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, December 8, 2013

December 8th, Before the Revolution

December 8, 1724- Jonathan Tuttle, son of Simon Tuttle & Elizabeth Abernathy, marries Mary Cooper, daughter of John Cooper & Sarah Thomas, in Connecticut.
Jonathan Tuttle is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 8, 1726- Jabez Carpenter marries Elizabeth Mitchell, daughter of Richard Mitchell & Elizabeth Tripp, in Rhode Island.
Elizabeth Mitchell is my third cousin 9 times removed.
Jonathan Tuttle, son of Nathaniel Tuttle & Esther Doolittle, marries Rebecca Gilbert, daughter of Samuel Gilbert & Hannah Little, in New Haven, Connecticut. They would have no children.
Jonathan Tuttle is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 8, 1742- Daniel Seamans is born to John Seamans & Priscilla Wood in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.
Daniel Seamans is my first cousin 8 times removed.

December 8, 1743- Nehemiah St. John marries Lois Cornwall, daughter of Paul Cornwall & Susannah Bowden in Connecticut.
Lois Cornwall is my first cousin 9 times removed.

December 8, 1747- A son, Preserved, is born to Preserved Sherman & Sarah Lawton in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.
Preserved Sherman is my third cousin 8 times removed.

December 8, 1742- A daughter, Deborah Adamson, is born to Thomas Adamson & Mary Burson in Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Deborah Adamson is my second cousin 6 times removed.

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William Penn  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

December 8, 1761- John Lukens, (1720-1789), was  appointed by Thomas and Richard Penn to the position of Surveyor General under the Proprietaries, December 8, 1761.
On the death of Nicholas Scull, the surveyor-general, he was commissioned,  to fill the place, and continued in the position until his death, in the fall of 1789, -the long period of almost twenty-eight years, from the colonial period to the establishment of the State government.
William Penn's early decisions about Pennsylvania land distribution gave the Land Office significant power from the beginning of settlement. The land office was comprised of the secretary for proprietary affairs, the surveyor general, and the receiver general. Over time, the surveyor general became the most powerful position in the land distribution system because his duties were an integral part of that system.
A prospective settler made "an application," that is, a request for land, in a particular place. Barring any problems such as a previous application for the same land, the secretary of proprietary affairs would issue a warrant for a survey of the property. The surveyor general then assigned a deputy in the appropriate district to perform the survey. After its completion, the surveyor general certified the survey's accuracy and returned a report to the secretary who could then formally grant the land.
Lukens remained Surveyor General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania until the American Revolution.
John Lukens is my second cousin 8 times removed.

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