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 28, 2014

June 1743, Massachusetts

June 6, 1743- A son, Zephaniah, is born to Caleb Sherman & Elizabeth Lawton in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

The Surname "Sherman" is English: occupational name for a sheepshearer or someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excess nap, from Middle English shereman ‘shearer’.

June 21, 1743- A daughter, Abigail, is born to Humphrey Smith & Mary Willcox in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay, British America.

(Zehaniah Sherman is my third cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Lawton & Elizabeth Salisbury.
Abigail Smith is my third cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Richard Sisson & Mary Atkinson.  )

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