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, November 1, 2009

1752 Germany

March 22, 1752- Peter Gideon is born to Nancy and Peter Heinrich Gideon. Peter Gideon is somewhat of a mystery man. His Revolutionary War records indicate he was born in 1752 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Various sources indicate he was in fact born at sea coming from Germany, while others claim he was born in Bavaria. None of these facts have been proven. His grave marker, in Potts Cemetery in Loudoun County, Virginia, lists his death as "Feb 5, 1844, in his 96th year of age" which would place his birth around 1748.

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