Rodney family of Delaware

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Rodney family of Delaware was a prominent family of farmers and politicians in Kent County and Sussex County, Delaware. It includes a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, a member of the Continental Congress, three Governors of Delaware, a United States Senator, and two United States Representatives.

William Rodney (or Rodeney) came to Philadelphia soon after William Penn and having settled at St. Jones Hundred, near what later became Dover, Delaware, was foreman of a Kent County jury in December 1681. The eldest of six children, he was baptized in Bristol, England on December 14, 1660. His father worked as a Royal prosecutor and surveyor of customs in New York, dying on Long Island Sound in 1679, while returning from the West Indies.

Caesar Rodney
U.S. Capitol Statutory Hall
Rodney Coat of Arms


  1. ^ a b c d e U.S. House of Representatives (3 Jan 2005). "House Document No. 108-222, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - 2005". Joint Committee on Printing. Archived from the original on 1 June 2006. Retrieved 2 May 2011.


  • Martin, Roger A. (1984). A History of Delaware Through its Governors. McClafferty Press, Wilmington.
  • Frank, William P. (1975). Caesar Rodney, patriot. Delaware American Bicentennial Commission, Wilmington.