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, August 3, 2011

May 1738, Maryland

May 27, 1738- Charles County Land Records, 1733-1743; Liber O#2; Page 329.

Recorded May 27, 1738.
Maryland 136Image by paints12 via FlickrMay 1, 1738 from John Hanson, Sr. of Charles County, Gentleman, to John Hanson, Jr. (son of the aforesaid John Hanson, Sr.) of Charles County, for the natural love that he has for his said son and for 5 shillings and for divers other good causes, a certain parcel of land in Charles County, being part of a tract of land called Green Land, bounded by Moors Lodge, the bound tree of Bartons Meadow, containing 555 acres.
Signed -John Hanson. Wit - Robert Hanson, Samuel Hanson Jr.
(Green Land was formerly called Husseys Addition.)

John Hanson, Jr. is my sixth great granduncle. He is the son of John Hanson, Sr. & Elizabeth Hussey.
Elizabeth Hussey is my seventh great grandmother, the widow of my seventh great grandfather, Samuel Luckett. The marriage is her third, and she is quite a bit older than her spouse. 
Elizabeth Hussey is the daughter of Thomas Hussey, Gentleman, and his wife, Joanna Porter, who were of the Roman Catholic faith. The 'Gentleman' indicates that he is descended from English gentry. Documents bearing his signature indicate that he was educated in letters, an accomplishment not too common among early settlers. Thomas became one of the interesting characters of the early days and once wrote to Lord Baltimore that he had been robbed by the Indians "of alle but the clothes on my bodye".
Following Samuel Luckett's death, Elizabeth lost little time acquiring a third husband, and by November 6, 1705, she had married John Hanson. On that date, John Hanson and Elizabeth, and Samuel Luckett, her son, 'executors of Samuel Luckett, deceased...' rendered an account to the Prerogative Court of Charles County:
"At the fall session of the County Court the Grand Jury with John Beale as foreman, indicted Nicholas Gulick, a Romanist priest, for "marrying John Hanson and the widow Luckett contrary to law." Likewise, John Hanson and Elizabeth, his wife, were indicted "for being & Suffering the ___ to marry."'
There are no known descendants of Elizabeth Hussey and John Gardiner who was a staunch Roman Catholic; Samuel Luckett, her second husband subscribed to the Church of England; and the third, John Hanson, was also of the Church of England. There were four children from this third marriage and all four of these children were reared within the Catholic Church."
These were difficult religious times dating back over 150 years to the reign of Henry VIII.  Her parents were Catholic, her first husband was Catholic, she was married to her third husband by a Catholic priest, and she reared the children from her first husband as Catholics. The only period she appears to follow the Church of England is during her marriage to Samuel Luckett. It is probably no coincidence that Thomas Hussey Luckett, a Catholic, was the only son of Samuel and Elizabeth's children to be named in the will of Elizabeth's father.
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