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

American Revolution (Surnames, Related Individuals)

Related Individuals and their role in the American Revolution, listed alphabetically. My Direct Ancestors are highlighted in Red.

Mark Ames (1742-1823) was a soldier in the Revolution, credited to Partridgefield, Maine, in Captain Nathan Wilkin's company of minutemen who marched for Boston, April, 1775, on the Lexington alarm. He enlisted May 5, 1775, in Captain Nathan Watkins's company, Colonel John Patterson's regiment, and served until November 1775, or later. ("Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolution"). 

Reuben Brooks (1763-)  In early life he served in the Revolutionary war.

Isham Burks (1759-1839)  Enlisted in 1779-1780 in Virginia, in Company of Capt. Adam Wallace, Regt. commanded by Lt. Col. Davis of the Virginia Continental Line.  Discharged in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
Ref.:  "Virginians in the Revolution", Gwathmey, page 112.  DAR Magazine, Vol. 32, No. 4, April 1908.
Pension: File W-9758. Roll No. 20914.  Wife Elizabeth received pension.

James Burson (1763-) serving in the War of the Revolution

Ezekial Cleaver (1729-1785)  During the Revolution, Gwynedd Meeting frequently called upon Ezekiel Cleaver to perform the overseer's duties of interceding with Quakers who acted contrary to Friends Principles. Along with his son of the same name he was fined 37.10.0 (the maximum amount) for missing militia musters in Gwynedd twp., Pennsylvania.

Bennett Hanson Clements (1754-1804) Corporal during the Revolution.

Sisson Cole (1746-1845) was a soldier in the Revolution.

John Conard  (1737-1803) Served in the American Revolution. He was a private in the Virginia Militia and recieved a grant of land for his services. Service proven for SAR, DAR.

Samuel Cotton (1759-1836) enlisted, 1776, as a private in Capt. Joseph Churchill's company, Col. Comfort Sage's regiment, which was stationed at Governor's Island. He served on the armed frigate "Hancock," which blew up the "Levant." He was born in Middletwon, Conn.; died in Newfield, NY. Source: DAR I.D. No., 57057

Isaac Darnall (1730-1778) 1778 MARYLAND CENSUS RECORD Darnall, Isaac, Montgomery County Record Type: Fidelity Oath. Military service: Revolutionary War veteran, Private - 16th name in the 3rd Company of the Upper Battalion of Montgomery County, Maryland.

John Darnall ( 1736-1797) Revolutionary War as a private 5th cl. Capt. James Craven's Co., 5th Batt., Washington Co., Militia 07 JUL 1784

Thomas Darnall  (1760-1822) Revolutionary War:  Pvt. in Capt. Cawood's Co.   

Abraham Doolittle (1728-1794)  Abraham and son Isaac were in the Continental army in 1775 under Captain James. Arnold and were honorably discharged in the Northern Department Nov. 25 and Dec. 7 1775, respectively. It was Company G of 1st reg't under General Wooster. Reg't was raised on first call of legislature for troops Apr. - May, 1775; marched by request of Continental Congress to New York City in June and encamped at Harlem. In Sept. under orders from Congress the reg't marched to Northern Dept. and under General Schuyler took part in operations along Lakes George and Champlain; assisted in reduction of St. Johns in Oct. Later Stationed at Montreal. Adopted as Continental. As much sickness prevailed many soldiers were furloughed or mustered out in Oct. and Nov. and remainder reorganized.
Abraham enlisted in Capt. Bunnell's company in 1776. It was 7th Company of Col. Douglass' reg't in wadsworth's brigade. He was probably then residing in Cheshire. These troops were raised in June, 1776, to reinforce Washington in New York; were on right of line of works during battle of Long Island August 27th and in the retreat to New York August 29-30. Took part when New York was attacked September 15th; at battle of White Plains Oct. 28. Term expired Dec. 25, 1776.

Barnabas Doolittle (1752-1804)  He took the Oath of Fidelity to the State of Connecticut as a resident at West Cheshire Parish in May 1777 as prescribed by the Continental Assembly.

