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Welcome to the first installment of our family heritage.
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For the past sixteen years, I have been searching for our ancestors. Each year more and more information has become available on the internet. Census records, church records, local history books and family genealogies are added each day. Over the years, I have become wise to the fact that mistakes have been made in the translating and recording of old records. I can check for an ancestor’s birth date in five sources and come up with three or four different birth dates. Thus, I review each source and decide which is the most reliable. Some information has been passed down in families by word of mouth or from family bibles. I will be passing along a few of these stories because I think that they are cute. I will let you know when it is a STORY that can’t be proved.
I will begin with the Worthington Family. Some branches go way back and others are very incomplete. I will not list my sources as there are just too many.
THE WORTHINGTON FAMILY OF BUCKS COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA
Three brothers – John, Samuel and Thomas Worthington emigrated from Lancashire, England and reached Byberry, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1705. They were all members of the Society of Friends (Quakers).
John Worthington was born about 1696 in Lancashire, England. John was a weaver and a farmer. At this time, I have been unable to determine who John’s parents were. In 1720, John and Mary Walmsley were married in Pennsylvania. John died on 1-14-1777.
Children of John and Mary (Walmsley) Worthington:
William Worthington was born 9-20-1732 in Bucks County Pennsylvania. William was a farmer. On 3-18-1764, William and Esther Homer were married. William died on 12-6-1816 in Bucks Co.
Children of William and Esther (Homer) Worthington:
Benjamin Worthington was born on 11-17-1772 in Bucks Co. Pennsylvania. On 10-21-1795, Benjamin married Mary Welding. Benjamin died on 4-26-1852 in Bucks Co.
Children of Benjamin and Mary (Welding) Worthington:
Amasa Worthington was born on 1-11-1802 in Bucks Co. Amasa married Amy Spencer. Amasa died on 8-21-1877 in Bucks Co.
Children of Amasa and Amy (Spencer) Worthington:
Thaddeus Stevens Worthington was born on 2-19-1840 in Bucks Co. Thaddeus married Jane Powell on 12-27-1870. Thaddeus served in the Civil War and was shot in the rear end. He lived a long life and died on 7-30-1932 at an Old Soldiers Home in Idaho.
Children of Thaddeus and Jane (Powell) Worthington:
Amasa Linton Worthington was born on 5-6-1873 Bucks Co. Amasa married Grace Jones in the year 1900. Amasa was a farmer, like all the previous Worthingtons, as well as an antique dealer. He was well known for his long bicycle rides. He died on 10-20-1952 just after winning a wood chopping contest.
Children of Amasa and Grace (Jones) Worthington:
Now, we will explore the families of the wives of the Worthington men. I will not include Grace Jones, at this time. It is said that one of Grace’s ancestors came over on the Mayflower. I need to do more research on this. At this time, I have not been able to prove that this is true.
Mary Walmsley, wife of John Worthington, was born on 7-12-1701 in Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Thomas Walmsley and Mary Paxson. Mary Walmsley died on 4-18-1754 in Bucks Co., Pa.
Thomas Walmsley, the father of Mary, was born in England on 10-24-1673. He was the son of Thomas Sr. and Elizabeth (Rudd) Walmsley. Elizabeth was the daughter of Giles Rudd. Thomas Walmsley Sr. of Wadington Eaves, Yorkshire, England was born about 1642. On 9-13-1665 he married Elizabeth Rudd. Thomas and Elizabeth, along with their six children, came to America on the ship “Lamb”. They arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682. Three of the six children died on board ship. Thomas died shortly after they arrived.
Children of Thomas Sr. and Elizabeth (Rudd) Walmsley:
Thomas Walmsley Jr. was born on 10-24-1673 in England. He traveled with his family to Pennsylvania on the ship “Lamb” in 1682. He married Mary Paxson on 6-2-1698. Thomas died in Philadelphia Co. on 11-17-1754.
