QUERY: Descendants of Charles Worthington (1701-1774)

January 11, 2013

This is a copy of a Query Posted on this blog:

 

Russ,

 

Thanks very much for the personal and prompt response. 2,196 descendants of Captain John is astounding but not too surprising considering he had, by my searches, 31 grandchildren; a GREAT start.

 

(If you’ve never read “Adam’s Curse”, by Bryan Sykes, it makes interesting reading on the spread of DNA down through the generations. Apparently a third of all Asians are descended from Genghis Khan.) Anyway, I’m descended from John’s son Charles via HIS son Charles; from which of Charles senior’s four children do you descend? I have attached an Excel copy of my family tree, if it comes through this email, and you can see the Worthington section on page 4, bottom right. My interest, other than playing with spreadsheets, is to find the other siblings of my string, down through the generations.

 

The fact that you know how many descendants are from Captain John and Charles means there’s info out there. Is it consolidated anywhere?

 

Your blog is amazing. By the way, are you aware that the Worthington House at Monacacy Battlefield was bought by John Thomas Worthington, Captain John’s 3rd great grandson by John’s son John? Per my cousin Fred Jenkins who I believe you know or know of. Keep up the good work. Almost forgot, I had planned on attending the Worthington reunion last year but didn’t make it. I live not far away in Kennett Square, Pa. You met my sister Janet. Our sister Peg Ellis is who you apparently received much research info from, as you mentioned in you blog report.

 

John Worthington Austin

 

My Reply:

 

John,

Please email me your spreadsheet to:

hrworth at gmail dot com

DNA results are interesting, and J2 is the term I think you are suggesting. Don’t know about Genghis Khan though.

I know Fred and met many others (not Fred) at the Reunion this past summer. Had a great time.

I was born and grew up in Chester County.

Here is a link to a Descendant Chart of Capt. John.

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/w/o/r/H-R-Worthington/GENE6-0001.html

It may not be current, but it is online.

You are descendant of Charles Jr (1736 – 1799) while I am descendant of John (1733-1803). My family left Harford County between 1815 and 1866. Don’t know off the top of my head when.

Russ


A Worthington Family Reunion

August 6, 2012

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I didn’t know what to expect when I went on this adventure, but what the heck, it was to an area of Maryland that I have visited before but hadn’t spent much time learning about the area, nor the people who lived there. My ancestry spent a couple of generations living in Harford County, Maryland, but then moved to Philadelphia. I have visited Deer Creek in Darlington (just up the road a bit), and I realized that I really haven’t spent time researching the area.

Having read about this Worthington Family Reunion in a recent Worthington news letter, I decided, with permission, to be a part of this reunion. Afterall, we were related. Indeed, we were and are related. A colleague and Worthington researcher, who was NOT able to attend, sent along some information about HOW we were related. In fact, I had information on this specific branch of the family already in my database.

SteppingStone, the name of the property, was a beautiful place to hold this reunion.

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Too many names to remember, but clearly they were / are Family. One gentlemen I met was born in one of these buildings. I think it was the first house above. I didn’t get into the details, as this clearly was a family picnic and reunion.

I didn’t get any research information for my files, as I know who to get that information from. In fact, I met the sister of the person who I received much of the information that I had in my file, on this branch, back in 1998 via Email and to meet her sister was awesome. (Yeah, Source material and Citations).

There was a genealogist in the group and we spent time chatting about our research. Both with Ancestry Member Trees, online, so we had access to your research information. That conversation will take place via email and will continue to connect the dots.

At this point, I intend on attending next year, but will be far better prepared for it, now that I know how were are related. (6th Cousins). In the group, there were probably a number of 1 or 2 times removed from 6th cousins, as there appeared to be 2, if not 3 generations, all descended from William Evans Worthington (1855-1940) and Louise Green. Lots of dots to connect.

There was one Family Bible that was packed with family history. I do hope that some one in the family captures that data and makes it available for others in the future.

I do admit that I was not prepared for such a visit, but I didn’t know what to expect, but will be far better prepared next time. I will say that it was AWESOME to be able to have a Family Reunion and Picnic on the Property of an Ancestor with so many descendants. Congratulations cousins.


Planned Weekend Trip – Day 3

August 3, 2012

We started at the Civil War National Battleground at Monocacy, just south of Frederick, Maryland, traveled a little east to the Worthington Valley in Baltimore County, and Montmorenci and on to a family reunion. As mentioned before, these first two stops are homes of a Captain John Worthington descendant. This next stop is where my Captain John descendant moved to from Annapolis Maryland.

Descendants of Capt John and Sarah Howard Worthington
Charles Worthington 1701 – 1774
John Worthington 1733 – 1803
Samuel Worthington 1785 – 1853
Henry Wilson Worthington 1815 – 1866

Charles, was born after Capt. John died, but moved to Harford County Maryland. Henry Wilson Worthington is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

The move was to Darlington, Maryland and were members of the Deer Creek Quaker Meeting. The best that I can determine, because of the second marriage of his mother, Sarah Howard Worthington to John Brice, Charles was influenced to return to being a Quaker, from his mother and step father’s tradition. Both the Brice and Howard families from what I have read were Quakers.

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Deer Creek Quaker Meeting

We will join the family reunion at a near by State Park. I have not attended this reunion before, but apparently it is an annual event. I am excited to be able to meet up with some new “cousins”. I have no clue as to how much genealogy will be discussed, but I will be prepared with iPad, Camera, research material, some books that I have created and a digital recorder.

Although I have been to Deer Creek in the past, I have not spent a lot of time studying the area. It’s rumored that one of the Worthington houses in this area was / is haunted.

