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Isaac Wiltbank
(After 1672-1708/1708)
Elizabeth Gray
(-Bef 1717)
John Roades
Cornelius Wiltbank
Comfort Roades
Judge John B. Wiltbank


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1. Mary Stockley

Judge John B. Wiltbank 1 2

  • Born: 10 Dec 1731, Sussex Co., DE
  • Marriage (1): Mary Stockley on 12 Mar 1751
  • Died: 12 Jul 1792, Sussex Co., DE 2 3
  • Buried: Abt 15 Jul 1792, Wiltbank Cemetery, Lewes, Sussex Co., DE


Was an Attorney as evidenced in Sussex Co. Land Records. (Example: Deed Book N, No. 13, folio 217). This also pans out as he is referred to as Judge John Wiltbank in his bible records when he died in 1792.

21 March 1791
To wife Mary - grist mill and all my right of the stream and two acres of land on the south side thereof condemned for the use of the said mill. That my wife should do what she can to towards the support and completing of the education of my son James without any charge against him for the same. Also Negro woman named Briner and my riding carriage. Also 1/6 part of the residue of my movables. Also third of real estate for her lifetime (excepting a small parcel hereafter devised to Adam Hall and his wife Elizabeth which is conveyed to me by a deed from William __ly and wife)
Whereas my eldest son Cornelius Wiltbank is heir in Tail to the manor plantation and tract whereon he now dwells known by the name of Tower Hill containing 344 acres. This by the last will and testament of my late honored father Cornelius Wiltbank. I do therefore ratify and confirm the same to my son
To son Cornelius - an island of marsh in Lewes Creek known as Green Island containing 10 acres. Also Negro named Jess and the stock and other things that I have given him. Also 2/5 part of a parcel of land and marsh situated below Jacob White's pasture and containing 11 acres known as Hawks Nest
To son John Wiltbank - 5 pounds to be paid by son Cornelius. Also 120 pounds or a sum sufficient enough to discharge a bond which John gave for the purchase of a lot of land in the Town of Dover in Kent County Delaware. This now due by assignment to the Fishers, merchants, in Philadelphia. This provided that the said bond is not satisfied by me in my lifetime. If the bond has not been satisfied by me. I direct my Executors to make sale of my lands situated in Lewes and Rehoboth Hundred adjoining the Deep Valley lying on the north side of the Indian River Road leading from Lewes to St. George's Chapel. If the bond is discharged by me in my lifetime, the monies from the said sale shall return to my estate. Also to John all that part of a parcel of land known as Caleb's Field that I have not devised to my son James. And whereas my son settled in Kent County and not likely to make use of the land himself; it is my will that if his brother Cornelius should incline to purchase the same, that John to let him have it for 75 pounds. Also the labor and use of my Negro boy named George until George is 24 years old (he now being 13 years old on 30 November next) and at the age George is to be free
To granddaughter Comfort Wiltbank - Negro girl named Sarah
To Mary (sister of Comfort) - Negro Sarah if Comfort dies before she is of age
To son-in-law Adam Hall and my daughter Elizabeth Hall - the use of a small parcel of land situated in Lewes and Rehoboth Hundred containing 56 acres being the same land that formerly belonged to Jacob Walker (deceased) and which was conveyed to me by William Bailey and wife. Also 8 acres of marsh situated in Lewes Creek to be laid off adjoining the marsh late the property of Wrixam Lewis and Jacob Kollock, deceased. To be laid off by a line parallel with the said line of Lewis and Kollock as to contain 8 acres. Also Negro woman named Rose. Also the use of a part of the land where I now dwell. Beginning at the southernmost corner of the lands heretofore conveyed by me to the said Adam and Elizabeth and running the said Adam's line until it intersects Abraham Wiltbank's land. I give this to the said Adam and Elizabeth until their son Woodman Hall arrives to full age and then to him
To granddaughter Margaret Kollock - all that parcel of land binding on Lewes Creek beginning at the corner of Abraham Wiltbank's house and running along the bank until it intersects the corner of a lot of land belonging to the heirs of John Woods . Also a parcel of marsh lying in Lewes Creek beginning at high water mark parallel with a line dividing Samuel Paynter and the lots which were the property of Jacob Kollock Senior Esq. (deceased) and running a direct course through the marsh to the Little Channel and down the channel to the bridge running across Lewes Creek. Also Negro girl named Hannah. If my granddaughter should die without issue, that given her to be divided between my daughters Elizabeth Hall and Mary Shankland
To daughter Mary Shankland - the use of a parcel of land being part of the land whereon I now live beginning at a stone fixed at the southernmost corner of my house standing on Ship Carpenters Street and then running back parallel with Front Street to a stone fixed in the division line of this land and the land of Abraham Wiltbank and then to intersect the corner of the lot devised to my granddaughter Margaret Kollock and then running with the line of the lot belonging to the heirs of John Wood until it intersects the School House Lot. This for the natural life of my daughter and after my daughter's death to my granddaughter Matillin Emory (daughter of Mary). Also to my daughter Mary, the interest on 50 pounds to be paid to her yearly during her lifetime. After her death the 50 pounds to be divided between her children Thomas and Matillan Emory. Also to my daughter Mary, the use of 8 acres of marsh situated on Lewes Creek and part of the marsh known as Wiltbank's Third Choice . This to be laid off next to the part belonging to my daughter Elizabeth. The marsh to my granddaughter Matillan after my daughter Mary's death
To son James Wiltbank - my dwelling house which all the lands belonging not already devised or conveyed. Also another parcel of land known as Rye Field. That my son Cornelius have the privilege of a road or cart way through the said field and also through that part of Caleb's Field hereafter devised. That Cornelius keep up two good gates with a lock and key on the gate next to the town. Also to James all that part of my lands at the Deep Valley lying on the south side of the Indian River Road not heretofore devised to Adam hall and Elizabeth. Also the remaining part of the island of marsh in Lewes Creek known as Wilbank's Third Choice . Also another island of marsh in Lewes known as Hole Island. Also all that parcel of land known as Caleb's Field. Beginning at the south side of the going over place at Phenix's Branch and up the road on the south side thereon 6 perches and then northwest across the said road to a stone near the road and then to a stone fixed near the north side of the said road and then to a stone near the edge of the bank with a direct line down Pagan Creek and down the creek on the several water courses thereof to the mouth of a gut dividing my marsh from the marsh late of James Thompson, deceased. Also to my son James the use of Negro boy named Isaac until Isaac is 34 years old and then Isaac to be free. Isaac being 14 years old the 6th day of January next
To children Elizabeth, Mary and James - the remainder of Hawks Nest. Also the labor of Negro man named Phenix who is 18 years old. That the said Negro to be free when he is 34 years old
To children John, Elizabeth and James - remainder of personal estate
Executor: wife and son Cornelius
Witness: John Russel, Joseph Russel, John Sharp

