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, April 18, 2010

1715 Pennsylvania

1715- Thomas Potts and Rachel James are married at the Abington Meeting House in Pennsylvania.

Abington Monthly Meeting minutes; 6 mo 29, 1715. Whereas Thomas Potts son of David Potts, and Rachel James, Having declared Their Intentions of Marriage with each other, before two Monthly Meetings, Enquiry being made by persons appointed, and found clear from all others on ye account of marriage, did accomplish their Marriage in ye Unity of Friends as is signsfied by their marriage Certificate.

They lived in Roxborough Township, Philiadelphia County, for some years.
Rachel James, wife of Thomas, was born about 1695. She was an excellent woman, and an acceptable minister among Friends. The following biographical sketch of her is copied from "The Friend", Volume XXXII, page 365: Rachel Potts, wife of Thomas Potts, was born about 1695. She resided with her husband for many years within the limits of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting; and was a Minister in esteem there. About the year 1750, her husband removed his family to West Jersey, and settled far from any Meeting of Friends. This was a great grief to her, for her weakness of body was such as generally precluded her from the exertion necessary to enable her to meet with her Friends in social worship.

(Thomas Potts is my first cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Potts & Elizabeth Baset.)

September 26, 1715- Lenart Streypers and Ann Entgen Cunraeds are married in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
Leonard Streypers, was presumably a son of William Streypers and a brother of Katherine Streypers, who married Henry Cunreds, a brother of Ann. Ann and her husband are supposed to have been first cousins. Of their descendants very little is known.

(Ann Entgen Cunraeds is my seventh great aunt. Our common ancestors are Thones Kunders & Elin Theisson.)

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