About Me

Retiring from a major corporation, after 30 years, one of my daughters thought I needed “something to do”. So, she gave me a copy of the Family Tree Maker program.

Making contact with my Dads cousins, who are genealogist, I began my adventure into a new hobby. This is, Collecting Ancestors.

As they say, and the rest is history.

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78 Responses to About Me

  1. Max Monroe Worthington says:

    This is all sort of new to me.
    My father was Monroe Worthington, born is Stevens County Kansas in 1904. His middle name was Willets but for some reason he never used it. I believe that Henry Russell W. must have been my grandfather as well. They left Kansas around 1910 and eventually settled in Bluefield, WV.

    I don’t know if I even have any specific questions about this but I have always wondered about all the moves and the people and all the reasoning. Maybe the curiousity comes with the advanced age.

    I did meet Josiah Wistar when I was very young, probably around 8 or ten. It could not have been much before he was killed. Also met two sons who I believe were named Fayette and Wilson. I believe his wife was named Bernice.

    Is any of this correct? Its been a long time.

  2. worthy2be says:

    Max,

    Is your birthday March 8th? If so, we are 2nd cousins.

    On this Blog you will see a picture of my Grandfather, Henry Russell Worthington and his brother Josiah Wistar Worthington.

    I may have a picture of your father as a very young child.

    Thank you for contacting me. We need to stay in touch.

    Thank you,

    Russ

  3. Claude Worthington III says:

    After all these years… there is a website for
    the Worthington Descendants??? I am very excited to
    be here!

    I used to write to, I believe, her name was Francis Brengle… she was so helpful and patient when I
    first started in 1986.

    I am still researching my Worthington line in hopes
    to be connected to Maryland from North Carolina.
    Each year, I get closer…

    I just can’t believe this website!

    Thank you so much for doing this!

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Claude E. Worthington III
    Daleville, VA

    • worthy2be says:

      Claude,

      I think that I have seen your messages to this newsletter.

      I am hoping to put more pages up shortly.

      Thank you for finding “our” Blog.

      Russ

  4. Elizabeth Worthington Powell says:

    Hi,

    My name is Rosemary Merit. I am the daughter of Elizabeth Worthington Powell. She is the sister of Monroe, Josephine, and Kathryn Worthington. They were the children of Willits Reeve Worthington and Mary Elizabeth Traver Worthington.

    Please let Max know that my Mom says his Dad’s name was Willets Monroe Worthington. He was named after his Dad (Willets Reeve Worthington) and his Maternal Grandfather (Monroe Traver). He was probably always called Monroe since he and his Dad had the same first name. My Mom said that Monroe did not like his first name so he never used it.

    Elizabeth is the only living sibling of the four children. She is 87 years old and lives with us in Blair, Nebraska.

    The comment on 6/15, 2009 from Claude E. Worthington, III was interesting. My Mom’s sister, Josephine Worthington Damewood has a son who is still living and named Claude. Who was Claude III’s Dad and Grandfather?, asked my Mom.

    Max’s son, Eric, has spent lots of time gathering together information about the family. We’ve been able to spend short spurts of time with him over the years and we definitely e-mail back and forth.

    Keep having fun!

    Rosemary

  5. Elizabeth Worthington Powell says:

    Hope this helps in your quest.

    Rosemary

  6. Dirk Bazuine says:

    Can anybody tell me how to make a copy of my Family three 09 to a CD for a family member who does not
    have the program ???????

    • worthy2be says:

      You can’t do that. You CAN share PDF files from Version 2009, I am guessing that is the version you are using, but you can’t share your Family File.

      Russ

  7. Jennifer Herrala Webb says:

    DEar Worthington relatives,
    I just asked my mother-in-law for information on her family. She was born a Worthington in Oklahoma. Her dad was one of 12 siblings born in Arkansas or northern Louisiana. She recounted the names of several aunts and uncles she remembered meeting. The link I found in searching information led to a man whom my mother-in-law remembers, but whose e-mail address had been cancelled since his post on an ancestry.com site or some other such site.
    I don’t have a lot of time for genealogy, but I’d like to dabble some, and someday I’ll perhaps get more into it. The info I have goes back only a very little way to Albert’s father and perhaps his grandfather. I don’t know a lot yet aobut searching public records.
    It was interesting to see your website.

