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.
This site is dedicated to a family that came from Ireland to Wilmington, Delaware in the early 1800’s and found employment at Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family business located on the banks of the Brandywine Creek. The du Pont fortune grew from the manufacture of gunpowder at these mills starting in 1802. This history traces my wife’s paternal… Read More »