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

Monday, September 28, 2009

1758 Virginia

June 24, 1758- Ezekiel Potts marries Elizabeth Worrall Mead in Fairfax County, Virginia. The marriage was accomplished contrary to Friends discipline, and in consequence, they were disowned on October 28, 1758.
By the will of his father, David Potts, Ezekial inherited an undivided half interest in the homestead farm and mill.
Ezekial Potts later served as a private in the Revolutionary War, Captain Burgess Ball's 5th Virginia Regiment. (D.A.R. RECORDS 12804 AND 127512.)

(Ezekiel Potts is my 5th great grand uncle. Our common ancestors are David Potts and Ann Roberts.)

1759 St. Mary's, Maryland

1759- Mary Newton is born to Thomas Newton and Susannah Howard in St. Mary's, Maryland.

(Mary Newton and I are 1st cousins 6 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas and Katharine Newton.)

June 1, 1759- John Pike is born to John Pike and Kezia Hackett in St. Mary's, Maryland.

(John Pike is my 4th great grand uncle.)

1759 Connecticut

May 7, 1759- John Wasson is born in Connecticut.

(John Wasson is my 5th great grandfather.)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

1760 Loudoun County, Virginia

April 8, 1760- Joshua Gove and Elizabeth, his wife, sell and convey to David Potts, 310 acres of land on the head branches of Piney Run and on the west side of Short Hill.
1760- David Potts, son of David and Ann, and brother of Elizabeth, weds Mary Thomas in Loudoun County, Virginia.

(David Potts is my 5th great grand uncle. Our common ancestors are David Potts and Ann Roberts.)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

1760 St. Mary's, Maryland

November 5, 1760- Clement Newton, paternal grandfather of Joseph Pike Newton, dies in St. Mary's, Maryland.

(Clement Newton is my 5th great grandfather.)

Will of Clement Newton, Signed: June 30, 1760; Proved: November 5, 1760
~ Item: Imprimis I give and bequeath to my several Creditors their Just Claims
~ Item: I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Newton all my Lands.
~ Item: Whereas Thomas Newton Left in my care two Heifers, one for my son Joseph and one for my son Clement, my will is that they be paid them before the apprasement of my Estate
~ Item: Where Walter Davis left in my care a large black Walnut Table Oval made for my Daughter Anne, I will that the same be hers & not appraised in my Estate.
~ Item: I give and bequeath to my son Clement one young gray gelding.
~ Item: I give and bequeath to my son Albane, my writing Desk
~ Item: I give and bequeath to my son Bernard, one gray stone Coult & a pr of silver Clasps.
~ Item: I give and bequeath to my son Gaberil one hanging Leaf Square Walnut Table
~ Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary a feather Bed, and furniture, to be paid her of the value of my second best Bed & furniture
~ Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Bibiana a Black Walnut Oval Table
~ Item: I give and bequeath to my son Aldebert, one Horse called Jack Gray colored
~ Item: I give & bequeath to my Daughter Immaranchaeunor, Sining wheel
~ Item: whereas my wife is now with child, I give and bequeath to the child unborn one Choat
~ Item: where the Sundry Legacies above mentioned are of an Equal Value my will is that all the Legacies that are of Less value, than the best be made up equal out of my Estate, and the Remaining part of my Estate be Equally Divided amongst all my Children.
~ Item: and to the true performance of this my Last will and Testament I nominate Constitute ordain & appoint, my son Joseph Newton, my solo Executor, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand, and affixed my seal, this 30th June Anno que Dom 1760.~~~~~~~
Clement Newton (((seal)))
Signed Sealed and delivered

In the presence of us

Samll Abell Jnr

Leonard X Brown

November 5th 1760

Then Samll Abell Jnr & Leonard Brown the subscribing witnesses to the forgoing will being dualy and solemnly sworn on the Holy Evangels of almighty God depose and say that they, Saw the Testator Clement Newton Sign the foregoing will and heard him publish and declare the same to be his Last will and Testament that at the time of his sodoing he was to, the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind and memory, and that they subscribed their Respective names as witnesses to the Sd will in the presence of the said Testator and at his request.

