Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 2, Page 1 – From the Editors

We hope everyone had very fine holidays. We want to thank many of our subscribers for their lovely cards. It was such a nice friendly, family thought. Exactly like a Worthington. We regret that we could not return the kindness, but if we had – we’d still be addressing cards. Our subscribers are really getting there; including four Historical Soc., newspaper, (editor lady Worthington) and The Library of Congress.

Many of you have sent interesting articles – and we can’t believe the descendant that will match up with one on the opposite coast. These ancestors of ours, kept on the move, all but many of Capt. John – who stayed put – many in the same town of Annapolis.

We located the Bible of Capt. John, but at the present writing it remains with the same family. We are not sure if they are aware of how it came into their possession. It seems Capt. John recorded the births of his four children (our ancestor, Charles was born after his father died.) Poor old Charles, of course wasn’t mentioned in his father’s will. But he had a kind step-father, John Brice who remembered him, and so did his mother, Sarah (Howard) Worthington Brice.

Noticed in local papers, that Montmorenci – Samuel’s home in the valley is for sale. Quite a tidy sum is asked; bet this makes Samuel and Mary Tolley and Martha Garrettson happy. This was home for their combined twenty-two children.

Also noted many of Worthington imigrants came to this country as _____ers – could it be because the people of Manchester, England were probably influenced by Ann Lee B. 1736 a religious mystic from a childhood passed in the industrial mills of Manchester. She was jailed in England for her Shaker and Shaking Quaker beliefs. She with some of her followers came to America in 1774.

We all can see that the Worthington coat of arms surely symbolizes farmers – but do you notice that the visor is closed –  symbolizing Warrior – also the three Saxon words: Wearth-in-Ton, i.e. Farm in Town. Also we have been told that the main stock of Worthington can be traced in the public archives as far back as Worthington de Worthington _____  of Henry III, 1236-7 the progenitor of all Lancashier Worthington. The Worthington de Worthington surely denotes Norman English.

It is hard to believe that with this vast family – a highwaymen wouldn’t turn up. The best we could turn up so far – in 1300 the Leet Court Records of Manchester, England “Thomas Worthington, fined for placing ale in the wrong size container”. This record took some time to discover. Am still looking for a spicy, dashing highwayman.

At least have found out why I have spent many long years tripping over everything when I  walked – was told by a leading genealogist “No Worthington dare go out in the rain”, – dummy me asked why? “Their noses are so high in the air, they would drown.”

Keep your queries and articles coming – this way you bring attention to the ancestor you seek – also make it more interesting for yourself and others. Remember Bette and I are descendants of Capt. John, therefore here is where most of our knowledge of old family tales come from. We could fill newsletters for years, but mostly about Capt. John and Charles and what we are told by our Worthington grandmother and great grand mother. Lets make this your newsletter too, remember a one way street goes only one way.

Editors Note: “___” Information unreadable or blank.

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One Response to Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 2, Page 1 – From the Editors

  1. Stuart Worthington says:

    A ‘side view’ closed helmet does NOT signify warrior: it signifies ‘Esquire’. An open ‘face on’ helmet with a raised grill signifies a baronet or knight. A ‘side view’ helmet with a grill in front of the eyespace signifies a peer … and a ‘face on’ helmet with a grill signifies king or prince.

    Re the name ‘Worthington': it probably derives from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Weordinga tun’, meaning the estate of the Weordinga family. “inga” is the genitive plural of ‘son’, so the original member of the family was Weord. Another theory is that “Worthing” is a derivation of old English “Wording” of “Wordig”, meaning enclosure … or of “Wyrding”, meaning a cultivated field. Yet another view is that the surname has evolved from ‘the enclosure of Worpa’.

    The Worthingtons were not Normans. Being known as Worthington de Worthington in the early days was because the official language of the court (and therefore of legal documents etc.) was Norman French. The family may even have been descended from Vikings.

    Stuart Worthington December 2009

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