    • worthy2be says:

      Jennifer,

      Do you have any names and dates. Perhaps we can help you.

      You might want to subscribe (RSS Feed) to this website, as I am updating this Blog regularly.

      Thank you,

      Russ

  8. Linda Louise Haines says:

    Russ, Pls. get in touch, so we can compare common family connections. Recently been into histories on both sides of my families. We overlap. :-) Thanks.
    Linda

  9. Linda — How are you? Long time, No hear. I’ll email you shortly.

    Would love to compare notes.

    Russ

  10. Ol' Myrt says:

    THANKS for sharing the story of your incoming telephone call. Do you have any other method for posting comments to a specific blog. Maybe I just overlooked it?

    Keep on blogging!

    • Dear Myrtle,

      You should be able to comment on each post. It should be there. Are you having a problem posting a comment there?

      Thank you,

      (welcome to your eastern home – bet it’s super HOT there)

      Russ

  11. Colleen says:

    Mr. Worthington,

    I am new to genealogy. I am researching Stephen Tucker b: 8 AUG 1827 in VA, he is my great great grandfather and son of Christopher James Tucker married Rachel Phillips, grandson of William Tucker born 11 JUL 1730 Prince George’s Maryland married Rachel House. I was wondering if you had any additional information on this branch of the Tucker family.

    Thanking you in advance,
    Colleen

    • Colleen,

      I am sorry, I don’t have any Tucker information. Where have you been searching and how did you arrive on my Blog?

      I would like to help you, but not sure, based on your comment, what that might be.

      Thank you,

      Russ

  12. My ggf was David Greenwood Worthington born 1821 in Mississippi . He showed up in Washington County,Florida about 1845 on the first Florida voters list and lived there till his death in 1893 . He married and raised a large family before his death. I have not found any parents for him, I did find one brother Martin M. Worthington born in 1819 also in Mississippi.
    If anyone has any information on this line please help.

  13. Jimmy Worthington says:

    My Great-Grandfather left Oklahoma and settled in Lindale, Texas. His name was Issac Worthington, I believe. He was a peace officer of some kind in Oklahoma. Peace was in short supply those days in Oklahoma. He ended up killing a member of some gang. He knew if he stayed, the rest would kill him. That is when he moved to Texas. His Dad had moved to Oklahoma, from Tennessee. I am not sure, but I have heard that he was in the “Oklahoma land run”. His brother moved to California. When my Grandfather, William Shelby Worthington was getting on in years, a man & his wife drove up to their house, and told him that he was his cousin from California. He did not even know that his Dad had any siblings. Because of this, I have met a few of that branch of the family.

  14. Christiane Claude says:

    My grandfather was William T Claude…son of Sophia Muse Worthington. He helped move Capt John Worthington’s remains to St Anne’s Church. There is a book published early 80’s?called Family of Annapolis… University of Maryland archives have letters saved from the families.too. hope this helps?

    Christiane

    • Christiane,

      Thank you for that. I will have to see if I can find that book. I wonder if your grandfather knew the Worthington’s from Frederick, like Judge Glenn Howard Worthington, who was also involved with the move of Capt. John.

      Again, Thank you,

      Russ

  15. Curtis Cheyney IV says:

    Mr. Worthington,
    I was just doing a search on google and came upon your blog. If you would like any additional information on the Cheyney’s, I would suggest you contact my father (Curtis Cheyney III) who has some pretty extensive records for the Cheyney’s from Cheyney, PA. He is also the trustee of the family cemetery. You can reach him at ccheyney@swartzcampbell.com.
    Best regards,
    Curtis Cheyney IV

    • Curtis,

      Thank you so very much for contacting me. My grandmother was a Cheyney and my Dad was born in a Cheyney House near Westtown.

      I will be in contact with your Dad.

      Thank you,

      Russ

  16. Cindy says:

    I’d like to know if there is any relation here to the Worthington family in Crenshaw County, Alabama. My mother was Betty Worthington and her parents were Carney Eddie and Obie Lee Worthington.

