logic or the arts of 
casuists, but must come for adjudication before the bar of every 
christian conscience. In the mean time bear one another's burden. 

Again, there are others who are, naturally, censorious ; dis- 
posed to find fault with everything ; their aim being, as they 
would fain have others believe, to bring the church up to a more 
commanding style of life and duty. You observe I present not 
this disposition in contrast with any other of an opposite 
character, but as viewed in opposition to every other disposi- 
tion ; for the individual possessing it assumes the unenviable 
position of public censor, and every one must pass, if possible, 
the inspection of his jaundiced eye; nor would I so much as 
mention this as an infirmity, but as a virtue, if the complaints of 
such persons terminated upon themselves; but such is not the 
case; they, in their own conceit, are perfect paragons of excel- 
lence, and the faults are all in their brethren. If such persons 
will not give up the offensive practice, and correct the infirmity 
by a strict and careful watchfulness, it is a burden that must be 

What a burden ! ! Lord help ! ! 

The last we shall notice, are those which arise out of the man- 
ifestation of religious emotion. These are as various as the dispo- 
sitions of men. Some there are wh© are, constitutionally, very 
quiet. They move with the regularity and precision of the most 
exquisite piece of mechanism. 

No transports or rhapsodies disturb the even tenor of their 
experience; with feet firmly planted upon earth, and eye steadily 
gazing upon the recompense of reward, the vanities of this world 


obscure not their vision of heavenly beatitudes, and their foot- 
steps are as sure as the earth upon which they tread. Their lives 
are marked by no great and sudden transitions, as if by a leap 
they had passe<l some fearful chasm ; while others, all emotion and 
sensibility, are either borne aloft upon the topmost wave of 
glorious expectation, or precipitated into abysmal depths of self- 

How is it possible to mould temperaments of such opposite 
character after the same pattern ? Nothing is more common 
than to hear persons of the former character saying, religion does 
not consist in noise and extravagant expressions of the feelings; 
while those of the latter, skeptically ask, how is it possible to 
have the love of God without shouting aloud the praises of Him 
who loved us and gave himself for us ? 

Now both are wrong; religion does not make us the same 
creatures, but new creatures, with all that variety of disposition 
after, as before, that wonderful transformation. 

VVe come now to the anithetical part of our subject, which, 
for completeness, we must not omit. We are necessitated to 
compare ; comparisons are often invidious, and sometimes odious. 
I will endeavor to pursue my way through the intricacies of this 
part of my subject without giving any offense. Without saying 
anything as to the wisdom of your forefathers, I venture to affirm 
you surpass them amazingly in self-conceit. You would do well 
to remember that this age, though an age of railroads, telegraph 
and telephones, yet it is also an age of gas, and every jet is not 
an electric light. 

Again, you are not as good looking as your parents fondly 
hoped you would be. In this you have wonderfully disappointed 
expectations. Bright, beautiful, and charming creatures you 
once were when looked at by your parents through the glittering 
iris of their affections, but you have developed into mortals very 
much after the common mould. 

Then you are not as good as you would have been had you, 
in all respects, followed the example and obeyed the precepts of 
those who have gone on before you. 

We come now to that part of our subject which, for the want 
of a better word, we call the potential aspect, which, in the 
main, is very dark and diflScult to unfold. 

The only point luminous is, that the occasion gives the 
grandest scope to the possibilities of an old bachelor's nature. 
If he looks forward, he beholds the dark shadow of death — and 
death will swallow him up, and blot out his memorial forever. 
Hence, an old bachelor must look backward, or down his nose ; 


he cannot look forward, and this is the time to look back. 

What further I have to say I can best present in the form of 

To-wit : Had your mothers not have had your fathers, would 
you have had a re-union ? If so, tell us ; When ? How ? and 
Where ? 

If not ; Is not, then, this assemblage a rebuke to a self-chosen, 
self-inflicted state of bachelorism ? 

Address of 

Judge Levi D* Travers* 

I look, today, upon the faces of nearly all of this large assem- 
bly for the 6rst time. As I stand before you and speak the 
inquiry may arise in your minds: who is this stranger that dares 
to break in upon the unity of this family gathering with his 
presence and address? It will not surprise you, long, when I tell 
you, lam a lineal descendant — (and four generations away) — of 
Henry the 1st, from England— (not King Henry) — who, less than 
two centuries agone, came to the colony of Maryland, as a school 
teacher, and soon became absolute ruler of 11 acres of land on 
Taylor's Island. For forty years, perhaps, he lived in his 
castle and reigned peaceably over his empire, without conquest of 
territory or purchase of addition to his kingdom. 

His life was devoted to the cause of education and the admin- 
istration of justice, subservient to the authority of Lord Baltimore, 
and as a representative of the people in the Colonial legislature. 
His living, eldest male descendant, is myself with two others, 
only surviving in manhood. 

But why am I here? The two little boys attendant with me 
in this visitation, may, in fact, furnish the answer. They can 
tell you that through their bodies courses the Travers as well as 
the Noble blood. I modestly confess how distinguished my 
relations are here today ; in the fact that my eldest daughter is 
the wife of a Noble-man's son, and my little grandsons bid fair 
to be Noble-men themselves. 

It is that which makes my appearance among you justifiable 
in immediate association with Noble men and Noble women. 

How it lifts a man up, in the world, especially in his own 
estimation, to have conspicuous and Noble family connections! I 
fully appreciate the dignity of these relations. I estimate family 
dignity, principally, by the standard of uniform, good, innate 
principles; the establishment of good character, good citizenship 
and piety, rather than by a lofty family ancestry, without regard 
to those virtues, upon which elevation and royalty in life ought 
to be dependent. 


I esteem it an honor, therefore, and a blessing to humanity 
to have kindred associations with the Davis', Kinders', and Noble 
families. It is a privilege and a joy to me, to be here. This 
is an auspicious occasion. All nature tranquilly smiles upon 
this scene. 

The sun never shone upon a more beautiful, bracing, balmy 
day; fit emblem of the life and character of this triune family. 

The passing year has come to full maturity of life, and is 
appproaching its termination, now, with gilded beauty and 
mellowness. So have the aged sires of these families, in all their 
history, passed into the autumn of their lives, with characters 
adorned with moral beauty and christian attractiveness. 

I have listened with interest, and admiration, to the several 
representative addresses, which have mainly guided me in my 
words of compliment and eulogy. You may well be proud, in 
the spiiit of gratitude to God, of your family history. Its pages 
are well and nobly written in the lives of your ancestry. What 
worthy examples have the young, in the lives of departed sires, 
and in many of the fathers yet living, of moral excellence, 
christian devotion, and firmness of purpose ! The record of their 
lives has been kept by the rule of double-entry — The day book of 
this life and in the Lamb's book of life!' When I view and con- 
template this grand old church edifice, that is co-existent with the 
independence and liberty of our great country, and with the work 
of Methodism on this Peninsula of Delaware, Maryland and Vir- 
ginia, and associate these families with the christian instruction 
here imparted to them, with the happy experiences they have 
received within her hallowed courts, I am forced to the conclusion 
that Methodism has indeed been a "Bethel" to them, yea, one of 
the chief agencies of the success and happiness they have attained 
in this life. Methodist doctrine and spirit has been well suited 
to constitute them worthy citizens, good christians, and a uni- 
formly happy and contented people. The conjugal relations of 
these families have been fortunate, in that there was the blending 
of a natural bent towards good dispositions and principles; — when 
exception has occurred in the lives of any of their offspring, it 
was the probable result of the admixture of blood, making a 
combination in nat\ire, of the naturally bad, with the naturally 
good dispositions, followed by the influence of bad social com- 
panions in youth. I would guard the young, entering now upon 
maturing life, in respect to the company they keep and against 
any matrimonial alliance that would associate bad natural dispo- 
sitions, habits and tastes, so out of harmony with that of your 
own families. 


I do not discourage, but greatly approve, judicious marital 
selections, outside of family kindred, for both physical and 
mental reasons. This is a re-union of the living. Many links of 
the family chain have been broken ofF at the grave and are hid- 
den from mortal view. There is, today, a fond memory of the 
Davis, Kinder, and Noble dead. The links, of the family chain, 
are only broken in earthen vessels; inspirit the chain is unbroken 
—mutual love, binds it forever: Spirit blends vpith spirit — un- 
perceived, the glorified departed may now throng with you in 
this sacred place. Angels are looking on with wonder, at this 
exhibition of love and unity in a fallen world. The dozen min- 
isters of God present, successors to those they have followed in 
the ministry of this church and vicinity, are cheered in the 
midst of their toils, with the evident success of the gospel, in 
the history of your families. May this hallowed occasion, which 
has brought to your minds and hearts, such pleasant memories of 
family history, encourage and stimulate you to more glorious deeds 
in the race of life, and a fuller consecration of yourselves to the 
God of your fathers. May your family history, in the future, possess 
all the excellences of its past, and more, and exhibit greater force 
and capacity in its influence in the worldjfor good, 'as the years of 
time roll on. And when the world's record is fully made up, 
preparatory to the general assizes, and heaven's loud auditor shall 
step down upon the earth's platform of land and sea, and sound 
out the funeral dirge of time, to the hearing of both the living 
and the dead; when Jesus comes in the clouds, bringing the spirits 
of the just made perfect, may you, and all of yours, who now lie 
in the cemeteries of the dead, come forth in bodily form, and 
rising with transfigured splendor to meet your coming Lord in the 
air. May you then with him ascend above the arches of the 
etherial sky, to the heaven of heavens, and be crowned and 
quartered upon the everlasting hills of glory. You have sweetly 
sung today. May you then, flushed with an overpowering joy of 
full and final victory, with harps in hand, sing "Unto Him that 
loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath 
made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to Him be 
glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. " 

Thoughts on Visiting Bethel. 
A Country Church. 

Oh, Bethel! 'round thy sacred walls 
My memory lingers and recalls, 
Full many a scene of other days, 
Cemented with this holy place. 

'Twas here where first my voice did raise 
In song, to lisp a Saviour's praise — 
'Twas here my youthful footsteps trod, 
To bow my infant knees to God. 

And here, beneath this hallowed roof, 
I first beheld tlie light of truth 
Shine from the sacred page divine — 
A Saviour's love to all mankind. 

Full many a storm has swept amain 
O'er my frail bark, but now again 
I sit within tliy walls, to join 
In praises to thy sacred shrine. 

But, as I turn my eyes, they meet 
With many a long and vacant seat; 
Where once gray fathers sat to sing 
The praises of their Heavenly King. 

But, they are gone, and 'neath the sod 
Their bodies slumber; while with God 
Their spirits swell the courts above, 
"With praises of redeeming love." 

Yes, Bethel, 'round thy sacred walls 

My memory lingers and recalls 

Some friend of youth, that death has borne. 

To that bourne from whence there's no return. 

Oh! when the dream of life is past, 
And Death's cold arms are round me cast, 
Then lay me 'neath the oaks to rest. 
That shade the sepulcher of the blest. 

Federalsburg, 1849. —Dr. W. D. Nobi,b. 

^Qoond ^Q^l^nion 


Davis^ Noble and Kinder Families 

Held at Bethel M. E. Church 
October 29th, 1895. 

THE second Re-union of the Noble, Davis and Kin- 
der Families was held at Bethel M. E. Church 
October 29th, 1895. The day decided on dawned 
clear, bright and crisp, everything conspired to 
make it an ideal October day. The following program 
was ushered in as early as could be. 


Organ voluntary, Miss M. P. Warren. 

Organization by electing Dr. J. L. Noble, Chairman, 
J. Noble Warren, Secretary. 

Singing, "And are we yet alive." 

Prayer by Rev. T. G. Eiswald. 

Singing, "Safely." 

Address of Welcome by pastor, Rev. T. S. Williams, 
D. D. 

Reply to Address of Welcome, Rev. P. H. Rawlins. 

Solo, "The ninety and nine," Rev. Edward Davis. 
"Singing, "Thus far the Lord has led us on." 

Address, History of Kinder Family, S. W. Kinder. 

Address, History of Noble Family, I. S. Warren. 

Address, History of Davie Family, Rev. Edward Davis. 

Singing, "One family, etc." 

Adjournment for dinner. 


Afternoon services were opened with organ voluntary 
by Miss Blanche Davis. 

Singing in charge of Federalsburg Choir who sang 
some very fine selections. 

Solo by Rev. Edward Davis. 

Address by Hon. J. S. Willis. 

Poem by Mrs. A. O. Kinder read by Master Warren 

Singing, "We'll never say good-bye." 


There having been no provision made for publishing 
the proceedings in pamphlet form, the Federalsburg Cour- 
ier very kindly offered to publish the addresses of the sev- 
eral speakers, which can be found in the issues of Novem- 
ber 9 and November 16, 1895, also on the following pages- 


The Kinder Family 

By S. W. Kinder, Esq. 

Chosen by the committee of arrangements to represent, and 
note the changes in the Kinder family during the decade past. 

In a retrospect of the ten years which have elapsed since our 
last reunion in 1885 many have been the changes. What hopes, 
what fears, what joys, what heartaches have we met since we 
assembled last, "but out of all the Lord has led us by his love." 
And we meet in this beautiful new liouse this bright October day 
finding the balance on the right aide of Life's Ledger, and note 
with sadness, not however unmingled with hope, those who have 
met in the great Re-union above. 

Mary Cannon Kinder, widow of Jacob Kinder, was born March 
3, 1813, and died at the residence of her son-in-law, Samuel A. 
MelsoD, in Sussex County, Del., December 13, 1887. On De- 
cember 20, 1832, she was married to Jacob Kinder, a man of 
sterling integrity and devoted attachment to the Methodist 
Episcopal Church. Their home was a house of prayer and a resting 
place for the weary itinerant. Her religious life was a decided 
one. Her place in the church, when she was able to attend, was 
never vacant. She was of a very quiet temperament but all who 
met her felt that her life was guided and controlled by the Holy 
Spirit. Her end was peace. 

Sina Kinder Wright was born March 14, 1811, and died in 
Harrington M. E. Parsonage, May 26, 1895. She was converted 
when in her 17th year, and joined the M. E. Church at Bethel. 
Was married to Lewis N. Wright, October 28, 1828, and moved 
into the neighborhood of Trinity, 1836. Soon after, they had 
prayer meeting and preaching services in their barn. She was 
left a widow, December 25, 1883. The five closing years of her 
life were spent with her daughter, Mrs. P. H. Rawlins. Most 
of that time, too feeble to attempt any work, and, for the last two 
years, could not see well enough to read. For 32 years, she had 
read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelations— once each 
year. Her christian experience was always of a positive character, 
always regular at all the services of the church. She was a 
woman of strong personality, and of affairs. She made and left 


her impress upon all minds; she gave shape, order and consistency 
to all matters which came within the range and province of her 
undertakings. While all secular matters received due and 
prompt attention, she always found time to attend to her 
religious duties — visiting the sick, administering the balm of 
consolation to the sorrowing, and rich in aim-deeds, and helpful- 
ness to the poor and those in need. What was said of one in the 
New Testament, may well be said of her — "She hath done what 
she could." On Monday night. May 27, there was a memorial 
service held in Harrington M. E. Church, Dr. Martinale, of 
Milford in charge, who delivered an appropriate and impressive 
address. May 28 funeral services took place at Trinity M. E. 
Church, the place and scene of her long and arduous labors. 

Revs. H. Miller, John Poole, and Wm. Harris, who had 
known her throughout the long years of usefulness, vied with 
each other in recalling and rehearsing the good works and noble 
deeds of her life, which must expand and grow and live, though 
she be dead. She was laid to rest in the Bridgeville Cemeterj', 
John Morgan Rawlins was born September 7, 1819. Mr. 
Rawlins was prominent among his compeers. He held for five 
years the oflBce of Clerk of the Peace for Sussex County, Del. For 
many years was ticket agent at the R. R. Station in Georgetown. 
In 1883 was chosen Pay Teller of the Farmers Bank of Georgetown. 
The latter position he held until his last illness made it necessary 
for him to resign. He filled all these places of responsibility and 
high trust with great fidelity and credit to himself and to the 
entire satisfaction of all parties concerned. Mr. Rawlins never 
formally connected himself with anj' branch of the christian 
church, except by baptism, but he was a liberal contributor and 
regular attendant upon the services of the Protestant Episcopal 

He could well be called an upright man, and an honest christian 
gentleman. He was married to Sina Kinder Rawlins December 
7, 1879 and died July 30, 1893, after a long and painful illness 
which he bore with great patience and christian fortitude. His 
end was peace. 

