Maryland, Wills and Probate Records–Capt John

September 2, 2015

Just spent the last hour looking at a new record on Ancestry.com

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I believe this is the Last Will for Capt. John Worthington (1650 – 1701). It will take a while to transcribe it, but I am certain that it is him.

This document was created in 1699 and it had all of the right children, known at that point, references to other extended members indicating property Capt. John owned. The plantation, on the Severn River was mentioned,

At first, I wasn’t sure, the way that the information was presented on the screen, but reading (what I could) it’s his.

I had a date in my file for when the will was Proved. The date was the same, the year was not, but I think the information I had may have been in error.

Two children weren’t listed, be that was because they were born after the will was written, one of those children died very young, the second carried the name of that baby, and was Charles from whom I descend.

Yesterday I spent a while trying to make the Pendennis connection, the plantation and the castle, so I see a trip to Annapolis, Maryland in my future. Just not seeing any hint as to why Capt. John would name his plantation Pendennis. But, did HE name it or when what his plantation named. Property had names, which the will pointed out and I have other records of, but why Pendennis. Why would at “young lad”, that is Capt. John have that name linked to him.

The Pendennis Castle was involved in a siege in 1646. King Charles I was the King at the time (trying to confirm that), and there was a John Arundel (1576 – 1654) tied to the castle. Arundel being the county, in Maryland, where Capt. John lived.

Thank you Ancestry.com for this new Record Collection. It should keep me busy for a while.


What’s in a Name ? Pendennis

August 31, 2015

A couple of days ago, I was re-organizing some of my genealogy photographs and was reminded of Pendennis Mount across the Severn River from Annapolis in Maryland. This is the photo that I took, Pendennis Mount on the Severn.

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It is the name of the plantation that Captain John Worthington (1650-1701) owned. At the bottom of the Mount, is the Maryland War Memorial.

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I have been there a number of times, including where Capt. John and his family were initially buried until he and his household were re-interred in the Saint Anne’s Anglican Church in Annapolis.

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A photo of a few of his descendants who visited here in September 2000.

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In reviewing these photos, I thought I would find the Website I had found earlier on Pendennis to see what I could find. When I had looked earlier (couple of years ago), the location of Pendennis was out of place from where I expected to find it, based on the time, place, and “paper trail” for Capt. John.

When I did a Google Search I found this website:

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pendennis-castle/

I knew there were Worthingtons in Falmouth, but the location through me off, so I didn’t pursue it. It being Why Did Capt John name his plantation “Pendennis”? The website, English Heritage had a guide book for Pendennis Castle, so I ordered it. Today, it came in the mail.

Maybe, just maybe, this Bright Shining Object (BSO) will lead to the answer to my question. While looking into this, I will not forget my DNA issue.

Who knows, maybe one of my U.K. Google+ or Blog followers will have some insight on this place. This castle, at least my understanding at the moment, is over 400 years old, well before Capt. John was born.


Letter addressed to Cousin Russ

March 18, 2015

Backing up a couple of days ago, but in the order in which I read this stack of letters, I finally opened this envelope.

 

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It may be difficult to read, but it is addressed to “Cousin Russ”.

Two things about that, 1) If you are on Google+, I am sometimes called that, but 2) that is how some of these letters are addressed, that is to “Cousin ….” Mary, Jody and family, to me, have always been known as our Texas Cousins.

Jody, Mary, and Frances do live in Texas, but the other brother, Will, lives in Arizona. Texas Cousins, none the less.

In the letter / note, Mary said “After Jody’s mother Bernice died in September 1966, I became Aunt Polly’s penpal in her place”, that important, as the letter from Anna to Mary and Jody talked about their Aunt Polly, my Grandmother may not be able to write any more letters and that Anna, my Aunt Anna, would write as she could.

My start in genealogy, now for me Family Research, started from my Texas Cousins, for which I am most grateful. Mary mentioned “There are also 2 letters from Anna and one from Eleanor. I just couldn’t bear to thrown them away.” Thank you Mary.

Now to have time to start to read the letters from Aunt Polly to Mary and Jody


Letter #2–Aunt Anna to Jody and Mary

March 16, 2015

Slowly working my way through these unexpected letters from our “Texas Cousins”. The first letter was dated 30 September 1972, where my Aunt Eleanor told of the accident that involved one of my cousins. The very next letter, in order, was dated 12 August 1970, new year earlier, from her sister Anna to Jody and Mary.

She tell of the happy arrival home, from Turkey, of the same Kenny and his wife Edie. The “U-Haul” was involved, as with the first letter, but this time it was Ken and Edie packing and moving to Omaha.

Other news including the story about Eleanor’s daughter Bernice’s wedding of 31 July 1970, and the role Anna’s children would play in that wedding.

This picture was taken in Ocean City, New Jersey, of Anna and Eleanor, so the sisters were close even back then.

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The major part of the letter was about their mother, my Grandmother. When Anna and her husband returned to West Chester, they had a phone call from their brother Bob, letting Anna know that Mother hadn’t been feeling well and “the Dr. ordered her to the hospital”. The saddest part was “Mother’s eyes are so dim so, I doubt if she will be able to write much more – if at all”.