Children of Thomas Jr. and Mary (Paxson) Walmsley:
Mary Paxson, the mother of Mary (wife of John Worthington), was born about 1678 in England. She came to Pennsylvania, with her parents, on the ship “Amity” in 1682. She married Thomas Walmsley on 6-2-1698. She died on 4-22-1755. She was the daughter of William Paxson and Mary Sydenham. (Nothing more is known about the Sydenham family)
Four Paxson brothers and their families emigrated to America, from England, in 1682. William and James sailed on the “Amity”. Henry and Thomas sailed on the “Samuel”. Small Pox broke out on the “Samuel” and Thomas as well as Henry’s wife and two sons died.
William Paxson who sailed on the “Amity” and was the father of Mary, was baptized on 12-21-1648 at St. Mary’s Church in Buckinghamshire, England. He was the son of James and Jane or Mary (Clerk) Paxson. James was born about 1616 in England and died 4-18-1662 in England. His wife was born about 1618 in England and died on 8-15-1670 in England. They were married on 8-16-40. James Paxson was the son of Henry and Joan (Clarke) Paxson. Henry was the son of John and Helene (Barnslie) Paxson. John was the son of John Paxston. (the names often changed back then)
Children of James Paxson and Jane or Mary Clerk:
William Paxson was elected a representative from Bucks Co. to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1692, 1696, 1700, 1701 and 1703. He was Highway Overseer in 1693. He was an active member of Middletown Friends Meeting (Quaker). William died in Bucks Co. in 1709.
Children of William and Mary (Sydenham) Paxson:
Esther Homer, wife of William Worthington, was born on 7-2-1741 in Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of William and Mary (Walton) Homer. She married William Worthington on 3-18-1764. Esther died on 1-16-1832 in Bucks Co., Pa. Esther is one of my mysteries. There is not much published on the Homer family. Her parents were William Homer (9-3-1701-06 to 1786-89) and Mary Walton (7-15-1710 to 1788). William Homer married Mary Walton in 1729, Philadelphia Co., Pa.
Children of William Homer and Mary Walton:
Most say that William Homer’s parents were William Homer and Elizabeth Walmsley. I am not sure of this, as yet. The Homer, Walmsley and Walton families all married each other quite often. I think that there are two William Homers, one born 1701 and the other born 1706. I am still working on this. The William that was born in 1701, was born in Massachusetts to Captain John and Margery (Stevens) Homer.
The Walton family is quite confusing, also. Some say that the Mary Walton (that married William Homer) is the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Lamb) Walton. Others are quite sure that she is the daughter of William and Sarah (Howell) Walton. Daniel and William were brothers and the sons of William and Alice (Martin) Walton.
Four Walton brothers traveled to America and settled in Bybery, Philadelphia Co., Pa. about 1675 to 1683. The brothers are listed below.
Children of William and Alice (Martin) Walton:
William Walton Sr. was born on 8-19-1629 in England and died on 2-10-1680/81. He married Alice Martin (born about 1631 and died 9-25-1662). They were married on 9-30-1657.
William Walton Sr. was the son of Thomas and Anne (Hurd) Walton. Thomas was the son of William and Elizabeth (Dalby) Walton. William was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Banbury) Walton.
Children of Thomas and Anne (Hurd) Walton:
Children of William and Elizabeth (Dalby) Walton:
Mary Welding married Benjamin Worthington on 10-21-1795 in Pa. Mary was born about 1774 in Pa. or N.J. She died on 9-1-1840 in Bucks Co. Pa. She was the daughter of Watson and Ruth (Bradshaw) Welding.
The Welding family has been difficult to track. They settled first in New Jersey and then in Bucks Co. Pa.
Children of Watson and Ruth (Bradshaw) Welding:
Watson Welding was the son of John and Hannah (Watson) Welding. John was born about 1722 and died before 1760. He married Hannah in 1747. John was the son of Ely Welding, who died in 1760, and Elizabeth Beale. Elizabeth Beale was born about 1696 in Bucks Co., Pa. She died in 1771. Elizabeth and Ely were married on 9-27-1721. She was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (?) Beale. William was born 6-21-1667 in England and died in 1714, Pa. William was the son of William and Ellinor (Bellamy or Bellany) daughter of Guy Bellany or Bellamy.