    • Keisha Foulke says:

      Hello, this is an old thread so I have no clue if any of you will respond, however I’m back tracking my grand mother Ruth Elizabeth Worthington’s family heritage. Apparently we have Native American in our blood thanks to a possibly a descendant of Virginia, a general as my dad heard. But now most of all the Worthington relatives are dead from the side of the Native American blood. I’m not sure if any of you guys know anything about it but email me keishafoulke@gmail.com if you have a clue, thanks.

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  18. John Finkey says:

    Russ,

    It has been a VERY long time since I have seen / talked to you. I am Eleanor’s Grandson (Bernice’s son). My Wife and I just had her over for dinner last night and she was telling me the story of Uncle Wister and the book that was written. I am going to make it a point to purchase it, as I am currently in the military and love the history. All these years I was never aware that anyone on my Mom’s side of the family were in the Service. Thanks for your Blog and hopefully we’ll talk soon.

    John

  19. nancy wisser says:

    Hello, Nancy is my wife. My name is Eric Wisser. My mother was Marian (Worthington) Hampton. Her mother was Ethelyn Worthington, d/o John and Lizzie (Kelly) Worthington. From there I believe it goes: Walton & Cynthia (Tomlinson>John & Sarah (Walton)>Benjamin & Hannah Mae (Malone) >John & Mary (Walmsley). Have done a lot of research on my father’s side and just getting into my mother’s side. Stumbled onto your blog today. Looking forward to reading the rest of it. Regards, Eric

  20. nancy wisser says:

    These were Byberry and Bucks County Worthingtons.

  21. Eric Wisser says:

    Do you believe this to be true? If so, from which man do you believe the Byberry Worthingtons to be descended?

    “All the Worthingtons in America are believed to have descended from Nicholas, who came to New England
    in 1649, and from Capt. John, who is first known of in Maryland in 1675, and who died April 9, 1701, leaving
    several sons. Both, probably, descended from the Worthingtons of Lancashire, and such is the tradition of
    both families.”

    • Eric,

      I do not think that All Worthington’s in America descend from Nicholas Worthington, at least in the US. Maybe back in the UK a couple of generations.

      From the Information that I have, there are at least 4 separate Worthington lines that came to the US. Nicholas the first, Capt John, the 2nd (about 1673), Robert “the Quaker” Worthington in West Jersey a little later, and the Byberry Worthingtons a little later then that.

      If you were to look at a 1911 UK Census, you would see many, many Worthington’s bunched together in the UK. It’s a matter of figuring out which of the four lines I mentioned, came from where. It is NOT clear to me, if any of these four lines are connected in the US. I haven’t found any of these lines intermarrying, as each went their own way once they landed in the colonies.

      There are studies going one, including DNA, that may help determine how these 4 lines are connected before the 1600’s. But, it’s going to be close, looking at the distribution of the Worthington Surname in the early 1600’s. “Lancashire” certainly is mentioned numerous times. Their religious tradition is also similar.

      You only mentioned two of the four that I know about and have been doing some research on, but (In the USA) they haven’t connected.

      Russ

  22. Eric Wisser says:

    Russ,

    Thanks for your reply. I was dubious about about that statement (which I pulled from “The Genealogy of Charles Campbell Worthington and Some History of the Worthington State Park, New Jersey”).

    I too have found Lancashire mentioned often.

    Thanks for posting all you have found. This stuff is a lot of fun when you can share it with others.

    • Eric,

      Where did you find that Book?

      There is a statement like that in another book, but is ONLY talking about the Nicholas Worthington’s where WAS, from all that I have found the FIRST of the Worthington’s to come to the colonies.

      Russ

    • Eric,

      That is a book that I put together in 2002, and it is still true. BUT, please read what is says:

      “Genealogy of the Worthington Family
      Compiled by George Worthington
      1894
      Produced by Higginson Books

      All the Worthingtons in America are believed to have descended from Nicholas, who came to New England in 1649, and from Capt. John, who is first known of in Maryland in 1675, and who died April 9, 1701, leaving several sons. Both, probably, descended from the Worthingtons of Lancashire, and such is the tradition of both families.”

