Fearless Females Blog Post: March 13 – Favorite Female Ancestor – Prompts for Women’s History Month

March 16, 2010

This is part of  a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month .

Catching up a bit:

* March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

I am not aware of nor can I document such an event. If the question were a little different, I would have a story.

The “other” story would be how my Grandmother’s father was killed. The short of it, was that her father was killed by a run-away horse and buggy. That is a well documented event. The good news, is that her education was taken care of by the “driver” of the run-away horse and buggy. The interesting piece of the story is that he was learning to ride a bicycle.

But that’s another story.

March 12 — Working girl:

Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home?

What did she do?

Describe her occupation.

Actually, my mother worked outside of the home. She started at a bank teller in Pennsylvania. Don’t know a lot about that bank and her story at that bank. But, when our family moved to New Jersey in 1957, she again started to work on a bank again. Later, she helped start a small branch on a heavily traveled road. The bank was in a “house” trailer. I remember going to that bank from time to time while growing up.

She did retire from that bank, but that bank had grown up and, after a number of changes in ownership, the bank is still in existence today.

As mentioned in an earlier Blog entry, she was a leader in her local church and was treasurer and assistant treasurer.

The good news, is that she has a granddaughter who is following in her footsteps. It was talent that bypassed me.


Fearless Females Blog Post: March 10 – Favorite Female Ancestor

March 10, 2010

This is part of  a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month .

Here are the prompts – consider honoring your female ancestors by posting at your genealogy or family history blog!

Took the ‘day off’ yesterday, to visit my 93 year old mother. Each visit is a almost a day long event.

However, it was a multi-event visit. Spent a wonderful hour and a half with a Facebook friend at Starbucks. Can’t get any better then that.
Stopped by to pay respects to my Dad in the memorial garden of the Church where I grew up. Being a contributor to the Find-A-Grave website, I took pictures.

Spent Tuesday, March 9th creating a database file for that Memorial Garden, which had been started, but only had one interment listed. Uploaded the file, updated the Find-A-Grave website, then posted the entire Memorial Garden on the website, as well as posting the images for T0mbstone Tuesday.

The assignment for March 9:

Make a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

Chose to skip that assignment and do the Find-A-Grave work instead. (good excuse, huh?)

* March 10:

What role did religion play in your family?

Oh, yeah.

My Dad’s family were Quakers, going way back. My Mother’s family were Episcopalian, but not so far back. However, going back to the earliest Worthington, Capt. John, the Anglican Church shows up again.

Below is a picture of my Grandfather (Mom’s father), My Father, my brother and I. Three of the four, in this picture were / are very active in the Church.

How did your female ancestors practice their faith?

While visiting the Memorial Garden at Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, New Jersey, I was reminded of the Worthington Room in the Parish Hall.

My mother spent hours and hours in this room, and the room that preceded it helping with the many tasks of running a Church of this size. The folks in this picture were her companions doing things like putting Sunday Bulletin’s together, Monthly Newsletters, etc. The Room was named in her honor.

If they did not, why didn’t they?

Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

My mother was the first female to be on the Vestry (governing body) and warden of that church. She was the Treasurer for years and years. She also tied the ties in the first picture for my brother and I, and all of the other Choir Boys, in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 5 – Favorite Female Ancestor – Prompts for Women’s History Month

March 5, 2010

I want to point out a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month which starts today, 1 March 2010.
* March 5

How did they meet?

You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit.

Do you know the story of how your parents met?

Your grandparents?

Another for my ToDo list, but I am not sure where I am going to find this one since only one of their children is still with us.

There may have been a connection through a Quaker Meeting or the Westtown (Quaker) School. My Grandfather started at Westtown in 9/1900 according to Westtown Through the Years, Catalog 1799 – 1945. My grandmother, his wife, entered Westtown 9/1903. The Catalog references their marriage.

Not far from Westtown is the Birmingham Friends Meeting where they were married.

The home where Mariella Cheyney is also in the area.

Oh to have started Family Research much earlier. Oh to have recorded the stories around the table in the kitchen at my grandparents home. Or while working on the Orchard.

Was listening to a Genealogy Gems Podcast, Lisa Louise Cook was talking to the “Photo Detective” where they were talking about hair styles. Check this out:

As far as I remember, she always had her hair in this way. Only once do I remember her hair “let down”. It was very long.

Mariella Cheyney

Born: September 19, 1887

Died: November 30, 1970

Married June 17, 1915 to Henry Russell Worthington

My To Do list includes talking to my Aunt, asking the questions that have been asked, then checking the Quaker Records for Birmingham Friends Meeting to locate their marriage records.

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 4th – Favorite Female Ancestor for Women’s History Month

March 4, 2010

* March 4

Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents?

Write a post about where they were married and when.

Any family stories about the wedding day?

Post a photo too if you have one.

This picture was taken in 1955 at my Grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary.

These challenges for Genea-Bloggers are very helpful. They are good reminders to go back and look at what you have recorded and don’t have recorded in your database.

Here is what I have in my computer file. I know that I have much more that needs to be added. I have put the reminder on my ToDo list.

What I have on my paternal grandparents:

Mariella Cheyney, daughter of Wilmer and Ellen Harrison (James) Cheyney, was born in Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., Pa on 9 mo. 19.1887. She was married at Birmingham Friends Mtg. on 6 mo. 17, 1915 to Henry Russell Worthington, son of Samuel Whitall and Katherine (Reeves) Worthington. He was born in Morton Co., Kan. on 7 mo. 27, 1887 and died 1 mo. 7, 1956, buried in the cemetery adjoining Birmingham Friends Mtg., Birmingham Twp. He was educated at Westtown Friends School in Chester Co., Pa. and Pennsylvania State College, graduating from the latter in 1913. After managing a dairy in New York for some years, Mr. Worthington moved to Westtown Twp. where he managed a fruit orchard for seven years at which time he purchased a large orchard at Lionville.

