Rosanna Toy’s age has alwasy been difficult to pin down, due to conflicting information in available records. Now there is new information found in an 1879 newspaper that just adds to the confusion.
New clues about the Toy family in Ireland are few and far between, but I recently received something interesting from a distant cousin concerning the names of the mothers of both Daniel and Rosanna.
Many Toy researchers, myself included, have assumed that Daniel and Rosanna arrived in the United States in 1817 with their sons Cornelius (Neil) and James. Based on available evidence, however, it seems that Cornelius arrived some years later, just a month before the explosion that took Daniel’s life.
The discovery of the Thomas Toy obituary from 1919 sheds new light on his life, his legacy, and his position in the community of Henry Clay Village as the proprietor of the William Penn Hotel.
The birth, death and military service of Elwood Nicholas Toy, son of John Thomas Toy and Mary Agnes Elwood, discussing the unusual circumstances of his military burial in Virginia followed by his reburial in the family plot at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine.
Previous research and published genealogies have all suggested that Daniel Toy was the first with the Toy surname to arrive in Delaware, but my research over the past year or so suggests that it could have been a fellow named John Toy.
Ever notice how often given names repeat in the typical Irish family tree? Ever wonder if this phenomena could be used to corroborate or contradict a bit of family history information? I recently had the opportunity to give this a try.
A few months ago, when I solved the mystery of Daniel Toy’s final resting place, I uncovered a new mystery, found in the inscription on the stone, which begins “This stone is Erected by Rhoda Toy In memory of her Husband…”
I’ve written several times about the richness of the records at the Hagley Museum and Library for family history research, assuming you’re fortunate enough to have a family member that was associated with the duPont Company during it’s early years in Delaware. If your family did work in the duPont powder mills during the early-to-mid 1800s, or in… Read More »
Annie McElwee 1867 – 1955 Like most family historians, I’ve accumulated box upon box of family photographs, letters, newspaper clippings and other ephemera. While the subjects of most photographs are easily identified, a few are a mystery with no information provided on the reverse. Others are annotated with incomplete information or guesses. But someone felt strongly enough about… Read More »