Minnie Castelia, daughter of Thomas and Mary Kinder Lay- 
ton, who was with us in the delightful services of '85, has since 
gone out like a meteor through the heavens. Minnie remembered 
her Creator in the days of her youth. In her social qualities she 
excelled. One of those bright sunshiny spirits which scatter 
light, hope and good cheer all around. Whatever of sadness or 
gloom might rest upon the social circle, when Minnie appeared, 
it vanished like the mist before the rising sun. There was a 


subtle mystic influence which no human tongue can explain or pen 
describe, bubbling out of the very fountains of her life, which 
made her the shining mark of every circle, and the charm and 
delight of all hearts. 

Being in somewhat delicate health, she left her home in the 
early part of October 1887, to visit her sister, Mrs. Fred Callo- 
way, of Denver, Col., hoping by change of scenery and climate 
to recuperate and regain her wonted strength. For a time her 
health improved, frequently writing her friends that she was much 
better and all the time gaining in weight. Thus she continued 
through the winter, but in the spring time she was seized with a 
fever which, after two short weeks, affected her brain, and not- 
withstanding the intervention of the highest order of medical 
skill and all that loving hearts and tender hands could do, on 
the 10th day of April, 1888, the pale horse and his rider strode 
right on, and seized the shining mark for his own. Her remains 
were conveyed to her country home, and she quietly sleeps, on 
the hill, in the Bridgeville Cemetery. 

Catharine Warren Shockley, widow of Wm. V. Shockley, who 
was with us at the re-union of '85, has passed to hei heavenly 
rest. Some inquiry of her neighbors and friends brought the 
answer that she was a bright, sweet, sunny, christian woman, not 
onl)' highly esteemed for her liberality and work's sake, but 
greatly beloved by all who knew her. From girlhood she was a 
member of New Market M. E. Church, Elleudale circuit. The 
writer frequently passes the quiet country cemeter}' where she 
sleeps, and a few days ago stood by her grave and copied the fol- 
lowing epitaph from her tombstone with the accompanying verse: 

Catharine K. Shockley, wife of Wm. V. Shockley. Born 
February 2, 1819, died February 18, 1888. Aged 69 years and 16 days. 

" Farewell mother but not forever, 
There will be a glorious dawn ; 
We shall meet to part, no never 
On the resurrection morn." 

The Noble Family 

By I. S. Warren. 

Mr. President, Ladies, and Gentlemen : The choice of the 
committee to represent the Noble family was in my opinion an 
unfortunate one; and I have become more confirmed in that 
opinion, and the unfitness for the duty of the one chosen, since 
I have heard the ornate and scholarly utterances of the gentlemen 
chosen to represent the Davis and Kinder families. But having 
enjoyed such a treat you will scarcely want to be surfeited with 
good things, and my lame effort may act as an alternative; my 
speech, however, will have one excellent feature, viz. its brevity. 

In the interval since our re-union of 1885 time has dealt leni- 
ently with the members of the Noble family. 

The changes have been comparatively few. Some have passed 
off this stage of action. Prominent amongst the deaths are William 
Noble, or as he was more familiarly known, "Sheriff Noble," 
who died suddenly while on a visit to his friend, James Redden, 
Esq., in Denton, Caroline County, Maryland, in the spring of 
1890. A remarkable coincidence connected with this death was 
the death, within 24 hours, of his nephew, Daniel F. Noble, son 
of Alexander, who had married Addie Kinder, a sister of his 
uncle's wife, Rhoda, daughter of the late Warren Kinder, thus 
leaving two sisters widows almost by the same stroke, each 
leaving one daughter. 

Next in this necrology comes Corinne Johnson, wife of Lyman 
Johnson, of Sioux Rapids, Iowa, a daughter of the late Dr. 
William D. Noble, after a protracted and painful illness, on 
November 3rd, 1890, leaving three children. 

Then following, we find Addie Jarrel, wife of Robert Jarrel, 
of Greensboro, Maryland, a sister of Alexander and half sister, of 
Rufus and Dr. J. L. Noble, our president for today. 

Amelia Collins, a sister of Sheriff Noble, who had married 
William Collins and moved to Kansas, died during the decade. 

Eliza, wife of Jonathan T. Noble, who is with us today, died 
August 3rd, 1892, leaving three children well known in this 
community. And lastl}' George W. Williams, who had married 
Sarah, daughter of J. T. Noble, died suddenly last March of 


vSonie have married. Lillian, daughter of Daniel F. and 
Addie Kinder Noble, married Albert Handy, who have been 
living in Philadelphia, but who have decided to cast in their lot 
with us and will soon be livinjj on the farm of the late Daniel F. 

George E. Noble, son of Daniel J. Noble, married Alverda 
Handy, and who have resided since their marriage in New Haven, 
Connecticut, are now living on the farm known as the Solomon 
Noble, or Kiik Farm, which they have purchased. 

More or less have been born ; perhaps more. 

Mr. President, to my mind's eye appears a broad, and elevated 
roadway. Looking backward the prospective is lost in the dim 
and shadowy past. Straining my eyes looking forward I am 
dazzled by the brightness of the sight for it reaches to the portals 
of Eternity ; the arch of this highway which claims our attentioa 
today, is supported by two pillars on which I see 1885 — 1895. 

Looking backward a century or more on this thoroughfare, 
crowded from side to side I particularly notice three men, one 
of whom comes from a stock who with unparallelled courage, more 
or less sufficiently battled with the Roman power, and retreated 
sullenly, disputing every inch of ground to the fastness of the 
Welsh Hills, where they have ever maintained their independence 
and freedom and afterwards coming to this favored land with all 
the instincts of independence and freedom unimpaired. 

Again I look and behold a sturdy yeoman of the Netherlands, 
strong in purpose, brawny of form, a fit representative of a stock 
who by indomitable patience have wrested a kingdom from the 
sea and who like Archimedes when he said "give me a rest for 
my fulcome and I will lift the Earth," say give me a place to 
put the water and I will undertake not alone to dam and pump 
out the Zayder Zoe, but the Atlantic Ocean itself. 

Once more I look and from the cut of his garments and the 
peaceful expression of his countenance I judge the remaining one 
to be a follower of George Fox and William Penn, a Quaker. 
For a time they journey together, strangers to all and to each other, 
but being mutually attracted, they form an alliance, offensive 
and defensive, and together occupy the land until now their 
descendants have become a somewhat homogeneous family, and 
counted by the myriads have made the wilderness blossom as the 
rose ; and today, Mr. President, we are met in our second or 
Decennial Re-union to pledge each to the other a renewed friend- 

We see with us today representatives of all three of the men, 
some of whom, as Mr. Daniel B. Kinder, Rev. Edward Davis, 


Mr. Jonathan T. Noble and Mrs. Elizabeth Sorden were contem- 
porary with the fathers still lingering with the children. May 
many and peaceful be their years. 

We see with us young men and maidens who are anxious and 
ambitious to take up the burdens when laid down by the feeble 

We see boys and girls, large and small, who will soon be 
crowding to the front eager to take part in the fray. May they be 

" Not like dumb driven cattle 
But heroes in tlie strife." 

May we all wage a good warfare and go up on this grand 
highway to that Everlasting Reunion hard by the Eternal Throne. 


The Davis Family 

By Rev. E. Davis. 

Mr. Chairman and near friends, I find my name on your 
program and assigned to give a short sketch of the changes that 
have occurred in the Davis family during the past decade. I think 
it would have been better to have assigned this duty to some one 
living in your midst as my fields of labor have been so far distant 
from your community during the last ten years that I have been 
deprived of the means to note the many changes that have 
occurred. Therefore I will only refer to the changes that have 
taken place among the grandchildren of my grandfather Samuel 
Davis, who was one of the founders of the old church, Bethel, 
which stood a few feet from this building and remained for the 
period of 114 years. When we raet here ten years ago in our first 
re-union, he had living at that time seven grandchildren. Since 
that time two have died, viz., Trustin P. Davis and Alfred Davis. 
They have passed away. 

Dear friends, it affords me great pleasure on this bright and 
beautiful day to be present to look into the faces of so many 
dear friends and relatives. On my way from Federalsburg to this 
place this morning, in company with one of m}' grandnephews, he 
informed me that this re-union was being held on his birthday ; 
this remark brought to my mind that this was also the birthday 
of one of the great men of our nation, viz , John Adams, who was 
born October 29th, 1735, and became the second president of the 
United States of America. His birth occurred 160 years ago 

The circumstances that have brought us together today seem 
to carry me back to the days of my childhood, when I attended 
school in the old school-house which stood on these historic 
ground.s, I remember that I used to go to the front door of the 
old church, and peep through the cracks and regard it as being 
the of God, the place where His people assembled to wor- 
ship the true and living God. This made a deep impression on 
my mind and from that time I have always had a reverence for 
the house of God. 

Great have been the changes in almost everything since that 


time; great changes in the mode of cultivating the soil. I 
remember when the farmers in this neighborhood used the old 
wooden plow. I was very anxious to learn to guide the plow 
when a very small boy I would go into the fields where the men 
were plowing, and would ask them to let me try. 

I would have to take hold of the under part of the plow 
handles, but could not guide it very well. But the farmers do 
not break the soil with that kind of a plow today. 

Great changes in the mode of travel since those days. I re- 
member when Andrew Harris and Joseph Dawson with their families 
left my father's house in this neighborhood in covered wagons to 
go West. But people do not travel that way now. God raised up 
a Fulton and endowed him with a mind to conceive the idea to 
convert steam power with machinery to drive the boat upon the 
waters and hence it has also been arranged to drive the car upon 
the rail at the rate of 60 to 100 miles an hour, so now the people 
travel by steam power. Also there have been great changes in the 
mode of conveying news. God raised up a Morse and endowed 
him with a mind to conceive the idea of sending messages 
with lighning speed, so that man can now stand on the shore of 
the Atlantic and talk to his friends on the shore of the Pacific. 
So great is the speed with which a message goes that were it 
possible to stretch a wire around our globe and attach this power 
it would flash around our globe 380 times in a single minute. And 
now they use electricity to run the cars in our cities, aad so great 
is its power that a short time ago in the city of Baltimore they 
attached it to a heavy loaded train of cars and drew it through 
the great tunnel in that city. 

And now in looking around over these historic grounds I see 
a great change has taken place in your midst since we met here 
and held our first re-union ten years ago. I observe that the old 
Bethel has disappeared and I find ourselves assembled in this 
beautiful temple that 3'ou have built since that time. Allow 
me to congratulate you on your fine taste and success in building 
such a beautiful church. In looking behind me on the window 
in the rear of the pulpit I see my grandfather's name. I re- 
garded it as an honor to have his name inscribed there and 1 also 
regard it as an honor being his grandson. I was permitted on 
the 6th of January, 1895, to preach the first sermon that was 
preached in the new Bethel. 

A few weeks ago I was forcibly struck as I read in the Sun- 
day School Journal, "The Power of Song," it was on this wise: 

"At the session of the Newark Conference which met at St. 
Paul's Church, Toltonville, Staten Island, N. Y., in the spring 


of 1867. Bishop Simpson presided. On the morning of the 
Conference Sunday he preached with extraordinary eloquence 
from Matt. 28, 18-20. Dr. J. W. Wiley, at that time editor of 
the Ladies' Repository, and afterwards more widely known as 
Bishop Wiley, was greatly moved by the eloquence of the preacher. 
Though the Doctor was noted for great self-control, he was com- 
pletely carried away on that occasion as the speaker rose fiom one 
climax to another, the audience wondering meanwhile where 
those lofty flights of the preacher would lead them. At the close 
of one of these remarkable outbursts, when speaker and hearers 
were compelled to pause for a moment to take breath. Dr. Wiley 
brought his hand upon the knee of a friend who sat by his side 
and calling him familiarly by name; said, 'I can never preach 
again! I can never preach again!' This was especially noticeable 
in view of the fact that he had been assigned to preach in the 
afternoon ; but the marvelous eloquence of the Bishop had so 
wrought upon the feelings of this usually impassive man that he 
was completely broken up, and doubtless felt, as he expressed it, 
that he was utterly unfitted to follow such a sublime discourse. 

"At the close of the Bishop's sermon, Phillip Phillips took 
his seat at the organ, and after a softly played prelude, he sang 
as only he could sing, one of his favorite songs, 'Brother you can 
sing for Jesus.' As verse after verse proceeded, each one telling 
what might be done for the Master, and as he sang, ' Brother, you 
can work for Jesus,' and still again, 'Brother you can die for 
Jesus, ' Dr. Wiley's frame, trembled with emotion, his face was 
illumined with joy, and again he brought his hand upon the knee 
of his friend and exclaimed, 'I can preach now ; I can preach now !' 
and he did preach. The sermon will ever dwell in the memory 
of those who heard it that afternoon in the old Bethel Church. 
Very few could hope to follow Bishop Simpson as Dr. Wiley did 
on that memorable occasion." 

I close my remarks with a little song. The lesson to be drawn 
from this song is Christ's great love for a wandering sheep of his: 


" The sheep were sleeping within the fold, 

The shepherd counted the line, 
The night was dark, antl the wind was cold, 

He counted ninety and nine. 
But one was lost on the mountain track. 

The Shepherd started to bring him back 
And left the ninety and nine. 


Chords : "He left the ninety and nine, 
He left the ninety and nine, 
How great was the cost, for the one 
that was lost, 
He left the ninety and nine. 

"Securely sheltered within the fold, 
Remained the ninety and nine. 

Enjoying the shepherd's wealth untold, 
Those happy ninety and nine. 

They little knew of the shepherd's pain, 
Who, suffering thus one sheep to gain, 

Had left the ninety and nine. Chorus. 

"But at last went up a joyful cry, 
I've found this lost one of mine. 

He'll live with me in a home on high. 
Safe with the ninety and nine. 

Then heaven and earth took up the cry. 

To save one sheep that was doomed to die 

Christ left the ninety and nine." Chorus. 


Address of 

Hon. J. S. Willis, M. C. 

The wild duck flies not alone before the march of winter to 
ample and congenial feeding-grounds in southern lagoons. Her 
children and friends are with her. The nesting and rearing were 
the work of individual life: the migration is in companies and 
tribes. And while there is a living, quivering wing to cleve 
the sky, or an instinct to guide the flight of birds through the 
pathless heavens, this law will remain a controlling force among 
the families of animated nature. 

In man there are laws paradoxical and contradictory, touching 
the mutual relationships of life — one law of the animal leads the 
strong to dominate and devour the weak — the other law of the 
spiritual, and intellectual, attracts, unites and nurtures — under 
the reign of the one the race would become extinct ; under the 
reign of the other it would multiply and fill the earth. The one 
would enthrone jealousy, hate, and cruelty. The other would 
inaugurate the prevalence of love and peace. 

Moreover the principle of union would be closer and intense 
in the ratio of the intimacy of blood relationship. Out of this 
grows the family, then the community, then the nation. 

A perfectly unhindered spiritual law would subordinate and 
concede individual interests to the common good. This is the 
law of Christ, and this I take it, is the law which has drawn you 
people together, and superinduced these festivals of re-uuiou. 
It is a blessed ovation to some of the higher qualities of human 

Your family pride is a contribution to civilized society. I 
speak not of pride in the sense of vanity or vain glory, but in the 
sense of moral conservation, self-respect, rectitude and righteous- 
ness. A living commendation and endorsement of various forces, 
which have prevailed through generations, and have preserved 
these honorable households. 

Yours is a record not so famous as the genealogies of princes 
and lords, but far more beautiful, as it has been marked by 
justice to man and reverence to God. Your escutcheon is not 


stained with oppression and violence; your fortunes are not the 
result of misused power ; your memories are not those of wreck 
and desolation; your thrones have been built in affection, and 
they rest in the hearts of loving friends ; you will be complaisant, 
if not delighted, when you review the past and contemplate your 
domestic structure standing in the adornments of innocence and 
symmetery, as the fruit of love, justice, dilgieuce, and frugality. 

I intended to emphasize the idea that this pride of family is a 
prime conservator of organized and civilized society. It lies at 
the bed rocks of human fraternity. It is the seed corn of the 
nations. For where there are no families there are no nations. 
It subsisted and wrought in the very dawn of the race. It was 
potent in Abraham. It was characteristicallj- strong in Jacob, 
whose dexterity in dealing, was only equalled by his dexterity 
in social building. It filled an important place in all Jewish 
history, and preserved that strange people from the encroachments 
of pagan deteroration. And it has been a fixed factor in British 
potency and enlargement. And although in the light of this 
century English privilege and paternalism amount almost to an 
abomination; yet it cannot be denied that these privileged 
familes have done much to strengthen and exalt the English 
dominions and the English name. 