David Doolittle (1736-)  David enlisted in the Revolutionary war, July 12, 1775, in 8th Company under Captain William Hubbell of the 7th regiment under Colonel Charles Webb; was stationed along the sound until September, when at Washington's request the regiment went to Boston camp and was assigned to Winter Hill, General Sullivan's brigade. David was honorably discharged Dec. 19, 1775. David served Sept. 15 - Dec 25, 1776 in Captain Johnson's Company of Colonel Bradley's battalion raised for defense of state; was at Bergen Heights and Jersey City. In Oct. the battalion moved up toward Ft. Lee under General Green. Many were captured in defending Ft. Washington, Nov. 16, 1776. David again enlisted June 12 1777 for 8 months under Captain Munson in the 8th regiment, Col. John Chandler; camped at Peekskill till ordered to help Washington in Pa. in Sept.; under Gen. Mc Dougall at the battle of Germantown, Oct. 1. In Winter quarters at Valley Forge.

Ebenezer Doolittle (1736-1807)  Ebenezer Doolittle enlisted in the Revolution in the 4th Connecticut regiment in 1782. Later he served with 1st regiment Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 1782.

George Doolittle (1759-1825)  at the age of seventeen enlisted , 1776, as a private in Capt. Churchill's Co., Col. Comfort Sage's Reg., Gen. Wadsworth's Brigade, raised in June to reinforce Gen. Washington at N.Y., and which retreated Sept. 15, from the city; time expired Dec. 25, 1776. On Jan. 1, 1777, he enlisted in the company of Capt. David Humphrey, under Col. Return Jonathan Meigs; enlisted again April 7, 1777, for six weeks' service at Peekskill. On May 1, 1778, he enlisted "for the war" in the 6th Reg. Conn. Line (Regulars), Col. Meigs, and served till 1783.
    George Doolittle had the honorable trade of a shoemaker and carried his "kit" through the war, mending his compatriot's boots and shoes. He saved his earnings and thus laid the foundation of his successful career. 

Samuel Doolittle (1729-1778) He served in the Revolutionary War.
The daughters of the American Revolution Vol. V., page 157, says that 7 of Samuel's sons were active patriots during the struggle for independence. This must include his sons-in-law.

Samuel Doolittle (1755-1813) was in the Vermont militia in the American Revolution, under Captain Eli Noble.

Peleg Douglas (1751-1843) "one Mr. Douglass, a scotch miller" From Peleg Douglas Pension application NYR 3048 Rev. War.

Jesse Dowd (Doud) (1754-1831)  He served in the Revolutionary War and in later years collected a pension due to his service.

 James Thomas Drane, Jr. (1753-1828) 2nd Lt., Revolutionary War, MD

Theophilus Foulke (1726-1785) Thought to have taken the oath of allegiance during the Revolution.

Thomas Foulke (1724-1786) He was a member of Richland Monthly Meeting, and like his brothers was dealt with for taking the oath to the United Colonies in 1781.

Arnold Hardy (1760-1833) Arnold was First Lieutenant, volunteered under Capts. William Head and Biggershead. Data from "Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in Missouri", page 100 of a book at Sutro Library in San Francisco, CA. The book says the information is from Archives in Washington.
Arnold's Revolutionary War pension application showed that he had eight children born in Frederick Co, MD. We only know of seven.

Solomon Hardy (1732-1800) Solomon served in the Revolutionary War in Frederick County, Maryland in 1776. Solomon took the Oath of Allegiance in Frederick Co, MD (Maryland Records, Brumbaugh, Lancaster PA, 1928)
(Solomon Hardy is my fourth great grandfather.)

Raphael Lancaster (1732-1802) signed the Oath of Allegiance and Fidelity to Maryland during the Revolution in St. Mary's County, Maryland 1778.
Reverend Jeremiah Leaming (1717-1804) As the Revolution approached was identified with the loyalist party. In 1776 he was taken from his bed in an inclement wintry night, and lodged in the county jail as a tory, with the consequence of a severe cold, which settled in his hip, and made him a cripple for the rest of his life. In July, 1779, his church and a great part of his parish were laid in ashes by the British invasion of Fairfield County under General Tryon. By this disaster he lost all his personal property, furniture, books, and papers, while he was himself taken by the invaders to New York City. He was in comparatively affluent circumstances before these losses and the confiscation of his landed estate by the Americans. He remained in New York until after peace was declared.

Judah Leaming (1753-1829) fought in the Revolutionary War in the Connecticut 1st Regiment under General David Wooster, 4th Company under Captain David Welch. It is evident that Judah participated in the expedition that captured Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775 under General Benedict Arnold. The cannon from Fort Ticonderoga was hauled by oxen and men through the wilderness to Boston, hundreds of miles away. They arrived in time to drive the British troops and their officers out of Boston. The "Sick Bills" of 1777 indicates Judah was discharged because of illness or injury.

