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2/19/2008
Brandywine's 'first families' to present history forum

Community News 2/19/08

Talley-Day Park, Grubb Road, Hanby Middle School, Forwood Manor.

All of these familiar names from Brandywine Hundred reflect the families that helped settle the area. Representatives of those "first families" of Brandywine will present an open forum at the Brandywine Hundred Branch Library on Foulk Road on February 23.

Hosted by New Castle County Councilman Bob Weiner (R-Chatham), the forum will feature John "Jack" William Day Sr., who is the last surviving member of the family that lived on the family lot that later became Talley Day County Park. Day will share his recollections of Brandywine Hundred history.

The Day family purchased 100 acres of property, from the Shellpot Creek to the back of Brandywine High School, in 1786.

According to Weiner, interest in the event led to members of other "first families" becoming involved in an oral history panel. He said he hopes to have representatives from the Talley, Grubb, Hanby, Forwood, Webster, Linton and Magness families included on the panel.

Brandywine Hundred is home to 84,000 people, more than the City of Wilmington, with a history stretching back to the early 1600s.

Delaware Digital Video Factory on Concord Pike will record the event, with the recording available to the public at the Brandywine library.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. For information, call Weiner's legislative aide, Louis J. Hinkle III, at 395-8362.

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