      That book was written in 1894 and that statement was probably true in 1894. The other two lines, that I know about came AFTER these two, by 100 years or so. (I don’t have the dates off the top of my head).

      I have tried to go back from these 4 Worthington lines, and run into conflicting information. I have just received some new data about Worthington’s in the UK, but haven’t started to link these four lines to the new Data. I have Capt John going back two more generations, in theory, but the documentation to prove those 2 generations, I haven’t been through enough to say one way or the other.

      My goal, by the way, is to make those connections.

      Hope that helps,

      Russ

  23. Eric Wisser says:

    Russ,

    Sorry. I didn’t notice the publishing date of the original book (shoddy research on my part).

    Research that I’ve compiled shows the Byberry Worthingtons in America in the early 1700’s. Here’s a link to one source: http://tinyurl.com/866dc4l

    Eric

    • Eric,

      John Worthington, born about 1697, arrived in Byberry about 1705.

      “Genealogical and Personal History of Bucks County Pennsylvania – Volume III
      William W. H. Davis, A.M.
      Genealogical Publishing Co.
      1905

      Page 559

      HARRIET LUKENS WORTHINGTON

      The name Worthington is descended from the locality whence the family came. Its etymology is three Saxon words, “Wearth in ton,” that is, “Farm in town.” Twenty files northeast of Liverpool, in Leyland hundred, parish of Standish, county of Lancaster, England, is the town of Worthington. Here and in the adjacent manors resided the family of Worthington for many generations being established, from the time of the Plantagenets, in high repute. The main stock can be traced in the public archives back to Worthington de Worthington, in the reign Of Henry III, 1236-7, who was the progenitor of all the Worthingtons of Lancashire. The old Hall of Worthington, where the family lived for seven hundred years, was pulled down less than fifty years ago.

      In the early part of the eighteenth century, there was resident in Byberry, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, three brothers, John, Thomas, and Samuel Worthington said to have been natives of Lancashire. The date fixed by tradition for their arrival is 1705, but since at that date they were mere children, it is probable that they were accompanied by parents, or the date of their arrival is incorrectly given.”

      I have been to the House, where this John Worthington, is reported to have lived. It still stand and not in bad shape. It is across US RT 1 from the Byberry Quaker Meeting.

      I have been in contact with descendants of this line. The descendants of John and/or Samuel are in Quaker Burial Grounds north, from Byberry to almost Trenton. I have many headstone photos of them. (need to get some of them online).

      Russ

  24. Eric Wisser says:

    Russ,

    Thanks for telling me about the house. Is it marked? Address? Have a vacation coming up and were headed to Bucks County and N E Philly. Would love to get some pictures of that house!

    Eric

    • Eric,

      The house still stands. I have a picture of it and will try to find the address. I know where it is, but not the address.

      What I have heard, is that the current owners of the house are not friendly folk. There were signs up that last time I was there.

      If you find the Byberry Meeting, and cross US RT1, from the Meeting (heading west), at the top of the first hill is a traffic light. The Road is Byberry Road. At the light, turn right, and the house is on the Right, about 1/2 way down the street to the next street. This road is only a couple of blocks long. There is a bus stop and bench in front of the house. The house is behind some old tall trees. There is a small historical house marker on the 2nd floor windows.

      I’ll see if I can find the address for you.

      Russ

  25. Eric Wisser says:

    Russ,

    Thanks so much. Maybe we can be discreet and not invade the owner’s privacy.

    Eric

  26. Christopher says:

    regarding my cousins’ Montmorenci Plantation
    ***********************************************************
    At link below, scroll down to page 165, paragraph that

    starts “William Williams, for whom Montmorenci was built,” and

    read for 3 paragraphs – (more or less as you wish). Wm.Williams’ mother

    was an Alston, and two of his wives were Alstons: all were my cousins, slightly removed.

