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, October 18, 2009

1753 Pennsylvania

August 25, 1753- Rachel Potts, as wife of Joseph Burson, transfers from Buckingham Meeting of Friends in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to the Fairfax Meeting. Rachel and Joseph had been married in 1719 at Potts Grove, Pennsylvania. She was a Quaker.
Clarence V. Roberts' book "History of the Potts Family" States that Jonas Potts, father of Rachel, founded the town of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

(Mary Rachel Potts is my 6th great grand aunt. Our common ancestors are Jonas Potts and Mary Mercy Thomaston.)

Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley
"This brilliant study shows the pivotal role the Quakers played in the origins and development of America's family ideology. Levy argues that the Quakers brought a new vision of family and social life to America--one that contrasted sharply with the harsh, formal world of the New England Puritans. The Quakers stressed affection, friendship and hospitality, the importance of women in the home, and the value of self-disciplined, non-coercive childrearing. This book explains how and why the Quakers have had such a profound cultural impact on America and what the Quakers' experience with their own radical family system tells us about American families."

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