The Toy Family (my wife’s family) came from Ireland to Delaware in the early 1800’s and settled in Henry Clay Village on the banks of Brandywine Creek. Just in time for mother’s day, my research turned up this photograph of the main Toy property in Henry Clay, which was owned by three generations of Toys: James A Toy (1814-1881), his son John Thomas Toy (1844-1919), and Thomas’s daughter Charlotte B Toy (1886-1975). During this time, it was variously run as a hotel, general store, tavern and speakeasy, while also serving as a residence for various Toys on the upper floors.
When Charlotte died, the property was left to the Little Sisters of the Poor who sold the building to P. Coleman du Pont for his home, bringing to an end 168 years of Toy residency in Henry Clay Village.
I found this photograph in the collections of the Hagley Museum and Library, which is another great family history resource for Delaware researchers, particularly if your ancestors were Irish, lived in Wilmington, or were in some way connected to the du Pont family or their commercial interests.