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 17, 2013

August 1742, Pennsylvania

Lower Quad in Winter, University of Pennsylvan...
Lower Quad in Winter, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1895)

August 17, 1742- A daughter, Mary, is born to William Hallowell & Margaret Tyson in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The child does not survive infancy, and dies before her first birthday.
August 26, 1742- Henry Conrad and Jane Jones declared their intention of Marriage with each other the second time - Elizabeth Ellis and Rachel Potts are appointed to attend the Marriage and bring accounts to the next Meeting. Monthly Meeting held att Gwynedd the 26 of the 8 mo 1742

(Mary Hallowell is my third cousin 7 times removed. Henry Conrad is her second cousin once removed. Henry Conrad is my first cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Mathias Dohrs & Agnes Neesgen Op den Graeff and Coentgen Lenssen Coenis & Anna Entgen Thones and Thones Kunders & Elin Magadalen Tyson.)

Philadelphia was known in colonial times as the "Athens of America" because of its rich cultural life. Because of the liberality of Penn's principles and the freedom of expression that prevailed, the province developed a conspicuous variety and strength in its intellectual and educational institutions and interests. An academy that held its first classes in 1740 became the College of Philadelphia in 1755, and ultimately grew into the University of Pennsylvania. It was the only nondenominational college of the colonial period. The arts and sciences flourished, and the public buildings of Philadelphia were the marvel of the colonies. Many fine old buildings in the Philadelphia area still bear witness to the richness of Pennsylvania's civilization in the eighteenth century. Such men of intellect as Benjamin Franklin, David Rittenhouse, John Bartram, and Benjamin West achieved international renown. Newspapers and magazines flourished, as did law and medicine. Pennsylvania can claim America's first hospital, first library, and first insurance company. -PHMC
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