Taken from History of Shelby County, Indiana:
John Newton and family came in 1827, and Thomas Worland and family in 1828. The latter was a generous and pious Christian, and with him the Priests and Missionaries always found a pleasant and comfortable home.
From the The Shelbyville News, Saturday February 28, 1948:
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Worland were followed by his father, Thomas Worland with his whole family consisting of twelve children besides Leo. Thomas Worland came to be well known and justly so as the leading Catholic in the county during his time. He is the great grandfather of Ira and Thomas Worland now living in Shelbyville and Russell Worland of the Thompson Road.
From A history of the Catholic church in the diocese of Vincennes By Herman Joseph Alerding, Francis Silas Chatard:
Rev. George Eider, of St. Pius' Church, Scott County, Ky., came on a visit to his former spiritual children in the fall of 1828. The holy sacrifice of the mass was then offered for the first time in Shelby County, in the rude log cabin of Thomas Worland. The congregation numbered at this time about thirty members. Father Eider preached in the school-house, and attracted the attention of his Protestant audience by his eloquence and the doctrines of the Catholic Church, which seemed to be something new to most of them. Everybody was anxious to take a look at the Catholic Priest.
The Worland Family in America and Beyond
I began my life in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, on an island filled with forests and wild rhododendrons. I was separated from my Worland family there at an early age. Recently, I was reunited with my family and learned of my heritage. And so, this journey to know my ancestors began. The Worlands, Gideons, Newtons, Conards... they were the colonists, the settlers, the pioneers. They fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War. This is their story, and the story of a nation. -Deci Worland MacKinnon