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

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

July 1736, Massachusetts

July 17, 1736- My seventh great granduncle, Samuel Doolittle, dies at the age of 44 in Palmer, Hampden, Massachusetts.
Samuel was born in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Samuel Doolittle & Mary Cornwall.
He first married Nancy Hall, next Jane Wheeler. The family resided at Wallingford until the birth of their third child in 1720. With Jane, he moved to Stafford, Connecticut, where he was among the first settlers. On June 20, 1720, he laid out four acres of meadow land. In 1723 he was assigned 50 acres, in 1724 another 50 acres, in 1726 a division of 80 acres, and in 1728 a piece of meadow of 4 acres.
In 1731, he bought a farm called "the Elbows" in Palmer, Massachusetts from Thomas Richardson.
He was known as Sergeant Doolittle in 1732 and his name appears frequently in the city records. He was a community leader, signed petitions, was on the meeting house building committee and the committee to lay out roads. He owned at least 100 acres.
It appears that he was a very capable and well to-do-man, and was much appreciated by his fellow townsmen.
His death came soon after the completion of the first church in town and in all probability his was the first funeral held within its walls.
The following interesting notice of his death and funeral appears in the Palmer records: "Lieutenant Samuel Doolittle Departed this Life on Saturday ye 17th Day of July 1736. After a Short Illness of two or three days, and was Decently Inter'd on the Day following, after ye Afternoon Service, it being the Sacrament Day, a mulitude of people Respectfully attened ye Funeral."
He was probably the first one buried at the old Centre cemetery,which was laid out the previous year. No headstone marks the place of his burial.
The estate of Lieutenant Samuel Dollittle was inventoried at 900 lbs., a goodly sum for those days, and was divided among the heirs in 1738, portions of which were sold from time to time till 1750, when Ephraim, one of the sons, bought out the rights of the remaining heirs and disposed of the original farm in 1757 for 300 lbs.
Ephraim was then of Worcester, Massachusetts, and was a styled gentleman.The deed was signed by Ephraim and Sarah Doolittle.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

October 1732, Massachusetts

October 18, 1732- Moses Doolittle is born to Samuel Doolittle & Jane Wheeler in Palmer, Hampden, Massachusetts

(Moses Doolittle is my first cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Samuel Doolittle & Mary Cornwall.)
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

1730 Maryland

 1730-  William Hagan is born to William Hagan & Mary Eleanor Hanson in Charles County, Maryland.

Clement Wheeler is born to Leonard Wheeler & Elizabeth Hanson in Charles County, Maryland.

Isaac Darnall is born to John & Rachel Darnall in Charles County, Maryland.

Henrietta Pye is born to Walter Pye & Margaret Tant in Charles County, Maryland.

Anne Thompson is born to Thomas Thompson & Jane Tant in Charles County, Maryland.

Bennett Hopewell is born to Francis Hopewell & Mary Heard in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

(William Hagan is my first cousin 7 times removed. Clement Wheeler is his first cousin. Clement Wheeler is my first cousin 7 times removed. Isaac Darnall is first cousin twice removed to both William Hagan and Clement Wheeler. Our common ancestor is Elizabeth Hussey.
Isaac Darnall is my second cousin 5 times removed. Our common ancestors are John Robey & Sarah Hines Luckett.
Henrietta Pye and Anne Thompson are my second cousins 7 times removed. They are first cousins. Our common ancestor is Robert Drury.
Bennett Hopewell is my third cousin 5 times removed. Our common ancestors are Robert & Rebecca Cole.)
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Monday, October 4, 2010

February 1729, Massachusetts

February 16, 1729- Mary Doolittle is born to Samuel Doolittle & Jane Wheeler in Palmer, Hampden, Massachusetts. Mary was the sister of Captain Ephraim Doolittle, who procured the charter for the towns of Pittsford and Shoreham.

( Mary Doolittle is my first cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Samuel Doolittle & Mary Cornwall.)
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

February 1728, Connecticut

February 14, 1728- Abigail Doolittle is born to Samuel Doolittle & Jane Wheeler in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut.