Children of John and Hannah (Watson) Welding
Hannah Watson married John Welding. Hannah was the daughter of Matthew and Hannah (Pancoast) Watson. Matthew was born in 1682 in New Jersey. He married Hannah Pancoast in 1725. He was the son of Matthew (who was born in England and died in 1703 in New Jersey) and Anne (Mauleverer) Watson. Hannah Pancoast was the daughter of William Pancoast and grand-daughter of John Pancoast.
John Pancoast sailed on the ship “Paradise” to West Jersey in 1680, bringing his family of children. It is not clear if his wife, Elizabeth, sailed with them and died shortly after arrival or if she may have died in England. John came from Northamptonshire, England, he married two more times before he died in 1694. John used the name, Pancoast, in America. In England, his family name was Panckhurst. John was the son of Joseph Panckhurst, the grandson of Reverend Samuel Panckhurst.
Children of John and Elizabeth (?) Pancoast:
William Pancoast was born in England and sailed to West Jersey with his father in 1680. He married Hannah Scattergood on 9-1-1695.
Children of William and Hannah (Scattergood) Pancoast:
Thomas Scattergood brought his wife and children from England to West Jersey about 1677. According to family tradition, the family spent their first winter living in a cave dug into the banks of Crafts Creek. They then settled on a 160 acre farm on Crafts Creek. Thomas latter purchased 100 more acres. It was noted in the Friends Meeting (Quaker), that Thomas was a great friend to the Indians. He did not favor the old boundary line and in his will, he said that any Indian should feel free to visit and have access to any of his lands. Thomas was born about 1642 in England and married Elizabeth Jarvis in 1667. Thomas and Elizabeth both died in New Jersey. Hannah was born in 1674 in England and died in 1747 in New Jersey.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth (Jarvis) Scattergood:
Ruth Bradshaw, the wife of Watson Welding and mother of Mary Welding (wife of Benjamin Worthington), was born about 1747, married Watson Welding on 11-22-1771 and died 8-19-1804 in Bucks Co., Pa. She was the daughter of James and Ruth (Lowther) Bradshaw.
James Bradshaw, father of Mary, was born about 1715 in Pennsylvania and died on 3-13-1776 in Bucks Co. Pa. He married Ruth Lowther in 1740. He was the son of John Bradshaw. The name of his mother is not known, but probably is Rachel.
Children of James and Ruth (Lowther) Bradshaw:
We don’t know much about John Bradshaw. He was born 10-30-1690 in Pennsylvania. We do not know all the names of his children. He was the father of James. He was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Levis) Bradshaw. John died on 10-23-1774. Thomas Bradshaw married Sarah Levis in 1687. He died in 1729. Thomas was from Oxton, Nottinghamshire, England. His family were of the Quaker faith. They were weavers and farmers. The family lived in Ireland at the time that Thomas came to America in 1683.
Children of Thomas and Sarah (Levis) Bradshaw:
Sarah Levis was born 7-30-1663 in Leicestershire, England and died on 1-23-1701 in Pennsylvania. Sarah came to Pennsylvania in 1684 with her brother Samuel and her sister Hannah. She was the daughter of Christopher and Mary (Need or Nede) Levis. Christopher was born 9-20-1621 in Nottinghamshire, England. He died there on 8-23-1677. He was the son of Richard and Elizabeth (Clark) Levis.
Mary Need or Nede was christened on 4-18-1625. She was the daughter of Humphrey Need, who was born 8-15-1590 and died on 10-8-1688 in England. He was the son of Humphrey and Mary (Melford) Need. Humphrey and Mary were married on 9-15-1586 in England. Mary Melford was buried on 6-27-1631. She was the daughter of Thomas Melford who died in 1602 in England. Thomas was the son of Ralph Melford, who died in 1546 in England.
Children of Christopher and Mary (Need or Nede) Levis:
Ruth Lowther (wife of James Bradshaw and mother of Ruth (Bradshaw) Welding who was the mother of Mary Welding who married Benjamin Worthington) was born about 1720 in Ireland. She came to America with her parents and settled in Philadelphia Co., Pa. She married James Bradshaw in 1740. Ruth died 10-2-1800-03 in Bucks Co., Pa.
She was the daughter of William and Martha (?) Lowther.
