My maternal grandmother, Rosella Johnston, was born on Dec. 8, 1893 in Hibbing, Minnesota.
Her parents were Aaron C. (Acy) Johnston (Johnson) and Estella Lucinda Randall Johnson who had migrated west from Allamakee County, Iowa.
She wed Alfred Leslie Worland in Park Rapids, Minnesota on May 19, 1908.
They soon continued west to Idaho, onward to Oregon, finally settling on Whidbey Island in the 1940s.
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