South Carolina roots: the Delaneys.

George and Maria Richburg Delaney were among the families who migrated north from South Carolina to settle in Wilson County in the first quarter of the 20th century. The Delaneys arrived from Clarendon County, South Carolina, about 1923, apparently having followed George’s brother William Mitchell Delaney.

George Allen Delaney Sr. (1894-1957).

Maria Richburg Delaney (1901-1982).

In the 1900 census of Concord township, Clarendon County, South Carolina: farmer Wash Delanie, 30; wife Maggie, 25; and children Larcy(?) M., 8, Geo. Allen, 6, Saml. H., 4, and William M., 2.

In the 1910 census of Concord township, Clarendon County, South Carolina: Was Delaney, 43; wife Maggie, 35; and children Luther, 18, George, 17, Samuel, 13, Mitch, 12, Henry, 9, Bertie, 8, Isiah, 4, Gusssie L., 2, and Orene, 11 months.

In the 1910 census of Santee township, Clarendon County, South Carolina: William Richburg, 35, farmer; wife Josephine, 35; and children Florence, 12, Charlotte, 9, William Jr., 7, Annie Lee, 3, and Brooks, 2; and Beauregard Cummings, 17.

George Delaney registered for the World War I draft in Clarendon County in 1917. Per his card, he lived in Davis Station, South Carolina; was born 11 October 1894 in Manning, South Carolina; worked as a farmer; and had a dependent wife and two children.

On 24 November 1923, Mitchell Delaney, 24, of Wilson, son of Wash and Maggie Delaney, married Willie Mae Clark, 19, daughter of Lee and Josephine Clark. Both sets of parents were from South Carolina. Missionary Baptist minister A.L.E. Weeks performed the service in Wilson in the presence of Essie Smith, Annie E. Weeks and Clara B. Cooke.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: bricklayer George Delaney, 34; wife Maria, 31; and children Esther, 14, Watson, 13, George Jr., 10, Harry L., 8, Willie L., 7, and Joyce, 2. The youngest two children were born in North Carolina; everyone else in South Carolina.

George Allen Delaney died 3 August 1957 at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. Per his death certificate, he was born 11 October 1894 in South Carolina to George Delaney and Maggie Tyndall; worked as a brickmason; and was married to Maria Richburg.

Maria Richburg Delaney died 2 March 1982 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 7 March 1901 in Clarendon, South Carolina, to Willie Richburg and Josephine Sumpter; was widowed; and lived at 1402 Carolina Street.

Photos courtesy of user Michael Delaney.


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