Matthias Leaming (1719-1789), as well as his brother, the Reverend Jeremiah Leaming, remained Tories throughout the Revolutionary War and were persecuted by the Patriots, who were mostly member of the Congregational or State Church (descendants of the Puritans). Matthias was a devout member of the Episcopalian Church which remained loyal to the king, and would not give up his faith. He suffered accordingly, having his property confiscated. Many in similar circumstances fled to Canada, but he remained in this country.

From the History of Derby, Connecticut, 1880: "It should be remembered that at the time of the Revolution it was supposed by the Episcopalians as well as others that since the King was the head of the Church of England, that church could have no existence except in the colonies where the King held political reign, and hence should become independent of the King. The Episcopal Church could not maintain its existence here from the very nature of the relations of the church with the government. Under this view they challenge our respect and honor for all that a true Christian hath will be lost if need be, for his church. It is evident that this was the belief of many in the Episcopal Church from the fact that at the close of the Revolutionary War many removed from the jurisdiction of the United States into British domination, not only to live under that government but to enjoy the service of that Church."

The Congregational Church had become the State Church and the General Assembly had passed strict laws to enforce orthodoxy and conformity to this church. Everyone was compelled to pay taxes to its support. Those who turned from it had become unhappy under its domination, and turned as a result to the Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church expressed loyalty to the King of England as part of its worship and to identify oneself with that church during the Revolutionary War was the same as declaring oneself on the side of the British. A daily prayer repeated in the morning and evening included "Prayer for the King's Majesty, desiring that he may vanquish and overcome all his enemies." This was not tolerated by the Patriots and many people like Matthias and Jeremiah Leaming were persecuted for such action. (However, Matthias's son, Judah Leaming served in the Revolutionary War on the Patriot side.) The Ratification of the Book of Common Prayer was acted upon by the Bishops, the Clergy and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, in convention in the year of our Lord 1789, and the said book was required to be received as the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church in America in 1790. The big change was in omitting the prayer for the "King of England's power to vanquish and overcome all his enemies."

James Lewis, Jr. (1728-1814) Patriotic Service.

Michael Loomis (1741-1793)  Lieutenant Michael Loomis was one of the Minute-men in Capt. John Holms's Co., Col. John Fellows' Regt., which, in response to the alarm of 19 April 1775, marched 21 April 1775 and engaged the British troops for the first time in their fight for freedom in the Revolutionary War.

Charles Lukens (1744-1784) 
Charles and Margaret lived in York Co. Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War, he served as a Captain in the fifth Company in York County.

Jesse Lukens (1748-1775) served in the Revolutionary Army of the United States in 1772 . Jesse Lukens was a Volunteer under Captain Mathew Smiths company, he returned to join the Plunkets expedition against the Conneticut settlers in Wyoming Valley. He was wounded on December 25, 1775 and did December 29, 1775 Wyoming Valley.

Joseph Lukens (1729-1784) listed in DAR records as Revolutionary Patriot.

Gideon Luther (1755-1815) a soldier of the Revolution, serving first in 1776 in Captain Ezra Ormbee's company of militia from the town of Warren.  He was also a member of Captain Curtis Cole's company, and of Colonel Nathaniel Miller's regiment, in 1781.

Jonathan Macomber (1744-1830) Officers to command the several Trained Bands, or Companies of Militia in the Colony:
Charlestown company---Thomas Scheffield, captain; Jonathon Macomber, lieutenant; Caleb Crandall, ensign.
From Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England
Printed 1862, volume 7, June 1775.

Jonathan McVeigh (-1824) fought in the Revolutionary War and kept near General Washington during most of the time. (from the McVeigh Family Bible.)

Bennett Neale (1737-1789)  In 1778 he subscribed to the Oath of Allegiance in Charles Co., Maryland, before Judge John Lancaster.

Joseph Mosher (1732-1801)  Joseph was a farmer, a Quaker who did not believe in war and favored remaining under British rule, so he lost all his land. On 10 Aug. 1792 from Cambridge NY he, his sons George, Joseph Jr., and Allen; Allen's children Meribah Allen, Asael, Henrietta and Augustus; his daughter Margaret Southwick and children Daniel, Waity, Cynthia and Sophia; and his daughter Pauline's husband Walter Wood petitiioned the Canadian government for grants of land in Lower Canada.

Ignatius Newton (1749-1812) Private, St. Mary's County Militia, 1777. Two men with this name took the Oath of Allegiance in St. Mary's County in 1778: One before the Hon. John Ireland and one before the Hon. Ignatius Fenwick, Jr.

