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

Friday, May 28, 2010

June 1709, Maryland

June 12, 1709- John Worland II has married Stacey Robey in Charles County, Maryland.

I also have found this record regarding property:
12 Oct 1709; Indenture from John Worland, planter, and Mary his wife, to George Thomas, planter; for 3,000 lbs. tobacco; a tract called Dockers Delight; containing 60 acres; /s/ John Worland, Mary Worland (mark); wit. William Herbert, Robert Gates; 19 Sep 1709 John Worland and Mary his wife ack. deed; same witnesses.

Some researchers take this as proof that John Worland II had a prior marriage to a woman named Mary. I have assumed that it refers to John's parents, John & Mary. However, John, Sr., is believed to have died in 1700/01. But, John II has already married Stacey Robey by this date. It is a mystery. Then, recorded June 12, 1711, we have this:

Indenture from John Worlands, planter, and Stasey his wife, to Edward Ford, cordwinder; for 3,000 lbs. tobacco; a parcel being part of a tract called Docker's Delight; bounded by George Thomas's Spring; laid out for 50 acres (the whole containing 360 acres); /s/ John Worland (mark), Stacey Worland (Mark); wit. Mary Posey (mark), Ralph Shaw, Thomas Howard

But this sequence in the Rent Rolls supports my supposition:

1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm & Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 290-22: NEW ALLSFORD: 86 acres; Possession of - 86 Acres - Wickerly, John : Surveyed 25 Jan 1670 for John Worland at a Bounded Hiccory the Bounded tree of Thomas Wakefield's land.: Other Tracts Mentioned: HEN ALSOFORD; ; ; Conveyance notes - John Wicherly for John Worland an orphan, this land is said to lye in Zachia Manor,,

1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Piccawaxen or Wm & Mary: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 293-38: DOCKERS DELIGHT: 150 acres; Possession of - 150 Acres - Wicherly, John : Surveyed 21 Apr 1670 for John Walker at a Bound w. oak on the South side of a small swamp near Doughty land: Conveyance notes - John Wicherly for John Worland, 60 Acres - George Thomas from John Worland, 19 September 1709.,150 Acres – George Scroggin from John Tawning, 8 Oct 1737,

Docker's Delight had originally been surveyed for James Walker on April 20, 1670. The boundaries of the 150 acre tract began at a white oak on the south side of a small swamp near the land of Doughty. In James Walker's will of 1674, he left Docker's Delight to his widow Alice and "the next heir of her body".

Between 1642-1753, we find the name John Worland linked to the following Charles County properties in William & Mary parish and Piccawaxen:


(In reference to Old Alsoford, the name is spelled both as John Worland and John Worrall.)

So, here's some more on the property, now referring to John III (1720-1790):

Charles County Land Record Book A#2, 1752-1756; Page (178). Apr 27, 1754 from Benjamin Compton of CC, planter, to the Revd Samuel Clegett (Clagett) of CC, Clerk, for 10,000 lbs of tobacco and 5 £ all that tract of land called New Alford, lying in CC, and bounded by Thomas Wakefield's land called Wakefield, Mr. James Walker's land called Dockers Delight, Mr. Robert Henley's land, containing and now laid out for about 86 acres. Signed - Benjamin (uu his mark) Compton. Wit - Robt Yates, Dan: of St Thos Jenifer. Recorded Apr 30, 1754.

Charles County Land Record Book A#2, 1752-1756; Page (242). Nov 13, 1754 from John Warland of CC, planter, to the Revd Samuel Clagett of CC. John Warland, late of CC, decd, and father to John Warland, party to these presents, was seized of a tract of land in William & Mary Parish in Cc called New Alford, containing about 86 acres, by patent, which sd tract the sd John Warland the younger has sufficient reason to believe was sold by his father to George Thomas, sometime since of CC, now dead, and for which sd George Thomas paid a valuable consideration whereby he possessed sd tract many years, and by his will, devised the tract to his grandson, Benjamin Compton of CC, who has since sold conveyed the premises to the afd Claget, and for which he has received 10,000 lbs of tobacco. Now as the deed from John Warland the Elder to George Thomas afd, though neglect or misconduct, cannot readily be found upon record. Sd John Warland the younger being satisfied of the justness of this matter, and for 1000 lbs of tobacco to him paid by sd Clagett, Warland sells Clagett the tract of land called New Alford_ Signed - John Warland. Wit - Robt Yates, Charles Blanford, Dan. of St_ Thos Jenifer. Rebecca, wife of sd John Warland, relinquished her right of dower to the lands within mentioned, Recorded Nov 13, 1754.

If anyone has this figured out, I'd love to know. Also, it is interesting that John Worland is referred to as orphan. This obviously refers to our original John, who had come to the colony in 1662, more mysteries.

(John Worland II is my fifth great grandfather. His father John is my sixth great grandfather. I believe the wife of John, Sr., was Mary Marlowe. Rebecca is the first wife of John III.)

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