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

Sunday, June 14, 2009

1858 Indiana

December 27, 1858- My great-great-grandfather, Sebastian Worland, dies in Liberty Township, Shelby County, Indiana at age 46. He was the father of Thomas Clement Worland.

His tombstone reads: Died Dec. 27, 1858
Aged 46 yrs. and 1 mo.
(the rest of the stone is below ground.)

(114 years later, my son, Michael Worland Saul, would be born on this date.)

Last Will and Testament of Sebastian Worland, Deceased
Will Record:
I, Sebastian Worland of the county of Shelby and state of Indiana, being infirm of body but of sound mind, memory and discretion do make and publish this my last will and testament in manor and form as follows, First I will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid and the residue of my estate, personal and real, I will to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Worland to be freely possessed by her without any restraint whatsoever so long as she remain my widow; after her death, or should she marry, then the residue of my estate to be equally divided between the heirs hereinafter mentioned (Namely) Alfred Worland, Elizabeth Worland, Thomas C. Worland, Vincent Worland, William Worland, Mary Ann Worland, Nancy Worland, John M. Worland, David Worland, Frances S. Worland. I will that my six youngest children be sent to St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum at Vincennes to be educated and if they should not be taken in there that two or three of them provided with homes among my catholick relatives. I do hereby appoint William Allen Sr., and Robert A. Worland Executors of this my last will and testament.
Sebastian Worland
Attest: Stephen D. Worland
Wm. Worland
Admitted to probate May 28, 1859 on the testimony of Stephen D. Worland, and of the subscribing witness thereto.


  1. Hello, I am descended from Elizabeth Allen Worland, 2nd wife of Sebastian Worland. After Sebastian's death, she remarried James Navin and they went to Missouri. Sebastian's will speaks to how he would like the younger children sent to an orphanage. I am interested in hearing any stories regarding this. Thanks, Sharon P.

  2. "One Man's Family" states that daughters Mary Ann and Frances were reared by Rachel Wheeler, Thomas' sister.
    That's all that's said about it. I am curious also, and will continue to look into this.

  3. Boy do I have news for you !!!!!!!!

    Please contact me at sebtrois @

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    family tree out of the water.

    I can & will share how ever it is a massive amount of material.

    Just for a teaser Jhon Potts ( yes) lives with in a couple of hundred miles or closer )



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