    Montmorenci plantation is from where was taken

    the famous staircase at Winterthur Museum (as you know),

    arguably the most famous residential staircase in

    America due to the Du Pont family’s celebration of it in

    their Winterthur Museum. The book also mentions

    that the Marquis de La Fayette, French hero of the American Revolution,

    stayed at Montmorenci as a guest of the Williams.

    Click on link below, then to page 165 (the whole chapter is about Montmorenci and

    the architecture it inspired)

    Southern Built: American Architecture, Regional Practice – Catherine W. Bishir – Google Books

    http://books.google.com/books?id=vBgAyKPgm4kC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

    • Christopher,

      Thank you for this additional information.

      I’ll take a look at that book. I have thought that the Staircase in the Maryland Montmorenci (Worthington Valley) was also based on Architecture practices.

      Thanks again,

      Russ

  27. Christopher says:

    Russ,

    My archival photos of the exterior of my cousin’s

    Montmorenci Plantation, from which the Winterthur Museum

    staircase was taken, I would like to send you, but I’ve discovered

    that this comment section apparently does not take transfered

    photographs. Would you like me to send them to your personal

    email? Kindest regards, Christopher P.S. If ever I have

    enough money to do so, I wish to re-create this house !!

  28. Randy Stewart says:

    Hi Russ,
    My ancestor Nicholas Tucker of Bucks Co. made a will in 1769 and mentioned nephew Isaac Worthington. Do you have an Isaac in your records and did your Worthingtons migrate from Byberry to Bucks by any chance?? Other surnames in the will include Preston, Carver, Pugh and Thomas. My Nicholas might be the son of a Nicholas Tucker from Byberry who was an adult in the 1690’s. Thanks for your response.

    • Randy,

      Yes, there is a Worthington line that “landed” in Byberry, and spread north into Bucks County. You can find Worthington’s buried in many Quaker Burial grounds on the way. I checked my file and I do have several Carvers and several Isaac Worthington’s.

      Thank you,

      Russ

  29. I am a descendent of Capt.John Worthington 9 times removed,Through Samuel Worthington’s second wife,Martha Garrettson,their daughter,Caroline who married Abraham Larsh,their son,Dr.Worthington Larsh married Pricilla Yantis,had daughter,Pricilla Catherine Larsh.She married Jonas J.Lewis,to this couple was born my grandmother,Caroline Yantis Lewis,she married George Washington Bradley.Their son.William R.E.Bradley was my father.married Sarah Rosalyn Leuty,They had 4 children,WilliamR.,Me-June Rose,James L. and Jack L. I married Dale Horrocks and have 6 children

    • June,

      Thank you for your reply.

      Is Caroline sometimes Catherine? I have information on Abraham Lash,but that is as far down that line that I have.

      Would love to fill that out.

      Is your information online somewhere?

      Thank you,

      Russ

      • Jerry Garrett says:

        Yes, it was Catherine that was married to Abraham Larsh Jr. They were married in Baltimore (I think 1810). They had one son Worthington Larsh and two or three daughters. From Baltimore Abram and Catherine (and children) moved to the vicinity of Bowling Green, Ky., where Abram was Justice of the Peace. About 1834 the families relocated to Missouri (just north of St. Louis) eventually settling in Lafayette Co., Mo. One daughter married a Graves and one married a Morehead, My Great Great Grandfather married Priscilla Yantis. Worthington attended medial school in St. Louis as did his nephews Julian and (can’t recall the other one’s first name off of the top of my head). In a letter (1845?) to Priscilla, Worthington refers to relatives residing in Ill. probably relatives of his mother Catherine. Worthington died in 1849. Abraham and Catherine died in Lafayette Co., Mo. in 1865. Worthington Larsh had two or three daughters and one son also named Worthington A. Larsh. Worthington and sister Sarah never married and died in the 1880’s near Alma, Mo.). One daughter Priscilla married Jonas J. Lewis. One of their daughters was my Grandmother and another was June Horrocks’ Grandmother. They also had two sons one was Wyatt Worthington Lewis and his son was either Wyatt Worthington Lewis or Worthington Wyatt Lewis (no issue). Another Great Grandson of Abram and Catherine (last name Graves) was a Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. This is mostly off the top of my head; if you would like more detailed, documented information feel free to contact me at .

