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I. 1. HENRY STRETCHER was born 1637, according to a deposition by him November 20, 1704, recorded in the Court Docket of Sussex County, in possession of the Pennsylvania Historical Society. In this deposition he deposes that he is about 67 years old,” also that he purchased a certain piece of land “27 years ago.'
The first reference to Henry Stretcher is a patent recorded at Georgetown, Sussex County, Delaware, as follows:
“Edmond Andross Esq., Seianeur of Sausmarez, Lieutenant & Governour Generall under his Royall Highness James, Duke of York and Albany, & of all his teritories in America, to all to whom these Presents shall come sendeth Greeting :
Whereas, there is a certain tract of land called Martin's Vinyeard lying at the Whorekill on the west side of Delaware Bay, the metts by vertue of a warrant hath been laid out for Henry Stritchor (Stretcher); Beginning at a certain small creek lyeing by a place called Kickout, beginning at the point by the Whorekills running and bounding upon the said kill south east in breadth One hundred and fifty perches to a bounded white oak standing upon the point of a marsh, and from thence up the said marsh south west six hundred & forty perches to another bounded white oak standing by the said marsh and from thence north west bounding upon the woods to a bounded hickory or walnut tree standing by the aforesaid creek one hundred and fifty perches then the said creek to the point in the Whorekill north east six hundred and forty perches, containing and laid out for six hundred acres, as by the return of the survey brought in by