Sworn to before me, Tho. Aisquith Depty Comiss~~~~~~~~~~~~

Of St. Mary's County~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Day and year above said the deceased widow
Made her Election, and takes her thirds,
Certified by me Tho. Aisquith Depty Comiss
of St. Mary's County~~~~~~



Transcribed by Judith A. Burger February 1, 2001 from a photocopy of the original court record, Libra: T.A.I., page: 399-400, obtained from Norma I. Dawson, Register of Wills, St. Mary's County, Maryland.

1760 Maryland

1760- James Peake (Pike) is listed in Maryland Papist Land Records regarding 100 acres of Forrest of Deane.

(James Pike is my 5th great grandfather.)

1760 Connecticut

July 17, 1760- Jonathan Turner and Millicent B. Wetmore marry in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.

(Jonathan Turner is my 6th great grandfather.)

1761 Poplar Hill, Maryland

1761- James Peake (Pike) is listed in Patent Records regarding 337 acres of Forrest of Deane in Poplar Hill, Maryland.

(James Pike is my 5th great grandfather.)

Friday, September 25, 2009

1761 Maryland

1761- William Worland is born to Rebecca and John Henry Worland in Charles County, Maryland.

(William Worland is my 3rd great grand uncle.)

1761- William Smallwood begins his political career as a member of the Maryland Assembly.

1761 Virginia

1761- Christian Miller weds Mary Russell in Loudoun County, Virginia.

(Christian Miller is my 5th great grandfather.)

Land Tracts in Loudoun County, Virginia

Diagram from
Colonial Catoctin: Colonial Developmental Dynamices on Or About the Upper South Fork of Catoctin Creek by Roberto Costantino.

If you look closely, you will see adjoining lands belonging to Hatfield, Conard, and Potts.

1761 Samuel Potts Corner

May 9, 1761- Jonas Potts, blacksmith, and Mary, his wife, sell 122 acres in Loudoun County, Virginia, to James Thomas. He signs, " Jonas Potts, Smith."

August 20, 1761- Jonas Potts obtains a patent from the Proprietors office of the northern neck of Virginia, for a tract of land on or about Round Hill.

October 13, 1761- Jonas Potts sells 122 acres on the north fork of Kittockton, to Jonas Potts, farmer. In the description of boundaries, mention is made of " Samuel Potts' corner." He signs "Jonas Potts, Blacksmith."

(I believe that this Jonas Potts is my 6th great grand uncle, the youngest son of Jonas Potts, my 7th great grandfather. Samuel Potts would be his nephew, the son of his half-brother, David Potts. Jonas Potts was apparently a common name in the region. )

Monday, September 21, 2009

1762 St. Mary's, Maryland

February 11, 1762- John Pike, son of Archibald and Lucy Pike, dies in St. Mary's, Maryland.

(John Pike is my 5th great grand uncle. Our common ancestors are Archibald Pike and Lucy. The Pike family surname is listed as Peake in many documents of the time.)

Will of John Pike:
Son: Archibald, 50 ac. "Ferney Branch" where I live. At death of wife, Kezia estate to be divided amongst children: Mary, Lucy, Ann, Mary Ann, and John Pike and if it proves my wife is with child, desire that child to share equally.
Exec: Wife, Kezia. Wit: Rodolphus and Mary Hackett, James Pike.

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.

1762 December in Loudoun

December 16, 1762- John Conard marries Elizabeth Potts, daughter of Pennsylvania Quakers David and Ann "Nancy" Potts, at the Short Hill Meeting of Friends in Hillsboro, Loundoun County, Virginia.
The Potts family had come to Pennsylvania from Wales—some allege, with William Penn. They lived at or about Pottsgrove, where their ancestor owned a plantation to which the Virginia descendants were heirs.

