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, February 10, 2013

June 1741, Massachusetts

English: Main Street, Swansea Village Historic...
English: Main Street, Swansea Village Historic District, Swansea, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
June 20, 1741

A son, John, is born to Nathan Hammond & Deborah Luther in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts Bay.

(John Hammond is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Samuel Luther & Mary Abell and Hugh Cole & Deborah Allen Buckland.)

John Hammond is descended from my ninth great grandfather, Samuel Luther (1636 – 20 December 1716)
Samuel was a prominent early figure in the Massachusetts Colony. He served as the minister of the First Baptist Church of Swansea from 1685 until his death. He also served as a militia captain. Through his wife Mary Abell, daughter of Robert Abell, his descendants have richly documented English ancestry, including extensive ties to royalty and nobility.
Samuel Luther perhaps survived a raid by a group of Lenape Indians at age nine while accompanying his father on a trading voyage to Delaware Bay, and was held captive for a period. His father, Captain John Luther, was killed in the raid. Some chroniclers question the likelihood of a nine-year-old boy participating in such a risky trading endeavor, proposing that an older brother may have been the captive Luther. However, no older son of Captain Luther is acknowledged by genealogical authorities. In any event, the general circumstances of the incident are corroborated by several primary sources.

Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Luther
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