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, December 17, 2010

June 1732, Massachusetts

June 6, 1732- My sixth great grandfather, James Seamans, is born to James Seamans & Tabitha Wood in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

Descendants of Thomas Seamans & Susannah Salisbury 

King James VI
From Miss Elizabeth M. Seamans, November 11, 1905, when she was visiting Factoryville, Pennsylvania  

"I wonder if you have heard of the Legend, of the ancestry, of our Seamans. I found it among my relatives, who came here in 1817 from Conn.

King James VI, of Scotland, became James 1, of England, the family name being Stuart and were ardent Catholics, but one renowneced the faith and was banished to Virginia, but was allowed to take money, treasures and silver, the king gave him a grant of land in the new country, in part of which Charleston now stands, the man had a wife and three sons, he died and in the course of time the mother again married, and after her death, her husband became guardian of the three boys, he married again and had a family, the mother of which was anxious to get rid of the Stuart boys, the stepfather took them to the sea and bribed a Captain to take them to the Plymouth Rock Country under the name of Seamans, and get them a home and they would be provided for, the oldest boy knew why they had been sent away and when he had became of age he told his brothers of their property in Virginia and he was going to claim it, he went in a vessel that was never heard from and that was supposed to have sunk, two years later the second boy made the attempt, but the vessel was wrecked and only two  were saved to tell the sad tale of disaster, the third boy decided that as both of his brothers had lost their lives in the attempt to claim their property, he would remain in the Plymouth Rock Country and retain the name of Seamans.

Swansea Mass is only a little way from Plymouth Rock, now do you suppose that there is a shadow of truth in this tradition?

Sincerely Elizabeth"

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