Eureka! In our last post I suggested that you look up the Dragon Creek area near Delaware City, DE, on Mapquest, with the notation that I felt very strongly that our great, great...grandfather, Samuel Bradford's property named Dragon Swamp could be pin-pointed at the north side of the creek and swamp. This, however, was only a hunch. I had no proof.
So I looked up land records of previous owners of this parcel in hopes of getting a more complete description of precisely where this land was, and sure indeed Dragon Swamp was the property bordered on the south by the actual swamp, which means that the farmland still exists intact! (see Mapquest).
If you go to MapQuest, you will see the fields on the north side of the swamp are still being farmed to this day! Though over two and a half centuries have elapsed, it no doubt looks much as it did then. I believe the fact that those farmlands aren't covered by malls, subdivisions or landfills is truly a miracle!
Also, the picture above verifies that the creek was just large enough for a small boat to make its way the half mile or so to the Delaware River, a feature small plantation owners such as Samuel would have very much desired for their cash crops.
I believe that the homestead known as Dragon Swamp was indeed where our dear Samuel, his wife Margret, and their children (including Rebecca's mother, Sarah) lived. Perhaps one of us will be blessed enough to travel there someday and walk the very soil they trod.