(Abigail Doolittle is my first cousin 8 times removed.  Our common ancestors are Samuel Doolittle & Mary Cornwall. )
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Monday, August 9, 2010

October 1725, Connecticut

October 29, 1725- Ephraim Doolittle is born to Samuel Doolittle & Jane Wheeler in Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut.

(Ephraim Doolittle is my first cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Samuel Doolittle & Mary Cornwell.) 
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1724 Maryland



1724- Thomas Luckett is born to Samuel Luckett, Jr. & Ann Smoot in Charles County, Maryland.

Margaret Pye is born to Walter Pye & Margaret Tant in Charles County, Maryland. She would become a nun and die in the Netherlands.

Thomas Thompson is born to Thomas Thompson & Jane Tant in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

Elizabeth Neale is born to James Neale & Elizabeth Hagan in Charles County, Maryland.

Leonard Wheeler & Elizabeth Hanson are married in Charles County, Maryland.

Ignatius Luckett marries a woman named Jane in Charles County, Maryland. They would reside at the head of Port Tobacco Creek.

Ralph Robey marries Penelope Cawood in Charles County, Maryland.

My sixth great grandfather, John Robey, dies at the age of 76 in Charles County, Maryland. John Robey was born in 1648 at Castle Donington in Leichestershire, England. In 1684, he married Sarah Hines Luckett in Charles County, Maryland. They had thirteen children, including Stacey Robey who would marry John Worland II.

My sixth great grandparents, John Drury and wife Mary Ford, die in St. Mary's County, Maryland. John Drury was born in England in 1669. Mary was born in St. Mary's county in 1678, where they wed in 1697.

( John Drury and Margaret Pye are first cousins. Margaret Pye is my second cousin 7 times removed. Thomas Thompson and Margaret Pye are first cousins. Their common ancestors are John Tant & Margaret Drury.  Thomas Thompson and John Drury are first cousins once removed. Thomas Thompson is my second cousin 7 times removed. Our common ancestor is Robert Drury.
Elizabeth Neale is my third cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Benjamin Gill & Mary Mainwaring.
Elizabeth Hanson is my sixth great grandaunt. Our common ancestor is Elizabeth Hussey.
Ignatius Luckett is Elizabeth Hanson's half-brother. Ignatius Luckett is my sixth great granduncle. Thomas Luckett is my first cousin 7 times removed. Our common ancestors are Samuel Luckett & Elizabeth Hussey.
Ralph Robey is the son of John Robey & Sarah Hines Luckett. Ralph Robey is my fifth great granduncle.)
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

1724 Maryland

1724- Benjamin Hardy is born to William Hardy and Ann Stimson in Prince George's County, Maryland.

(Benjamin Hardy is my fourth great granduncle.)

1724- Elizabeth Hanson marries Leonard Wheeler in Charles County, Maryland.

(Elizabeth Hanson is my sixth great grandaunt. Our common ancestor is Elizabeth Hussey.)

May 5, 1724- George Hardy was paid from the estate of Anthony Drane of Prince George's County.

(George Hardy is my fifth great granduncle. Benjamin Hardy is George's nephew. Our common ancestors are William & Elizabeth Hardy.)

1724- John Drury dies at the age of 55 in St. Mary's County, Maryland. His wife, Mary Ford, dies the same year at the age of 46.
 
John Robey III dies at the age of 76 in Charles County, Maryland.
 
Samuel Luckett, Jr., dies at the age of 39 in Port Tobacco, Maryland.

(John Drury and Mary Ford are my sixth great grandparents.
John Robey III is my sixth great grandfather.
Samuel Luckett, Jr., is my sixth great granduncle. Our common ancestors are Samuel Luckett and Elizabeth Hussey.)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

1728 Maryland


1728- John Digges obtained a tract of land called Back Lands from Lord Baltimore, part of which he transferred in 1728 to Arnold Livers, the former Flemish page.
Arnold Livers divided his part into tracts called Slate Ridge Farm, Ogle’s Good Will, Lubberland, Duke’s Woods, Arnold’s Chance and Arnold’s Delight.

("Lubberland" was the 17th century perjorative for the New World, a fool's paradise of idleness and plenty. American Laughter: Immigrants, Ethnicity and 1930s Hollywood Film Comedy )

Although Arnold Livers lived in Prince George’s County at a plantation called Timberley, he had a second home at Arnold’s Delight in the forks of Owings Creek.