Children of William and Martha Lowther:
William came to America with his family and settled first in Philadelphia Co, Pa. in 1692. About 1730, he moved to Bucks Co. and lived there until his death in 1750. We do not know the last name of his wife (Martha). He was the son of William and Isabel (Lancaster) Lowther. The family was of the Quaker faith.
Children of William and Isabel (Lancaster) Lowther:
William Lowther married Isabel Lancaster on 5-24-1679 in Ireland. William was born on 11-13-1642. He was the son of George and Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Lowther.
George Lowther was born on 7-12-1618 in England. He moved to Ireland and married Elizabeth Fitzgerald. George died in Ireland. We do not know the names of his children other than William. He was the son of William and Eleanor (Welbury) Lowther.
Children of William and Eleanor (Welbury) Lowther:
William Lowther was born 1-30-1574 at Lowther in England. He married Eleanor Welbury, the daughter of Anthony Welbury. He was the son of Sir Richard and Frances (Middleton) Lowther.
Sir Richard Lowther was born on 1-14-1530/33 in Lowther Hall, Lowther, Westmoreland, England. He died 1-27-1607/08 in Lowther. He married Frances Middleton. Frances was the daughter of John Middleton and Anne Turnstall. Sir Richard was the son of Sir Hugh and Dorothy (Clifford) Lowther.
Sir Hugh Lowther was born about 1508 and died in 1546. He married Lady Dorothy Clifford. She was the daughter of Lord Henry and Florence (Pudsey) Clifford. Hugh and Dorothy had six children. Hugh was the son of Sir John and Lucy (Curwen) Lowther.
Sir John Lowther was born about 1488 at Lowther and died 2-3-1552. On 1-27-1502, he married Lucy Curwen, daughter of Sir Thomas and Anne Curwen. Sir John was the son of Sir Hugh and Anne (Threlkeld) Lowther.
Sir Hugh Lowther was born 1441 at Lowther and died 1511. He married Anne Threlkeld, daughter of Sir Launcelot and Margret (Bromflete) Threlkeld. Hugh was the son of Sir Hugh and Mabel (Lancaster) Lowther.
Sir Hugh Lowther was born about 1415 at Lowther. He married Mabel Lancaster, daughter of William and Margaret Lancaster, on 8-18-1455. Sir Hugh was the son of Sir Hugh and Anne (de Derwentwater) Lowther.
Sir Hugh Lowther was born about 1395. He married Anne de Derwentwater about 1415. Sir Hugh was the son of Sir Robert and Margaret (Strickland) lowther.
Sir Robert Lowther was born about 1368 and died in 1430. He married Margaret Strickland . Sir Robert was the son of Sir John and Margaret (de Kendall) Lowther.
Sir John Lowther was born about 1347 at Lowther. He married Margaret de Kendall. He was the son of Sir Hugh and Margaret (Quale) Lowther.
Sir Hugh Lowther married 1st Margaret Lucy and 2nd Margaret Quale, daughter of William Quale. Sir Hugh was the son of Sir Hugh and Matilda (de Tilliol) Lowther.
Sir Hugh Lowther married , in 1338, Matilda de Tilliol, daughter of Sir Peter de Tilliol. Sir Hugh was the son of Sir Hugh de Lowther and the daughter of Moriceby.
Sir Hugh de Lowther married the daughter of Moriceby. Sir Hugh was the son of Sir Hugh de Lowther and the daughter of L’Inglishe.
Sir Hugh de Lowther married the daughter of L’Inglishe. Sir Hugh was the son of Sir Gervase de Lowther and the daughter of Lord Ross of Hemlock.
Sir Gervase de Lowther married the daughter of Lord Ross of Hemlock. Sir Gervase was the son of Sir Thomas de Lowther and the daughter of Moulton.
Sir Thomas de Lowther married the daughter of Moulton. Sir Thomas was the son of William de Lowther and the daughter of Viponte.
William de Lowther married the daughter of Viponte. William was the first Lowther to have a given name. The first Lowther’s were Vikings from Denmark. They entered northern England about 875 A.D.
I am sure that many of the wives of the Lowther men may go back to Kings and Queens. I found one line going back through Lady Dorothy Clifford. (I didn’t find it myself, it was published in a book about the Lowther family.) Here it is.
