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

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9th, before the Revolution

File:David I and Malcolm IV.jpg
David I (left) with the young Malcolm IV (right).
December 9, 1165- My 22nd great granduncle, King Malcolm IV of Scotland, dies at the age of 24at Jedburgh .He was the eldest son of Henry, Earl of Huntingdon and Northumbria (died 1152) and Ada de Warenne.
He succeeded his grandfather David I. Malcolm's grandfather died at Carlisle on 24 May 1153, and Malcolm was inaugurated as king on 27 May 1153 at Scone at age twelve. The coronation took place before the old king was buried. Malcolm was not only King of Scots, but also inherited the Earldom of Northumbria.

Malcolm IV of Scotland
Malcolm IV of Scotland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Called Malcolm the Maiden by later chroniclers, a name which may incorrectly suggest weakness or effeminacy to modern readers, he was noted for his religious zeal and interest in knighthood and warfare. For much of his reign he was in poor health and died unmarried.  His mother formulated a plan for a marriage to Constance, daughter of Conan III, Duke of Brittany, but Malcolm died before the wedding could be celebrated. His premature death may have been hastened by Paget's disease (a chronic disorder that typically results in enlarged and deformed bones).

December 9, 1609- My ninth great granduncle, Peter Doors, is born to Pieter Dohrs & Lysgen Grietes in Kaldenkirchen, Bruggen, Prussia.

December 9, 1673- A daughter, Esther, is born to John Wilcox & Esther Cornwall in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.
Esther is my first cousin 10 times removed.

December 9, 1681- My eighth great grandmother, Martha Luther, is born to Samuel Luther & Mary Abell in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.

December 9, 1687- A son, Francis, is born to Samuel Wetmore & Rebecca Gardner in Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Francis is my second cousin 9 times removed.

December 9, 1709- A daughter, Dorcas, is born to William Tew & Abigail Sisson in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island.
Dorcas is my first cousin 9 times removed.

December 9, 1717- My seventh great granduncle, Edward Cole, dies at the age of 60 in St. Mary's, Maryland. The third son of Robert Cole & Rebecca Gill, he was born at St. Clement's Manor.
As a young man, he went to England for further education, perhaps in care of his father Robert's executor, Henry Hanckes. He first married Honora Ford in 1683 in St. Mary's, Maryland. Honora died about 1696.
In 1688, he left St. Clement's Manor, probably settling on "St. Edward's", the land surveyed for him by Luke Gardiner adjacent to Gardiner's holding at "St. John's".
At his death, he left his second wife, Elizabeth Slye. They had wed about 1705. Elizabeth would survive into the 1730s.
He left a large, well-furnished house, several hundred acres of land and a valuable estate. He was firmly established as one of the leading Catholic gentlemen of St. Mary's.

Will of Edward Cole

" IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I Edward Cole Senior of St. Marys County
[MD] being now in good bodily health & of Sound & perfect sence & memory
thanks be to Almighty God for all his Benefits & Considering the uncertainty
of this transitory Life we live in doe think it Expedient & Necessar y tosettle & Dispose of all such temporall benefits which pleased Al mightGod hither to Endow me with & in order thereunto doe make thi s my lastWill Renouncing Revoking & making Voyd any Will or Wills he retofore byme made either Verball or in writing but this to be Effec tually takenfor my last will & Testament in Manner and forme followi ng vidis Impriis

First and Principally I give & bequeath my Soule to Almighty God
that gave it firmly & constantly believing that through the meritorio usdeath
and passion of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ I shall receive full pardon and
[P]remission of all my past crimes & Sins & my body I bequeath to th eEarth
from whence it came to be buried in Decent manner according to the discretion
of my Executor & Executrix hereafter specified.

1st Item I will and Desire that all Such Debts which of Righ t Iowe to any person may be Discharged & paid in some reasonable tim e aftermy decease -Especially to Captn John Hyde or his assignes i f any due.