This photo shows the valley where the Zentz mill and farm was formerly located. The stone posts shown here give a glimpse into the past, showing where the old lane to the Zentz Mill and farm used to begin. This photo was taken at the overlook at Payne’s Hill, just off US Rt. 15 south. Slate Ridge Farm-A Short Story.

(Arnold Livers is my fifth great grandfather.)


May 20, 1728- Solomon Stimson 9.157 A PG £198.17.9 £110.4.6
Received from: MM John Hyde & Co. (merchants in London), Thomas Charter, John Mawdesty,
Payments to: Robert Tyler, William Elder, William Hardey, John Kirkwood, Joseph Noble.
Legatees: Solomon Stimson, Benjamin Stimson, Anny Stimson (daughter) wife of William Hardy.
Executrix: Elisabeth Stimson.

(Solomon Stimson is my sixth great grandfather. Benjamin Stimson is his son. His daughter Ann was married to William Hardy. William Hardy is my fifth great grandfather.)

May 20, 1728- William Elder marries Ann Wheeler in Prince George's County, Maryland. In 1728, William is among a party of Catholics who travel into the interior of Frederick County, Maryland on an exploratory trip. He settles first at Zentz's Mill, clearing the land and building a home before moving his new family there. William was good friends with Arnold Livers, and he is soon followed to Frederick County by the Livers, Owings, Wheelers, and other Catholic families.
In William Elder's time, things were quite primitive in Maryland. Cloth was made by local weavers, underwear and house linen at home. Men wore breech cloths and deerskin jackets, caps and moccasins. People lived well, but simply, hunting and dressing their own meats, making their own bread, corncakes, sorghum, etc., and of course were almost unacquainted with tea and coffee.

June 18, 1728- After Solomon Stimson's death, his wife Elizabeth [Finch] was executrix of his estate.
This second inventory is cited in the amount of £6.14.0.

Mr. James Beall 9.211 A PG £43.2.3 Jun 18 1728:

Payments to: John Allison, Anne Gitting, administratrix of Francis King, Elienor Nutthall, John Roads, John Beall, Sr., Capt. Charles Beall, Meredith Davis per Dr. Haswell, John Pearce, William Beall, Sr., James Beall (son of Alexander Beall), Mary Jones, William Scott, Capt. Leonard Hollyday on account of Thomas Brooke (merchant in London), John Farguson, cost of suit against Dr, John Haswell and his wife Sarah Haswell, Elisabeth Stimson (executrix of Solomon Stimson) per John Mawderley to be paid in my father's (unnamed) lifetime, William Smith & William Mordant, Lingan Wilson, Robert Beall, Esq. Loyd per Mr. Robert Taylor, Edmond Jenings, Charles Calvert, Esq., Holland, Lee & Brooke, Brooke & Holland.

Mentions: Mr. Jennings, widow (unnamed), 8 children (unnamed).

Executor: John Beall, Jr.

Oct 16 1728- Solomon Stimson 9.75 A PG £23.1.7 Oct 16 1728
Payments to; Mary Williams, Philemon Lloyd, Esq., Thomas Brooke & William Holland & Thomas Addison, Esq., Mr. Alexander Fraser, James Ranter.

Legatees: William Elder, Thomas Elder.

Executors: Peter Hoggins and his wife Elisabeth Hoggins.

(Elizabeth Finch is my sixth great grandmother. Peter Hoggins was her third husband, whom she married following Solomon Stimson's death.)


1728- Kezia Hackett born in St. Mary's, Maryland.

Friday, January 29, 2010

1729 Maryland

1729- Elizabeth Finch dies in Charles County, Maryland, at age 42.
Elizabeth Finch had lived her life on the plantation Goodwill, which was originally purchased in 1681 by her father, Guy Finch. It was located north of and adjoined the plantation Timberly, which was owned by Arnold Livers.
Elizabeth's third husband Peter Hoggins dies one year later in 1730. It was a brief union, they had married in 1728.

(Elizabeth Finch is my sixth great grandmother.)

