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, May 3, 2010

October 1714, Maryland

October 16, 1714- William Elder, the first husband of Elizabeth Finch, has died.
William Elder was a Quaker immigrant from Lancashire, England.

William and Elizabeth had married in 1705. They lived on a 50-acre tract of land called "Beale's Goodwill" which Elizabeth had inherited from her family. This land was originally within the boundaries of Calvert county, and is today a little east of the Oxen Hill/Clinton area near Rosaryville State Park. "Beale's Goodwill" contained 100 acres, and Elizabeth's sister, Mary (Finch) Beavan, wife of Charles Beavan, resided on the other 50 acres. Goodwill was located north of and adjoined the home plantation of Arnold Livers, known as Timberly.
William Elder's estate was listed in the Maryland Prerogative Court [Inv. & Acct. 36A folio 198; 36C folio 42].The appraisers were listed as Thomas Blanford, and Soloman Stimson. These documents were also signed by: Charles Beavan "Kindred"; Henry Darnalb "Creditor"; and Henry Culver "Kindred."
The accounting of Elizabeth Elder [36C folio 42] shows: "Eliz.a Elder adminx of all & singular goods & chattels & credits of Wm Elder late of Prince Georges county dec'd."
The accounting included money from: Edward Diggs, Capt. Thomas Clegat and Paul Hoye: credits to: Henry Darnell, Luke Gardiner, Capt. Thomas Clegat, Henry Culver, Jn. Boye, Thomas Williams, John Miller, Benjamin Berry and Jacob Jones.
Elizabeth would go on to take Solomon Stimson as her second husband.

(Elizabeth Finch & Solomon Stimson are my sixth great grandparents.)

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