|About THE JOHN COVERDALE FAMILY
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The Coverdale record in England has gone back to pre-1488, the era of Miles Coverdale, who wrote the first English translation of the Bible. Another record lists the names of Coverdale on the tax roll in the County of Norfolk, England in 1198. As far back as 1694, a Thomas Coverdale witnessed a will for a neighbour in Sussex County. In 1723, a Richard Coverdale, age 34, helped in dividing land in Sussex. There were definitely two different awards of Coats of Arms: one by King Henry VIII and the other by King Edward VI. By 1760, several Coverdale and Coverdill families were living in Sussex and Kent Counties at Manitoke, Delaware, USA. The first church at Manitoke Hundred , Sussex County, Delaware, was established near Coverdale Cross Roads on July 30, 1785. (The Hundred is a political land division) A family of Coverdales arrived from England in 1735, stopped in Delaware, then moved southward to Kentucky and Ohio. In 1799, a Coverdale and a Coverdill served in the Delaware Militia. Some of the Coverdales came to America from England in their own vessels with their own crew. One vessel, coming from England, disappeared on the way to the West Indies. William`s (1765-1828 ) daughters, Hannah and Margaret and sons William, John and George emigrated to Canada in 1831 or 1832 along with a nephew Thomas. Other members of the Coverdale family were lost at sea in their own ship. William`s son John, and six children died in a boat accident on the St. Lawrence River. John`s wife, Elizabeth (or Margaret Balfour?) survived and re- married a Mr. Hewin (or Hewitt??) Many of the Coverdales were born in Danby,North Yorkshire, England. The definition of Danby is: `Dan`, means the place allotted to ` Dane `, a Viking invader with the force that took Yorkshire and Northumbrian lands about 875. `By` means the colonists` farmlands. The population of Danby in 1831 was 1392 people.