Fearless Females Blog Post: March 10 – Favorite Female Ancestor

This is part of  a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month .

Here are the prompts – consider honoring your female ancestors by posting at your genealogy or family history blog!

Took the ‘day off’ yesterday, to visit my 93 year old mother. Each visit is a almost a day long event.

However, it was a multi-event visit. Spent a wonderful hour and a half with a Facebook friend at Starbucks. Can’t get any better then that.
Stopped by to pay respects to my Dad in the memorial garden of the Church where I grew up. Being a contributor to the Find-A-Grave website, I took pictures.

Spent Tuesday, March 9th creating a database file for that Memorial Garden, which had been started, but only had one interment listed. Uploaded the file, updated the Find-A-Grave website, then posted the entire Memorial Garden on the website, as well as posting the images for T0mbstone Tuesday.

The assignment for March 9:

Make a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

Chose to skip that assignment and do the Find-A-Grave work instead. (good excuse, huh?)

* March 10:

What role did religion play in your family?

Oh, yeah.

My Dad’s family were Quakers, going way back. My Mother’s family were Episcopalian, but not so far back. However, going back to the earliest Worthington, Capt. John, the Anglican Church shows up again.

Below is a picture of my Grandfather (Mom’s father), My Father, my brother and I. Three of the four, in this picture were / are very active in the Church.


How did your female ancestors practice their faith?

While visiting the Memorial Garden at Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, New Jersey, I was reminded of the Worthington Room in the Parish Hall.

My mother spent hours and hours in this room, and the room that preceded it helping with the many tasks of running a Church of this size. The folks in this picture were her companions doing things like putting Sunday Bulletin’s together, Monthly Newsletters, etc. The Room was named in her honor.

If they did not, why didn’t they?


Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

My mother was the first female to be on the Vestry (governing body) and warden of that church. She was the Treasurer for years and years. She also tied the ties in the first picture for my brother and I, and all of the other Choir Boys, in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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