Lady Dorothy Clifford (b. about 1510 and died 9-13-1562) married Sir Hugh Lowther. She is the daughter of Henry and Florence (Pudsey) Clifford.
Henry Clifford (b. 1453 and died 4-23-1523) married Florence, daughter of Henry Pudsey. Henry Clifford was the son of John and Margaret Clifford.
John Clifford (b. 1435 and died 3-28-1461) married Margaret, daughter of Baron Viscy. John is the son of Thomas and Joan Clifford.
Thomas Clifford married Joan, daughter of Lord Darces. Thomas is the son of John and Elizabeth (Percy) Clifford.
Elizabeth Percy, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Mortimer) Percy, married John Clifford, 9th Baron of Clifford.
Elizabeth Mortimer, daughter of Philippa Plantagenet and Edmund Mortimer, married Henry Percy.
Philippa Plantagenet, daughter of Lionel and Philippa Plantagenet, was born in 1355. She married Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March in 1368. She died in 1381.
Lionel Plantagenet, son of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault, was born 11-29-1338. He married Elizabeth de Burgh, daughter of William de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster. Lionel died 10-17-1368.
NOTE: Elizabeth de Burgh is the great-grand-daughter of King Henry III.
Edward III, son of Edward II and Isabella of France, married Philippa of Hainault.
NOTE: Philippa is the grand-daughter of King Philip III of France.
Edward II, son of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, married Isabella the daughter of King Philip IV of France.
Edward I, son of Henry III and Eleanor of Provence, married Eleanor of Castile.
Henry III, son of John I and Isabella of Angouleme, married Eleanor the daughter of Raymond Berenger Count of Provence.
John I, son of HenryII and Eleanor of Aquitaine, married 2nd Isabella of Angouleme.
Henry II, son of Geoffrey and Matilda Plantagenet, married Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Matilda Plantagenet, daughter of Henry I and Matilda, married 2nd Geoffrey Count of Anjou and Maine.
Henry I, son of William the Conqueror and Matilda, married Edith-Matilda the daughter of King Malcom III of Scotland.
Amy Spencer, wife of Amasa Worthington, was born in1815 and died 8-21-1877 in Bucks County. Amy was the daughter of John and Lenah (?) Spencer.
Children of John and Lenah Spencer:
Nothing is known of Lenah , wife of John Spencer. I had a search done in Bucks County and they could turn up almost nothing. They said that it was very strange that they could only find one mention of her name. That was in a genealogy of the Hart family. Lenah was listed as the mother of John K. Spencer who married Sarah Hart. The K. in John K. Spencer, Lenah’s son, could be Kinsey. John K. Spencer named his son John Kinsey Spencer. So, Kinsey could be the maiden name of Lenah. I think that her maiden name could be Kinsey or Krewson. John K. Spencer, after he was married, lived on property owned by Sarah and Lenah Krewson. He was also left some money in Lenah Krewson’s will. (This Lenah Krewson was not his mother – I checked that out – but she could have been related to him.) Lenah probably died in the 1820’s, as there was one less person in the family (according to census records) in 1830 than there was in 1820. None of her children gave the name of Lenah to their children. I have a feeling that Lenah was either Dutch or German. I doubt that I will ever find any information on her. I have found that Lenah can be spelled – Lena, Leena, Leana, Leenah, Leanah, and Leanna. The name Krewson can be spelled – Cresson, Cruzen, Crussen, Corson, Corsen, Kroeson, Krewsen, Kruson and more.
John Spencer, husband of Lenah, was born about 1778 and died in 1862 in Bucks Co.
He was the son of Samuel and Sarah (Kirk) Spencer.
Children of Samuel and Sarah (Kirk) Spencer:
Samuel Spencer was born on 8-14-1742 in Bucks Co. He died in 1797 in Bucks Co. He married Sarah Kirk. He was the son of William and Elizabeth (Lewis) Spencer.
Children of William and Elizabeth (Lewis) Spencer:
William Spencer was born on 1-1-1701 and died on 3-20-1756 in Bucks Co. He married Elizabeth Lewis on 3-24-1733. He was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Whitton) Spencer.
Children of Samuel and Elizabeth (Whitton) Spencer:
Samuel Spencer was born 1672/73 and died in 1705. He married Elizabeth Whitton. Samuel was the son of John Spencer and Mrs. Spencer.
