Brandywine Banks” is a family history blog and website created to share information with family, friends and other individuals researching the descendants of Daniel Toy who came to this country in 1819.  “Brandywine Banks” was just one of the many names given to the community that grew up just outside of the lower Hagley gates of the Eleutherian Powder Mills where the Toy family lived for several generations.  Over the years, this community was also known as “Henry Clay Village”, “Rising Sun” and “DuPont Banks”.

I created this site to achieve a few things:

  • I believe the act of narration helps anyone be more precise about their genealogical conclusions and crystalize what they believe they know. Nanticoke River Roots gives me a reason to take some of the information I’ve collected about people, places, events and dates and turn then into written narratives.
  • Selfishly, I need some help!  I have only a few oral histories handed down to me along with a handful of photographs and other artifacts. But I know there are others just like me who have collected history, photographs and artifacts that will complement mine.  I hope that this blog will ‘beat the bushes’ an provide a way to collaborate with other family historians.
  • Not everyone in my family shares my passion for this research.  For those that do, this site provides a way to share what I discover with family members without needing to wait for a family party or reunion to do so. For the youngest members of the family (and those yet to come), I’m leaving a record to make their future research a bit easier.
  • Through research and information provided by people who have helped me along the way, I’ve discovered a number of resources, tips and tricks specific to researching a family history in Delaware.  This site provides a single place to document and link to the resources that I’ve found most useful.

I’m a Delaware native who has never left the state. I have worked as a systems analyst for almost thirty years but am a complete amateur when it comes to genealogy research.  However, I try to apply the same focus, structure, and precision in the  documentation of family histories that I do in the design of complex information systems.

Reese Robinson