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, September 20, 2009

1762 Fairfax Estate, Virginia

May 1, 1762- John Conard rents land from the 5 million acre Fairfax Estate. Thomas Fairfax (1693-1781), sixth Baron Fairfax of Cameron, was the proprietor of the Northern Neck Proprietary, a vast landholding that lay between the Rappahannock and the Potomac Rivers, and extended to the Blue Ridge.
In this deed, it is said that, first, John Conard himself shall be held accountable for the payment of rent, then his brother Jonathan, and thirdly, Joseph, the son of his brother James.
But, James was John's uncle, not his brother.

This was likely deliberate. Lord Fairfax (shown in image) was canny and untrusting. In each land rental, three close relatives were made responsible, one of the three preferably a young boy. This would account for the choosing of young Joseph, instead of his father. And referring to his uncle James as John's brother made the relationship appear closer.

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