The time is approaching when hereditary titles will have lost 
their charm, and class privilege will have become extinct; but 
the time will never come when honest industry and intelligence 
will not adorn the fireside, and give value to family descent. 

The common people are destined to rebuild the waste places of 
social life; but they will build better than those who preceded 
them. The foundations will be relaid with truth and moral 
worth, and the superstructure will be the measure of well in- 
formed and upright manhood. Sacred history and prophecy made 
much of the genealogies of the Messiah. But the Messiah him- 
self taught the lesson of a higher nobility when he gave the 
touchstone of the "Golden Rule," and inculcated the imitation 
of Him after whom "the whole family of earth and Heaven are 
named. ' ' 

If you will strip earthly titles of their glamour and trap- 
pings, you will find nothing left but a few gouty and imbecile 
pretenders; the degenerate offspring of an early band of robbers, 
cut throats, and petty tyrants and the family pride of the Kin- 
ders, Davises and Nobles is thoroughly out of tune with those old 
monsters of the past, and with their bloated and helpless progeny. 
It reaches higher for its honors, works harder for its fortune, 
builds more nobly its manhood, makes more permanent its glory. 


These people believe that 

"The rank is but the guinea's stamp, 
The man's the gold tor a' that." 

It is needless, uiy friends, that I should here restate your 
family genealogies— and tell of the worthy meu and faithful 
women who have honored your households. This has been well 
doue on former occasions. The record is before you, and in your 
archives you have stowed it away as a precious souvenir to be 
reviewed in your leisure hours, and dwelt upon with profitable 

"I/ives of 'good' men all remind us 
We may make our lives sublime." 

The record of the saints is the dearest legacy of the Church. 
The annals of our heroes are the most useful and instructive 
inheritance of statesmen. And the simple story of our honorable 
forefathers may serve to stimulate us in the attainment of a 
character which will be a benediction to our offspring after we 
have entered the long and mysterious sleep of the grave. 

There are some counsels which 1 might give you as the result 
of my experience in life, which, if followed, would augment the 
sum of your happiness for the time to come. 

First. — Cultivate a spirit of justice. — Selfishness is the mildew 
of life; but generous justice will drop the honey of gladness in- 
to the cup of every experience. The highest attainments, the 
largest possessions, the widest fame, will not atone for the lack 
of this heaven-born virtue. Without it the wings of devotion 
would fall paralized before the holiest shrines. Without it the 
pillow of death would be hard and thorny, and life otherwise 
comely, would be bitter at its close, and dangerously uncertain 
in its transition. Without it the whole scheme of life is a fail- 
ure and the battle ends in defeat. Injustice corrodes the heart, 
taints the intent, falsifies the action, deteriorates the moral scope, 
shames manhood, dishonors God, drivels the soul and secures 

Second. — Foster that kindred qualiy, viz. : A tolerant spirit 
toward the opinions and convictions of others. — He who assumes 
such superiority as to demand the surrender of all others' judg- 
ments to his own, is more stupid than Ajax when he defied the 
lightning, or than Xerxes when he bridged the Hellespont. The 
world's shocking tortures of saintly men for conscience sake; the 
ghastly agencies of stake and fire; the grim dungeons stained 
with the blood of the fathers, the holocaust of agonies arising 


from amidst the altars dedicated to peace and God, are all the 
fruits of intolerance in those who professed to be the followers of 
the meek and lowly Jesus. The Millennium itself will not be 
able to wipe out the gory defilements of the Church, perpetrated 
by hellish hypocrites against the right of free opinion and free 
speech ; and when the judgment scrolls are opened, exaltation 
will come to the victim, and damnation to the opppressor. 

Tn the great day of God, opinions will count for nothing, but 
conscience for everything. A thousand accidents may occur to 
frame and shape the one, but the other must reign the immortal 
queen in the citadel of the soul. Creeds and professions will fly 
as chaff before the winds of truth ; or be treated as the vagaries, 
and insubstantial visions of finite minds, while love and inno- 
cence will reign supreme. 

"He who knows our sorest needs 
Cares not how men may count their beads 
For righteousness is not in creeds 

Nor solemn faces ; 
But rather lies in kindly deeds 

And christian graces." 

Third. — Practice hospitality. — It is advised by St, Paul, 
endorsed and practiced by Christ, and is verified by the experience 
of ages. It thaws the prejudices, warms the affections, enlarges 
the scope of moral vision, dethrones selfishness and is in keeping 
with that charity and fraternity of which the gospel is the divine 
guarantee and faith the prophetic outlook. 

Fourth. — Cherish the sentiment of hope. — It will solve the 
riddle of life. It will bring the sunshine of gladness through 
the clouds of an irksome day. It will give strength to the soul, 
nerve to the arm, speed to the feet and bring this immortal 
being safely amid the storms that rage on the river of death. 

"Eternal Hope, when yonder spheres sublime 
Pealed their first notes to sound the march of time 
Thy joyous youth began, but not to fade. 
When all the sister planets have decayed. 
When wrapt in fire the realms of other glow 
And heavens last thunder shakes the world below 
Thou undismayed shall o'er the ruins smile, 
And light thy torch at nature's funeral pile." 

Your re-union, dear friends, will doubtless lend a charm to 
memory in the declining years of life. Your intermarriages will 
be as they have been like enchanted bridges, by which you have 
crossed thrice enchanted streams, and lingering in the Arcadia of 
sanctified love you have peopled and shall people these ancient 


soltiudes with a thrifty (generation of which as iu the past, so in 
tlic futiirL', no man may he ashamed. 

"Ill fares the land to hastening ill a prey 
Where wealth accumulates and men decay. 
I'riuces :iud lords may flourish and may fade, 
.A. hreath can make them as a hreath hath made, 
Bui a hold yeomanry, a country pride 
When once destroyed can never be supplied." 


To-day a re-union three families hold 
Knit close by the strongest of ties ; 
The Nobles, the Kinders and Davises too 
And how could it be otherwise. 

For a century past they have intertwined 
Upon a most intricate plan. 
Till a lawyer skilled in the love of the Hub 
Could not tell where the branches began. 

But a school boy dumb, with pencil and slate, 
By figures could readily see 
That the Davises, Nobles and Kinders 
Belong, to one family tree. 
Tho' many they're one by their faith in God ; 
The faith that their fathers bore ; 
And Bethel upholds the work of the sires 
When they rest on the golden shore. 

How wonderfvilly altered is this place 
Since closed was the last decade ; 
Changed is the plan of the homestead church 
And Time sad ravages made. 

Come home from the coast the Atlantic sweeps 
And the one the Pacific laves ; 

From the North and Soutli — your brethren to greet 
And visit your ancestors' graves. 
Greet with your best Priscie, Mary, Lucinda, 
Their stay with us here will be brief, 
And Nattie, Daniel, Johnathan and Edward, 
Who compare with the sear autiimn leaf. 

We've summoned you now, lest you fall asleep 
Like for Verdie, the call sounds in vain 
And 'tis lost on our Truston, William and John 
Who will sing for us never again 

"The home of the soul" how sweet Edward sang 
When they laid our Alfred to rest. 
Now with Daniel, Eliza, Joseph, Corinne, 
He sings in the home of the blest. 
There are buds Orrie, Gertie, Alvin and Fred 
That we hope to meet on that strand. 
Witli Lewis, loved Sina we'll know by her smile, 
And Luie, the clasp of her hand. 

O blessed hope, how it cheers us all ! 
That with friends beyond the river, 
We will hold reunions in the skies 
Nor will break them up forever. 

And though, perchance, the Angel come 
With scarce a friendly warning. 
We hope to bid good-bye on earth — 
If not — in Heaven, good-morning. 

—Adelaide Waters Kinder. 

'Ixird ^Q^^nion 


Davis^ Noble and Kinder Families 

Held at Bethel M. E. Church 
October 26th, J 905. 



T having become a custom with the Noble, Davis 
and Kinder Families to hold a Re-union every 
ten years, and in accordance with that custom, 
representative members of the respective families 
met at Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church, on Seaford 
Circuit, Sept. 6th. 1905. Mr. Joseph T. Davis was elected 
Chairman, and Isaac S. Warren Secretary of the meeting. 
It was decided to hold the Re-union Oct. 26th, and at 
the same time the following Committee on program was 
appointed: I. S. Warren, S. M. Noble, J. T. Davis, W. 
W. Kinder, R. F. Noble, G. E. Noble and Mrs. C. K. Cor- 
bin. The Committee was authorized to make all the nec- 
essary arrangements. The Committee invited Rev. W. S. 
Robinson, D. D., of Summerfield M. E. Church, Newark, 
N. J. , a former pastor at Bethel, and Mr. Herbert Noble, 
youngest son of the late Dr. W. D. Noble of Federalsburg, 
of the law firm of Noljle, Jackson & Hubbard of New 
York City, to make addresses at the Reunion. 

The Committee decided to have the proceedings of the 
two preceding Re-unions, with the proceedings of the pres- 
ent one published in one pamphlet. 


The Committee also appointed the following Commit- 
tees : 

On publishing proceedings — I. S. Warren, G. E. Noble, 
Charles Davis, W. W. Kinder, Dr. J. L. Noble. 

On securing subscriptions to the published proceedings 
—Charles S. Lewis, Mrs. C. K. Corbin, S. M. Noble, J.T. 
Davis, Charles Davis. 

On Registration — Hon. T. N. Rawlins, Linden Noble, 
W. J. Warren. 

Ushers— Fred H. Noble, C. L- Warren. 

The Committee also recommended that Dr. J. L. Noble 
be elected to preside at the Re union, and that I. S. Warren 
be elected Secretary and S. M. Noble, Treasurer. 

The Committee also adopted the following program : 


9.30 Organization, by election of Dr. J. L- Noble, of 
Preston, President ; L S. Warren, of Oak Grove, 
Secretary ; S. M. Noble, of Federalsburg, Treas- 
Organ Voluntary. 
Singing. 1082 Hymnal. 
Invocation. S. M. Noble. 
Singing. Auld Lang Syne. 
10.00 Address of Welcome. Rev. J. L. Johnson, Pastor 

of Church. 
10.15 Reply. Rev. P. H. Rawlins. 
10.25 Address. 
10.35 Singing. 

10.45 History of Kinder Family. S. W. Kinder, Esq. 
11.05 History of Davis Family. Charles Davis, Esq. 
11,25 History of Noble Family. I. S. Warren. 
11.35 Singing. 235 Hymnal. 
Call to Refreshments. 


2.00 Singing. Duett. Mrs. Dr. J. L. Noble and Mrs. 
Clara Payne. 

2.15 Introduction of Visitors. (2 minute addresses). 

2.30 Address. Rev. W. vS. Robinson, D. D., of Newark, 
N. J. 

3.00 Singing. 

3.15 Address. Herbert Noble, Esq., of New York. 

3.45 Closing Exercises, conducted by Rev. S. M. Morg- 
an, D. D. 
Singing. "Blest Be the Tie that Binds." 

Owing to the unfavorable and threatening state of the 
weather on Oct. 2()th, the program was not carried out as 
completely as it could have been wished, i. e., we could 
not begin on schedule time and several of the speakers who 
had been invited to officiate at the opening exercises were 
not present. Rev. J. L. Johnson, Pastor, who was to have 
made an address of welcome, has however kindly furnished 
manuscript which will be found in proceedings ; Rev. P. 
H. Rawlins, who was expected to reply, has kindly fur- 
nished the accompanying letter. Rev. W. S. Robinson, 
D. D., who made a very eloquent and suitable address, 
spoke extemporaneously, therefore the reader will be un- 
avoidably deprived of the pleasure of reading his address. 
The address of Mr. Herbert Noble, which will be found in 
these pages, speaks for itself. Taken as a whole our Re- 
union was a success and very enjoyable, and the Commit- 
tee regrets that the threatening weather prevented so many 
from being present. 


Address of Welcome 

By Rev. J. L. Johnson. 

Mr. Chairiuan, Members of the Noble, Davis and Kinder 
Families; Ladies and Gentlemen : 

I have been selected by your committee to speak the word of 
welcome on his occasion though that is hardly the proper term to 
use, for many of you brought your welcome with you when you 
came into the world. 

I, with a great many others realize, one of the greatest mis- 
takes of my life is; that I was not born either a Noble, a Davis, 
or a Kinder, but when I was born I did not know there existed 
such a historic family trio, had I, it might have been otherwise, 
no cue however told me, so I am not to blame. I have partially 
overcome my mistake by a certain species of adoption ; and today 
I find myself thrice blessed, for I claim now to be related to all 
three of the families. 

This is not the first time you have received the greetings of 
Bethel Church and been the recipients of the hospitality ; you 
know the warmth of the one and the unbounded generosity of the 
other, and I voice the sentiment of each member of this Church 
when I say that each of them appreciates the presence of such a 
grand assemblage of representative men and women ; and they 
rejoice in the privilege thus accorded you in visiting this historic 
spot under such happy auspices. Our hearts welcome you and 
our hands are extended in fraternal greetings. 

We wanted you, and we sent for you, and you have come and 
already our anticipations have been realized; we hope you will 
sit among l s not as strangers but as welcome guests, as neighbors, 
as friends and brothers and sisters, after the lapse of years, 
coming home to sit around the family fire-side and eat at the 
family board. 

Yours has been a noble past. It is not my purpose or promise 
to enter into a discussion of the history of the families or pro 
nounce eulogies on their work. The streams of your unostenta- 
tious honesty, industry and sobriety have leaped the boundaries of 
States and flowed out into many sections of our fair land, East, 
West, North and South, bearing upon its bosom the same virtues 


and refining qualities that characterize it at its fountain head, 
nor has it been retarded by the artificial distinctions of society. 
In whatever State or community a member of these families has 
been found they have taught their lessons of honesty and upright- 
ness, and by their fruits they are known of men. "The wilder- 
ness and the solitary place have been made to blossom as the rose" 
under the magnetic touch of your hand ; you have taken the 
unsightly and polished it into a thing of beauty; you have sawed 
and planed and hammered the forests into dwelling places; you 
have given character and distictiveness to this section of country, 
until it stands second to none in the whole State. For what you 
have been, for what you are and for what you are destined to be, 
I greet you. 

You meet today among a generous people and amidst historic 

Here in the ancient days people of your own blood and kin 
laid the foundations of a mighty work, the history of this church 
is interwoven with the history of these families. 

Like the Pilgrim Fathers, your ancestors must worship God, 
and being staunch adherants of the Weslyan Doctrine their 
homes were open and their hearts welcomed the early Missionaries 
sent out by the Weslyan Societies. In the home of one, William 
Davis, a Local Preacher, and for (52 years a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church, situated less than a mile from where I 
now stand. Bishops Asbury, Whatcoat and Waugh pieached the 
Word of Life. In 1781 on this very ground the first Chapel was 
built, then called Brown's Chapel, afterwards called Bethel, this 
being the 2nd M. E. Church built on this Peninsula. The same 
year Mr. White Brown, a leading spirit in the community, who 
owned the farm adjoining the Church Lot (now belonging to the 
heirs of the late John H. Twiford) built the brick dwelling which 
is still standing (and over the door are cut in the brick the 
initials W. B. , 1781). Mr. Brown was so much engaged in the 
work of building his own house and the church, he proposed 
that Jacob Kinder should take his. Brown's hands, and his own, 
and cultivate both farms so that he. Brown, might give all his 
time and attention to the building of his own house and of the 
church, which was done. Thus we see the spirit of sacrifice as 
found in these two men; willing to sacrifice their own interests 
that God's Temple might be erected. This spirit did not die 
with them ; it was of the hereditary type; it descended to the sons 
and daughters to the third and fourth generation. It is pre- 
eminently fitting that you should assemble upon this historic spot 
and upon this consecrated ground in this fataily re-union, no 


place like it, historic to you because of the sacred memories that 
cluster about it ; to the Church because of the ministrations of 
such men as Asbury, Whatcoat, Waugh aud George, the very 
founders of our beloved Methodism ; consecrated because here your 
fatliers labored, toiled, sacrificed and conquered; from here they 
ascended aud were glorified ; their ashes remain with you and 
their memory still abides, while their spirits basking in the 
golden light of the Eternal World hover round us. And in their 
name I greet you. 