Children of John Spencer and his wife:
John Spencer, of London, tailor, purchased land of William Penn, dated 10-10-1681. The land was laid out in Philadelphia and Bucks Co. John and his wife lost their lives in the Neshaminy River on 12-22-1683. They left two children, James and Samuel. It is thought that John Spencer came to Pennsylvania by way of Barbadoes, “John Spencer, wife and two children, and three hired servants” appearing on the Parish registry of St. Michael’s, Barbadoes, in 1680. John’s children, James and Samuel, would have been raised by family members. Samuel, in his will, states that he is “late of Barbadoes , but now of Philadelphia Co., Pa.
Sarah Kirk, wife of Samuel Spencer, was born 8-12-1737 in Philadelphia Co., Pa. Sarah died sometime before 1780. She first married a Mr. Loofborrow and then Samuel Spencer. She was the daughter of John and Sarah (Tyson) Kirk.
Children of John and Sarah (Tyson) Kirk:
John Kirk was born 1-29-1692 in Pa. and died on 8-9-1759. He married Sarah Tyson on 9-13-1722. He was the son of John and Joan (Ellet or Elliot) Kirk.
Children of John and Joan (Elliot) Kirk:
John Kirk came from Derbyshire, England prior to 1686 and settled in Chester Co., Pa. He married Joan Elliott (Elliot or Ellet). He was born about 1660 in England and died in 1705 in Pa. He was the son of Godfrey Kirk and Godfrey was the son of Adam Kirk.
Children of Godfrey and his wife:
Sarah Tyson, wife of John Kirk, was born 12-19-1698 in Germantown, Philadelphia Co., Pa. She died in 1768. She was the daughter of Rynear and Mary (?) Tyson.
Children of Rynear and Mary Tyson:
Rynear (Reinier) Tyson (Theissen) was born about 1659 in Germany. He died on 7-27-1745. He was one of the thirteen family heads to arrive in Philadelphia in 1683 on the ship “Concord”. These thirteen families, from Krefeld, Germany, settled Germantown. They were known as the Germantown Colonists. I don’t know if he married Mary in Germany or after he arrived. He was listed on the ship register as Reynier Teissen. He was Quaker as was the Kirk family.
Joan Ellet (Elliot), wife of John Kirk, died in 1735. She was the daughter of Peter and Lucy (?) Elliot. Peter died in 1658. Nothing more is known at this time.
Elizabeth Lewis, wife of William Spencer, died 4-11-1789. She was the daughter of Ellis Lewis and Anne (?). Ellis Lewis was from Wales and settled in Philadelphia Co. Pa. He died in 1753.
Children of Ellis and Anne Lewis:
Jane Maris Powell, wife of Thaddeus Worthington, was born on 9-26-1845 in Delaware Co., Pa. She married Thaddues on 12-27-1870. Jane died on 9-27-1921 in Bucks Co. She was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Parsons) Powell.
Children of Thomas and Sarah (Parsons) Powell:
Thomas Powell was born 7-18-1813 in Delaware Co. Pa. He died on 12-24-1890 in Delaware Co. He married Sarah Parsons. Thomas was the son of John and Tabitha Powell.
Children of John and Tabitha Powell:
John Powell was born in 1785 and died in 1826 Chester Co., Pa. He married Tabitha (?) and Tabitha was born in 1790. John served in the War of 1812. He was the son of David and Sarah (Bently) Powell. Sarah was the daughter of John and Mary Bently.
Children of David and Sarah (Bently) Powell:
David Powell was born about 1743 and died in 1788 in Chester Co., Pa. He married Sarah Bently. David was the son of David and Elizabeth (Chalfant) Powell.
Children of David and Elizabeth (Chalfant) Powell:
David Powell was born about 1718 and died on 3-16-1768 in Chester Co., Pa. He married Elizabeth Chalfant on 10-24-1739. Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Dorothy (Adams). John Chalfant was born on 4-14-1690 in England and died on 5-31-1752. Dorothy died on 4-10-1769. Elizabeth Chalfant Powell was born on 1-19-1722 and died on 1-7-1814 in Chester Co., Pa. David Powell was the son of Joseph and Joan (Miles) Powell. Joan was the daughter of Richard and Sarah (Evans) Miles.