Asa Page (1735 - 1802) Asa Page was a soldier in the revolutionary war.  

Samuel Peck (1734-1815) A Revolutionary soldier.  

Benjamin Peckham (1753-1821)  Regimental Quartermaster 2d Rhode Island, January 1, 1777; Ensign,  February 11, 1777; Lieutenant,  April 15, 1779; transferred to 1st Rhode Island, January 1, 1781; retained in Olney's Rhode Island Battalion,  May 14, 1781; Captain, June 21, 1782, and served to November 3, 1783.

Joseph Peckham (1738-1812) lived in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he was admitted as a freeman in May, 1760. He was described as a zealous patriot in the Revolution. Military service: Revolutionary War, CS RI "DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Ed."

Robert Potter (1748-1825)  He served in the Revolutionary War with Capt. James Chapman, commanded by Col. John Tyler, CT.

Jonathan Potts (1728-1805) is listed as a Corporal in the 7th and 11th unit of Morgan’s Riflemen from Virginia, Roll Box 105,
Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M246, 138 rolls); War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, Record Group 93; National Archives, Washington. D.C.

Joseph Potts ( 1743-) removed to Kentucky, but later returned to Pennsylvania and entered the Revolutionary Army. The Pennsylvania Archives show that he was commissioned on June 6, 1776, as a First Lieutenant in the 4th Pennsylvania Battalion commanded by Gen. Anthony Wayne. He was promoted to a Captaincy, 1776. He was severely wounded in the Battle of Brandywine and taken prisoner by the enemy. He was exchanged in 1778, and while in the ranks became deranged. By an act of the Legislature, passed the 20th day of March, 1812, five hundred acres of land were granted to his heirs. . The following is an abstract of the Act.
Whereas, it appears that Joseph Potts entered the service of his country at the commencement of the Revolutionary War as a Lieutenant in 1776; was promoted to the rank of Captain; at the Battle of Brandywine he was wounded by a musket ball which broke the bone, and also by the thrust of a bayonet which pierced through his shoulder, and in the same engagement was taken prisoner. On the first day of July 1778 he became deranged. By an act of Congress, ifcc. * * consequently entitled to a donation of land, Therefore,
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by authority of the same, that the Land Officers be and they are hereby directed to issue a Patent for five hundred acres (500) of Donation Land to the heirs of Joseph Potts in the usual manner.

Zebulon Potts (1746-1801) was a Captian of Militia in the Army. During the encampment of the army at Valley Forrge, he was very active in procuring food for the army. On more than one occasion he succeeded in passing the British lines into the City of Philadelphia. On account of his activity in the cause of the colonies, a price was put upon his capture. Many attempts were made to take him but he always succeeded in evading his pursuers. On one occasion he hid in an open ended barrel with the open end at the ground. He had a secret understanding with his neighbors, that when danger threatened at night, pebbles were thrown upon th eroof of his house to apprise him and give him time to escape. After the war Zebulon was appointed High Sheriff of Montgomery County which he held for several years. He was also a member of the legislature. He probably died in Harrisburg during a session

Daniel Roberts (1728-1785) listed among those who received Town Bounties.
The Archives relating to the Revolution 30, numbers 8-50, consist of returns from various towns, giving particularly the names of soldiers serving in the Connecticut Line, who received "Town Bounties etc. before 1780," from the towns for which they served. The returns are dated about April 1, 1779, and include from the beginning of the year 1777.
"Lists and Returns of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 1775 - 1783: Town Bounties, Chatham" Connecticut Historical Society; Hartford, Connecticut; 1909

Elijah Roberts ( 1761-1843) Patriot Of The Revolution, son of Simeon and Anna (Johnson) Roberts, was born in Middletown, Conn., August 19, 1761 ; died September 26, 1843. His name first appears among the soldiers of the Revolution who responded to the " Lexington Alarm," and later as a private in Capt. Elihu Hubbard's company, of Middletown, which formed a part of Col. Huntington's regiment, organized in 1775, and reorganized for service in Continental army for the year 1776. After the siege of Boston it marched under Washington to New York and assisted in fortifying the city, and was ordered, August 24, to the Brooklyn front; engaged in the battle of Long Island, August 27, in and near Greenwood Cemetery; was surrounded by the enemy and lost heavily in prisoners. Private Roberts'name appears among the "missing." The regiment afterward joined the main army and took part in the battle of White Plains, and was engaged in the battle of Bemis Heights and surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga, October, 1777. He brought with him a musket and cartridge box captured from the enemy. These are now in possession of his descendants. His name next appears among the list of pensioners residing in Middletown in 1832. He married, October 24, 1786, Phebe Hubbard, daughter of Nehemiah Hubbard. The Hubbard family was one of the oldest and most prominent in the town of Middletown.
The heroes of the American Revolution and their descendants: Battle of Long ... By Henry Whittemore

Stephen Robey (1725-1790) Received the Oath of Fidelity in 1778, Charles County, Maryland.

