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

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Trail of Death 1838 - Indiana


The removal of the Potawatomi Indians from northern Indiana to Kansas took place September - November 1838. Leader Menominee resisted, but Indian Agent John Tipton captured him and 850 others, sending them west under heavy guard. The Indians walked most of the way, and typhoid, dysentery, and malnutrition killed 42 while another 50 escaped. They were marched at gun point for 61 days. So many died on the way and were buried by the roadside that it is called the Trail of Death.

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