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, February 4, 2011

1734, Maryland

St. Thomas Manor, St. Ignatius
1734- My sixth great grandmother, Elizabeth Mockbee Nicholls, dies at the age of 65 in Prince George's County, Maryland. She is the widow of Anthony Drane, and the daughter of William Nicholls & Mary Mockbee. She inherited "Brock Hall" from Captain Edward Brock , her grandfather, in 1712. Her husband Anthony bought parcels of land from William Nichols & John Darnall in the years 1700 to 1712. After the death of her husband in 1723, she ran the plantation.with the help of her son James.

Recorded at request of Thomas Draine, 9 Nov 1734:
Deed of gift from Elizabeth Drane, widow, for love to my 3 children, James, Rachel and Thomas; and to granddaughter Rebekah Drane; mentions Negro named Peter;  3 Aug 1734; /s/ Elizabeth Drane (mark); witnesses: Joseph Ray, Brock Mockbee, William Smith.

 By the 1730s, my fifth great grandfather, Arnold Livers, had purchased several tracts of land in the Monocacy area of what would become Frederick County, Maryland. Backland was a large tract of 5,000 acres originally patented to John Digges in 1732 and a part was patented to Arnold Livers in 1734.
This patent consisted of 1649 acres and was called Arnold's Delight. It was located to the east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and north of what today is Thurmont. This tract extended north to Mount St. Mary's near Emmitsburg.
Arnold's Delight became the second home for the Livers family. It was located on Owens Creek and was known as the Livers Quarters.

My fourth great granduncle, Anthony Livers, is born to Arnold Livers & Mary Ann Drane in Prince George's County, Maryland. His half brother, Arnold Livers, son of Arnold and Helen Gordon, was a Jesuit priest. In 1734, Arnold arrives in Maryland and is assigned to St. Thomas Manor in Charles County. He administered to the Catholics of Boone's Chapel in Prince George's County, Conewago Chapel in Pennsylvania, and later at the Elder chapel at the home of his sister, Jacoba Clementina Livers Elder, in Emmitsburg, Frederick County.

My fourth great aunt, Elizabeth Hardy, is born to William Hardy & Ann Stimson in Prince George's County, Maryland.

My fifth great granduncle, Richard Robey, marries Ann Barton in Charles County, Maryland.

 My fifth great granduncle, Edward Knott, dies at the age of 69 in St. Mary's County, Maryland. He is the son of Francis Knott & Eleanore Cole.
His brother, James Knott, dies the same year at the age of 67.

Will of Edward Knott

Knott (Knot), Edward, planter, St. Mary's Co.,22nd Dec., 1733; 6th Mch., 1733-4. To eld. son George and hrs., 90 A. adjoining land of William and James Knott and Richard Coopper's; and personalty. To second son Clemment and hrs., 100 A. dwelling plantation during time of lesse; and personalty. To dau. Monicke, son Edward, son Lexius, brother John and Roger Dougans, personalty. Sons George and Clemment to pay Rebecca Hill 3500 lbs. tob. on account of land. To sons George and Clement, 517 lbs. due from James Knot, 850 lbs. due from William Knot, 530 lbs. due from John Alvey, and 400 lbs. due from Thomas Graves; sd. sons to pay to John Cheslin 260 lbs. if demanded. To 4 sons and dau. afsd., household goods divided equally.Test: John Shirclife, Nathan Shepherd.

Will of James Knott

Knot, James, planter,St. Mary's Co.,31st Dec., 1733; 6th Mch., 1733-4. To eld. son Francis and hrs., 68 A. “Hazard.” To wife ——, certain personalty during life; after her decease to son Francis and Susannah, Elizabeth, James and Mary Ann Knot. Residue of personalty to 5 child, afsd., also 45 lbs. tob. due from James Mattingly. Test: William Knot, Sr., Nathan Shepherd. 21. 10.


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