Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Stated Goal

June 5, 2011

Although I was not able to attend the 2nd life chat on Tuesday, I did listen to the presentation by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Because I wasn’t at the meeting, I didn’t get to hear the homework assignment. (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)

In her blog, DearMYRTLE posted some feedback from the Study Group.

I think that I have been using the Inferential Genealogy approach but certainly not organized as was explained in the presentation and the hand out. So, I thought I would give it a try.

Case Study:

Name: D. Ridgeley Howard
In Civil War at Gettysburg
Confederate
1st Maryland Battalion Infantry

Brief Background:

The History Channel had a program on Gettysburg. Ridgely Howard, of Baltimore, Maryland was mentioned as part of the Maryland Battalion. His father served in the Revolutionary War and served with George Washington. The date was July 2, 1863. Location, Culps Hill.

Was part of Pickett’s Charge July 3, 1863.

A Union Officer, James Wallace, Maryland 1st Regiment, whose father also served with George Washington along with Ridgely Howard’s father.

Now they were fighting each other.

Step One:

Focused Goal:

Identify the parents of D. Ridgeley Howard, who fought in the Civil War at Gettysburg:
This is my focused goal for this project because Ridgeley (Ridgely) and Howard are surnames in my Ancestry. Further information places both Wallace and Howard in Baltimore, Maryland. Very consistent with my research in my Family History.
As I know, and practice, “Don’t jump to “conclusions”. But at the same time, I always ask myself “Where did that name come from?”
As Dr. Jones points out Inferential Genealogy is the Process of piecing together documents to make conclusions about relationships and identities that no record tells you all by itself.
The quest for the Goal, already has two questions:
1) Was the information about the “fathers” of Ridgeley and James Wallace, fathers or at least one generation back?
2) Is the given name “Ridgeley” taken from the Surname of  his Mother? (at this point, the spelling of the given name is not important, for me at least)
It is my hope to use this blog to make some progress to reach the stated Goal, using Inferential Genealogy.

Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 4, Page 4 Fall 1983 – Worthington / Warfield

July 31, 2010

Abstracts:

WORTHIHGTON RELATIONSHIP TO:BESSIE WALLlS WARFIELD

-       THOMAS WORTHINGTON / ELIZABETH RIDGELY

-       ELLIZABETH WORTHINGTON / HENRY DORSEY

-       ARIANA DORSEY / BENJAMIN WARFIELD

-       DANIEL WARFIELD / NANCY MACTIER

-       HENRY WARFIELD / ANNA EMORY

-       TEAKIE WALLIS WARFIELD / ALICE MONTAGUE

-       BESSIE WALLIS WARFIELD:

married

Abdicated, KING EDWARD VIII

(DUKE OF WINDSOR)


Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 3, Page 6 1983 – Worthington, Capt. John

December 2, 2009

The Immigrant Ancestor of the WORTHINGTON FAMILY in MARYLAND came to the Province in 1664. We know nothing of the circumstances that brought fourteen-year-old JOHN WORTHINGTON to these shores. We know nothing factual of the next fourteen years of his life. We do know that in 1678 he was a member of the Anne Arundel County unit of Militia that “went out against the Nanticoke Indians.” In 1686 he purchased a property on the north side of the Severn River, on the Broad Neck Peninsula, from Colonel NICHOLAS GREENBURY. He was to “hold” this property for the remainder of his life. When he died, he was buried upon that property. His tombstone can be found today, not with his interred body, but in the Churchyard of Saint Anne’s Church in ANNAPOLIS. A year or so after he purchased this property, he married SARAH HOWARD, daughter of MATTHEW and SARAH (nee DORSEY) HOWARD. The baptisms of their six children are found in the records of WESTMINSTER PARISH. These children were:

i: JOHN WORTHINGTON Born 1689 He married (1) HELEN HAMMOND, and

(2) COMFORT

ii: THOMAS WORTHINGTON Born 1691 He married ELIZABETH RIDGELY.

iii: WILLIAM WORTHINGTON Born 1694 He married SARAH HOMEWOOD.

iv: SARAH WORTHINGTON Born 1696 She married NICHOLAS RIDGELY.

v: CHARLES WORTHINGTON Born 1699 He died in infancy.

Vi: CHARLES WORTHINGTON Born 1701 He married (1) HAMUTEL HAMMOND, and (2) SARAH CHEW

Captain JOHN WORTHINGTON was an Officer in the Troop of Horse in the Militia. He also served as the Coroner of Anne Arundel County. In 1692 he was appointed an Associate Justice of the County. In 1699 he served in the Legislative Assembly. He was most prominent in military and political affairs of the county. His advice and counsel were often sought by his peers. Captain JOHN WORTHINGTON died on 9 APRIL 1701. He was, as we have noted, buried upon his “plantation” near the present day Naval Academy.

Soon after the birth of her sixth child, “the Widow” SARAH (nee HOWARD) WORTHINGTON married JOHN BRICE. She had three other children from this second marriage. JOHN BRICE died in 1713. She died in 1726.

This Genealogical Sketch written by WILLIAM D. MOUNTAIN, a member of the Anne Arundel and Carroll County Genealogical Societies, at the expressed request of FRANCES EPLER-BRENGLE, Editor of the WORTHINGTON DESCENDANTS and herself a descendant of that CHARLES WORTHINGTON, child “vi” above.


Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 1, Page 3 April 1983 – Worthington, Sarah

August 22, 2008

Sketch of Sarah Worthington 1704-1789 m. Basil Dorsey; Issue Capt. Thomas Worthington Dorsey m. Elizabeth Ridgely


Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 1, Page 2 April 1983 – Worthington, Noah

August 18, 2008

Noah Worthington let his slaves off at Christmas, until the Yule log burnt. The slaves became smart, and they started soaking the Yule log from October to December.

There were two Noahs: Devil Noah – he had raven black hair and plaited his whiskers. Gentleman Noah was driven by his nephew Devil Noah with his high spirited horses, when he became frightened he asked his hephew to slow down or stop. Devil Noah replied, “I’ll drive these horses straight to —- if you don’t give me $5,000. He received the $5,000.

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  • Senator Thomas Worthington under Thomas Jefferson in which he states in a letter to Jefferson in Washington 17 July 1793 – a plan for the capital.
  • Judge William G.D. Worthington b. 1785 m. Eliza Jordon. Judge Worthington was appointed Territorial Governor of Florida by Andrew Jackson.
  • William E. Worthington was the first clerk of the Court of Howard County, MD.
  • According to Richardson “Side Lights of Md. History” p. 255, Captain John Worthington emigrated to Md. in company with his brother Samuel, in the year 1670. The latter settled in Somerset County and left numerous descendants. As of yet we can not document this information. We have the following in our files:

Samuel Worthington 1648 – 1715 married in 1685 Alice Elzey D/O John and Sarah Elzey of Southampton, England

- 1692 Samuel took the oath of sub-sheriff

- 1696 Samuel signed to address the province of Maryland to King William and Queen Mary as Military Officer and Official of Someret County.

Anyone add to this? Please send.


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