Children of Joseph and Joan (Miles) Powell:
Joseph Powell was born about 1690 and died in 1752 in Chester Co., Pa. He married Joan Miles. He was the son of John and Elizabeth (Taylor) Powell.
Children of John and Elizabeth (Taylor) Powell:
John Powell was born about 1665 in Cheshire, England and died in 1734 in Chester Co., Pa. He married Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth was born 5-3-1672 in Cheshire, England and died in 1741 in Chester County, Pa. She was the daughter of William Clarke and Margaret (Finsham) Taylor. William Clarke Taylor was born about 1640 in England and died 3-6-1683 in Chester Co., Pa. Margaret (Finsham) Taylor died on 3-3-1683 in Chester Co., Pa. John’s family and Elizabeth’s family came to Pennsylvania on the ship “Friendship” in 1682. They were Quakers. John Powell was the son of Thomas and his wife (?) Powell.
Children of Thomas Powell and his first wife:
Children of Thomas Powell and his 2nd wife, Anna:
Thomas Powell was born about 1640 in Cheshire, England. He died on 12-8-1714 in Chester Co., Pa.
Sarah Afflick Parsons, wife of the Thomas Powell who was born in 1813, was born on 10-23-1825 and died on 8-22-1910 in Delaware Co., Pa. She was the daughter of Mahlon and Anna (Afflick) Parsons. I was told that Sarah was a teacher and that she had known Abraham Lincoln when her family traveled to Illinois. Sarah was said to be sixteen at the time that she knew Abraham Lincoln. According to census records and where the children were born, Sarah’s family left Delaware Co. Pa. sometime after 1832 and were in Maryland in by 1835. In 1840, the family was in Morgan Co. Ohio. The family must have made a trip to Illinois, from Ohio, about 1841. Sarah’s family stayed in Ohio. Sarah must have come back to Delaware Co., Pa. about 1844 to marry Thomas Powell. She really got around.
Children of Mahlon and Anna (Afflick) Parsons:
Mahlon Hibbs Parsons was born on 5-12-1802 in Delaware Co., Pa. He died on 7-6-1888 in Morgan Co., Ohio. He married Anna Afflick on 3-13-1824 in Philadelphia Co., Pa. He was the son of Mahlon and Mary (Wood) Parsons.
Children of Mahlon and Mary (Wood) Parsons:
Mahlon Parsons was born on 7-14-1762 in Bucks Co., Pa. He died on 3-26-1821 in Delaware Co., Pa. He married Mary Wood on 9-22-1784. Mahlon was the son of Richard and Jemima (Hibbs) Parsons.
Children of Richard and Jemima (Hibbs) Parsons:
Richard Parsons was born on 11-20-1732/33 and died on 4-6-1828 (at the age of 97) in Delaware Co., Pa. He married Jemima Hibbs on 8-5-1761 in Bucks Co., Pa. He was the son of Richard and Mary (?) Parsons.
Children of Richard and Mary (?) Parsons:
Richard Parsons shows up in Bucks Co. records when he purchased land in 1729. Bucks Co. Quaker records list Richard, Mary and their children. Richard and Mary probably were married about 1726. I am not sure who Richard’s parents were. There was a John Parsons who purchased land from William Penn in the mid 1600’s. I just can’t make a link to this John Parsons. The Parsons came from England and were Quakers.
Anna Marie Afflick, wife of Mahlon Hibbs Parsons, was born on 6-1-1803 in Delaware Co., Pa. She died on 3-20-1879 in Morgan Co., Ohio. She married Mahlon on 3-13-1824. More research needs to be done on Anna before I can pass along anymore information on her.
Mary Wood, wife of Mahlon Parsons, was born 4-8-1765 in Bucks Co., Pa. She died in 1846. She married Mahlon Parsons on 4-22-1784. She was the daughter of James Wood and Mary Smith.
Children of James and Mary (Smith) Wood:
James Wood was born about 1727 and died in 1810. He was Quaker and lived in Bucks Co., Pa. He married Mary Smith on 12-23-1752 in Bucks Co.