Peleg Sanford: (b. February 28, 1739/40 MA; d. June 8, 1804 MA); m. Alice Unknown; Pvt MA

Thomas Seamans (1746-1824) Thomas was a soldier in the Revolution. He served as a fifer in 1780 in Col. Jeremiah Olney's regiment of Connecticut Militia during the Revolutionary War.

William Seamans  (1721-1792) Elder William Seamans, was a Baptist minister, and tradition handed down, claims he was a Chaplain in the Revolutionary War on General Green's staff.

Parker Sherman (1734-) Private in Sgt. John Luther's detachment,1779. (Served for one month.)

Esek Sisson (1762-1832)  Revolutionary War, Col. Elliot's Regiment from Warren.

John Sisson (1758-1839) Military Service: Revolutionary War Veteran

Ephraim Stevens (1757-1790) Ephraim was active on the American side in the war, 1775, and fought at Quebec city and was imprisoned there, In 1779 he was in a Quebec jail with cousin  Benjamin Stevens. They escaped but were picked up and later exchanged, 1782.

Eliakim Stow (1708-1789) was a zealous Revolutionary patriot. He rendered all the material that could be spared from his farm and, from principle, received Continental money at par for everything he had to sell for the army.

Amos Treat (1757-1788) He and his brother Stephen and many others from the Upper Houses were in the company of Capt. Eli Butler. 

John Treat (1752-1822) is buried in Miner Cemetery, an S. A. R. bronze marker having been placed on his grave. He was a private in the company of Capt. Abel Braw, and arrived at New York, Aug. 19, 1776. Was discharged Sept. 19, 1776. Jan. 13, 1777, he enlisted at Wethersfield, Conn., in the first company, Capt. Benjamin Tallmadge, afterwards major of the same regiment, in the second regiment of Connecticut Light Dragoons, Col. Elisha Sheldon, and was discharged at Danbury, Conn., June 12, 1783. His discharge was signed by General Washington. He was in the battle of Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777, where John Stocking Chauncey of Upper Houses, was captured. Was in the fight which preceded the capture of the light house near New York City, under Col. Tappan, when he was in the "year service" in 1776. He was a pensioner and received a gift of land in the Western Reserve of Ohio.

Stephen Treat (1747-) He and his brother Amos served in Capt. Eli Butler's company in the regiment of Light Horse commanded by Maj. Elisha Sheldon. The company marched Oct. 25, 1776, and was discharged Dec. 25, 1776

Isaac Tripp (1704-1778) Revolutionary Patriot.

Martha Trotter (1753-) Martha, the wife of Zebulon Potts, was a stately, dignified and brave woman and when British officers or soldiers called in search of her husband, or upon skirmishing expeditions, she won their respect and protection by her suave and courteous manners.

Asa Turner (1765-1847) Revolutionary War soldier and Baptist minister, son of Jedediah Turner and Rachel Thompson. In 1778 when he was 13, the Revolutionary War was going on and he enlisted. He served several posts between 1778-1782.

Jedediah Turner (1733-) He was soldier in the French and Indian War (1758) and a private in the Revolutionary War (between 1775 and 1783).

Joseph Tyson (1751-) served during the Revolutionary War with the Philadelphia County Militia, 6th Battalion, 5th Company, of Norriton Township. private 3rd class.
When the British soldiers pillaged and burned their way through Norriton township in September 1777, they caused damage to some of the property in our area of concern. After the war, assessor Jacob Auld included the following names in his "Assessment of Damages done by the British, 1777-1778):
David Coulston, £5, 17s; Ezekiel Rhoads, £65, 15s; Joseph Tyson, £102, 4s.

Jesse Ward (1765-1839) While living in Massachusetts, Jesse fought three years in the Revolutionary War on the side of the patriots, even though he was only 11 years old at the time.

Abner Wolcott (1749-1833)  during the American Revolution,  Abner was taken prisoner in Oct. 1777, after the Battle at Saratoga; he was with the British. He later escaped to Canada where his wife joined him at the refugee camp at Fort William Henry, now Sorel, Quebec.


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