The Land Records of Prince George's County, Maryland, 1726-1733 By Elise Greenup Jourdan
Liber M, Page 586

Enrolled at request of David Craufurd 1 May 1730:
Indenture, 19 Feb 1729; between Arnold Livers, merchant, and David Craufurd, merchant, for 1s; half of lot #73 between Livers and John Miles in Upper Marlborough; wit. Clement Hill, John Docwra; 1 May 1730 ack. by Arnold Livers and Hellen his wife.

(Arnold Livers is my fifth great grandfather.)

1729- Son, William Elder, is born to William Elder and Ann Wheeler in Frederick County, Maryland. He is the grandson of Elizabeth Finch, who dies the same year. (Elizabeth Finch married three times: Solomon Stimson, William Elder, Peter Hoggins.)

(William Elder is my 1st cousin six times removed.)

October 23, 1729- Solomon Stimpson 9.480 A PG £21.18.11 Oct 23 1729

Received from: Mr. William Digges, Moses Orme.
Payments to: Charles Calvert, Esq., Alexander Countee, Simon Nicholls, Mr. Alexander Fraser, Mr. Alexander Contee, Lingan Wilson, Leonard Holliday garnishee of Thomas Brooke & Co., Mr. Robert Tyler.

Executors: Peter Hoggins and his wife Elisabeth Hoggins.

(Solomon Stimson is my fifth great granduncle. Solomon Stimson and Elizabeth Finch are his parents. Peter Hoggins is his stepfather.)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

1731 Maryland

Aug 28, 1731- John Hardy, with the consent of his wife Barbara, conveys to John Haswell 75 acres Brotherhood.

(John Hardy is my fifth great granduncle. Our common ancestors are William & Elizabeth Hardy.)


1731- Guy Elder is born to William Elder and Ann Wheeler at Good Will, Prince George's County, Maryland.

(Guy Elder is my first cousin 6 times removed.)

Monday, January 18, 2010

1733 Maryland

June 3, 1733- William Hayden dies at the age of 58 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

(William Hayden is my 6th great grandfather.)

1733- George, William and Ignatius Hardy listed as taxables in the Upper Piscataway Hundred.

(These Hardy brothers are my 5th great grand uncles. Our common ancestors are William and Elizabeth Hardy.)
 
1733- William Elder and his wife Ann Wheeler are living at Slate Ridge Farm, property owned by Arnold Livers. After Ann's death in 1739, William would go on to marry Arnold's daughter Jacoba in 1742.
 
Jacoba's brother Arnold was a Jesuit Priest. He had traveled to Watten, Holland to study for the priesthood. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 7, 1724 and was ordained. In 1733 he was assigned to the missions of Maryland. He returned to Maryland in 1734 and served at St. Thomas Manor, Newtown, and St. Inigoes, where he died August 16, 1767.

(Arnold Livers is my 5th great grandfather. William Elder is my fifth grand uncle.)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

1735 Maryland

 1735- The Land records of Prince George's County, Maryland, 1733-1739 By Elise Greenup Jourdan:

Liber T Page 355

Recorded at request of James Russell, 21 Feb 1735:
Bill of Sale; James Powell of Upper Marlborough Town, innholder, ..., to James Russell, goods, chattels and debts, etc., 4 Feb 1735; /s/ Jas. Powell, wit. Thos. Clark, Will. Hardie

Liber T Page 315

Recorded at request of James Russell, 22 Sep 1735:
Indenture between Thomas Gray of Somerset Co. and James Russell, merchant;...a sloop registered as Betty of the burthen of 20 tons at anchor in the Pantuxent; also Negro man belonging to sd. sloop named Ishmael; etc.; /s/ Thomas Gray; wit. Will. Hardie, Hugh Taylor; ack. Thomas Gray

(William Hardy is my 5th great grandfather.)

November 26, 1735- John Magruder and his wife Susanna convey to Ignatius Hardy 100 acres, part of Casteal.

(Ignatius Hardy is my 5th great grand uncle. William Hardy is the brother of Ignatius Hardy. Our common ancestors are Elizabeth and William Hardy.)
 
1735- Mary Elder born to William Elder and Ann Wheeler in Frederick County, Maryland.
 
(Mary Elder and I are 1st cousins 6 times removed.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

1850 Indiana

July 13, 1850- My great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Worland, dies in Shelby County, Indiana, at the age of 76.

