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, November 8, 2010

August 1730, Rhode Island

August 1, 1730- Christopher Sherman is born to Thomas Shearman & Sarah Sisson in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

August 4, 1730- My sixth great grandfather, John Randall, is born in Foster, Providence County, Rhode Island. There is an issue with the research here. Most family trees list his parents as Henry & Susanna Randall. This is highly unlikely, as Susanna was born in 1674. This does not seem possible, and throws much of my earlier Randall associations into question. I'm working on it.
One possibility is that he is the child of John Randall & Martha Williams, but I have not found verification.
Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) Record for John Randall lists his father as Captain John Randall. 
The American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) lists his birthdate as 1730, in the rolls of Connecticut men who served in the French and Indian War. This would account for his also being referred to as "Captain."

(Christopher Sherman is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are George Sisson & Sarah Lawton.)
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