The committee who had charge of this affair, in my judgment, 
exercised a very wise discretion, they have recognized the fact that 
man does not live by bread alone, but that there are other senses 
to be gratified than mere taste, and it has been, evidently, their 
desire that all five senses should have their proper share of enjoy- 
ment. You have alreadj' felt the warm clasp of a brother's 
hand. What is more pleasing to the eye than this array of 
youth, grace and beauty that I see before me? And our ears 
have been and will again be charmed by the concord of sweet 
sounds, but you say where does the fifth sense come in ? We 
have no sweet incense, but listen, "Behold how good and how 
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity; it is like 
the precious ointment on the head," Who will say that this 
precious ointment does not pervade this whole assembly '' It 
would be unpardonable in me now to make furthei remarks; I 
will only renew our thanks to you all for your presence with us, 
and when you depart, if you are able to carry away with you the 
slightest conception of the pleasure your company has given us, 
then we shall feel amply repaid for any feeble effort we may have 
put forth towards your enjoyment. 


Rev. P. H. Rawlins' Letter 

Isaac S. Warren, Esq. , 

Dear Brother : — ^You have requested a paper from me to be 
printed with the proceedings of the Noble, Davis, Kinder re-uuion 
held on October last at Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church. 

In compliance with your request, I will write you this letter. 

I regretted much that I was not able to reach the church on the 
morning of the meeting to be at the opening of the services and 
take the part which had been assigned me iti the proceedings. 
These re-unions have been profitable undoubtedly to all who have 
been present to enjoy them. The meeting of friends not often 
permitted to see each other, the forming of an acquaintance of the 
younger generation with the older, and with each other, and also 
the recognition of the fact that they are kindred, are things of 
importance, and should be encouraged. 

Just as the ancient Jews were careful to preserve their 
family ties intact, so that their descendants from generation to 
generation might trace their lineage, so it is well for the families 
of today to do the same. And to my mind there is much in these 
re-unions tending to preserve and keep in mind the honorable 
families to which they belong. 

Ten years bring many changes. In that time many, especially 
of the older ones, pass away to the great re-union. Many others 
have come into life. Yoing men and maidens have grown to 
maturity and gone forth from their parental roofs to build homes 
for themselves. The families represented at these re-unions are, 
in many respects, remarkable families. Noted as they have always 
been, for their industry, their integrity, their economy, and their 
uprightness of character. 

The ancestors of these families built on a solid foundation, 
and so built that the influence of their lives, and the result of 
their labors, live on, and are seen in the lives and work of their 
descendants today. Many of us who were permitted to be present 
at this last re-union cannot expect to be present at the next, if an- 
other ten years is allowed to pass before it is held. I trust, how- 
ever, that the younger generations will continue these happy 
gatherings to the end of time, and then when time is no more 
and the generations and families of all ages, shall gather, these fam- 
ilies, the Noble, Davis and Kinder families shall be with the 
white robed ones, a great multitude, at the right hand of the 
throne, a happy company, there to greet each other with holy 
song, forever with the Lord. P. H. RAWLINS. 

The Kinder Family 

By S. W. Kinder, Esq. 

Owing to the limited time accorded us, we have chosen one 
member of this large family, and as briefly as we may, shall hold up 
this life as a model, as a shining light and as a living example to 
all who survive him, and to the generations yet unborn. We 
believe that all mind and matter is governed by law. And we 
believe in the law of heredity— that it is no small or insignifi- 
cant factor in a man's life to be well born. 

Daniel Byas Kinder was born Oct. 3, A. D. , 1816. His 
father, Isaac Kinder, was physically, mentally, and morally, made 
up of sturdy genuine fibre. His mother, Rhoda Warren Kinder, was 
a woman unsurpassed by motherly tenderness and love, while her 
face was as cheerful and bright as the white light of a new born 
day, and her voice was as gentle and wooing as that of a dove. 

At different periods of his life, the writer has attempted to de- 
lineate and portray this exquisitely beautiful christian life, but 
the task has always baffled all efforts of both tongue and pen. 

With such auspicious environments, Daniel Kinder grew up 
in this vicinity, and for many long, eventful years was a central 
figure, and indeed a large and conspicuous part of the warp and 
woof of the life and actions and transactions of the generation 
in which he lived, and which he served with such constant fidel- 
ity and trust. 

Daniel Kinder was a Godly man. He made the Bible his 
daily study, and practiced its precepts in every walk of life. No 
emergency could arise but he had on the end of his tongue a 
Scripture text which would meet the conditions, and often solve 
the knotty problems of life. It would be more than an idle waste 
of words to say that he was scrupulously honest, and fair and 
square in all his dealings with men. Like Daniel in sacred 
history, "he purposed in his heart" that he would do right, and 
leave results with God. 

A Sussex Co lawyer, who knew him intimately in business 
relations, was constrained to say: "That Daniel Kinder was the 
most careful, the most scrupulous, and the most conscientious 
man in business transactions it had ever been his good fortune to 
know. ' ' 


He took a profouud interest in the welfare of others, and 
never thouj^ht his task done until he extended a helping baud and 
brought light and good cheer to hearts and lives in need. His 
daughter writes beautifully and says: "He was a kind and 
aflfectiouate father and ordered the affairs of his household by the 
law of tenderness and parental love." He was a man of great 
veneration and esteem He almost worshipped good and great 
men, and treasured in his mind and heart many of their wise 
sayings, and never forgot to weave them into his conversations 
with his friends. 

He was a genuinely hospitable man. Hundreds of relatives 
and friends have found shelter under his benign roof, and have 
enjoyed the good things spread upon his bountiful table, and held 
communion, sweet converse and Christian fellowship with this 
devout man of God. His was a home for the itinerant preacher 
through a long, long series of years, and no wayfaring man was 
ever turned empty away from his door. He was a class leader for 
many years, and as you see his name stands enrolled in the list 
of Trustees in the OfiScial Memorial window of this church. 

We shall mention just two incidents which show that his life 
was completely under the control of the spirit of the Master 
when He talked so tenderly and so lovingly to His disciples on 
the Mount. 

Some years before his death, he came to the writer's home and 
brought corn to exchange for seed — a common custom among 
farmers — and said he wanted five bushels. The corn was quickly 
measured. While taking the corn which he brought from his 
wagon, we discovered that there were six bushels, and supposing 
that he had made a mistake, we began to measure another bushel, 
but he shook his head — in his significant way — and said "No." 
And we shall never forget the expression of conscious satisfac- 
tion and of honesty of purpose which danced like sunbeams from 
every feature of his face as he extended his hand, and in his 
familiar charcteristic way said: "Good-bye Sara ; I hope I have 
done you no harm. " 

Daniel Kinder in every walk of life gave Gospel measure, 
shaken down, pressed together and running over. We never 
counted the extra bushel in dollars and cents; we put an infini- 
tely higher value upon it, and always regarded it as a gift of his 
love, and as an expression of his very best wishes. 

On one occasion when sick, his physician ordered that he 
8hould procure some ardent spirits, and use as he had prescribed. 
A messenger was despatched and upon reaching the store, the 
druggist informed him that he had the article, but his license 


for selling it had expired just a few days ago. But with a kindly 
heart the package was neatly wrapped, and placing it into the 
hand of the waiting man, said: "Tell Mr. Kinder I have no 
right to sell it, but I gladly send it as a gift, with my sincere 
compliments. " 

As soon as he had recovered, and was able to ride, he went to 
his poultry yard and selected the finest bird in his flock, took it 
to the druggist and said : "Mr. C. here is a fowl I have brought 
you" and turned and walked away. The merchant was puzzled to 
know what such a transaction meant, but upon further reflection 
recalled the facts above stated; Daniel Kinder could not have 
lived happily or died in peace, if he had not in some way have 
compensated this man for his kindness. 

Upon the surface these incidents may seem homely and un- 
important, but if we will take the pains to analyze them and get 
down to the basic truths which they represent, we shall find that 
they contain the very quintessence of the spirit of the "Golden 
Rule." Daniel Kinder always tried to "do unto others as he 
would have others do unto him." This spirit characterized this 
good man in all his dealings with men, and was indeed the warp 
and woof of his devoted Christian life. 

Today, while we sit together in these sacred surroundings, 
and recall these pleasing reminiscences, and recount his splendid 
virtues, all that was mortal of Daniel Byas Kinder sleeps peace- 
fully in the cemetery hard by the Sanctuary in which he wor- 
iiipped for so many long and happy years. While all that is 
iamortal and heavenly and divine, stands out like a beacon 
li^ht along the shore of life's dark, rough, tempestuous sea, and 
wth one hand pointing to the divine throne, while with the 
otlier he beckons us on, and with a voice of triumphant victory, 
say* : "Follow me, as I followed the Man of Galilee." 

"Servant of God, well done ; 
Thy glorious warfare's past ; 
The battle's fought, the race is won. 
And thou art crowned at last." 

Diar friends: After ten years of light and shadows, we have 
met or this glad day to grasp each others' hands and exchange 
our sincere hearty greetings. But some seats are vacant, and as 
the reco-d shows, many of our number have fallen in life's sore 

The Ud book upon which we ventured our all for this life and 
the life o come, is pregnant with admonitions concerning the 
brevity of human life. The inspired writers use many symbols 


to tell the sad story. One calls it "a hand breadth" — another 
speaks of it as "a vapor;" still another compares it to "grass 
which coiUL'th up in the morning, and in the evening is cut 
down." And away back in the dark ages men kept this serious 
thought before their mind. 

God's old servant, Job, startles us with bis unique expression — 
"My days are swifter than the weavers' shuttle." 

We lay along side these sad enunciations — which are the 
result of sin — the "exceeding great and precious promises" which 
pervade almost every page of the same old Book, and bring hope 
and consolation and rest to our timid trembling hearts. There is 
nothing in all literature half so sweet as the words of Jesus: 
'"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest." Listen to old Paul; "For I reckon — that is, I 
compute — that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy 
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." 

The old prophet, under a mighty spell of inspiration, did 
his best to soothe our troubled hearts, and quiet our anxious fears, 
saying: "When thou passest through the waters I will be with 
thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be 
burned: neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Listen 
again; Jesus says: "but the very hairs of your head are all 
numbered." whether we stand or fall in the coming decade, 
let us hold fast to the old Book; let's seek shelter and find safety 
on the old Ship; she surely will land us over, and "God shall 
wipe away all tears from our eyes." 


The Davis Family 

By Charles M. Davis. 

You alread}' have the history of the Davis family up to 1895, 
but the information extends no farther back than 150 years, and we 
feel impelled to mention the fact that in 1617 a James Davis 
came from England in the ship George to Virginia, from thence 
he went to the Western Shore of Maryland, and his descendants 
settled on the Eastern Shore where 7000 acres of land weie laid 
off for them. 

This same history states also that the name originated from 
David, and for some reasons we may infer that King David of 
Bible fame was our ancestor^first he was a great singer and 
musician, and this Davis family have been noted for their musical 
talent. Then David was a man of war, and the Davis family 
have ever been found conspicuous in military affairs, ready to 
respond when duty calls. 

This is the third meeting at this time-honored place, and 
every member of the Davis family present, we believe, cherishes 
an ardent affection for this temple and kindred hearts beneath 
its roof. 

There huve been some changes since we met here ten years ago 
— death has visited our ranks and removed some of our loved 
ones from earth to heaven, and the thought comes todny, they 
may be listening, with door ajar, to our words of love and 
renewed frienships. 

Only one of Lemuel Davis' grandchilren is now living, 
Elizabeth Sorden, daughter of Caleb and Nancy Davis, who is a 
resident of the "Old Ladies' Home" in Easton, Md. , and would 
have been with us today were it not for her affliction ; she is 
totally blind and very feeble, and only waiting till the shadows 
are a little longer grown, to respond to the call to "come up 
higher." Two grandsons who were with us ten years ago, and 
whose presence now would be a benediction, are numbered among 
the dead. 

Nathaniel, son of Tilghman Davis, who was born September 
20, 1811, and died July 29, 1900, and Rev. Edward Davis, son of 
Caleb; he represented the Davis family in both the preceding 


re-unions, and rendered the church many years of faithful service. 
Having finished his work, he is now reaping the reward of his 

Others who have passed away from our midst since 1895 are 
Tina wife of Kernandes Uavis, Li Hie Kenuey, grandaughter of 
Curtis Davis, Rhoda widow of William Noble, Emily wife of 
Nathaniel Davis, Amanda wife of Wm. Edward Cannon, L. Shanley 
Davis sou of Curtis, Mary W Moore daughter of Isaac Davis. Lee 
H. Davis son of James, Ruth May infant daughter of Fernandas 
Davis, Augusta Booth daughter of Alfred and Mary Davis, War- 
den Cooper grandson of John Davis, Florence Miles daughter of 
Lottie Adams, and Eliazbeth P. Morgan and Sallie C. Davis 
daughters of Charles L. Davis. 

We will try to give a partial list of the surviving members 
of this wonderful family. 

Lemuel Davis' children have been named in a former hstory. 
The children of Rev. William Davis were William, Greentree, 
Mary Ann, Truston, Priscilla, Mahala and Jesse. Of William 
is Franklin Davis of Phladelpha. Of Greentree is Ann Amelia 
living near Georgetown, Del. Truston Davis' children were 
Edward and Winfield, neither of them living, but Edward who 
married Emma Wrightson, left three daughters, Nellie, Nannie 
and Winnie who reside in Cambridge, Md. 

Of Mahala who married Charles Noble we have two living 
representatives, Jonathan Noble and Mary the widow of Alfred 

Of Jesse Dtvis are Emily Kinder of this vicinity and Harriet 
Brown of Baltimore, Md. 

The children of Solomon Davis were Lemuel, Mary Ann and 

Of Lemuel is Dr. W. F. Davis of Dover, Del. Mary Ann 
married W. A. Whealey and left four sons all living in Dorches- 
ter County. 

The children of Tilghman Davis were Isaac, James, Nathaniel, 
Henry, Alfred, Samuel, Kittie, Castelia and Charlotte. 

Of Isaac, are Celia wife of Edward Adams of Reliance, who 
has six children all living; Joseph T. Davis who married Annie 
Williams, has three children, Raymond, married living in Phila- 
delphia, Addie and Myra living with their parents at the old 
homestead; Lottie Adams of Seaford, Del., one daughter living 
and one grand-daughter, Florence Etta Miles living at Upper 
Fairmount, Md. ; and Martha Sharpp of Seaford has one son. 

Of James Davis son of Tilghman are Willie Prouse of Phila- 
delphia, who has two sons living, Walter and Harry, and two 


small grandchildren ; Georgia Patton of New Jersey has three 
children ; W. J. Davis of Federalshurg one daughter, Laura, and 
Lydia Elliott lias two daughters. Bessie wife of Earle Noble aud 
Anna the bride of Harry Kinder of Pittsburgh. 

Of Nathaniel Davis are Tilghmau of Easton, Md., Willard 
living near Triuity church, Benjamin and three daughters, Leoua, 
Kate and Edith Davis Mulligan who has two children. 

Of Henry Davis son of Tilghmau are Jacob Tilghmau, Harriet 
McMahon who has two daughters Mrs. Watson aud Mrs. Coffin, 
and Ida Collins of New Jersey. 

Of Alfred Davis are Emily wife of Heury Cannon of Seaford, 
Charles T. a resident of this vicinity. Sallie C. wife of W E. 
Carpenter of Woodland, James, and Laura widow of Oliver Obier 
of Seaford, Del. 

Of Castelia who married John Kinder are Isaac and Samuel 
the only children living today. 

Of Charlotte who married John L. Willis are Tilghmau and 
Sallie Samuel Brown both of Seaford, Del. 

The children of Ennals Davis were Charles, Peggy, Betsy aud 

Of Charles D ivis were Elizabeth V. Morgan, John Marcus, 
Sallie and Emily; the first three deceased an 1 Emily living 
near the church. 

Of Peggy who married Melvin Andrew, Ann Eliza, Lizzie 
Hubbard, William D. and Kate Sisk of his vicinity. 

Of Eliza who married Trustou Cannon, Jacob, Miry E. , 
Antouiette, Arcady, Elizabeth, Eliza Jane, Lillie Newton, Sallie 
Tilghman, Augusta, Charles Davis and James Wilson. 

