Planned Weekend Trip – Day 3

August 3, 2012

We started at the Civil War National Battleground at Monocacy, just south of Frederick, Maryland, traveled a little east to the Worthington Valley in Baltimore County, and Montmorenci and on to a family reunion. As mentioned before, these first two stops are homes of a Captain John Worthington descendant. This next stop is where my Captain John descendant moved to from Annapolis Maryland.

Descendants of Capt John and Sarah Howard Worthington
Charles Worthington 1701 – 1774
John Worthington 1733 – 1803
Samuel Worthington 1785 – 1853
Henry Wilson Worthington 1815 – 1866

Charles, was born after Capt. John died, but moved to Harford County Maryland. Henry Wilson Worthington is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

The move was to Darlington, Maryland and were members of the Deer Creek Quaker Meeting. The best that I can determine, because of the second marriage of his mother, Sarah Howard Worthington to John Brice, Charles was influenced to return to being a Quaker, from his mother and step father’s tradition. Both the Brice and Howard families from what I have read were Quakers.

Deer Creek Meeting Sign

Deer Creek Quaker Meeting

We will join the family reunion at a near by State Park. I have not attended this reunion before, but apparently it is an annual event. I am excited to be able to meet up with some new “cousins”. I have no clue as to how much genealogy will be discussed, but I will be prepared with iPad, Camera, research material, some books that I have created and a digital recorder.

Although I have been to Deer Creek in the past, I have not spent a lot of time studying the area. It’s rumored that one of the Worthington houses in this area was / is haunted.

More to follow upon my return.


Planned Weekend Trip – Day 2

August 2, 2012

A short trip from Monocacy to Worthington Valley to visit Montmorenci. This property was first named in about 1734 by Samuel Worthington, Jr. The first house was built between 1823 and 1932. This home, Montmorenci, has been in the Worthington family into the 1900′s.

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As with Monocacy, here is how Captain John fits in.

Captain John and Sarah Howard Worthington
John Worthington, Jr 1689 – 1763
Samuel Worthington, 1734 – 1815
Walter Tolly Worthington 1765 – 1843
John Tolly Hood Worthington 1788 – 1849
John Tolly Worthington 1816 – 1859
Sallie Howard Worthington 1843 – 1917
Marie Conrad 1884 – 1921

As with Monocacy, the common ancestor is John Worthington, Jr, and Samuel and John Worthington III were brothers.

Of note: Samuel was married twice, and they had 22 children. All of the above named people, and many other Worthington’s are buried at near by Saint Johns Episcopal Churchyard not to far from Montmorenci.

Please visit my headstone blog, where you can see all of the headstones of this family.

http://headstonecollection.blogspot.com/search/label/SAINT_JOHNS_WORTHINGTON_VALLEY_MD

The Episcopal Church has played a role in this family from Captain John through this line. In Captain John’s time, it was the Anglican Church, Saint Anne’s in Annapolis to be specific. But the names of the above people can be found on the records at Saint Thomas Garrison Forest and Saint Johns (Western Run, as it had been called) Worthington Valley.

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I hope to be able to worship at Saint John’s on Sunday.

The map below, for me, puts a relationship between St. Thomas and St. Johns. St. Johns is about where the number 128 is above the green arrow. St. Thomas is the blue bubble.

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Montmorenci is a beautiful home and not too far from Saint Johns. Here is a picture I took a couple of years ago, while visiting the house..

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Then it’s off to Darlington.


Planned Weekend Trip – Day 1

August 1, 2012

There is a “family reunion” this weekend in Darlington, Maryland. I have not been to this reunion before and don’t know what to expect.

We had planned to go to the National Battlefield at Monocacy, Maryland to attend the “Return of Special Orders 191” presentation and new exhibit. Not sure what to expect there either, but Civil War, Monocacy, why not go find out.

When the reunion information came out in a Newsletter that I receive and knowing this area of Maryland, it has become a weekend trip. Unlike some of the day trips that I have made in the past. But this one will be a “three for…”.

Between Monocacy and Darlington is another Worthington family location in Worthington Valley. I’ll post more about that location later. But the plan is to go to Monocacy, stay over night, go to church at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Western Run) in Glyndon, then head to Darlington.

I have posted a number of items on this blog about Monocacy.