Codicil to the will of John Wiltbank
3 July 1792
Whereas I devised to my son-in-law Adam Hall and Elizabeth the use of certain parcel of until their son Woodman Hall arrived to full age and then the parcel to belong to Woodman. Whereas the said Woodman Hall is since deceased in his minority, I give the parcel of land to my grandson John Hall when John arrives to full age
Whereas I have purchased from Abraham Wiltbank (since the making of my will) 4 acres of land joining the lands whereon I now live situated near the Block House Pond; I give the said 4 acres to my son James Wiltbank
Whereas, since making my will, I have purchased a dwelling house with sundry outhouses situated in the Town of Lewes binding on Ship Carpenters Street. The said buildings are erected on a lot said to be referenced for the use of a ship carpenter at the time of the laying out of the town. The buildings and improvements on the said lot were made with the consent of the Justices of the Peace for the County and were conveyed to me by a deed from Thomas Laws Esq. High Sheriff. This lot and improvements I wish to be exposed to public sale and the monies from the sale I give to my children Elizabeth Hall, John Wiltbank and Mary Shanklin and that a fourth of the money be put to interest for the benefit of my daughter Mary for her lifetime and at her decease to her children Thomas and Matillan Emory
Witness: John Russel, John Sharp, James Patriot Wilson
30 July 1792 Then came

John married Mary Stockley, daughter of Woodman Stockley and Mary Evans, on 12 Mar 1751. (Mary Stockley was born on 12 Mar 1737 in Sussex Co., DE, died on 15 Mar 1795 in Sussex Co., DE 2 and was buried about 18 Mar 1795 in Wiltbank Cemetery, Lewes, Sussex Co., DE.)


1 "Wiltbank of Sussex County, Delaware" by John G. Herndon, PA Genealogy Society Magazine, Volume XVIII - No. 1, December 1950.

2 Wiltbank Bible Records (probably of Cornelius, son of Judge John Wiltbank family (1731-1792)).

3 DE Probate Records.

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