The children of Caleb Davis were Curtis, Albert, John, 
Washington, Edward, Lizzie, Mary, Ann, Emeline. Carrie and 

Of Curtis Davis, Rebecca, his widow, who resides in Feder- 
alshurg, L. Shanley Davis his eldest son, whose precious memory 
lingers with us still, died in 1900, leaving one son who bears his 
father's full name and lives in New York City; Charles M. Davis 
residing in Federalshurg has two daughters, Eva the wife of Prof. 
H. H. Murphy living now in Denton, and Lydia at home with 
her parents, also one grandson. Rowena, wife of Rev. James T. 
Kenney has two unmarried daughters all living in Philadelphia; 
Oliver Davis has two sous, Curtis and Norman both married and 
all living in New York, Jerome Davis of Goldsboro, Md. , is 
married but has no children ; Oscar Davis of Ho'ooken, New 
Jersey, has three children ; Elena Davis unmarried resides with 
her mother; Fernandas, living in Federalshurg, has two children. 


Wilmer and Winter aie both married, living in New York, but 
have no children; Carrie Lewes wife of H. M. Carroll has one 
son, and resides in Federalsburg. 

Of Albert Davis are Edward F. Davis who has two daughters, 
Roberta wife of Dr. R. Kemp Jefferson and Rthel Davis, also two 
grandsons; James H. Davis has five children, two sons, Harry 
W. Davis, cashier of Federalsburg bank and Albert Davis, and 
three daughters, Blanche wife of Roland Webster who lives in 
Cambridge and have one child, Iva and Nancy Davis who live at 
home with their parents in Federalsburg. 

Of John Davis, one daughter, Jennie Cooper, who is a widow 
with two sons and lives at White Haven, Wicomico Co., Md 

Of Rev. Edward Davis, Mattie his widow who resides in 
Newark, Md. , Leland and Belle Bailey of Wilmington; John of 
Bridgeville and Ella Bowen, who has one son, Edward Farrell, 
of Newark, Md. 

Of Ann who married Warren Kinder were Caleb, Rhoda, 
Emily, Sina, Amanda, Cassie, Martha, Carrie and Addie. 

Caleb, deceased, left one daughter. 

Rhoda Noble left one daughter, Sallie, who married James 
Andrew and lives in Hurlock, Md. 

Amanda Cannon left two sons living in I'lorida, and two 
daughters, Mary Fooks of Georgetown, Del., and Ella Emery of 

Carrie Wilson left two children, Maggie of Seaford, Del., 
and Robert of California. 

Sina Rawlins resides in Seaford, Cassie Corbin in this 
vicinity, Martha Lewis who has one son, Warren lives in Laurel, 
Del., and Addie Wright of Seaford has one daughter, Lillie 

Of Carrie who married Twiford Noble, Alex Noble of Preston, 
Md. , and Addie, deceased, who married Robert Jarrell of Golds- 
boro, Md. 

In closing this historical sketch we are reminded that there 
may be some mistakes and names omitted that should be recorded, 
but we have gone according to our information, and wish to be 
pardoned for any errors. 

One characteristic of the Davis family is a fondness for 
something good to eat, and the wives of these kind husbands seem 
to know the art of cooking. To agree with this assertion you 
have only to visit one of them and partake of their toothsome 
viands. The latch string of their hospitable homes ever hangs 


We part today, but hope to meet again : 

"Where the crystal stream doth flow, 
And the trees of Hfe doth bloom, 

Where no chilling frost can fall, 
On flowers that sweetly bloom. 

Where the glory of the Lord 

Shines thro' all the cloudless skies, 

There, as endless ages roll. 

Shall be no more good-byes." 


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The Noble Family 

By I. S. Warrhn. 

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen. For the third time we 
have met in re-union of the families of Noble, Davis and Kinder. 

Again the frosts of Autumn leave their mark on the forests 
about us; giving color and beauty to the landscape, and in look- 
in over this large gathering I see the autumn of life is giving 
light and color to the heads of many in this audience, while the 
frosts of many winters give notice to many of us that the time 
of re-unions on Earth will soon be over. May we meet in that 
grand re-union in Heaven where we shall meet again those with 
whom we have met on occa.sions like unto this. 

Although I was not the one first selected by the committee to 
represent the Noble Family not being so well qualified as some 
others and not a Noble by name, Dr. J. L. Noble our president of 
today being the one chosen, but the Dr. finding his professional 
duties of such a character as to preclude his giving the subject 
matter the attention he would like, he turned it over to me, for 
which you have my sincere regrets. When a man is so unforunate 
as not to be borne a Noble, the very next best thing is to marry a 
Noble which thing 1 did and that Noble has reigned in my home 
not only as a Noble but as a Queen, and still reigns, happy 
mother of eight children, six of whom are here with us today, 
one of them the wife of Dr. W. F. Haines of Seaford, with her 
little son, Harlan Fisher Haines, two are not, for God has taken 
them since our last re-union. 

The Grim Reaper has gathered an abundant harvest of Nobles 
during the time since we last met on such an occasion as this, he 
has seemed to love a shining mark. Comparatively few of the 
older members of the family have fallen, Jonathan T. Noble the 
Nestor of the Noble name, with his sister Mrs. Mary Noble Davis 
still lingering with the children, are with us today. 

The Nobles are not a long lived family, but Mrs. Davis has 
reached the advanced age of 84 years and her brother Jonathan 82. 

Two years almost today, after our last re-union, Oct. 30, 1897, 
Sadie E. Warren, eldest daughter of I. S. Warren and Mary E. 
Noble, a quiet unassuming but most loveable girl passed away, 
and now awaits the resurrection pf the just. 


May Noble, eldest daughter of S. M. Noble aud Mary E. 
Kinder, died April 10th, 1900. You will pardon me if I make a 
digression from the rule I had laid out for myself in regard to 
these notices. I have about 20 death notices and 40 marriages, 
and the time allowed me will not sutBce but to give the barest 
notice of each one, but this especial ^ase calls for more than a 
passing notice. 

It might be well said of May Noble none knew her but to 
love her, none spoke of her but to praise her. A lovely bud, 
too fair for Earth, she blooms iu Heaven. She and her f.ither 
were to have sung a selection at the Epworth League service on 
the Sunday before she died, they are to sing it on the Eternal 
Shore, let us all be there to hear it, 


Harvey Fountain, Nov. !), 1896. 
Sadie E. Warren, Oct. 30, 1897. 
Walton Williams, Sept. 27, 1898. 
Verdie Noble. Oct., 1898. 
Eunice Noble, June 17, 1899. 
May Noble, Apr. 10, 1900. 
Ella Hubbard, May 16, 1900. 
Frank Harris, Feb. 20, 1901. 
Sallie Davis, March 20, 1901. 
Rhoda A. Noble, Apr. 28, 1901. 
Isaac Noble, Nov. 14, 1901. 
Albert B. Chambers, July 3, 1902. 
Elberta Wheatley, August 3, 1902. 
J. Noble Warren, November 19, 1902. 
William T. Piquette, February 7, 1903. 
James A. Noble, January 25, 1903. 
Annie Noble High, August 4, 1904. 
Helen Warren, August, 1904. 
Dr. Hattie N. Purte, May 11, 1905. 
Helen Noble, July 3, 1905. 
Charles Noble, August 20, 1905. 


Herbert Noble to Elsie Pattison, December 5, 1895. 
Harvey N. Fountain to Nora A. Noble, October 3, 1896. 
Charles S. Bradley to Elizabeth C. Grannis, January 13, 1897. 
Mary Belle Noble to William T. Piquette, October 16, 1897. 
Mary Bradley to George T. Chambers, October 28, 1897. 
Blanche Noble to John W. Stowell, Dec 22, 1898. 
Bertie Noble to Dr. W. T. Kelley, June 7, 1899. 
J. Noble Warren to Katherine Herbert, August 9, 1899. 
Willie V. Alberger to George H. Jefferson, December 23, 1899. 
Edgar Fountain to Annie M. Fountain, March 21, 1900. 
Walter Fountain to Emma Cohee, May 20, 1900. 
Mary Moore to Manning Merriken, June 14, 1900. 


Rink Noble to Miss I^amly, July 25, 1900. 

Myra Piirte to Arthur Prey, July 29, 1900. 

Charles Kulton Noble to Cora Willis, October 20, 1900. 

J. Twifonl Williams to Mattie Morris, December 12, 1900. 

Roberta BraiUev to W. h. Wheatley, December 2"), 1900. 

George K Nohje to ( Handy, June, 1900. 

Madge K. Warren to Dr. W. F. Haines, March 5, 1901. 

Radie Belle Hubl)ard to William A. Jones, May 28, 1901. 

Levi D. L. Noble to Jennie Lake, December 18, 1901. 

Minnie Noble to F. W. Booker, January 29, 1902. 

William Davis to , 1902. 

Myrtle Harris to E. H. Fell, August 0, 1902. 

L. Earle Warren to Lelia C. Jones, June 18, 1902. 

Clara Noble to John Pavne, June 2, 1902, 

Mary Andrews to J. H. Loux, May 28, 1908. 

Carrie .\nilre\vs to F. N Casson, November 26, 190;-?. 

Hattie Fountain to Fred Peters, January 20, \W6. 

Luanna Bradlev to L. G. Christopher, January 12, 1904. 

Earle Noble to' Bessie Elliott, February 28, 1904. 

Annie Noble High to Mr. Henning, January I, 1904. 

Herman Noble to Nell Hurr, June 22, 1904. 

Herbert Nichols to Poole 1904. 

Marv Harris to Frank Robertson, December 21, 1!X)4. 

Frank P'ountain to vStella Noble, December 20, 1904. 

Mary Jarrell to Dr H. W. B. Rowe, March 16, 1904. 

Fannie Jarrell to Dr. Raymond Downes, December 14, 1904. 

William Noble Andrews to Bessie Walworth, October 18, 1904. 

Grace Williams to Raymond P. Vickers, October 20, 1904. 

Grace Noble to E. Lee Chipley, January 11, 1905. 

Mary E. Noble to Dr. James A. Riedy.June I, 1905. 

A retrospect reveals the spring from which issues this stream 
of stalwart men and women, men and women who stood for up- 
right, clean living, who stood for civic righteousness, who made 
the wilderness bud and blossom like the rose such as we see about 
us today. 

The prospect is that the future promises even greater achiere- 
ments, worthy sons of worthy sires, brave and true men, fair, 
chaste women, whose high destiny shall be fulfilled only when 
the}' land in Eternity. 

"May there be no sad farewells 
When we at last embark." 

Address of 

Herbert Noble^ Esq* 

It is no small pleasure to be again at this historic spot, 
especially on such an occasion as this; and I am not insensible to 
the honor of being asked to address you, nor of the burden of so 
doing. However, I feel that I am among my own people; and 
that fact forces into prominence in my mind what I conceive to 
have been and to be their distinguishing characteristics. 

The Nobles settled in this region more than two hundred years 
ago. They came from the counties of Northumberland and Cum- 
berland, Enland, where they had lived for centuries. The first 
mention of the name in English history was William le Noble, 
who came to England with William the Conqueror, and was 
granted an estate in the County of Northumberland for faithful 
service and loyalty to his sovereign. 

I have visited this home where his descendants reside, and the 
family characteristics were most notable. The head of the 
present family is William Noble, who might for all the world 
have been taken for the brother of William Noble or Jonathan 
Noble, or, my father, William Davis Noble. It was from these 
Nobles that our ancestors came to Maryland. 

But I do not desire to attempt an historical sketch of the Noble 
family. What they and the others who have settled in this 
region have accomplished and have stood for, is what I desire to 
call your attention to. When they came here, there was before 
them the primeval forests, the home of the Nanticoke Indians. 
There were black bear, deer and other wild game in abundance; 
but there were no roads, no farms, no buildings, no homes. 
Their's it was to blaze the way for civilization; and it required 
stout hearts to face such a situation for the purpose of making 
homes. They did not come here seeking gold. They came to 
make their homes under the beneficent Governments of Lord Bal- 
timore and William Penn : In Maryland where no man's 
pivilege to worship God according to the dictates of his con- 
science could be violated, since the very charter secured that as a 
right, and to the colony of William Penn who wanted his people 
to live in peace and harmony with all men. 


And what did these early settlers accomplish ? They won 
the forests for homes, for broad plantations, and they kept alive 
in their hearts the love of God. They had no wars with the 
Indians, for they dealt fairly with them; and they dealt jnstly 
with each other. They were valant men of peace and fair 
<lealing. They gave in those days, as they give today, a quid pro 
quo for all that they received. 

These were noc commonplace qualities. They were the 
qualities of strong and virtuous men; for in the forests, distant 
from the outpost of civilization, where legal rights are very 
difficult of enforcement, and where the views of men become 
loose, because they are so free from restraint, it indicates high 
personal character to deal justly. It means an imagination which 
pictures a future in which a conscience void of a sense of wrong 
doing is indispensable to the enjoyment of a home which was to 
result from their unending toil and labor. They sought a future 
which might be enjoyed in content and happiness. 

As contrasted with the Puritans who went to New England, 
the men who came to this region were of a nobler mould. Those 
who went to New England were satisfied with nothing. Their 
life was as hard as their beliefs were hard ; their sufferings as 
extreme as their sympathies were narrow. They conceived of a 
God who was continually visiting evil and harm upon the people, 
who had elected some to be saved and all the rest of humanity to 
be damned "in soul and body without intermission in hell fire 
forever." And such was their attitude toward each other, that 
if one did not believe these doctrines and treat one's neighbor 
accordingly, one had the choice of having one's tongue bored, 
ears clipped or leaving as Roger Williams did in 1636, when he 
founded Rhode Island, or as Benjamin Franklin was obliged to du 
more than one hundred years later. "The highest to the lowest 
were firm believers in portents, prodigies, witchcraft and all the 
black arts. Every unusual event was attributed to God or the 
devil, and the latter especially seemed to have amused himself at 
the expense of helpless humanity. " The burning of witches at 
Salem, and the alleged communications from witches and the 
spirits of the dead, affirmed to have taken place by Cotton and 
Increase Mather are familiar history (1700-1750. ) 

"The Christianity believed in, and preached, and practiced 
by the rank and file of the people was lurid and of merciless 
cruelty and vengance " 

From this period when they attributed the most horrid 
qualities to a merciful God, they swung, within a few yeais, to 
another equally extreme and equally abhorrent point of view, by 


denying the Divinity of our Saviour and becoming Unitarians. 
And this change too was attended by similar conduct toward 
those who failed to agree. 

Speaking of the period of 1807, Barrett Wemlell has said: 

"In Boston Unitarianism had swept away the pristine religious 
traditions. Among the older churches only the Old South had 
stuck by its original Calvinistic colours, and its members gener- 
ally remained orthodox at the expense of their lists." 

In a word, those people who dared to believe what had been 
so stoutly taught even in Franklin's day, forty years before, were 
made to feel that they were social outcasts, and that they had 
no proper places in the community. 

With this picture of religious intolerance, and, I might say, 
degredation, of intellectual unrest, and utter social discontent, 
compare the situation here. Faith, charity, mercy — these were 
the qualities attributed by the people here to God. Episcopalians, 
Roman Caholics, Calvinists and Jews all had au asylum here, 
where every man sough to build a home in a community where 
fair dealing was the standard of conduct atjd the measure of 
respect, and where religious views deprived np man of his right 
or his neighbor's respect, so long as he de. It justly and lived 
honorably. Right living was what one's neighbor required of one; 
Bnd if a man's religious views were in his neighbor's opinion 
unsound, he was cordially invited, in the /early days, to the 
Church of England; later, in some parts, p Meeting, and yet 
again to the Methodist Church. In the earlier days of the Colo- 
nies of Maryland, and, indeed under Williaa Penn, the majority 
of the Churches were those of the Church a England. But the 
very reason that she lost her ground here, ind the Quakers and 
the Methodists supplanted her, was that Tie clergy sent out to 
the Colonies in those days did not measire up to the standard 
which had been set in this community by/ the people who lived 
here. They were not men of high spiritual force. They held 
their Churches largely as a means of suport, with little or no 
care for the spiritual welfare of the ^ople. They were less 
concerned with the eternal verities andhonorable living than 
with the mere means of support. So th^ when the Quakers came 
preaching that God was not a grim ai*)crat, and that man was 
not essentially lost ; that there was rf»m for love, mercy and 
charity, and that what was truly to be/nderstood was "the truth 
of the universal love of God to all me/ That God so loved the 
world that He sent His vSon, that Ch/st died for all men, and 
that His atonement availed for all whJin every land accepted the 
light with which He enlightened th|tr minds and consciences. 


and who listeuiug to His still small voice in the soul turned in 
any true sense toward God away from evil" and to right living 
and fair dealing, they appealed to the spiritual lives of the people 
here, and many, and among them many Nobles, became Quakers. 
But the coherence and aggressiveness of the Quakers were not 
sufiBcient to satisfy the spiritual life of the people here; and 
when the spiritual awakening came in England and John Wesley 
so eloquently and fervently protested against the then unspiritu- 
alized condition of the English Church; and when George White- 
field, the great Evangelist, visited and preached in the Colonies, 
there was aroused great religious fervor in his region. White- 
field's preaching was very impassioned, and very remarkable. 
Benjamin Franklin, in his autobiography, says of his preaching in 
Phiadelphia : 

"The multitudes of all sects and denominations that attended 
his sermons were enormous and it was matter of speculation to 
me, who was one of the number, to observe the extraordinary 
influence of his oraiory on his hearers, and how much they ad- 
mired and respected him, notwithstanding his common abuse of 
them, by assuring thun they were naturally half beasts and half 
devils. It was woncerful to see the change soon made in the 
manner of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent 
about religion, it seetied as if all the world were growing reli- 
gious, so that one coild not walk thro' the town in an evening 
without hearing psalm, sung in different families of every street." 