I am sure that the rest of the letters will be the letters that my Grandmother had been sending to Jody and Mary, and Anna was letting them know that there probably wouldn’t be many more.

My Grandmother would die 3 month’s later.

She closes the letter telling the Texas Cousins that Ken and Edie had found a trailer to live in, very close to the Air Force base and that Ken has a job lined up at a Honda Shop. That job would cost him his life in 1972.


Letter #1–Aunt Eleanor to Jody & Mary

March 14, 2015

The letter was dated 30 September 1972. That date won’t make sense  today, but it may tomorrow. I have transcribed the letter from my genealogy database and a “letter notebook” that I have created.

This letter announced to our Texas Cousins, that my cousin Kenny had been killed in an accident a couple of weeks earlier. 24 years old, was just discharged from 4 years in the Air Force, not in the letter was that he was killed in an motor cycle accident as he worked at a Honda repair shop.

Kenneth Robert Highley (05 January 1948 – 13 August 1972) was Married to Edie and they had little Kenny born the year before.  In the letter “It was so sudden, so very, very sad” it a confirmation for me, that helped confirm WHY my cousin was buried where he was buried, in the plot of Edie’s parents.

It told of how Anna and her husband, Bob, would go out to Omaha to bring their belongings, in a “U-Haul” back to New Holland, PA. Anna, being Eleanor’s younger sister. Edie and the baby had to return to Omaha and Eleanor’s daughter, Bernice and her husband would fly out to drive Edie and Kenny back to Pennsylvania. You see, that Bernice’s husband Don and Edie were brother and sister.

Aunt Eleanor mentions her other daughter, Valerie as being “8 years old & just bubbles over with enthusiasm for everything she does.”

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All transcribed, page protected, and in a netbook with the images, with citations, the transcription, and I added a transcription with notes about who the players are in the letter.


Letters in the Mail

March 14, 2015

What a day this has been.

While waiting for DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Law Study Group Hangout On Air today, I went out to pick up the mail. In the mail was an unexpected envelope from one of my “Texas Cousins”. In reality, my Dad’s Texas Cousins. I had no idea what was in side, but it looked like it might have letters in it.

Jody, his siblings and I have shared our research over the years. They have shared far more than I, but share non-the-less.

I am glad I was sitting down to open the envelope. Right on top was a card addressed “Cousin Russ”. I will guess that Mary, Jody’s wife, did not know that is the name I am known as on Google+. That way of addressing the Pennsylvania and the Texas cousins was the way it has always been, or at least as long as I can remember.

Over time, I will probably share some detail of the content of the envelop. What I can say now, is the first two letters that I actually read.

The first letter was from my Aunt (95 years young) to Jody and Mary, dated 26 September, 1972. The second was from her Sister, Anna, also to Jody and Mary, dated 12 August 1970. The fact that they were presented to me in this order, has an interesting twist. The content of both, I will share very soon. Not quite ready to do that right now. But, I will. Now it is time to really try to preserve what I have and be in a position to share these letters with “the family” later on (but soon).

First thing, after I had to replace my All-In-One Printer, was to scan these two letters. Next step is to trans-scribe them using Genscriber. Haven’t used it for a while, but it make the whole process very easy. I have the Image that was scanned (JPG) in one window and a place to type in another window. I will re-scan to a TIFF file, and save the typed version to a Word Document. Genscriber creates an RTF file, which can be saved as a .DOC or .DOCX file.

My file naming practice is to file any document as Surname_GivenName_Middlename and a description. In this case, I will use YYYY_Month_Day followed by a dash and a number, depending on the number of pages and scans.

In my other Blog, I talked about How to put a Citation on an Image. Why not use that method, so I did. I put a image of the front and back of this first letter and on the edge I put my citation that is in my Family Tree Maker program for this letter. This page is not for reading, but to be facing front, in a notebook, with THE letter behind it, in an archival sleeve.

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The 2nd sleeve, I put the transcription of the letter facing front, but on the back, I included the same text but added the Date and how I received this letter, and facts about the people named in the letter.

The next sleeve, which will be in a notebook, will be scanned images of the letter.

This is the process that I am going to use to preserve these letters. Once they are preserved, then they will be added to my genealogy database.

Can’t wait to get through these 20+ letters, mostly from my grandmother to these same Texas Cousin’s.

Stayed tuned.


Query: Robert “the Quaker” Worthington

March 3, 2015

Alice Carmel writes:

Thanks for this blog, Russ.

I retired 6 mo ago and am doing my tree on ancestry.com synced to FamilyTreemaker3 for Mac. It is so much easier to amend than doing gedcoms for upload to Rootsweb WorldConnect.

I used to chat with you on Worthington-L when my mother was publishing the 1837 diary of Margaret Worthington. Mother passed away in Dec 2013 at age 100.

I have copies of her book “Daughter of Adena” for sale, and used copies as well as print to order copies are available on Amazon.

Today I have been studying ancestors of Robert the Quaker Worthington’s wife Margaret Mat(t)hews. If I succeed in verifying the line, it goes to William Wynter, treasurer of the royal navy under QE I, who also was in the battles with France and Spain–see the wiki about him if anyone is interested.

Alice Carmel,
Weymouth, MA

Thank you for the Query Alice.

Russ


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