(John Conard is my 5th great grandfather.)

December 27, 1762- Valentine Miller, future son-in-law of John Conard, is born to Christian and Mary Miller in Neersville, Loudoun County, Virginia.

(Valentine Miller is my 4th great grandfather.)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

1762 Virginia

1762- Sarah Hatfield Potts, paternal grandmother of Sarah Conard, dies in Loudoun County, Virginia, at the age of 50.

(Sarah Hatfield is my 6th great grandmother.)

1763 Charles County, Maryland

1763- James Worland born to John Worland III and Rebecca in Charles County, Maryland.

(James Worland is my 3rd great grand uncle.)

1763 St. Mary's, Maryland

1763- Joseph Newton, son of Clement Newton, weds Mildred Knott in St. Mary's, Maryland.

(Joseph Newton is my 4th great grand uncle. Our common ancestor is Clement Newton.)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Irrelevent Conard Trivia

Dingee & Conard Company.

Our New Guide to Rose Culture 1901. West Grove, Pa.: Dingee & Conard Co., 1901.
The Dingee & Conard Company began nursery operations in West Grove, Pennsylvania in 1868 and began its mail order business in 1874. It later became the Conard-Pyle Company, a mail-order nursery and seed business specializing in roses. It became known for its trademarked "Star Roses," which includes the famous Peace Rose. The Company, which is still in business, donated its archives to the University of Delaware Library.
(The 1880 census for London Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania, shows that an Alfred F. Conard was working as a rose grower. Alfred was actually Alfred Fellenburg Conard, son of Thomas Pennington Conard and Rebecca Miller Shoemaker. I don't know if he is the founder or what, but I really like the picture.)

1763 Loundoun County, Virginia

December 14, 1763- Ann Conard is born to John Conard and Elizabeth Potts Conard in Loudoun County, Virginia.

(Ann Conard is my 4th great grand aunt. Our common ancestors are John Conard and Elizabeth Potts.)

Monday, September 14, 2009

1764 Connecticut

June 2, 1764- Amea Turner is born to Jonathan Turner and Millicent Wetmore Turner in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.

(Amea Turner is my 5th great grandmother.)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Surnames: Kunders, Cunard or Conard?

I recently had another discussion about the surname of my Revolutionary War Ancestor John Conard, he is listed by the Daughters of the American Revolution as John Cunard, (DAR RECORD 127512, VOL. 128).
In my family tree, I list him as John Conard to avoid confusion regarding his daughter Sarah Conard...many others also use the Conard surname.
John Conard is descended from Thones Kunders, one of the German pioneers granted a charter for Germantown, Pennsylvania, by William Penn in 1689.
In various documents from Krefeld, Germany, Thones Kunders signs his name as Tunnes Keunen, Tunis Kunders, and Thones Kunders. In the Germantown charter, his name appears as Tenis Coenderts and Tunes Cunders. In 1691, "Touniss Kunders" was elected as one of Germantown's fence-viewers.
The numerous descendants of Thones Kunders adopted the English custom of taking their father's last name as their own, but adopted it in various forms such as Conard, Cunard, Kunraed, Cunraed, Conrad, etc.
One of these descendants was Samuel Cunard, founder in 1838 of the first regular steamship service across the Atlantic, and builder of the mighty Britannia. (Samuel Cunard is the man in the accompanying image.)

1765 Virginia

March 4, 1765- Anthony Conard is born to John Conard and Elizabeth Potts Conard in Loudoun County, Virginia.

(Anthony Conard is my 4th great grand uncle. Our common ancestors are John Kunders Conard and Elizabeth Potts. John Conard was a private in the Virginia militia.)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

1764 St. Mary's, Maryland

1764- Mary and Clement Newton wed in St. Mary's.

(Clement Newton is my 4th great grand uncle. Our common ancestor is his father Clement Newton.)

