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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

December 1739, Maryland

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December 26, 1739- The following documents are filed concerning my sixth great granduncle, John Hanson. He had inherited land from his father, and acquired yet more for his business of growing corn and tobacco. He also held slaves.

Prince George's Land Records 1739-1743 - Liber Y - Land Commission. From Lord Baltimore To Messrs John Hawkins Sr, John Hawkins Jr, John Lowe Sr, and John Lowe Jr of PG, Gentlemen, Greeting. Whereas John Hanson of Charles County, Gentleman, seized of a parcel of land in PG called Clarksons Purchase, did, on the 4th Tuesday of last Nov, prefer his petition in writing to PG County Court held at Upper Marlborough Town, before Peter Dent, Gent, and his associates for Commission to examine witnesses to prove and perpetuate the memory of the bounds of sd parcel of land, know that we have given you (not being anyway related to the petitioner or any contiguous proprietor, nor interested in sd land) power to examine all witnesses which shall be nominated to you by the afd petitioner or other person concerned, touching their knowledge of the bounds of the land afd or the bounds of any other lands whereon and whereto the afd land depends or relates, and therefore we command you to call before you, on a day you specify, on the land afd, all witnesses. Signed Dec 26, 1739 - A Contee, Cl Cur. Feb 9, 1739/40. Messrs John Hawkins Sr, John Lowe Sr, John Hawkins Jr, John Lowe Jr, qualified themselves to execute the Commission before - Tho Owen.

On last Mar 18, we repaired to the sd tract of land, being at the mouth of Clast Cr, and took the following depositions:

Thomas Stonestreet, age about 57, says that about 18 years ago, this deponent was at the afd place with Colo Addison & several others and the sd Addison declared the beginning tree of Clarkson Purchase stood within a few yards of the sd place where now stands a locust post but something near the water.

On last Jul 16, we again repaired to the sd tract of land at a bounded white oak near Mr. Digges' Road that leads to Broad Cr near Clast Cr. We took the following depositions:

Robert Clark, age about 50 declares that 30 years ago, Capt. Geo: Athey came to the afd bounded white oak with this deponent and told him it was the 2nd bound tree of Clarksons Purchase. A true return. Signed Nov 24, 1740 - John Hawkins, Jno Hawkins Jr.
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