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

Saturday, July 11, 2009

1812 Rokeby, Loudoun, Virginia

When the British invaded Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812 and burned many of the public buildings, Loudoun’s county clerk hid critical federal documents, including the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, in the vault of a family home, Rokeby, southeast of Leesburg.

Rokeby, a 21-room brick mansion, was built in 1757 by Charles Binns II, first clerk of the circuit court of Loudoun County.

The hallowed documents were kept in a still-intact vaulted room in the cellar.


  1. I am a descendant of the Charles Binns family and still carry the last name. In fact, my family had in our possession the family bible with inscription from John Alexander Binns (son of Charles) and family generations which we donated to the museum of Loudon County. Very interesting and exciting geneology to be a part of.

    1. I am interested in who you are since my husband is also descended from John Alexander Binns


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