1765 Maryland

1765- Daniel Dulany, Jr., denounces the Stamp Act in Considerations of the Propriety of Imposing Taxes in the British Colonies.

"The colonies claim the privileges of British subjects. It has been proved to be inconsistent with those privileges to tax them with out their own consent, and it has been demonstrated that a tax imposed by Parliament is a tax without their consent..."

1765 St. Mary's, Maryland

1765- Arnold Newton marries Elizabeth Rosamond Thomas in St. Mary's.

(Arnold Newton and I are 1st cousins 6 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Newton and Katherine.)

March 2, 1765- Ignatius Howard is born to George Howard and Anastasia Spinke Howard in St. Andrews, St. Mary's.

Friday, September 11, 2009

1766 St. Mary's, Maryland

1766- John Basil Knott and Mary Drury wed in St. Mary's, Maryland.

(John Basil Knott is my 4th great grandfather.)

1766 Maryland

1766- The Sons of Liberty are organized in Baltimore County, Maryland. The secret groups identifying themselves as Sons of Liberty existed in almost every colony. The organization spread month by month after independent starts in several different colonies. British authorities and their supporters, known as Loyalists, considered the Sons of Liberty as seditious rebels, referring to them as "Sons of Violence" and "Sons of Iniquity."

1766 The Colonies


Repeal of the Stamp Act. Although some in Parliament thought the army should be used to enforce the Stamp Act (1765), others commended the colonists for resisting a tax passed by a legislative body in which they were not represented. The act was repealed, and the colonies abandoned their ban on imported British goods.

Declaratory Act. The repeal of the Stamp Act did not mean that Great Britain was surrendering any control over its colonies. The Declaratory Act, passed by Parliament on the same day the Stamp Act was repealed, stated that Parliament could make laws binding the American colonies "in all cases whatsoever."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Today in History: September 10

Explorer, writer, and cartographer John Smith assumed the presidency of the Jamestown settlement on September 10, 1608.

 A great resource for anyone interested in American History and genealogy is the American Memory project at the Library of Congress website. I spend hours there, the collection contains manuscripts, images, podcasts and recordings.

The snippet above is from their Today in History page. Today in History mines the American Memory historical collections to discover what happened in American history today…and every day.

Monday, September 7, 2009

1766 Connecticut

July 29, 1766- Milicent Wetmore Turner, mother of 2-year-old Amea Turner, dies in Connecticut.

(Milicent Wetmore is my 6th great grandmother.)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

1767 St. Mary's, Maryland

April 19, 1767- James Knott is born to John Basil Knott and Mary Drury Knott in St. Mary's.
(James Knott is my 3rd great grand uncle. Our common ancestors are John Basil Knott and Mary Drury.)

March 6, 1767- Francis Howard is born to George Howard and Anastasia Spinke Howard in St. Andrews, St. Mary's.

1767- Sarah Ann Grace Newton is born to Arnold Newton and Elizabeth R. Thomas in St. Mary's.
(Sarah Ann Grace Newton and I are 2nd cousins 5 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Newton and Katherine.)

1767- George Booth dies in St. Mary's.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

1768 Loudoun, Virginia

January 4, 1768- Daughter Sarah Conard is born to John Conard and Elizabeth Potts Conard in Hillsborough, Loudoun County, Virginia.

Her maternal grandfather, Quaker David Potts, dies later that year on May 25. He is only 38 years old.

(Sarah Conard is my 4th great grandmother.)

1769 Maryland

1769- Maryland merchants adopt policy of nonimportation of British goods.

Friday, September 4, 2009

1769 St. Mary's

1769- James Pike (II) born to James Pike and Ann Bacon Pike in St. Mary's, Maryland.

(James Pike (II) is my 4th great grand uncle. Our common ancestors are James Pike and Ann Bacon.)

         -Susanna Newton born to Arnold Newton and Elizabeth R.Thomas in St. Mary's, Maryland.

(Susannah Newton and I are 2nd cousins 5 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Newton and Katherine.)