We want to thank our distant cousin JEAN DAVEY, KENT, ENGLAND for all the “goodies” she sent – pictures of Manor homes, Coat of Arms, wills, tombstone inscriptions. We hope to get many of these in our October issue.
We wish to welcome a far distant cousin from the greatest distance – WELCOME! JAN WORTHINGTON from SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.
Bette and I and the newsletter want to thank Bill Worthington, of Springfield, Virginia for his renewal and great donation. They both were greatly appreciated. We thank you greatly. We will put the donation toward improvement of “WORTHINGTON DESCENDANTS “
If your family can be traced as far back as 1538, that means that your ancestors are of very noble stock, because only the aristocracy kept records of their doings before the 16th, century.
As your editors look back on this past year, we keep asking ourselves not “How our members are getting along with their Family History Research” but Are we as your editors giving our members a balanced program of the things which they want and find interesting?” We have tried very hard to do just that, with the kind help from many of our members. Our first year has indeed been an unqualified success, but that success has been due entirely to the enthusiasm and support of our members in the combined research of our Worthington family. Our membership has grown very large since our very first member, Charles Worthington, Atlanta, Ga. sent in his subscription (This is the first time he is aware he is number One). Maryland leads all the states for the amount of subscribers, Illinois is second and Texas is third. This makes Capt. John (1st) Nicholas (2nd) and Robert the Quaker (3rd). We are researching the Worthington in England, where all our lines cross. We dont know how we can get this information to you, but in the coming months we are going, to try. We deal with mostly Parish Records and Lest Court Records, as these, are the moat easily documented. We have one room filled with filing cabinets – full of Worthington records, pictures, maps, wills, deeds. If any member has an idea as to the best way we can impart this information – please, please send in your suggestions. We have thought of taking one immigrant ancestor at a time – But .is this fair?
It is time for renewal as this is last issue in Volume I – as we subscribe by volume. We don’t want to lose any of you – you are all family. “The Worthington Descendants Family”. Thank you all for putting up with typing mistakes, errors, etc.
We want to especially thank our two faithful husbands, father and son-in-law- Charles Brengle and Philip Poole, who have aided us in all research, transportation, printing, cemetery digging and in preparation for mailing and who have to face and live with the big “W” as a steady diet. We hope to talk to you all again in October. Frances and Bette.
The Newsletter is making great progress. We are getting fine coverage from all distant cousins. Many of you have sent in valuable information on your branch of this vast, wonderful family. No matter how far you are removed from the immigrant ancestors, you have a right to be proud of your blood lines.
Don’t let the mail bag get empty, send in your articles to print in the letter. You each have something to offer. Please share, so that we will not lose knowledge of the ancient ones.
A very interesting fact was sent in by a subscriber, Charles L. Worthington of Atlanta, Ga. It concerned the Bible of Capt. John. It has been in the possession of his family until it was loaned to a family in Annapolis, MD. His father Bruce Worthington had asked him to locate the Bible, which was loaned by his grandfather over forty years ago. Since that time a search has been made for the Bible. The Bible was loaned to a cousin of the family. If anyone has any knowledge of this Bible, please, please let Mr. Worthington know. (See Query column)
Mr. Campbell Worthington tells us about his father’s early life while living at Belmont. His father was Edward Worthington. They built a swimming place and it was fed by cool spring water and the warm gound water, which provided them with their choice – cool or warm swimming. He also relates how his father Edward and his cousin sat in the eaves at Belmont and smoked – no one could see the smoke in the house.
Editor’s note: I think the reference to Belmont is the Worthington Belmont property located in Worthington Valley, Baltimore County, Maryland. It is located in the vicinity of the Montmorenci.