More to follow upon my return.


Planned Weekend Trip – Day 2

August 2, 2012

A short trip from Monocacy to Worthington Valley to visit Montmorenci. This property was first named in about 1734 by Samuel Worthington, Jr. The first house was built between 1823 and 1932. This home, Montmorenci, has been in the Worthington family into the 1900’s.

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As with Monocacy, here is how Captain John fits in.

Captain John and Sarah Howard Worthington
John Worthington, Jr 1689 – 1763
Samuel Worthington, 1734 – 1815
Walter Tolly Worthington 1765 – 1843
John Tolly Hood Worthington 1788 – 1849
John Tolly Worthington 1816 – 1859
Sallie Howard Worthington 1843 – 1917
Marie Conrad 1884 – 1921

As with Monocacy, the common ancestor is John Worthington, Jr, and Samuel and John Worthington III were brothers.

Of note: Samuel was married twice, and they had 22 children. All of the above named people, and many other Worthington’s are buried at near by Saint Johns Episcopal Churchyard not to far from Montmorenci.

Please visit my headstone blog, where you can see all of the headstones of this family.

http://headstonecollection.blogspot.com/search/label/SAINT_JOHNS_WORTHINGTON_VALLEY_MD

The Episcopal Church has played a role in this family from Captain John through this line. In Captain John’s time, it was the Anglican Church, Saint Anne’s in Annapolis to be specific. But the names of the above people can be found on the records at Saint Thomas Garrison Forest and Saint Johns (Western Run, as it had been called) Worthington Valley.

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I hope to be able to worship at Saint John’s on Sunday.

The map below, for me, puts a relationship between St. Thomas and St. Johns. St. Johns is about where the number 128 is above the green arrow. St. Thomas is the blue bubble.

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Montmorenci is a beautiful home and not too far from Saint Johns. Here is a picture I took a couple of years ago, while visiting the house..

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Then it’s off to Darlington.


Planned Weekend Trip – Day 1

August 1, 2012

There is a “family reunion” this weekend in Darlington, Maryland. I have not been to this reunion before and don’t know what to expect.

We had planned to go to the National Battlefield at Monocacy, Maryland to attend the “Return of Special Orders 191” presentation and new exhibit. Not sure what to expect there either, but Civil War, Monocacy, why not go find out.

When the reunion information came out in a Newsletter that I receive and knowing this area of Maryland, it has become a weekend trip. Unlike some of the day trips that I have made in the past. But this one will be a “three for…”.

Between Monocacy and Darlington is another Worthington family location in Worthington Valley. I’ll post more about that location later. But the plan is to go to Monocacy, stay over night, go to church at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Western Run) in Glyndon, then head to Darlington.

I have posted a number of items on this blog about Monocacy.

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I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago.

The Battle of Monocacy–148 Year Ago

In this battle, some orders were issue by Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but they were lost, but later found by a Union soldier. The event on Saturday is a special event and exhibit at the Battlefield.

More information can be found here:

http://www.nps.gov/mono/parknews/return_so_191.htm

As mentioned before, part of this battle took place on the Worthington Farm.

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To help put this farm into my family tree, here is a descendant chart from my ancestor, Captain John Worthington (1650 – 1701) to the owners of the Worthington Farm.

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Because the chart may not be readable:

Descendants of Capt John and Sarah Howard Worthington
John Worthington, Jr 1689 – 1763
John Worthington III 1728 – 1790
James Worthington 1772 – 1854
John Henry H Worthington 1793 – 1858
John Thomas Worthington 1828 – 1905
Glenn Howard Worthington 1858 – 1934

The farm was owned by John Thomas Worthington. John Worthington, Jr, was the oldest son of Capt. John and Sarah.

Of note, if you have been following this blog, Howard shows up again, in the final entry above, Glenn Howard Worthington.

I had met the grandson of Glenn Howard Worthington a couple of times, include in 1999 when a hiking trail at the Worthington Farm was dedicated. He, David Reed, has since passed away.

Looking forward to this event and exhibit, and finding more about this important battle of the Civil War.


Parent’s 73 Anniversary

July 14, 2012

Wishing my parents a Happy 73rd Wedding Anniversary today, as they were married July 15, 1939.

Henry Russell Worthington Jr (1916-2006)

Louise Strode Worthington (1916-2010)

Married July 15, 1939

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A family photo taken on their 60th Anniversary.

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July 1999

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July 15, 1939

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Miss you lots!


Social Media strikes again

June 23, 2012

I was reading Facebook yesterday, and there was a picture of the Sign for the Burial Ground where my Grandparents (all 4 of them) are buried. A number of my aunts and uncles (Dad’s side) are buried there.

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My pictures, not from Facebook

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Who posted that photo? The gentleman who currently lives is the house where my Dad’s family lived.

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Little did my friend Steve know, that my Grandparents were married in this same building, the Birmingham Friends Meeting in 1915.

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This picture is from about 1915. My grandparents were married in this building June 17, 1915. I don’t know, for sure, the date that Steve was at Birmingham, but I am guessing it was a couple of days ago, around the their 97th anniversary. (happy belated Anniversary)

Not only were they Married their, but the are also resting in the Cemetery just behind this building.

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I send a link to my Find-A-Grave posting for my grandfather, as on his Find-A-Grave Memorial, there are links to my Aunts and Uncles who are buried in the same area of the cemetery and a link to where my dad is resting.

Henry Russell Worthington (1887 – 1956)

Good thing Steve is interested in Genealogy.

But why stop there, I have other family in the same Cemetery that Steve visited.

Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Who say’s Social Media doesn’t work. For me it works well, hope it doesn’t overwhelm Steve.


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