The Will of Thomas Worland:

In the name of the adorable Trinity Father Son and Holy Ghost.
I Thomas Worland of Shelby County and State of Indiana, being weak and frail of body but of sound and disposing mind, knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time, thereof do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
I resign my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be decently buried.
I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Verlinda Worland, during her natural life, all my estate, real personal and mixed for the discharge of my just debts and the support of herself and three children at home, namely Mary Ann Worland, Ellen Worland, and Eulilia Worland -And whereas I have given to my children as they married off or left home (in the following order) as portions of what they would be entitled to out of my estate on a final distribution thereof:
To John M. Worland the sum of two hundred and ninety-two dollars.
To Leo H. Worland the sum of one hundred and ninety-seven dollars.
To Thomas L. Worland the sum of twelve dollars.
To Stephen D. Worland the sum of thirty-two dollars.
To Robert A. Worland the sum of thirty-five dollars.
To Sebastian Worland the sum of sixty dollars.
To William Worland the sum of forty dollars.
To Rachel Worland now Rachel Wheeler, the sum of fifty dollars.
To Teresa Worland and now Teresa Newton the sum of thirty dollars.
Now as my estate will not be sufficient to give to each of my children a sum equal to what John M. Worland or Leo H. Worland hath received I have devised and delivered to John M. Worland one book, the title of which is "The Whole Duty of a Christian and Guide to Perfection", of the value of one dollar and fifty cent. -
I have devised and delivered to Leo H. Worland on book the title of which is "The Instruction of Youth in Christian Piety", of the value of one dollar and fifty cents.-
My will is that after the death of my wife Virlinda Worland, my property of description shall be sold (and if the amount of sales together with the sums heretofore paid by me to my children, namely John M. Worland, Leo H. Worland, Thomas L. Worland, Stephen D. Worland, Robert A. Worland, Sebastian Worland, William Worland, Rachel Wheeler, and Teresa Newton shall not amount to more than twenty-three hundred and sixty-five dollars, after paying all my just debts and funeral expenses of myself and wife Virlinda Worland) and equally divided among Thomas Worland, Stephen D. Worland, Robert A. Worland, Sebastian Worland, William Worland, Rachel Worland now Rachel Wheeler, Mary Ann Worland, Teresa Worland now Teresa Newton, Ellen Worland, Eulalia Worland, share and share alike taking in the amount that each one has received in my life time and before the final distribution of my estate, after setting apart the sum of five hundred dollars to be put at interest by my executors hereinafter named, for the support of Eulilia during her natured life, together with her equal portion of my estate, and the interest collected annually and paid to the person who may have care of her, and after her death the aforesaid sum of five hundred dollars to be equally divided among Thomas L. Worland, Stephen D. Worland, Robert A. Worland, Sebastian Worland, William Worland, Rachel Worland now Rachel Wheeler, Mary Ann Worland, Teresa Worland now Teresa Newton, Ellen Worland and their heirs share and share alike.
My will and desire is that one of my daughters, namely Rachel Wheeler, Teresa Newton, Mary Ann Worland of Ellen Worland shall take care of Eulilia Worland, for which they shall receive the interest on the aforesaid amount, and after the death of the said Eulalia Worland, they shall be entitled to whatever remains of the said Eulalia Worland's portion of my estate for their care and attention to her during her natural life.
My desire is that Sebastian Worland shall have the privilege of purchasing the ten acres of land on which he formerly lived at the time my property shall be sold, beginning at the north east corner of the land sold by W. Worland to Parkerson running west forty-three poles, thence north so far as to include the ten acres for the same price that the other land sells for, provided it does not injure the sale of the balance of the farm.
If the notes which I hold on Stephen D. Worland for the payment of money shall remain unpaid after the death of my wife Virlinder Worland, my will is that he shall not be charged with interest on them.
Lastly, I constitute and appoint Leo H. Worland and Robert A. Worland executors of this, my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred fifty.

Thomas Worland

Signed & sealed in presence of Joseph W. Laws, Patrick Eagan, Thomas Ig. Worland.
Filed and recorded August 5th A.D. 1850.
Clerk's fee $1.50 paid in full.