Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #4

June 26, 2011

In preparation for a trip to the National Civil War Museum, in hopes of finding information on D. Ridgely Howard, I did another Google Search for him.

What I stumbled upon was an online Family Tree. It was a great website and Family Tree. I don’t normally look at this type of information, nor record information from them and put into my tree. Most times, the information provided does not contain Source material. It is usually just Names and some times relationships.

Since this step is to Search Broadly, I spent a little time looking at what was on the website. Not only did I find my D. Ridgely Howard, but a Family Group Sheet on his family. Looking at the Surnames on this website, it would be very hard to miss the relationships in this online tree and my own family tree.

Looking at the Ancestors of D. Ridgely Howard, there wasn’t a connection back to my Sarah Howard (6th Great-Grandmother), but there were enough Howards that matched mine. (close but no winner)

Looking at the Family Group Sheet and the Census information that was mentioned here:

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #3

June 7, 2011

the Household was in the Family Group Sheet. So, they MAY BE the right Family Group. But, are there other clues in either the Census Record or this Family Group Sheet.

Two hints, actually appeared. 1) James Howard, the head of household, according to the Family Group Sheet was married twice. 2) D. (now David) Ridgely Howard’s mother was listed as Margaret Oswald CHEW.

James Howard’s other wife (dates or order of marriage not listed) was Sophia Gough RIDGELY. So, that may be a hint for D. (David)’s middle name.

But, David’s mother, Margaret Oswald Chew WAS in my file as my 3rd Cousin 6 times removed, making David Ridgely Howard my 4th Cousin 5 times removed. I haven’t yet proven any of this, so he is not in my file, but I am encouraged to continue this research

Looking at this online tree a little further, besides many names that I know, I found my 6th Great-Grandfather. There was a Descendancy Report feature for my Capt. John Worthington, and many of his children had 6 or 7 generations of descendants, most of which I know and are in my file. However, his youngest son, my 5th Great-Grandfather did not have any descendants, only one of his two wives.

So, by Searching Broadly, found some more hints to follow up on BUT it indicates to me, that I might be on the right track.

I’ll post a follow up on the only SOURCE that was listed for D. Ridgely Howard and the Civil War.

Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 4, Page 6 Fall 1983 – Rezin Hammond Worthington

July 31, 2010

Additional Information on the wives of REZIN HAMMOND WORTHINGTON: RACHEL SHIPLEY and MARY SHIPLEY were sisters, and daughters of THOMAS CHEW SHIPLEY by his wife ANN GRIFFITH HALL. THOMAS CHEW SHIPLEY was the son TALBOT and RACHEL (nee Owings) CHEW SHIPLEY. (RACHEL was the widow of SAMUEL CHEW). ANN GRIFFITH HALL was the daughter of NICHOLAS and ANN (nee) Griffith Hall.. Nicholas and Ann Hall are buried in at St. Georgels Cemetery, Harford County, Md.

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





v: CHARLES WORTHINGTON Born 1699 He died in infancy.


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 2, Page 5 – Worthington, John

July 11, 2009

SKETCH OF JOHN WORTHINGTON 6 July 1733-1803 Harford Co. Md. mar. Priscilla Wilson 29 Oct. 1749: D/O Henry Wilson, the ship builder from Fells Point, Baltimore, Md. Issue: Sarah 1770 mar. Isaac Webster; Priscilla 1772 mar. (1) ____[1] Roger, (2) W. Miller; (3) ____[2] Robinette; Henry 1773, lost at sea; John Worthington 1774 died without issue in Pa.; Rachel Worthington 1776 mar. Samuel Hopkins 1775-1820, Rachel died 1848. Issue: John Worthington Hopkins mar. Elizabeth Chew 1802-1879; Charles 1778-1854 mar. Hannah Yellott; Elizabeth 1780; Wiliiam 1782 mar. (1) Rebecca Richardson (2) Hannah Coale; Cassandra 1783-1785; Samuel 1785-1853 mar. (1) Sarah Chew (2) Emily Hopkins (3) Grace Hopkins: Thomas 1787 mar. (1) Mary Husband (2) Elizabeth Gillingham (3) Grace Hopkins; Cassandra 1789-1869 unm.; Anne 1790-1853 unm; Wilson 1793 mar Elizabeth Dare

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