There are a lot of people who ask me “What exactly is Delmarva?” Since this is my area of specialty, I thought it might be best to explain it right off the bat.
The Delmarva peninsula is comprised of the state of DELaware, the eastern shore of MARyland, and the eastern shore of VirginiA. Get it? DEL-MAR-VA.
Delaware, being the little wonder that it is, consists of only three counties: New Castle, the northernmost county; Kent, the middle county; and Sussex, the southernmost county.
The eastern shore of Maryland is that portion of Maryland that is east of the Chesapeake Bay: Kent County (yes, there is a Kent County, Maryland, AND a Kent County, Delaware), Cecil County, Queen Anne’s County, Talbot County, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Worcester County (that’s pronounced “Wooster,” not “Worchester”), Wicomico County, and Somerset County.
Accomack County and Northampton County are the only two counties of Virginia’s eastern shore.
The Delmarva area is rich in history. Several Native American tribes occupied the area. The Nanticoke tribe is still active today. The first settlement in Maryland was on Kent Island in 1631, in what is now Queen Anne’s County. William Claiborne established a trading post there prior to the arrival of the Ark and the Dove in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
So if your ancestors are from any of those counties mentioned above, your family history began in Delmarva.