Category Archive: Nanticoke Roots

Jan 01 2016

Announcing Brandywine Banks (Toy Family)

Announcing the Brandywine Banks site, dedicated to the genealogy of the Toy families of Delaware.

Jun 14 2015

Lowder and the Daughters of the American Revolution

Back in August 2013, I wrote an article about Lowder Callaway, my 5th great grandfather who fought in the Revolutionary War. To me, this was just a very satisfying family history puzzle to be solved. To my niece, Rebecca, this as an opportunity to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Another interesting challenge… The …

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Sep 22 2013

Road Trip!

If you want, you can accomplish a tremendous amount of genealogical research without ever leaving your desk, but there’s still a great benefit to getting out of the house and visiting the places where your ancestors lived. For the past twenty years or so, my family and I have vacationed with friends and acquaintances at Fenwick …

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Aug 25 2013

The Willow and the Tombstone

The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree, Sing all a green willow. Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee, Sing willow, willow, willow. The fresh streams ran by her, and murmured her moans, Sing willow, willow, willow. Her salt tears fell from her, and softened the stones, Sing willow, willow, …

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Aug 12 2013

A Revolutionary Ancestor

Lowder Callaway (1755 – 1834) Lowder Callaway is my 5th great grandfather on my father’s side, born in 1755 and died on July 7, 1834.  He had eight children. His oldest boys, Lowder and Nathan, left Delaware for Ohio between 1815 and 1820.  The other six remained in Sussex County. He had one more son, …

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Jun 16 2013

Happy Father’s Day!

Jun 01 2013

Subdivision 11

Unlike Area 51 or District 9, Subdivision 11 in Sussex County, Delaware, has no known association with aliens or UFOs.  It does, however, contain a large number of my relatives in the 1850 US census. In the 1840 census in Sussex County, enumeration was by hundred.  In the 1860 census, enumeration was by hundred.  But …

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May 25 2013

Genealogy Loves a Good Map!

I would stare at maps of Delaware for hours. – Ken Jennings A good map can bring those spiritless census, tax and land records to life by placing an ancestor at a particular location at a point in time. Maps can let you know where to look for records, provide hints about family relationships or …

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May 19 2013

An Ann by Any Other Name

I am easily distracted in my family history research.  I might find the name of a minister on a marriage record and go  searching for the churches he was affiliated with.  That, in turn, might lead  to researching the church where the marriage occurred, leading to an investigation of an interesting place name for the …

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May 17 2013

A New Leaf

This is the newest member of the family tree.  My first grandchild, born just three days ago.  He’s one-day old in this picture. I meant to post this earlier, but I was occupied with work and taking pictures of this beautiful boy. A big part of why I’m documenting my family history is so that …

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