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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1733, Maryland

My eighth great grandmother, Elizabeth Meekin, widow of James French, dies at Newtown, St. Mary's County, Maryland.
About 1670, Elizabeth brought 129 Acres of "Wolver Hampton," which Bordered on "Hopton Park" to her marriage to James French. This land had been in possession of Elizabeth's father, William Meekin. Elizabeth had been named in her grandfather Beard's will as an heir in lieu of his grandsons William and Robert Meekin.
Elizabeth witnessed her husband's will on March 17, 1733, so her death came later that same year. Elizabeth Meekin French was a Catholic.

My fifth great granduncle, Anthony Drane, dies at the age of 40 in Maryland.

Henry Massey Hanson is born to John Hanson & Elizabeth Tyler in Charles County, Maryland.

(Henry Massey Hanson is my first cousin 7 times removed. Our common ancestor is Elizabeth Hussey.)
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