2ndly Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Col e &her assigns forever one Negroe man called George & his wife calle d Bessnow att Madenbower, any one chest of Drawers which she shall p lease tomake choice of the two chests of Drawers which I now have wi th as muchof the rest of my Estate as shall come to her thirds.

3rdly Item I give & bequeath unto my beloved Son Edward Cole o neshilling sterling to be paid in some convenient time after my Dece asewhich said shilling is to be all that he shall have out of my Est atemore than he has already had for his part he having Received hi s fullpart except this shilling already.

4thly Item I will & Desire that if after my Decease any Good scomes in from Captain John Hyde or his assigns Consigned to me or t hatdoath anywise concern the said Hyde & my marchandizing I desir e & willthat my son Edward Cole shall have the disposall of them & b e paid forhis trouble & Cares & the profit & Gaine of the said Cargo e or Goods tobe added to my Estate.

5thly Item I will and Desire after my decease if any Goods b e inthe store be them more or less I will & Desire that my son Edwar d Colehave the Disposall of them as of the other before mentione d & that hemay have Liberty to come & Dispose of the same when he sh all have hisSett Days & as soon as my Decease I will & Desire that m y son EdwardCole take the key of the stores & the Goods into his pos session & Cares.

6thly Item I give and bequeath all my wearing apparell my Wigg sonly Excepted to be Distributed to such poor peoples as my Executo r &Executrix shall think fitting and Convenient.

7thly Item I will & Desire that after the Discharge of my jus tDebts that then the Remaining part of my Estate as well Quick and D eedbe equally Divided amongst my Six Children Vidte Elizabeth Heard[ ,]Robert Cole[,] Honour Spalding[,] Ruth Mattingly[,] Susannah Jenki ns[,]and Mary Jenkins[.]

8thly Lastly And for the Executing Effecting & fulfilling of t hismy last Will & Testament I nominate Constitute & appoint my wel l belovedwife Elizabeth Cole & my beloved son Robert Cole to be tru e & lawfullExecutor & Executrix, ----- the true performance of thi s my last Will &Testament to see that nobody here above mentioned b e any wise wronged asye Shall answer the same at the Day of Judgmen t As Witness my hand &Seale this Sixteenth Day of April Anno Domin i 1717

Edwd his Cole


 Sealed Signed & Delivered in the Presence
of Clemt Gardiner Joseph Powers James Thompson
The aforegoing Will was thus Endorsed
December the 20th 1717

Then came Clement Gardiner & Joseph Power two of the Witnesses to th ewithin
Will & made oath that they saw the above named Edward Cole Seale Sign e &
Deliver the same as his last Will & Testament
Wm Aisquith Depty Com y"

December 9, 1721- A son, Samuel, is born to Samuel Doolittle & Mary Fenn in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Samuel is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 9, 1730- Thomas Carter, son of Thomas Carter & Margaret Wetmore, marries Sarah Gilbert, daughter of Samuel Gilbert & Mercy Warner.
Thomas is my second cousin 9 times removed.

December 9, 1739- A daughter, Mary, is born to Caleb Abernathy & Lois Gaylord in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mary is my third cousin 7 times removed.

December 9, 1742- Thomas Langton, son of Joseph Langton & Rachel Cowles, marries Abigail Richards, daughter of Thomas Richards & Abigail Turner, in Farmington, Connecticut.
Abigail Richards is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 9, 1743- A daughter, Anna, is born to Thomas Cole & Christiana Luther in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.
Anna is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 9, 1751- Mary Maurle, wife of Abraham Lukens, and their 10 year-old daughter, Mary, both die in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mary Maurle is 52 years old.
Young Mary Lukens is my second cousin 8 times removed.

December 9, 1752- A son, Daniel, is born to Isaac Shoemaker & Hannah Roberts in Upper Dublin Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Daniel is my fourth cousin 7 times removed.


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