The Case for Neil Toy’s Late Arrival

By | 31 December 2015

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 Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School

By | 5 April 2014

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 »

Sister Mary DeSales

By | 24 January 2014

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 »