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

Mom and Dad - 1994

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Miss you lots!


The Battle of Monocacy–148 Year Ago

July 8, 2012

It’s called the Battle that Saved Washington.

July 7, 2012, the National Park Service celebrated the Battle of Monocacy that took place on July 9, 1864. It was to have been a two day event, but the temperature was in the 90’s, so they backed it off to one day. Monocacy is a couple of miles south of Frederick, Maryland.

So what was it like in 1864? Don’t know, as I haven’t found any temperature readings for that date and place, but there was much to be learned about this battle.

There were three farms along the Monocacy River, where this battle took place. One on the North side of the river, the Best Farm, Two on the South, the Thomas and Worthington Farms.

The Best Farm:

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The Thomas Farm:

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And the Worthington Farm:

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The owner of this farm was John Thomas Worthington (1826-1905) who is my 4th Cousin, 3 Times Removed. His ancestor was the oldest son of Capt. John Worthington (1650-1701), while my ancestor was the youngest son of Capt. John.

Judge Glenn Howard Worthington (1858-1934) was the son of John Thomas Worthington who wrote the book “The Battle that Saved Washington”.  It should be noted, that Judge Worthington was involved in creating this National Battlefield before his death in 1934.

The re-enactor’s for the day, were “in uniform”, as they may have been 148 years ago, and had a number of demonstrations to give a hint as to what the battle might have looked like.

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The story teller, gave us a hint into the life of the Confederate Army at the time of this battle.

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The above photography was demonstrating a Skirmish Line, as an advanced party ahead of the Confederate Army that was behind them.

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The Union story teller, walked us through “by the 9 count”, and what that was so important.

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The Union Army was demonstrating “by the 9 count” way of firing. Oh, did you know that 4 teeth and 2 fingers were required to be in the Army? We learned why.

The National Park Service provided information about the importance of this battle. This was the only battle that the Confederate Army won on Union Soil?

The Confederate Army was going to take Washington, DC. The Union Army was “out of place”, and were trying to get re-enforcements back to DC to fortify the city.

The Union Army was able to slow down the Confederate Army for “a day”, allowing those re-enforcements to get back into place.

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The heat of the day, watching the demonstration, helped put this battle into perspective, from the stories of this battle, at this place, 148 years ago.


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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