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, December 9, 2010

January 1732, Rhode Island

January 25, 1732- My ninth great granduncle, Isaac Lawton, dies at the age of 81 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.
Isaac Lawton was a deputy of the General court for eight years ranging from 1696 through 1708.
He was an honest farmer and had three wives.  The first was Mary Sisson, who died in childbed of her only child.
He married second, March 1, 1674, Elizabeth Tallman, by whom he had all his children. Their fathers, Thomas Lawton and Peter Tallman, had been partners in purchasing the Indian rights of Holmes Hole Neck (about 1664). Isaac bought three of the shares of Homes Hole Neck but later disposed of them.
Peter Tallman was also quite active in the settlement of Martha’s Vineyard, and Thomas Lawton of Portsmouth, by his will of June 6, 1674, proved Sept. 29, 1681, bequeathed to his son Isaac “all rights at Martha’s Vineyard” Isaac's third wife, to whom he was married October 11, 1701, was Naomi, widow of George Lawton and daughter of Bartholomew Hunt.  Naomi died January 3, 1720.

Will--proved 1732, Feb. 14. Ex. son John. To eldest son Isaac, 5s., he already having had house and farm he lives on in Portsmouth. To son Thomas, 5s. he already having received house and farm in Bristol. To son Job all the house and land he now hath improvement of in Portsmouth, and negro boy Jamme. To five daughters, Sarah Rogers, Anne Almy, Mary Vaughan, Susanna Pearce and Ruth Hall, each 5s. they having had already. To five daughters of Elizabeth Smith, deceased, viz: Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Phoebe and Hannah, 5s. each. To two grandchildren, children of my daughter Isabel Cory, late deceased, viz: Elizabeth and William Cory, each 5s. To daughter Ruth Hall, negro girl Phillis. To son John, all my farm whereon I dwell in Portsmouth, with dwelling house, orchard, &c., and all money, silver plate, bonds, household goods, husbandry gear, negro servants, cattle, horses, sheep, &c.

Inventory, £1780, 16s., viz: silver money £15, 3s., gold ring and 3 pieces of gold £4, wrought plate £67, bonds £886, money scales and weight, stillyards, churn, carpenter's tools, negro man, gril, boy, and child of two months £300, 4 oxen, 11 cows, 5 yearlings, 4 calves, 80 sheep and lambs, horsekind £50, swine £6, &c.
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