He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, Chester-Delaware County Fruit Growers Co-operative Ass’n., Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau Co-operative Ass’n., the Berks-Lehigh Co-operative Fruit Growers Ass’n, State Horticultural Ass’n., the Downingtown and Uwchlan Twp. Civic Ass’n., and other bodies. He was a director of Woodland Products, Inc. and had received the Master Farmer award of Pennsylvania in 1934. He was a member of Birmingham Mo. Mtg.

I do have the newspaper article that talks about their wedding, but not in my database. However, when I did find that newspaper article, I mentioned that my grandparents went to New York state after their wedding. I don’t remember hearing about that.

I asked my dad about it, and he said “oh, yeah”. There were a couple of stories that he shared, but I’ll post two of them.

First, they returned to Chester County on Armistice Day, THE Armistice Day. Oh to have a digital recording of that story.

The second was my Dad helping my grandfather cutting block ice in the lake, just down the road to take up to the ice house on the farm.

After hearing the story, I found where the dairy farm was, the Lake, and where my wife’s grandparents are buried. The “lake” my Dad talked about, was the same lake where my wife’s grandparents wanted to be buried near. You can look from their burial plot down to THAT lake.

It is possible that my Grandparents and my wife’s Grandparents knew one another.

This is a picture of the Birmingham Friends Meeting House in West Chester, PA, where they were married. They are buried in the Burial Ground behind this Meeting House.

Birmingham Meeting (ca 1915)

Birmingham Meeting – 1999

Fearless Females Blog Post: Prompts for Women’s History Month – Day 3

March 3, 2010

This is part of  a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of  The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month which starts today, 1 March 2010.

Here are the prompts – consider honoring your female ancestors by posting at your genealogy or family history blog!

* March 3

Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors?

Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.

We pause for the discussion on Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, to be able to answer the question of the day. However, it does “honor’ a female ancestor. This time, my Great-Grandmother

As with many Quaker families, naming patterns exist down through the generations. I am one of them.

For those that know me, may know that I go by my middle name, not my first name. AND I have “III” or 3rd at the end of my name. Because my family lived on the same property as my paternal grandparents, I guess, I was to be called by my middle name, like my grandfather. My dad, was called by his first name.

Looking back, my Grandfather’s Grandfather was named Henry Wilson Worthington. So, we know where my grandfather, my father, and I got our first name from. BUT, where did our middle name come from? Oh, this will take a minute, but will get at the question of the day.

My grandfather’s parents died in Kansas in the 1890’s and he, and his next younger brother and sister were put on a train from Kansas to Philadelphia, where they were met (but there is a long story here) and were taken to New Jersey, to live with their Grandmother, Elizabeth Willits Worthington.

In doing some research in the 1900 Census, I knew where I should have found my Grandfather. I knew that he graduated from the Moorestown Friends School in 1907. So, he should have been in NJ 1900 Census. Didn’t find him. (At the time I did the search, not all names were indexed).

A little frustrated in not being able to find him nor his grandmother, I checked my notes on her to find that she had been married a second time. Searching for Elizabeth with a different surname, I found her.

Elizabeth Willits was married to Henry Wilson Worthington. They had Samuel, Sarah, Jeremiah Willits, Henry Wilson, Jr., Elizabeth Farnum, and Nathan B. Leads as children. Still no hint about where Russell fit in. The other names or parts of names can be explained looking at the family structure.

Looking at these families, Grandfather Samuel’s second sister married a Henry C. Russell, whose father was Henry Russell, of Ireland.

Most of the Russell’s are buried in the Friends South-Western Burial Ground in Philadelphia.

So, to answer the question, my name was handed down from the marriage of Elizabeth Farnum Worthington.

So, the mystery of how we (three) got our names was answered in a family letter, not in my possession, after a “dear friend”.

Fearless Females – Prompts for Women’s History Month – Day 2

March 2, 2010

Our assignment for March 2nd is:

  • Post a photo of one of your female ancestors.
  • Who is in the photo?
  • When was it taken?
  • Why did you select this photo?

Rather than a single photo, watch and hear for yourself Rear Admiral Dr. “Amazing” Grace Brewster Murray Hopper on the David Letterman Show (on YouTube).

How about some of her Quotations?

How about 60 minutes, part 1?

How about 60 minutes, part 2?

For more photo’s of “Amazing Grace” see what the Navy has online.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say:

There is a ship named after her:

Not knowing about my 7th Cousin, though we lived not to far apart, I do not have a photo that I took of her. But, I have visited her burial sight in Arlington Cemetery. (picture above)

Truly and Amazing person.

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 1 – Favorite Female Ancestor

March 1, 2010

Fearless Females – Prompts for Womens’ History Month

A number of Genea-Bloggers are participating in a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month which starts today, 1 March 2010. Each Day as a different question. I will participate as I am able.

The Question for March 1, 2010

  • Do you have a favorite female ancestor?
  • One you are drawn to or want to learn more about?

Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.

Not my direct Ancestor, be my 7th Cousin. Here name is Grace Brewster Murray. She was born December 9, 1906 and died January 1, 1992.

My search started with an newspaper article that confirmed a family story that she was a Descendant of Captain John Worthington (1650 – 1701).

One of the thinks that makes her famous, is that SHE found the First Computer Bug.

This name may not be well known, but her full name and title was:

Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper and she was best known as “Amazing Grace” Hopper.

Searching for a female is sometimes a challenge, but I hope to share how I found the relationship between Amazing Grace and Capt. John.

So, over the month of March, more of her story will be shared on this Blog.

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