The enthusiasm vhich was aroused by Whitefield, and the 
other great revivalists vho came with him, was sweeping; and it 
was remarkable how thy got funds together to build Churches. 
On one occasion, writesFranklin, Whitefield desired to establish 
a charitable orphanage n Georgia which Franklin thought was 
impracticable, and he sas in his autobiography : 

"I therefore refused ) contribute, I happened soon after to 
attend one of his sermon, in the course of which I perceived he 
intended to finish with i collection and I silently resolved he 
should get nothing from ne. I had in my pocket a handful of 
copper money, three or our silver dollars, and five pistoles in 
gold. As he proceeded I legan to soften, and concluded to give 
the coppers. Another stroe of his oratory made me ashamed of 
that, and determined me » give the silver; and he finished so 
admirably that I empty'd ly pocket wholly into the collector's 
dish, gold and all. " 

He must also have been very genial, lovable man personally, 
because while Franklin was )t in sympathy with his preaching, 
Whitefield and he seemed to ave been great friends, and on one 


occasion Whitefield wrote asking Franklin if he might stay with 
him. Franklin's reply was "You know my house; if you can 
make shift with its scant accommodations, you will be most 
heartily welcome." 

Whitefield replied "If you made that kind offer for Christ's 
sake, you should not miss of a reward." And says Franklin, "I 
returned, 'Don't let me be mistaken ; it was not for Christ's sake, 
but for your sake' " and adds Franklin, "One of our common 
acquaintances jocosely remark'd that, knowing it to be the cus- 
tom of the saints, when they received any favour, to shift the 
burden of the obligaiton from off their own shoulders, and place 
it in heaven, I had contriv'd to fix it on earth." 

The preaching of Whitefield and his associates was an exhorta- 
tion to give up bad habits; to live simply, without lewdness and 
in virtue ; to deal justly and fairly by all men ; and to turn to- 
ward a God to whom was attributed qualities of love, mercy and 
fatherly kindness. 

As I said before, his was .the kind of life the people in this 
community had sought to live, and they responded to his appeal 
and built chapels for worship; among them Bethel Chapel. Thus 
Methodism, in its turn, became and has remained a great and 
moving force for good here. 

Referring now to material matters, the produce of the far ras 
was and always has been abundant. Every man has always had 
suflBcient to live on, and many have had an abundance. There 
were no attempts to take unfair advantage in the tusiness dealings 
of the community. The standards of honesty were high. Men 
met their obligations. I cannot recall, as a boj, when I lived 
in this communtiy, the occurrence of any seriors breaches of the 
law. I remember at my own home, that while the front door of 
the house was always carefully locked at night, rjost of the others 
were wide open. Life and personal property vere secure. The 
delights of life were enjoyed simply, merrily and thoroughtly 
without undue show or ostentation. There was no pride of 
wealth. Indeed the manner of living of mo»t of the people was 
too generous to permit oi the accumulation d wealth, and men 
and women enjoyed their lives freely and tappily, without any 
attempt on the part of their neighbors to li:nit their conduct or 
control their beliefs. 

I have attempted to draw a contrast between the lives of 
descendants of Englishmen who settled in New England and the 
lives of descendants of Englishmen, and otlers, who settled here. 
On the one hand, in New England while liey have undoubtedly 
accumulated greater wealth than has been .ccumulated here, they 


have lived under the must serious and unlovely philosophy and 
religious beliefs; and amid the most rigid social conditions, with 
very little of that which is genial in their lives; whereas, on the 
other hand, here, the people have lived simply, with a keen de- 
sire to see the right and to do it, to be genial and gracious with 
each other, and to get from life the joy, happiness and pleasure 
which makes life a delight, and the world a place of beauty. 

If the Nobles and the Davises and the Kiiiders and others, 
who settled in this community have won for the people who reside 
here what I have attempted to point out, and what I conceive is 
the fact, then the result of their work has, to my mind, been more 
worth while than bad they accumulated silver and gold, and at 
the same time failed to win from life its sweetness and its beauty. 
They have done more for themselves and the world than those 
restless and discontented spirits who have lived and worked in 
New England. 

And what for the future ? This seems to be an age of doing, 
of building, of inventing, of organizing. The vast and sudden 
accumulation of great fortunes, in various parts of the country, 
seems to have set before the minds of many of our people solely 
the accumulatioc of riches as an object of life. 

In the great orowded centres the beautiful seems to be giving 
place to the material. There seems no time to seek the eternal 
truths, learning, scholarship and to cultivate the gentler side of 
each other; and, nstead of seeking happiness and contentment 
as an object, the acquirement of wealth for the material position 
it can bring, seems to be the purpose of the day. 

Millions of people in this country are today enjoying better 
schools, are better :lothed, better fed and better housed and they 
live more securely and are better protected against disease and 
oppression than eve: before in the history of the world, because of 
the material progress that has been made. 

All this means system and organization. The necessities of 
organization require the closest attention, and it seems unques- 
tionably true that to many the perfecting of organization and 
combination for the " ealth that they will bring, seems an object 
alone If this be trut, generally, in this country, as is frequenty 
asserted, the people ha^e sold their birth-right for a mess of pot- 

But, it is not true lenerally, and it is only seemingly true in 
the great crowded centr*^. 

The men needed the 2, to manage great organizations, are not 
those thus sorded. The kind of men that are needed are those 
who see clearly, who ha;e no difficulty at any time in knowing 


that they have no right to another man's property, and who, 
under no circumstances, will take an improper advantage of 
other men; men of such quaities that they will be patient in the 
doing of right, in dealing justly and fairly, and in making their 
conquests the result of fair dealing. So that while on the one 
hand wealth has been accumulated so suddenly that it seems fairly 
to stagger the imagination, on the other hand, the qualities which 
are required for its administration and for the administration and 
accomplishment of great organizations and the doing of great 
things, are those qalities and characteristics which those early 
people, who settled in this community, set for their own living, 
and which standard of life and of living is the proudest heritage 
descended to their children. 

When the Rev. Dr. Robinson, who has addressed you today, 
left here more than twenty years ago, he closed his farewell ser- 
mon, as I so well recall, with St. Paul's counsel to the Philip- 
pians : 

"Finally, brethren, whatsover things are true, whatsoever 
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things 
are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of 
good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, 
think on these things." 

No man could make a sorrier mistake than to suppose that 
the seemingly materialistic tendencies of the day have done 
away with the things that are true, the things that are honest, 
the things that are just, the things that are pure, the things that 
are lovely, the things that are of good report. 

The success of the untruthful and dishonest is ephemeral. 
The men who in fact are succeeding in the great crowded centres, 
as well as here, are those who ring true, who are honest and just, 
whose purposes in affairs are free from guile, are direct and 
straightforward, in other words, pure, whose lives are in fact 
worthy of love and respect, and who earnestly seek to have only 
good report of themselves. They know that "a good name is 
rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather 
than silver and gold." 

So it would be entirely misleading to believe that there is 
one test of success in the crowded centres, and another in a com- 
munity like this. Real success in both places follows from the 
exercise of the same, identical qualities. The cities are recruited 
from the country ; and those who have the stamina of the men 
whose settlement here we celebrate today, who have industry, 
who deal fairly and justly whether here or elsewhere take their 
important and responsible places in the great combinations and 


organizations of life to do things whether it be in one sphere or 

The men who settled here were right, then, when they gave 
to their children such standards of what is true, honest, just, 
pure, lovely and of good report; for those standards are the true 
ones and have endured throughout the ages. And it is the privi- 
lege, as well as tiie duty of their descendants to protect their 
names, preserve their story, and be a lasting monument to their 

^indQT ^amil^ ^tqo$ 

Descendants of Warren Kinder^ 

Born Dec. 4, ti>00.- Died Oct. 7, J 883. 


Caleb Davis Kiiuler, born March lo, 1826. 
Married Ann Coates. Died July '), 


Mary F. Kinder, born Nov. .3, 1849. 
Married 1st, Aug. 12, 1861), Kdward 
Bosnian ; "Jnd, April 2:{, ISSl, Sam- 
uel Williams. 

Rhoda Ann Kinder, born Jan. 31, 1828. 
Married Wm. Noble, Jan. 14, 18.51. 
Died Apr. 28, 1901. 

Sallie Noble, torn Nov. 14, 1852. 
ried James Andrews. 


Kmily Kinder, born Dec. 5, 1829. Mar- 
ried Nathaniel Davis, Jan. 16, 1849. 
Died Sept. 29, 1897. 

Mary Anna Davis, born Nov. 14, 1849 
died Dec. 25, 1849. 

Tilghman W. Davis, bom Nov. 4, 1850 
Married Martha Williams, Nov. 26, 


Leona Davis, born July 11, 1853. 

Benjamin K. Davis, born Jan. 24, 1855. 
Married Mary F. Whitely, Feb. 26, 

Margaret C. Davis, born Dec. 20, 1857 ;; 
died Aug. 20, 1858. 

Willard S. Davis, born Jan. 19, 1859. 
Married Annie Williams, Dec. 23, 

Katie J. Davis, bom Aug. 15, 1860. Mar- 
ried Scott Collins, Aug. 5, 1896. 

Edith Davis, bom Dec. 23, 1867. Mar- 
ried Joseph Milligan, Feb. 13, 1890. 

Alexander Warren Kinder, bom Jan. 11, 
1831; died July 31, 1881. 

Married (1825) Ann M. Davis; (1848) Eliza A. Bradley ; 
(1859) Emeline Davis. 


Norman Bosman, born Juh' 4, 1870; died Feb. 18, 1871. 

Hattie Bosman, born Feb. IS, 1S72. Married J. Hartzell, Jan. 81, 1905. 

Minnie E. Williams, born Oct. 15, 1881. Married O. E. Wiley, Mar. 23, 1905. 
Bva Mae Williams, born Jnlj' U, 1883. 

William Noble Andrews, born Nov. lo, 1876. Married Bessie Walworth, Oct. 18, 


Carrie Andrews, bom Jan. 2o, 1878. Married Frank Myers Casson, Nov. 28, 1903. 
Mary Andrews, born May i), 18S1. Married John Hopkins L,onx, May 28, 1903. 
Stephen Kinder Andrews, born Feb. 21, 1885. 
Helen x\ndrews, born Apr. 26, 1886. 
[anies E. Andrews, born Apr. 5, 1892. 

Howard N. Davis, bom June 4, 1874. Married Golda Alford, Dec. 27, 1904. 
Benjamin F. Davis, bom June 23, 1880. Married Minnie Obier, Feb. 10, 1904. 
Ora W. Davis, born Apr. 2;!, 1883. 

William Davis, bom Dec. 28, 1885. 
Mary Leslie Davis, born Feb. 13, 1887. 
Ella Castelia Davis, bom May 14, 1888. 
Emily Cecilia Davis, born July 30, 1889. 
Benjamin Ray Davis, bom Aug. 27, 1890. 
Charles Davis, bom Mar. 13, 189H. 
Bessie Leona Davis, bom Jan. 13, 1895. 

Lewis Wright Davis, bom Mar. 22, 1882 ; died Apr. 30, 1894. 

Elsie May Davis, born Sept. 8, 1884. 

Gertmde Williams Davis, bom June 9, 1887 ; died Nov. 9, 18:-)2. 

Lulu Kinder Davis, born July 26, 1890. 

Mary Emily Davis, born Apr. 7, 1895. 

Frances Elizabeth Willard Davis, born Apr. 8, 1897. 

Ruth Evelyn Davis, bom June 29, 1903. 

Warren Milligan, bom July 12, 1897; died June 29, 1898. 
Catherine Ross Milligan, bom Jan. 30, 19u2. 
Emily Davis Milligan, bora Jan. 30, 1902. 

Descendants o 

Stephen Asbury Kinder, born July 19, 
1832 ; died Nov. 10, 1837. 

Sina Kinder, Iwm Mar. 21, 1834. Mar- 
ried, 1st, Thonia.s L. Rawlins, Jan. 
17, ISM ; 2nd, John Rawlins, Dec. 1, 

Linden Kinder Rawlins, born July 18 
1859; died June 15, 1889. 

Eliza Amanda Kinder, bom Mar. 18, 
1836. Married William E. Cannon, 
Jan. 28, 1858. Died June 17, 1900. 

Olin Penn Cannon, bom Oct. 31, 1868 
Married Alice Brown, Sept., 1884 

.^/---d. in 

Edmerson Everett Cannon, bom Dec. 31 
1859. Married Sue Finley, July 29 

Harry I,ee Cannon, bom Mar., 1864 
died June, 1864. 

Mary Cannon, bom July 20, 1868. Mar 
ried Robert Houston Fooks, Jan 

Ella Cannon, bom Sept. 25, 1873. Mar 
ried George W. Emery, Dec. 4, 1901 

Castelia Kinder, bom Jan. 3, 1838. Mar- 1 
ried Amos K. Corbin, Dec. 16, 1880. j 

Martha Ellen Kinder, bora June 30,1840. 
Married Henry C. Lewis, Feb. 9, 

Warren Kendall Lewis, bom Aug. 21 

William Edward Kinder, born Sept. 8, 
1841 ; died Sept. 18, 1841. 

Caroline Kinder, born Aug. 27, 1842. 
Marrieil Robert H. Wilson, Dec. 20, 
1864. Died Jan., 1875. 

Margaret S. Wilson, bora Sept. 3, 1865. 

Robert G. Wilson, bora June 26, 1870 
Married Lillie Silcott, Oct., 1893. 

Mary Adelaide C. Kinder, born Dec. 12, 
1843. Married, 1st, Daniel Noble, 
Nov. 15, 1865; 2nd, Isaac K. Wright, 
Oct., 1897. 

Lillian C. Noble, bom Apr. 17, 1869 
Married Albert Handy, 1889. 

Warren Kinder. (Continued.) 

Henry- Edward Cannon, born Mar. (>, 1887. 
Annie Brown Cannon, born May lo, 1889. 
Linden Kinder Cannon, born Feb. 15, 1891. 
Mary Amanda Cannon, born Jan. 26, 1895. 
Olin Penn Cannon, born Dec. 4, 1902. 

Everett Finley Cannon, born Jan. 6, 1890. 
Marjorie Cannon, bom Nov. 7, 1898. 
William Edward Cannon, born Oct. 28, 1900. 

Carleton Cannon Fooks, bom Oct. 10, 1890. 
Warren Houston Fooks, born Sept. 20, 1892. 

Elizabeth Cottingham Emery, bom Oct. 1, 1903. 
George William Emery, born Jan. 4, 1905. 

Twiford Wilson, bora Oct., 1894. 
Willard Saulsbury Wilson, born 1901. 

Alvin N. Handy, born Feb. 12, 1892 ; died July 26, 1892. 

Helen Handy, bom Sept. 20, 1893, 

Roland Handy, bora July 1, 1898. 

Mary N. Handy, born Jan. 9, 1901. 

Albert D. Handy, bora Nov. 5, 1902. 

Noble Handy, bora May 4, 1904. 

Descendants of John Kinder 

Born June t8, J 803— Died July t7, 1883. 


Elizabeth Kinder, born Oct. 29, 
1828. Married Rev. Kdward 
Davis, March 2i, 18411. Died, 
July 2, 1874. 


Annie Castelia Davis, bom October 14th, 1848. 
Married James Davis. Died August 3, 1869. 

Leland Ambrose Davis, born July 8, 1851, 
Married Ella Boston, Nov. 5, 1884. 

Mary Arribelle Davis, born Nov. 20,1853. 
ried Abner Bailey Nov. 18, 1894. 


John Emory Davis, bom April 9, 1856. Married 
Helena Ward, Feb. 1882. Helena died, 
June 1, 1882. 

