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Samuel Wiltbank
Augusta Ann Heavelo
Cornelius Wiltbank
(?) Simpson?
(Abt 1783-1826/1833)

David Simpson Wiltbank


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1. Rebecca* Pierce

David Simpson Wiltbank 1

  • Born: 17 Dec 1811, New Castle Co., DE 1 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Rebecca* Pierce about 1840
  • Died: 17 Aug 1899, New Castle Co., DE 5
  • Buried: 19 Aug 1899, Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE


A Bible record index on Family Search indices David Simson Wiltbank was born Dec 17 1811 to Cornelius and Rebeckah Wiltbank. (Sussex Co., DE, Vol. 87A, #225.4)

David S. Wiltbank and wife Rebecca show up in the 1896 City Directory for Wilmington, DE on 2203 Carter Street. His death certificate states he died on Aug 17 1899 in Farmhurst, DE of paralysis, he was (approx.) age 80. He was then buried in Riverview Cemetery on Aug 19 1899.

A likely photo exists of him and his wife in my archives of a Wiltbank family picture from c1898. Here are the notes related to that photo:

There is a bittersweet photo in my grandmother's collection - the bitter part being it is not labelled for names so I can only make educated guesses on who these people were. Many of us have such old photos handed down to us that we might have no idea who the people are within. However, with some bit of genealogical sleuthing, we can sometimes make a reasonable determination of who might be in those photographs.

Things I know for sure about this particular photo are that it is the Wiltbank Family sometime around the turn of the 20th century probably in the Wilmington, DE area at some sort of camp meeting cottage, My great grandfather, Edward Wiltbank (1881-1949) is standing 3rd from the right. This is where a bit of speculation comes in but I am nearly certain that the older woman directly to the left of him in the pic is his mother, Mary (Dolan) Wiltbank (1858-1943), my g-g-grandmother and that this photo was likely taken in mid-1898. She immigrated to the US c1875 from Ireland and married Isaac Newton Wiltbank (1851-1910) in 1877. He is likely the man at the far left but I am less certain of this. From this, the younger people in the pic are likely the siblings of my great grandfather Ed Wiltbank. If so, the boy to his right in the photo would likely be Harry Wiltbank (born 1886) and the younger boy seated would be David Wiltbank (1892-1949) (he has many features matching later known photos of him. The young woman just to the left of Mary (Dolan) Wiltbank is likely Lucy Wiltbank (1880-1944) who would marry George Kolb in 1902.

Finally, the "grand finale" for me are the two old folks in the pic. It is a high probability that the man to the far right and seated is David Simpson Wiltbank (1811-1899), my 3x great grandfather. The woman seated, 2nd from the left, is likely his wife and my 3x great grandmother, Rebecca (Pierce) Wiltbank (c1814-1898). She died in December 1898 and I believe this pic was taken in the summer of that year. They were married about 1840. The final figure in the photo is the man 3rd from the left. He MAY be Jesse Wiltbank (1849-1920), a brother of my 2x great Isaac N. Wiltbank, but this one carries the most uncertainty. This is a FASCINATING PHOTO from just before 1900 and I treasure it as part of my genealogical collection.

David married Rebecca* Pierce, daughter of William Pearce and Unknown, about 1840. (Rebecca* Pierce was born in 1814 in DE,6 7 8 died on 12 Dec 1898 in DE 5 and was buried on 14 Dec 1898 in Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.)


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

2 1850 DE Census, Listed as age 35 in the 1850 1st Division, New Castle Co., DE Census (pg 275), born in DE.

3 1870 DE Census, Listed as age 60 in the 1870 3rd Ward, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE Census (pg 376b), born in DE.

4 1880 DE Census, Listed as David Wiltbank, age 68, in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, born in DE.

5 DE Death Certificate.

6 1850 DE Census, Listed as age 33 in the 1850 1st Division, New Castle Co., DE Census, born in DE.

7 1870 DE Census, Listed as age 55 in the 1870 3rd Ward, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE Census (pg 376b), born in DE.

8 1880 DE Census, Listed as Rebecca Wiltbank, age 62, in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, born in DE.

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