SKETCH OF HARRIETT WORTHINGTON: 1823-1884 in Pa. mar. John E. Leighty 1821. Issue: Phoebe J. 1845, Pa. mar. Paoli Haden; Mary A. 1846 Pa. Edward A. Turner; Marjory 1848 Pa. mar. Alfred Turner; Martha Ann 1850 Pa.; William W. 1858, Pa.; Lewis E. 1852 Pa.; John H. 1859 Pa.
Reproduction of a Newspaper Article
Only Two of the Number Now Living
From the Washington Star:
“Don’t you know that man?” asked a Southern member of Congress of a Star Reporter, pointing to an elderly man with gray, curly hair and mustache, who stood at the corner of Fourteenth and F. Sts. a few afternoons ago.
“That is H. G. Worthington, and few men in this world have had such a diversified life as he. He and Harry G. Dawes, of Massachusetts, who acted as Pallbearers at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln are the only survivors. That was on April 18, 1865
“Worthington was then a Representative from Nevada, and this was by no means his first position in public life. He was a member of the California Legislature in 185I, and served together with the recently retired Justice Field. He was with Walker, the bilibuster, in his expedition to Nicaragua, and barely escaped the fate that befell Walker and several thousand of his followers.
“Worthington participated in the admission of three states. He is one of the few persons living, who stumped California for General G. Fremont. He was a great friend of Fremont and was his legal representative in setting up his Mariposa Estates, in California.
“He was sent by Nevada as their first Representative in Congress. Nye and Stewart came along as Senators at the same time. When Grant was in California, long before the War, he became associated with Worthington. The friendship that sprung up between them in the Golden State was severed only by Grant’s death,
“President Johnson appointed Worthington to a South American mission. Later he was recalled, and Grant appointed him Collector of the port of Charleston, S.C. He is a native of South Carolina. The people of the Palmetto State sent him to Congress, too.
“Worthington was in Ford’s Theatre the night that President Lincoln was shot, and he was a witness at the trials of the assassins. He had been with the President .at the White House in the afternoon. He spends much time in Washington, and it is always a rare treat to meet and converse with him.
The names of the Pallbearers at President Lincoln’ s funeral, as given in the Evening Star on April 18, 1865 were: Senate – Foster of Conn. Morgan of New York: Johnson of Maryland: Yates of Illinois: Wade of Ohio: Conners of California: House – Dawes of Mass: Coffroth of Pa. Worthington of North Carolina.
This article was submitted by Mrs. John W. Brachen of Jackson, Miss. Mrs. Brachen is busy working on her Genealogy. She has three grandchildren, and wants it for them. Her grandmother was a niece of Mr. Henry Gaither Worthington. They are descendants of Capt. John Worthington. Thank you so very, very much Betty. We all really appreciate your kindness.
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Rezin Hammond Worthington
Rezin Hammond Worthington 28 June 1794-1881 S/O Thomas and his second wife Marsella (Owings) Worthington. Thomas, his father, was the youngest son of Colonel John and Comfort Hammond, whose brother was Rezin Hammond, and for whom Rezin probably named and not for his father’s first wife who was also Elizabeth Hammond. (no relation)
Rezin was married twice. (1) Rachel Shipley, on Jan. 1823, she died when but seventeen years of age. (2 ) Mary Shipley b. 28 March 1816-1854. Rezin and Mary are both buried in the private family cemetery. On Rezin’s stone is the following Inscription, “Forgive them Father, They Know Not What They Do”. By his first wife, Rezin had only one child, Thomas Chew Worthington. By his second wife he had nine children, four sons, and five daughters. This branch of the Worthington family burial plot has been known in my family since its beginning – there are fire generations buried there and Thomas (grandson of Capt. John) is buried between his two wives Elizabeth Hammond (mother of Reuben, and grandmother of Henry Gaither Worthington) and Marsella Owings, the builder of Chapels.
Rezin Hammond Worthington, lived in Harrisonville, Md. He first attended school in Frederick Co., Md. returned to go to school about five miles from his home in Baltimore County, Md.
During the Civil War, he was a prominent Democrat, and in 1864 was arrested by The Federal Military Authorities, and was incarcerated for a period at Fort Dix in Woodstock, Md.
He volunteered in the War of 1812, while at the time recovering from a broken leg, but left for Baltimore, in defense of the city. He was later discharged for his health.
Rezin’s estate was thirty-five hundred acres, which was in the northern part of the district of Baltimore County. He was a fine example of the old school gentleman. Our grandmother, and great grandmother (Francis Elizabeth Glenn) remembered him well and told many stories about him. Many years ago we lived in his old home and estate – the house is still in use.
The Mt P aran Church is built on part of his old estate, and there are several of his descendants buried there.
Submitted by Bette and Frances, whose duty it is to take twice a year the Confederate Flag to be placed on Rezin’s grave. We have never been able to find any descendants of this branch of the family. We would like to show them where their ancestors are buried.
Tracing Given Names in Our Family
- Margaret Worthington 1619-1670 (Aunt of Capt. John Worthington)
- Margaret Worthington 1655-23 Sept. 1678 (Sister of Capt. John)
- Margaret Worthington D/O Charles and Mary (Hopkins) Worthington
- Margaret Snead Butts g.granddaughter of Ann H. Worthington & Wm. Ely
- Margaret Mary Brengle 1943 D/O Frances (Epler) and Charles Brengle
- Margaret Elizabeth 17 Jun, 1982 D/O Charles and Christine (Leaman) Brengle III
Nicolas Worthington, who came to New England in 1650, and who was the only early emigrant of that name who settled in that section of the country. Nicholas Worthington, was a considerable landholder near _____ pool in the county of Lancaster and fought in the Cromwellian wars and was wounded, in which conflicts his estates were confiscated. The rather uncommon name of Nicholas was borne by two of the Shevington Worthingtons, viz: by Nicholas Worthington of Shevington, time of Henry VIII, and by Nicholas Worthington, his grandson, time of Elizabeth and James I.
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