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, August 16, 2009

1776 Quakers

September, 1776- At the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the Quakers formally direct its members to observe strict neutrality.
Quakers should not vote or take oaths of loyalty to support either side, should not engage in combat, should not pay for a substitute (common practice at the time), and should not pay taxes to support the war effort.

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