        Jerry L. Garrett

        • Jerry,

          Thank you for your comments. In the back of my mind, I saw a story somewhere, about an only house that was on a river, but couldn’t find my notes on that house, as it’s been a while. I’ll see what I can find to connect your information with what I have. Certainly, several of the names you have provided are family names. Catherine, Priscilla, Sarah, to name 3.

          Thank you,

          Russ

  30. Russ,
    I, too, descend from Capt John Worthington. His line goes back to Standish, England. About 20 years ago we actually went to the home built by Edward Worthington in 1577 – his name is still engraved on the beam above the door. It is called Worthington Hall. Years ago I was in touch with Philip M Worthington of England. He wrote a book entitled “The Worthington Families of Medieval England”. If you can find it, it’s well worth reading!

    • Linda,

      Yes, I have this books, in fact have joined the Worthington Family History Society.

      The problem that I have, is the time period between 1600, where the book stops, and Capt John. Not that I am disagreeing or agreeing, but I just haven’t seen some good documentation for who Capt John’s parents are. There is also a DNA project, which I have joined, but it is still not clear to me. Again, what you said could be true. I have seen pictures of Worthington Hall and the Church that is near by.

      There is a meeting in Ohio in 2013 of this group, and I hope to attend.

      I have seen many rumors and hints, but not the documentation to make it very clear in my mind.

      I am hoping to get there, the conclusion about Capt John’s parents, in 2013.

      Thank you,

      Russ

  31. maxlinda says:

    Most of my records indicate the parish registers in Standish and Manchester Cathedral. Have you seen “The Register of Manchester Cathedral. C”Register of Prestwick,Manchester, LPRS. Vol 34″? Also, “Great Historical, Geographical, Genealogical and Poetical Dictionary Vol 2 – Diary and Correspondence of Dr John Worthington”?

    • maxlinda,

      I have not seen those two documents. If they are online, or you can tell me where they might be, I’d like to take a look at them.

      My Email is:

      hrworth (at) gmail (dot) com

      Thank you,

      Russ

  32. Harper Wright says:

    I have some information about David Ridgley Howard. Happy to share if you are interested

  33. Russ,

    We have communicated a few times. I’ve been working on a blog about my Bucks/Byberry Worthington line. In it are images and links to the things I have found, including research done at Bucks Historical Society and Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore. I was wondering if you are interested in seeing it. If so, I’ll send you the link (didn’t want to post it here without consent). My email is ericmartin.wisser@gmail.com

    Thanks,

    Eric

  34. Russ. Here is the link: http://hamptongenealogy.wordpress.com/

    As I said, I’m working on it. There is more I will be adding. Let me know if you have any input.

    Thanks,

    Eric

  35. Thomas Worthington Gross says:

    Hi Russ,

    Just found your blog, although your name is familiar from the old Worthington mailing lists. Thanks for the all the great research you’ve done and shared with the rest of us over the years. I’m a descendant of the Ohio branch of the family through Gov. Thomas Worthington (my 4G-grandfather).

    Thanks also for alerting me to the Worthington Family History Society, which I think I’d heard of but had never joined. I’d like to attend their meeting this June in Chillicothe – I was planning a visit there sometime this summer, so this gives me another reason to go.

    Thanks again, and let me know if you have any gaps in Gov. TW’s line that I could perhaps help you with. In the meantime, I’ll keep reading your blog to keep up with what you’re learning.

    Best regards,
    Tom Worthington Gross

    • Tom,

      Thank you for posting your comments. I am hoping to be at the gathering, still trying to figure out IF I will be able to make it. I hope so.

      So, you would also be part of the Robert “the Quaker” Worthington line, from West Jersey (USA).

      Good luck,

      Russ

      • Thomas Worthington Gross says:

        Russ,

        Yes, I’m part of Robert the Quaker’s line. I think one of the most interesting things about this line is that his second wife, Mary Burtis, was g-granddaughter of Pietro Cesare Alberti – reputed to be the ‘first Italian-American.’

        Best,
        Tom

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