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I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago.

The Battle of Monocacy–148 Year Ago

In this battle, some orders were issue by Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but they were lost, but later found by a Union soldier. The event on Saturday is a special event and exhibit at the Battlefield.

More information can be found here:

http://www.nps.gov/mono/parknews/return_so_191.htm

As mentioned before, part of this battle took place on the Worthington Farm.

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To help put this farm into my family tree, here is a descendant chart from my ancestor, Captain John Worthington (1650 – 1701) to the owners of the Worthington Farm.

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Because the chart may not be readable:

Descendants of Capt John and Sarah Howard Worthington
John Worthington, Jr 1689 – 1763
John Worthington III 1728 – 1790
James Worthington 1772 – 1854
John Henry H Worthington 1793 – 1858
John Thomas Worthington 1828 – 1905
Glenn Howard Worthington 1858 – 1934

The farm was owned by John Thomas Worthington. John Worthington, Jr, was the oldest son of Capt. John and Sarah.

Of note, if you have been following this blog, Howard shows up again, in the final entry above, Glenn Howard Worthington.

I had met the grandson of Glenn Howard Worthington a couple of times, include in 1999 when a hiking trail at the Worthington Farm was dedicated. He, David Reed, has since passed away.

Looking forward to this event and exhibit, and finding more about this important battle of the Civil War.


The Battle of Monocacy–148 Year Ago

July 8, 2012

It’s called the Battle that Saved Washington.

July 7, 2012, the National Park Service celebrated the Battle of Monocacy that took place on July 9, 1864. It was to have been a two day event, but the temperature was in the 90’s, so they backed it off to one day. Monocacy is a couple of miles south of Frederick, Maryland.

So what was it like in 1864? Don’t know, as I haven’t found any temperature readings for that date and place, but there was much to be learned about this battle.

There were three farms along the Monocacy River, where this battle took place. One on the North side of the river, the Best Farm, Two on the South, the Thomas and Worthington Farms.

The Best Farm:

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The Thomas Farm:

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And the Worthington Farm:

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The owner of this farm was John Thomas Worthington (1826-1905) who is my 4th Cousin, 3 Times Removed. His ancestor was the oldest son of Capt. John Worthington (1650-1701), while my ancestor was the youngest son of Capt. John.

Judge Glenn Howard Worthington (1858-1934) was the son of John Thomas Worthington who wrote the book “The Battle that Saved Washington”.  It should be noted, that Judge Worthington was involved in creating this National Battlefield before his death in 1934.

The re-enactor’s for the day, were “in uniform”, as they may have been 148 years ago, and had a number of demonstrations to give a hint as to what the battle might have looked like.

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The story teller, gave us a hint into the life of the Confederate Army at the time of this battle.

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The above photography was demonstrating a Skirmish Line, as an advanced party ahead of the Confederate Army that was behind them.

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The Union story teller, walked us through “by the 9 count”, and what that was so important.

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The Union Army was demonstrating “by the 9 count” way of firing. Oh, did you know that 4 teeth and 2 fingers were required to be in the Army? We learned why.

The National Park Service provided information about the importance of this battle. This was the only battle that the Confederate Army won on Union Soil?

The Confederate Army was going to take Washington, DC. The Union Army was “out of place”, and were trying to get re-enforcements back to DC to fortify the city.

The Union Army was able to slow down the Confederate Army for “a day”, allowing those re-enforcements to get back into place.

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The heat of the day, watching the demonstration, helped put this battle into perspective, from the stories of this battle, at this place, 148 years ago.


War of 1812 and Fold3.com Search Result

July 6, 2012

Last year, I posted this:

Initial Summary of David Ridgely Howard

and more recently

Another Link to the War of 1812

I was doing a little more research ON the War of 1812. For Military Records, my first stop is normally Fold3.com. What I found was link to War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files.

What did that record have to do with me. There wasn’t too much of interest to me, BUT the name on the Letter Head.

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John Eager Howard Chapter. Chapter of What?

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the D.A.R., in Baltimore, Maryland. So, in searching the War of 1812, I found, or found again, an Ancestor, John Eager Howard, 3rd cousin, 6x removed. Why wouldn’t there be a DAR Chapter named after him. He did fight in the Revolutionary War. Must have been a real hero.


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