I am not myself a WORTHINGTON descendant but am related to all decendants of Capt. John WORTHINGTON in this country, being descended from his widow; SARAH HOWARD, and her second husband, CAPT. JOHN BRICE. My interest is in tracing the ancestors of CAPT. JOHN WORTHINGTON and CAPT. JOHN BRICE in England and ascertaining whether there may have been a connection between the families of SARAH HOWARD’S two husbands on the other side of the water. It is alleged that CAPT. JOHN BRICE was a son of JOHN BRICE (1620-1685), son of WORTHINGTON BRICE ( d. 1623 ) and his wife JOAN AVERIC; grandson; grandson of HUGH BRICE and his wife DOROTHY WORTHINGTON. I would be most grateful to any clues. Brice M. Clagett, Holly Hill, Friendship, Md. 20758
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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