John H. B. and George Mustard

JHB_MustardMartha Hickman Mustard (1840 – 1925) presented a window on the North Wall of the M. P. Church in memory of her husband John Hammond Burton Mustard (1835 – 1898). John H. B. Mustard was an accountant by profession and quite probably the only genuine white collar professional among the people on the windows. In Martha Hickman Mustard’s obituary in the Milford Chronicle, John H. B. Mustard was said to be the bookkeeper for Governor James Ponder when the latter conducted a wood and grain brokerage in Milton. Among his many public activities, he served as Treasurer of Sussex County from 1883-85, and was among the first officers of the Endeavor Masonic Lodge #17 in Milton, serving as Worshipful Master (presiding officer) four times: 1864-66, 1869-70, 1873, and 1878-79. In addition, he served as superintendent of the Milton Methodist Protestant Sunday School of 75 students. He was also the grandfather of Clarence Hammond Mustard, who married Sallie Morris, one of Fannie Leonard’s Sunday school students.

John H. B. Mustard was one of nine children of John B. Mustard (1808 – 1885) and Elizabeth Ann Burton (1814 – 1894), and was probably the most prominent member of that family through his various public and private activities. His son John B. Mustard (1852-1932), would leave his own mark on Milton.




GeorgeMustardA window on the West (Chancel) Wall of the church was presented in memory of George H. Mustard (1823 – 1885) and his wife Letitia R. Hickman (1835 – 1890) of Lewes, whom he married in 1853. George was the brother of John H. B. Mustard, and George’s wife Letitia Hickman was the sister of John’s wife Martha Hickman. It is unclear who provided the funding, but in all probability it was his daughter Ida Mustard Hughes (1862 – 1944). This was George Mustard’s second marriage; his first wife Mary Fenwick died in 1852 after being married to him only about a year. Like his father before him, he was a ship carpenter, and was listed as such in the 1850 U.S. Census for the Broadkill Hundred district. He is also unique among the others named in the windows in that he was issued a Seaman’s Protection Certificate in 1847 at Philadelphia, although we have no direct evidence that he actually sailed aboard any ship. He is buried in the Mustard Family Cemetery in Lewes, DE.








G. H. Mustard Seaman's Protection Certificate
G. H. Mustard Seaman’s Protection Certificate