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, February 21, 2011

October 1734, Massachusetts

October 5, 1734- Margaret Wetmore (also known as Margaret Whitmore) dies at the age of 66 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
She was born 1668 to Francis Whitmore & Margaret Harty. Margaret married Thomas Carter, a husbandman who was given considerable lands by his father, in 1682. Thomas survived her and would go on to live until the ripe old age of 99.

(Margaret Wetmore is my first cousin 10 times removed. Our common ancestor is John Whitmore. 
 John Whitmore was killed by an Indian in 1648. This act was not an act of private hatred, but seems to have been the deed of the whole tribe, and the colony was moved to unite with that of New Hampshire in a just revenge. Colonial Records of Connecticut and Trumbull's Colonial Recollections: 'This courte, taking into serious consideration what may be done according to God in way of revenge of the bloude of John Whitmore, late of Stamford, and well weighing all circumstances, together with the carriages of the Indians (bordering thereuppon) in and about the premises: doe declare themselves that they do judge it lawful and according to God to make a war uppon them.' A committee was sent to New Haven the next day to confer with the rest of the magistrates, and 'return with what convenient speed they may.' Trumballs Col. Rec. Vol.1, pg. 197 )
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