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 10, 2013

June 1742, Connecticut

June 4, 1742- A son, Abel, is born to Ebenezer Doolittle & Lydia Warner. The infant does not survive, passing away June 13th.

June 17, 1742- A daughter, Hannah, is born to William Sisson & Hannah Mullins in Stonington,New London,Connecticut. Hannah does not reach adulthood, dying in her eighth year.

(Abel Doolittle is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Abraham Doolittle & Abigail Moss.
Hannah Sisson is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are George Sisson & Sarah F. Lawton.)

"In 1742, Sarah Grosvenor of Pomfret, Connecticut, died, apparently from the effects of a combined medicinal-surgical abortion that had produced a miscarriage. Four years later, Grosvenor's sexual partner, Amasa Davis, and the abortion provider, Dr. John Hallowell of Killingley, were indicted for her murder.
It was quite common for couples like Grosvenor and Davis to conceive a child before marrying. Indeed, in the mid-1700s historians have counted 30% of New England couples' first children being born within seven months of their marriage.
In eighteenth-century New England, if a young unmarried woman became pregnant, the father-to-be was expected to marry her. Then they'd have as many more children as they could, with little said about the circumstances of the first pregnancy. In some cases, such as Ebenezer Richardson, the father-to-be couldn't marry the mother-to-be because he already had a wife. Amasa Davis was unusual in being free to marry Sarah Grosvenor, but refusing."
-Taken from the blog Boston 1775.
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