Ella Chaplain Davis, born Feb. 6, 1865. Mar- 
ried Elijah Thompson Bowen, Jan. 11, 18 

Mary W. Kinder, bora April 10, 
1830. Died, Oct. 2, 1832. 

Tilghman D. Kinder, born Dec. 

22, 1831. Married Martha J. 

Cannon, Jan. 19, 1854. Died, 
Nov. 22, 1901. 

Edgar L,. Kinder, bom May 1, 1855. Mar- 
ried Mary E. Cutler, November 28, 1878. 

Lelia F. Kinder, bora July 25, 1858. Married 
David J. L,ewis, Oct. 25, 1882. 

Mary W. Kinder, born April 13, 
1833. Married Thomas W. 
Lay ton. May 17, 1852, Died, 
May 12, 1899. 

John E. Kinder, born August 31, 1865. Married 
Emily Josephine Simick, April 24, 1901. 

Ida Kitturah Layton, bom Oct. 21, 1856. Mar- 
ried Elias E. Ward Feb. 18,1884. 

Mary Thomas Layton bom July 11, 1858. Mar- 
ried George Frederic Callawray Oct. 19, 

Minnie Castelin Layton, bom Nov. 6, 1861. 
Died April 10, 1888. 

Frederick Kinder Layton, bom Apr. 26, 1867, 
Died July 27, 1869. 

Oscar LinvFOod Layton, bom Sept. 10, 1868. 
Married, Mary Caroline Turpin Nov. 28, 

Madeline White Layton, born Dec. 17, 1872. 
Died, July 7, 1873. 

Isaac A. Kinder, born Nov. 2, 1836. I Katherine Castelia Kinder, born, Nov. 8, 1863 

Married, Sarah Lucetta Can- Died March 8, 18 65. 

non January 14, 1863. Franklin Jefferson Kinder, bora March 6,1865. 

Married, Luella Watson March 31, 1892. 

Emma Rosalie Kinder, bora Apr. 28, 1868. 
ried Edw. J. Winder Nov. 6, 1889. 


Harry Edmondson Kinder, bora Nov. 8, 1872. 
Married, Anna Elliott Oct. 25, 1905^ 

Samuel W. Kinder, born Oct. 20, 
is.^8. Married, Mary P. Rich- 
ards March 20, 1890. 

Mary Castelia Kinder, bora May 8, 1891. 

Married, Castelia Davis January 3, 1828; died, Sept. 17, J 857. 
Married, Catherine Davis, June 3, 1858; died, Sept. 21, J 860. 


Ella Chaplain Davis, born March 5, 1886. 

Kdward F. Bowen, bom February 24, 1895. 

Bessie Castelia Kinder, born September 4, 1879. 
Katherine Cutler Kinder, born November 23, 1883. 
Hurburt Bruce Kinder, born March 27, 1885. 
Mabell Kinder, born Febniary VS, 1887. 
William Edgar Kinder, bom March 31, 1893. 
Mary Lectora Kinder, born September 6, 1900. 

Walter H. Lewis, bom Nov. 16, 1883. 
Ethel Lewis, born October 6, 1886. 

George C. Kinder, bora February 14, 1902. 

Edna L,ayton Ward, born September 15, 1886. 
Nellie Ward, born January 30, 1890. 
Minnie Ward, born April 10 1892. 
lyois Ward, born May 5, 1894. 

Marion Vaughan Callaway, bom April 20, 1882. 
Mary Layton Callaway, born August 29, 1888. 
Howard Frederic Callaway, bora October 10, 1890. 
Laura Adele Callaway, born December 6, 1894. 

Myra Demott Layton, bom September 15, 1900. 
Minnie Frances Layton, bom February 3, 1903. 
Madeline Love Layton, bom June 28, 1905. 

Evelyn Cannon Kinder, bom September 9, 1893. 

Katherine Elizabeth Kinder, born Febraary 28, 1900. 

Franklin Wat son Kinder, bora January 10, 1902. Died, March 7, 1906. 

Crawford Cannon Winder, born April 4, 1891. Died, August 22, 1892. 
Lucetta Frances Winder, bom January 22, 1898. Died, July 3, 1898. 

Descendants of Jacob Kinder 

Bom Dec. J 6, J 808— Died Aug. J 8, 1885. 



Charlotle Clay Kinder, born May 20, 
1834. Married Samuel H. Melson, 

James P. Melson, born Nov. 14, 1859; 
died Jan. 6, 1860. 

Dec. 22, 1858. 

Mary E. Melsou, bom June 22, 1861 ; 
died April 1, 1876. 

Daniel F. Melson, born June 14, 1863; 
died Nov. 14, 1863. 

John F. Melson, bom May 28, 1864. 
Married Willie S. Butler, Dec. 1, 

Maria E. Melson, bom Jan. 9, 1872; died 
Aug. 13, 1872. 

Lewis W. Kinder, born Dec. 27, 1836. 
Married Catharine Ross, Jan. 15, 

Wm. J. Kinder, boru Oct., 1862; died 
Feb. 16, 1863. 

Charlie H Kinder, born Feb. 7, 1864. 
Married Alice Handy, Jan. 6, 1891. 

Sallie M. Kinder, born Feb. 23, 1869. 
Married Oliver W. Handy, June 3, 

Samuel L,. Kinder, bom Aug. 18, 1870. 
Married Sallie Edgell, Jan. 6, 1898. 

Mary C. Kinder, born Nov. 3, 1873. 
Married Luther W. Handy, Jan. 4, 

John H. Kinder, bom Jan. 25, 1839. 
Married Maria M. Melson, Dec. 19, 

Castelia L. Kinder, born Dec. 21, 1861 
died Jan. 2, 1864. 

Laura C. Kinder, born Sept. 4, 1863 ; 
died April 5, 1870. 

Mary E. Kinder, bom Dec. 26, 1866. 
Married W. Harry Brown, Dec. 24, 

John J. Kinder, born March 23, 1871. 
Married Eva W. Brown, July, 1891. 

Lizzie R. Kinder, bora Jan. 7, 1841. 
Married Janies M. Hollis, Jan. 15, 

ler, bor 

Chas. M. Hollis, bora Nov. 27, 1874. 
Married Mary A. Kinney, Dec. 14, 

Stephen W. Kinder, bdm June 4, 1843 ; 
died Nov. 16, 1904. 

Wesley S. Kinder, bora Jan. 25, 1846. 




David B. Kinder, born June 8, 1848. ( 

Daniel O. Kinder, born Jan. 20, 1852 ; 
died Aug. 11, 1853. 


Married Mary Cannon, December 20, J 832. 


Charlie H. Melson, bom Nov. 18, 188& 
Roland F. Melson, born Jan. 35, 1895 
S. Elmer Melson, born June 27, 1896. 
Edith W. Melson, bom May 16, 1898. 

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Lewis H. Kinder, bora July 20, 1895. 
Mary Catliarine Kinder, born Dec. 2, 1905. 

Harold E. Kinder, born Sept. 4, 1898. 

Katie R. Kinder, born Apr. 4, 1901. 

Leon P. Kinder, born Apr. 4, 1901 ; died June 4, 1901. 

Lizzie H. Kinder, born May 6, 1905. 

Myra K. Handy, bora Jan. 22, 1900. 

Grace Brown, bom Oct. 19, 1891. 

Karl Kinder Brown, bora Sept. 20, 1896 

Harlan W. Kinder, born May 27, 1893. 
Granville B. Kinder, bom Apr. 1, 1900. 
Gladys Kinder, bom Aug 18, 1902. 

Merle Madison Hollis, born Oct. 11, 1905; died in infancy. 

Descendants of Sina Kinder 

Bom March 14, JSU— Died May 26, J895. 


Isaac Kinder Wright, bom Sept, 27,1829. 
Marheil 1st, Nancy R. Liden,Jan. 
10, 1854; t.'nil, Mary A. C. Noble, 
October 2(1, 18!)7. First wife died 
October 21, 1S96. He died October 
21, 1905. 


Edward Lewis Wright, born Oct. 8, 1854. 
Married Dec. 21, 1875, Anna Lamorah 
Ross. Bom Oct. 29, 1852. 

Knos Bell Wright, bora Sept. 7, 1856. ' 
Married, Ella Melson Jan. 10, 1878. 

Mary Selena Wright, born Feb. 16, 18 59. 
Died August 5, 1859. 

Sallie Richards Wright, bora Sept. 19, 
1861. Married, Jan. 9, 1877, Benja- 
min F. Melson. Bom Mar. 26, 1847 . 

Tina V. Wright, bom Feb. 16, 1866. 
Married, Femandes Davis Jan. 25, 
1887. Died June 28, 1896. 

Jacob Warren Wright, born Oct. 19, 1832. 
Died Dec. 19, 1832. 

Rhoda Ann Wright, bora July 10, 1836. 
Married, Dec. 12, 1865, to Philip 
Henry Rawlins. Born Sept. 18,1834. 

Salina Gabrella Rawlins, born Feb. 13, 
1 857. D ied, Feb. 19, 1857. 

Thomas Newton Rawlins, bom Oct. 6, 1868. 
Mar'd ,S.AlbertaWright,Apr.l4,1896. 

Windsor Rawlins, bom Sept. 12, 1860. 
Died same day. 

Wilbur Fisk Rawlins, bom March 29, 
1868. Married Flora Jane Buell, 
Oct. 1, 1891 

Henry Isaac Rawlins, born Oct. 4, 1874, 
Died Dec. 25, 1877. 

Elizabeth Warren Wright, born Aug. 13, 
1839. Married, John Emory Rich- 
ards Oct. 28, 1857. John E. Rich- 
ards died Nov. 25, 1897. 

John Richards, born Jan. 2, 1859. Mar- 
ried, Nellie Lucretia Williams Feb. 7, 
1888. She was born Feb. 7, 1869. 

Mary Hughlett Riehards, bora July 30, 

1860. Married, Robert F. Leden- 

ham.Jan. 28, 188-5. Born Dec. 15, 


Sina Ann Richards, Jan. 24, 1863. Died 
Nov. 14, 1865. 

Sallie Russell Richards, born Dec. 21, 
1864. Married, John Henry Willey, 
Jan. 18, 1888. Born Jan. 11, 1859. 

Elizabeth Causey Richards, born Oct. 
30, 1871. Married, Jay Clarence 
Lockerman, Dec. 25, 1902. Locker- 
man was bom Sept. 19, 1875. 

Lewis Wright Richards, born Apr. 9, 
1874. Married, Mary Hargadine 
Dill, Apr. 24, 1902. She died Jan. 
20, 1905. i 

Mary Selena Wright, bora Aug. 19, 1849. 
Died July 6, 1850. 

Married October 23rd, J 828 to Lewis N. Wright who died 
December 25th, 1883, aged 79 years, 4 months and 7 days. 


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Harry Kinder Wnght, born July 17, 1879. -vT^^OL^/'^-t^^ <^^^ " ^ ^- ~ 

Glenna Ross Wright, bom May 13, 1885. 

Helen Fooks Wright, bom January 18, 1880. Earnest Jefferson Wright, born Decem- 
ber 15, 1882. Lewis Newton Wright, bom July 15, 1889. ._^ ^ , 


*-NV^ ^ ' •':^^^ 

Walter Wright Melson, born 1877. Married Clara R. Strayham June 10, 1903 
Clarence Henry Melson, born 


3//. iviarnea »wiara K.. ciiraynam June lu, lyua, i , I wiu 
1880. Married Mary C. Simpson, Nov. 22, l^^^^j^yM/^^M^ 
Lewis Benjamin Melson, born 1882. Died November 22, 1882. / _ v \ 
^^^^ / ^tV ^^Aj^V^ 

Sarah Wright Rawlins, bora August 21, 1897. 
Philip Joseph Thomas Rawlins, bom March 29, 1902. 

Rhoda Ellen Rawlins, bom July 8, 1892. 
Lois Rawlins, born August 26, 1893. 
Flora Rawlins, bom July 17, 1897. 

John Williams Richards, bom October 16th', 1889. 'lal^w^ 


Anna Richards Ledenham, bom February 23, 1886. 
Hubert Stanley Ledenham, bora July 14, 1887. 
Mary Elizabeth Ledenham, bom October 12, 1896. 
Emily Ruth Ledenham, bom November 15, 1899. 

(^c^\a-4 y\. 

Ralph Emory Willey, bom December 21, 1888. Olive Elizabeth Willey, bom May 
23, 1893. Rhoda Wright Willey, bom Febraary 22, 1896. Charies Henry Willey, 
bom November 10, 1900. 

Mary Richards Lockerman, bom November 25, 1903. 

Anna Tamsey Lockerman, bom April 27, 1905. Died July 15, 1905. 

Mary Hargadine Dill Richards, bom October 2, 1904. 

•,^ '>! A/Q^M -X^«-<K 

Descendants of Daniel B* Kinder 

Bom Oct. 3, J8I6— Died Jan. 23, J 898. 


Sina VV. Kinder, Born Oct. 17, 1846. 
Married T. N. Wright, Jan. 8, 1867. 


Ella Kinder Wright, bom Sept. 28, 1867. 
Married Samuel Calloway, April 8, 

Frank L. Wright, bom Sept. 18, 1869. 
Married Ida Wheatley, Sept.22,1890. 

Ada C. Wright, born Nov. 1, 1874. Mar- 
ried Revel Bozman, Dec. 25, 1902. 
Died Oct. 12, 1905. 

Frederic N. Wright, bora July 12, 1877. 
Married L,aura Stroup, Aug. 20,1902. 


Wui. Webster Kinder, born Jan. 11,1855. 
Married Adelaide Waters, Dec. 31, 


Warren I,. Kinder, bom Dec. 13, 1883. 

Frederic W. W. Kinder, bora Oct. 3, 
1886; died Feb. 12, 1891. 

Jesse Kinder, born June 28, 1866 ; died 
Nov. 4, 1866. 

James Kinder, born Oct. 5, 1857 ; died 
Nov. 4, 1857. 

Mary E. Kinder, born Dec. 19, 1858. 
Married S. Maddox Noble, Feb. 4, 

Linden C. Noble, born Nov. 1, 1879. 
May Noble, born Dec. 26, 1883 ; died 

Apr. 10, 1900. 
Elsie R. Noble, bora Jan. 12, 1887. 
Willie C. Noble, born Nov. 9, 1889. 
Robt. K. Noble, born Sept. 10, 1895. 
Paul Noble, bom Dec. 24, 1901. 

J. Thomas Kinder, bom Aug. 30, 1861. 
Married Anna Graham, Feb. 14, 

Ida F. Kinder, born July 28, 1864. Mar- 
ried Chas. S. Lewis, Dec. 7, 1898. 

Helen May Lewis, born Jan. 17, 1900. 
died Apr. 20, 1901. 

Ella Kinder, bom Oct. 3, 1867; died Oct. 
24, 1867. 

Married (Jst) Mary E. Dukes, February 1 8th, 1845; 
(2nd) Mary Emily Davis, January 26th, J 854. 

Daniel Henry Calloway, bom March 3, 1892. 

Wm. Treat Calloway, bom Sept. 12, 1895. -^^v-^-v i^-'., 'hit' OF f ' 

Amos Noble Calloway, bora Jan. 11, 1898. fTsfff^fiMhh^ 'i^lA** >Jrt^^ » I - '*t S' ^ 
Esther A. Calloway, bora March 12, 1902. 

Clara A. Wright, born June 18, 1892 ; died April 27, 1899. , ^ .% 

SinaKmily Wright, bom Mar. 11, 1894. /y. ' f ' 

Raymond Bozman, born Oct. 23, 1903 ; died Aug. 3, 1905. 


»- l^f^ 

JYohlo ^amil'g ^tqqb 

Descendants of Joshua Noble 



Chas. Noble, mar- 
ried Mahala Da- 
vis in 1821 ; died 


Mary Noble, mar- 
ried Alfred Davis 
in 1842. 

Jonathan T. Noble, 

Eliza Ward in 

Wm D. Noble,M.D. 
married Elizabeth 
Vickers 1851. 

Wm. D, Noble,M.D. 

Marv Houston in 
1859; died 1880. 

Sarah Ann Noble, 
married Arthur 
Neal in 1846. 

Sarah Ann Noble, 
married Samuel 
Ward; died 1869. 


Emily Davis, married Henry Cannon. 
Augusta Davis, married Robert Booth 
died 1903. 

Mary Adeline Davis, married J. James 

died 1875. 
Chas. Davis, married Martha Watkins. 

Isaac H. Davis, died 1854. 

Sallie Davis, married Wm. Carpenter. 

