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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Colonial Family Stalls Development

From NewsZap.com:

State seeking descendants, Bowers Beach family plot holds up to 150 burials

By Kate House-Layton, Delaware State News

LITTLE HEAVEN - When someone dies, typically the next of kin is notified.

But try notifying them more than 100 to 200 years after a person's death and burial. That's the task the state Historic Preservation office is facing as it seeks out descendants of those buried in a family plot along Bowers Beach.

The office is searching for descendents of the Newell family who once owned and occupied a farm south of Mulberrie Point Road, east of Skeeter Neck Road and west of Old Bowers road near Little Heaven. A legal notice was placed in the Delaware State News June 12.

The family cemetery was discovered a few years ago when landowner and Wilmington attorney L. Vincent Ramunno sought development of the 202-acre property into Bowers Landing, which has since been approved for 202 homes along Skeeter Neck and Old Bowers roads.

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Mr. Ramunno said he was glad the cemetery was found.

"It was rather, frankly, interesting although expensive," Mr. Ramunno said. "The last thing you want to do is dig it up and have a problem."

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Yet another real-estate developer who should heed the lessons of Poltergeist.

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