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

Thursday, May 13, 2010

April 1712, Pennsylvania

April 29, 1712- Jacob Op den Graeff and Annaken DeHaven are married in the Dutch Reformed Church in Bensalem, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married by Rev. Paulus Van Vlecq who recorded the bride's name as Anneken ten Heuven. The records of the Bensalom Dutch Reformed Church in then Bucks County say:  "Married April 29, 1712 - Jacob op de graef, young man born in Jermantown and now residing at Schipack and Annchen ten heuven, young woman born at Willem aen der Roer."

(left) Grater House, built by Jacob Op den Graeff and Annaken DeHaven in 1724.

( Jacob Op den Graeff is my second cousin 9 times removed. Our common ancestors are Herman Op den Graef & Gretjen Driessen Pletjes.)

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