Annie Davis, died 1883. 

James Davis. 

Laura Davis, married Oliver O'bier. 

Mary Noble, married Isaac S. Warren in 

Sarah Noble, married Geo. Williams in 


Joseph W. Noble, died 1871. 
Chas. Noble, married Nettie Borden in 
1896 ; died 1905. 

Wm. L. W. Noble, died 1853. 

Corinne Noble, married Lyman Johnson 
1879 ; died 1890. 

Wm. H. Noble, M. D. 

Robert H. Noble, U. S. A. 

Chas. P. Noble, M. D., married Mira 

Rose, 1885. 
Mary D. Noble, died May 4, 1867. 
Herbert Noble, married Elsie Patteson, 


James Neal, died 1872. 
Jonathan Neal, died 1874. 
Chas. Neal, died 1861. 

Mary Ward, married Chas. Smith 


Wm. Ward m. Bertha VanBurkalow,1884. 

and Sallie Twiford 

J 797. 


Lena James. Fred James. Rosa James. 

Sadie Davis. Annie Davis. Winnie Davis. 
Norman Davis. Alfred Davis. 

Gertie O'bier. L,ethaO'bier. I,ynnO'bier. 

J. Noble Warren, married K. Herbert in 

1899 ; died 1902. 
Sadie K. Warren, died 1897. 
Mary P. Warren. 

Madge Warren, married Dr. W. F. 
Haines in 1901. 

Wm. J. Warren Gretchen R. Warren. 
Chas. ly. Warren. Corinne Warren. 


Lida Williams, married Wm. Murphy 

J. T. Williams, m. Mattie Morris 1900. 
Walton Williams, died 1898. 
Bessie Williams. 

Grace Williams, m. R. L. Vickers 1904. 
J. Oscar Williams. 

Harlan F. Haines. 

Harry T. Murphy. 
Mary K. Murphy. 

Mary A. Noble. 
Oliver W. Noble 

Lyman Johnson. Lloyd Johnson. 
Corinne Johnson. 

R. L. Vickers. 

Chas. P. Noble, Jr. Dorothy Noble. 
Robert Noble. Eunice Noble, died 1899. 

Herbert Noble. 
Liston Noble. 

Blanche Smith. 
Mary Smith. 
Sadie Smith. 

Floyd Smith, died 1905. 
Chas. Smith, died 1894. 

Ethel Ward. 

Descendants of Joshua Noble and 


Kliziihetli Noble married A. R. Adams. 
Hied 1875. 


Emily Adams married Noah Lednnm, 

Hester Adams, died. 

Margaret Adams, died. 

Ruth Adams married James Harris, 1870. 

Solomon T. Noble married Harriet 
Williams. Died 1868. 

Joseph W. Noble married Kate Jacobs, 
1860. Died 1885. 

Ivottie Noble married Mr. Ramey. 

Martha Noble died 1906. 

Rhoda E. Noble married J. M. A. Davis, 

Harriet W. Noble married William H. 
Alburger, 1870. 

Clementine Noble married Zebulon 
Fountain, 1873. 

S. Maddux Noble married Mary E. Kin- 
der, 1879. 

Sallie Twiford. (Continued.) 


Francis Lednum married Mary H. Rich- 
ards, 1884. 

Myrtle Harris married William Fell, 

Marj' Harris married Frank Robertson, 

Walter Harris. 
Geneva Harris. 
Frank Harris, died 1901. 


Annie R I^ednum. 
Herbert S. Lednum. 
Mary E. Lednmu. 
Emily R. Lednum. 

Ruth Hannah Fell. 
Hiram S. Fell. 

Warner Noble married Fannie Swain. 

Dora Noble. 

Rink Noble married Miss Laudy, 1900. 
Minnie Noble mar. Fred.W Booker, 1902. 
Eari Noble m. Elizabeth Elliott, 1904. 

Helen J. Davis married Frank Reed. 
Nettie K. Davis married I. K. Milbourn. 
Katharine Bliss Davis 

Hettie Alburger married Charles Jeffer- 
son, 1893. 

Willie Alburger married George Jeffer- 
son, 1899. 
Eunice Alburger. 

Harve)' Fountain married Nora A. No- 
ble, 1890. Died 1896. 

Edgar Fountain married Annie Foun- 
tain, 1900. 

Walter Fountain married Emma Coliee, 

Hattie Foiintain married Fred Peters, 1903 

Frank Fountain married Stella Noble, 

Tina Fountain. 

Zeb Fountain. 

Linden C. Noble married Margaret Jen- 
nings, Nov. 1905. 
May Noble, died 1900. 
Elsie R. Noble. 
William C. Noble. 
Robert Noble. 
Paul Noble. 

Howard Noble. Joseph Noble. 

Charles Reed. 

Dorothy Milbourn. 

M. Marguerite Jefferson. 
Wm. Herbert Jefferson. 
Charles Roland Jefferson. 
Dorothy Abna Jefferson. 

Rowena May Jefferson. 

Descendants of Joshua Noble and 



Solomon T. Noble, continued. 

Mahala Noble married Wm. Alfred No- 
ble, 1871. 

Mary R. Noble married L,. K. Warren, 

Robert N. Noble married N. Amelia 
Eldridge, 1884. 

Hester Noble married Charles Smith. 

Sarah K. Smith married James Rolf. 

James Noble married Mary Howard. 
Died 1866. 

Frank Noble married Annie Edwards. 
Rady J. Noble married Rear Admiral W. 
A. Windsor, U. S. N. 

Ella Noble married Alva Hubbard. Died 

Mary Belle Noble married W. F. Pi- 
quette, 1897. 

Alexander Noble married Louisa Wright. 

Daniel F. Noble married Mary Adelaide 
Kinder, 1865. Died 189(1. 

James A. Noble married Bessie A. Farqu- 
harson. Died 1903. 

Mary C. Noble Married Robert D. Brad- 
ley, 1806. 

Dr. Harriet Noble married John Purte, 

Sallie Twiford. (Continued.) 


Blanche Noble married John W. Stowell, 

Dec. 23, 1898. 
Herman Noble married Nellie Herr, June 

22, 1904. 
Robert Noble. 
Grace Noble married Lee Chipley, June 

11, 1905. 
Clarence Noble. 
Houston Noble. 


Earl Warren married L,elia Jones, 1902. Helen Warren, died 1904. 

Philip Kirkwood Warren. 

Corinne Warren, died. 
Virgil Warren, died. 
Ruskin B. Warren. 
Gretha Warren. 
Robert N. Warren. 
M. Elizabeth Warren. 
Kathleen C. Warren, died. 
J. Mosena Warren. 

Harriet M. Noble, died 1891. 
M. Eldredge Noble, died 1893. 
Robert Lute Noble. 

William Rolf, married. 
Noble Rolf, married. 

Rady Hubbard married W.A. Jones, 1901. 
Myrtle Hubbard. 

Lillian Noble married A. S. Handy, 1889. 
Carrie S. Noble, died 1881. 

James Noble. 

Helen Noble, died 1905. 

Carrie Bradley. 

Mary Bradley married G. T. Chambers, 

Roberta Bradley married W. L. Wheat- 

Luanna Bradley married L. G. Christo- 
pher, 1904. . , r^^■ u ,u 

Charles S. Bradley married Elizabeth 
Gromis, 1897. 

Alvan N. Handy, d. 1892. Helen Handy. 
Roland Handy. Mary Noble Handy. 
Albert Handy. George Noble Handy. 

Myra Purte married Arthur Prey, 1900. 
Aldred Purte^died^??^: 

Albert B. Chambers, died 1902. 
Louise Chambers. 

Elberta Wheatley, died 1905. 
Lewis Christopher^ 

Descendants of Joshua Noble and 


Amelia Noble married Wm. N. Collins. 


Rev. Wm. Collins. 

Joshua Collins, died 1883. 

Henry Collins married Miss Bnsby. 

Sallie Collins married Robert Bralton. 

Georgiana Collins married Mr. Sludley. 

Emily Collins married Henry Shock. 

Hester Collins. Laura Collins. 

Rhoda Collins married Charles Collins 

of Rush rod. 
B'dward Collins. 

Wm. Noble 2(1 marrieil Rhoda A Kinder, \ Sallie Noble married Jas. M. Andrews, 
1851, Wm. Noble died 1S90. Rhoda 1870. 

A. Noble died 1901. 

Twiford S. Noble married Ruth Hannah 
Leverton, 1848. 

Jacob I,. Noble, M. D., married Manie 
Travers, 1877. 


Rufus F. Noble married Kate B. Sewell, 


Twiford S Noble married Caroline 
Davis, 1854. 

Twiford S. Noble married Levisa Martin 
Rumbold. Died 1882. 

Alex'r Noble married Martha Todd, 1882. 
Addie Noble married Robert Jarrell, 1877. 

Jane Noble married Wm. H. Wright. 

T. N. Wright married Sina Kinder, 1867. 

Sally Wright married Tilghman Davis. 
Died 1901. 

I/Ouisa Wright married Daniel Moore. 

Maggie Wright married Eli Gullett. 

Jane Noble m. J.T.Fleetwood. Died 1879. 

Ida Fleetwood married Will Adams. 

Sallie Twiford. (Continued.) 



Wm. N. Andrews married Bessie Wal- 
worth, 1904. 

Carrie Andrews married F. M. Casson, 

Mary Andrews married J. H. L,oux, 1904. 

Stephen K. Andrews. Helen Andrews. 

James Andrews. 

Duncan Noble. 

Levi D. I,. Noble married Jennie Lake, 

Ruth H. Noble. 
Mary Noble married J. A. Reidy, M. D., 

Clara Noble married John Payne, 1902. 
Inez Noble Maud Noble. Wm. Noble. 
Jane Noble. John Noble. 

T. Sewell Noble. 

Fannie L,. Noble married Norman Led- 

num, 1906. 
K. Marie Noble. 

Virginia Lee Noble. 

Rachel Payne. 

Fannie Jarrell married J. R. Downes, M. 

D., 1904. 
Mary Jarrell married H. W. B. Rowe, M. 

D., 1904. 
Addie Jarrell. Robert Jarrell. 
Noble Jarrell. 

Robert Noble Downes. 

Ella Wright married Samuel Calloway, 

Frank Wright married Ida Wheatley, 
1 1890. 

Daniel K.Calloway. Wm. Treat Calloway. 
Amos N. Calloway. Esther A. Calloway. 

Clara A Wright, died 1899. 
Sina E. Wright. 

Ada Wright married R. Bozman, 1902. 
Died 1905. 

Ramond Bozman, died 1905. 

Fred Wright married Laura Stroup,1902. 

Will Davis married, 1902. 

Orra Davis, died 1885. 

Carrie Davis married Henry Wright. 

Florence Wright, died 1891. 
Harlan Wright. Miriam Wright. 

Mary Moore married M. Merriken, 1900. 

Richard Merriken. Elizabeth Merriken. 

Harvey Moore. 

Clinton Gullett. 

Theodore Adams. 

Descendants of Mark Noble 


Daniel Noble mar- 
ried Nancy Lev- 


Willi* Noble married 
Lizzie Phillips. 

Isaac Noble married 
M. K. Corchran, 
died 1901. 

Amelia Noble mar- 
ried Robt. Bland. 

Garey L.Noble, died 
1863, member Stli 
Md.Reg.U. S. Ser- 
vice, Civil War. 

Daniel James Noble 
married Caroline 

Daniel James Nolile 
married Martha 


Bertie Noble married Dr. Wm. Kelly 

Wilbnr Noble. 
Chas. Fulton Noble married Cora Willis, 

Fred Noble. Kdith Noble. 

Emma Bland. Ella Bland. 
Chas. Bland. Geo. Bland. 

Julia Nol)le married W. S. Holt. 

Geo. E. Noble married Alverda Handy 


Geo.E. Noble married Grace Handy, 1899. 

Garey L. Noble married Miss Head. 

Albert Noble, died. 

Mary Noble married George Morgan. 

Annie Noble married Isaac Cannon. 

Lewis Noble 

married Emma Dunkle- 

Nora Noble married Harvey Fountain. 

Nora Noble Fountain married Norman 
Van Scoy. 

Alexander Noble. 

Amantha Noble married Albert Cahall. 

Raymond Noble. 

and Esther Adams 


Carrie Holt married Thomas Hobbs. 
Katie Holt. Minnie Holt. 
Mary Holt. 
Louise Holt. 


J. Willard Hobbs. 

Fred Noble. 
Bertha Noble 
Alice Noble. 
Sina Noble. 

Clara B. Noble. 
Hubert Otis Noble. 

Annie Noble 
Hubert Noble. 
Benjamin D. Noble. 
Elmer Noble. 

Noble Morgan. 
Teresa Morgan. 
Wesley Morgan. 
Remain Morgan. 
Mary Morgan. 

Harold Cannon. 
Edwin Cannon. 
Albert Cannon. 

Chester Noble, died. 

Pearl Fountain. 

*<Ruth Vanscoy. 
Wilber Vanscoy. 

Thomas Cahall. 

Descendants of Mark Noble and 




Nathan Noble mar- 
ried Mary Hub- 

Henry Noble mar- 
ried Jane Lewis. 

Elisha Noble mar- 
r i e d Klizabeth 

Joseph Noble. 

James Noble. 

Elezabeth Noble 
married Greeubu- 
ry Nicliols. Died 

Joshua Nichols married Miss Dukes. 


Walter Nichols. 

Herbert Nichols married Miss Pool, 1904. 

J. Allen Nichols married Miss Trice. 

Orra Nichols married Miss Wriglitson. 
Nettie Nichols married Mr. Veuable 

Joshua Noble mar- 
ried Ann Mow- 
bray 18;jl. Died 

Joseph M. Noble 
married Katherine 
Wright, 18o4. 

Mark E. Noble mar- 
ried KmilyCoUius. 

Wm. Alfred Noble 
married M a h a 1 a 
Noble. (,See Solo- 
mon Noble.) 

Joshua Noble, died 1855. 

J. Walter Noble married K, Smith, 1879. 

Twiford Noble married Miss Mowbray. 
Thomas Noble married Miss Perry. 
Kate Noble married J. W. Ivipscomb. 

Hettie Noble married T. C. Pindell. 

Annie Noble married Mr. Higli. 
Married Mr. Henning, 1904. Died 1904. 

John Henry Noble 
married Kdna 

J. H. Noble married 
Lavenia Corchran. 

Addie Noble married L,. Hignutt. 

Chas. Noble married Laura Nichols. 

Laura Noble married John Smith. 

Albert Noble married Miss Marine. 

John Noble married Miss Andrews. 

Raymond Noble. 

Esther Adams. (Continued,) 



Blanche Nichols. 

Olivia Noble, 
lola Noble. 
Wilmer Noble. 

Glen Noble. 

Eunice Noble. 

Ethel High married Wm. Hurlock 1906. 

Clarence Hignutt. 
Hariand Hignutt. 

Alice Noble. 
Gertrude Noble. 

Wm. Smith. 
Charles Smith. 

Descendants of Mark Noble and 

Amelia Noble mar- 
ried C a ti II o n 

Isaac Charles, died. 

Jacob Charles, died 

Celia Cliarles mar- 
ried Chas. Wright. 

Mary Charles mar- 
ried Peter Wright. 
Died 1859. 

Aaron Wright married Amanda Corbin. 

Elisha Wright married Sallie Voshell. 

Henry Wright married Laura Williams. 

Rebecca Wright, died. 

James B. Wright married Annie Taylor. 
Mary Wright married John Fleetwood. 

Jacob Wright, died. 

Sarah Ellen Wright married George Ir- 
win. Died 1905. 

Mary C. Wright married David Hughes. 

Esther Adams. (Continued.) 

Fannie Wright married Isaac Willin. 
Gertrude Wright married Dr. R.Andrews. 

Gertrude Willin. Florence Corbin Wil- 
lin. Marydell Willin. 

Florence Belle Andrews, died 1898. 
Walter Melvin Andrews. 
Raymond Corbin Andrews. 

Jennie Wright married Hiram Vaughn. 
Died 1905. 

Willie Vaughn. 
Bessie Vaughn, 

Mary V. Wright. 

Annie Wright married William Norris. 

Laura Louise Norris. 

Charles Wright, died 1895. 

Charles Wright. 

Rufus Fleetwood. 

Fred Fleetwood. 

Wm. Fleetwood. 

Mary Lillian Fleetwood, died 1895. 


Susan Irwin, married Harry Porter. 

Frank Porter. 
William Porter. 

Ellen Hughes. 
George Hughes.