Mary Smith, wife of James Wood, was born about 1732 and died in 1772 in Bucks Co. She was the daughter of William and Rebecca (Wilson) Smith.
Children of William and Rebecca (Wilson) Smith:
William Smith was born on 11-2-1697 in Bucks Co., Pa. He married Rebecca Wilson. He died on 9-29-1777 in Bucks Co. He was the son of William and Mary (Croasdale) Smith.
Children of William and Mary (Croasdale):
Rebecca Wilson, wife of William Smith, was born on 6-2-1701 and died on 11-20-1777 in Bucks Co., Pa. She married William Smith on 2-8-1723. She was the daughter of Stephen and Sarah (Baker) Wilson.
Children of Stephen and Sarah (Baker) Wilson:
Stephen Wilson was born about 1670 in England. He married Sarah Baker on 8-18-1692 in Bucks Co., Pa. He died on 1-29-1706/07. He was a carpenter. His parents are not known at this time.
Sarah Baker, wife of Stephen Wilson, was born on 8-18-1672 in Lancashire, England. She died 2-6-1714/15 in Bucks Co. She was the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Hardman) Baker.
Henry Baker was born on 3-1-1634 in Lancashire, England. He died on 8-5-1688 in Bucks Co. He married Margaret Hardman on 10-6-1667. They, with their children sailed on the ship “Vine” to Pennsylvania in 1684. Henry was the son of Henry Bowker and Mary Ridcliffe. Margaret was the daughter of John and Margaret Hardman.
Children of Henry and Margaret (Hardman) Baker:
William Smith, father of William Smith, was born on 1-22-1669 in Yorkshire, England. He married Mary Croasdale on 9-20-1690 in Pa. He died in 1743 in Bucks Co. Pa. William came to Delaware at the age of 16. He came without his parents. He traveled to Pennsylvania in 1684. In 1690, he purchased land in Bucks Co. He was Quaker. He was the son of William and Jane (Wilberfoss).
Children of William and Jane (Wilberfoss) Smith:
Mary Croasdale, wife of William Smith, was born on 10-30-1669 in Yorkshire, England. She died on 10-15-1716 in Bucks Co., Pa. She was the daughter of Thomas and Agnes (Hawthornthwaite) Croasdale.
Children of Thomas and Agnes (Hawthornthwaite) Croasdale:
Thomas Croasdale and Agnes Hawthornthwaite were married in England on 3-1-1664. They and their children sailed to Pennsylvania on the ship “Lamb” in 1682. Thomas died on 9-2-1682 and Agnes died on 10-20-1686 in Bucks Co., Pa. Agnes was born on 7-13-1633 in Yorkshire, England. She was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Hawthornthwaite. William died in England on 11-29-1666 and Elizabeth died in England on 4-18-1672.
William Smith, the father of the William Smith who married Mary Croasdale, was born in England about 1635 and died in 1680. He married Jane Wilberfoss. He was the son of William and Grace (Jermin) Smith. This is all that I am sure of. From here we go off in two different directions. This William Smith is said to be the son of Peregrine Smith. Peregrine is said to be the son of Rev. Henry and Sarah (Muscott) Smith. Peregrine Smith is also said to be the illegitimate son of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. The Pocahontas and Captain John Smith STORY comes from a family bible.
Jemima Hibbs, wife of Richard Parsons Jr., was born 11-17-1740 and died on 10-26-1804 in Delaware Co., Pa. I haven’t turned up much on Jemima. The Hibbs family came to New Jersey about 1677 and then moved into Pennsylvania. They lived in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties. It’s not clear where Jemima fits into the family. William Hibbs that came over in 1677 would most likely be her grandfather.
Well, this is the first branch of the tree. This is all that I have at this time on the Worthington Family. The next branch will be the Jones Family. Grace Jones married Amasa Worthington and was Grandma Jean’s mother. I hope to have that posted by the end of the summer. If anyone wants to join in on the search, go right ahead. You can email me if you find anything or if you have any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having a family tree chart makes this less confusing. If you decide to fill out charts, I would advise you to do it in pencil. You might be able to get free charts at ancestry.com. I got my charts there, however I subscribe to the site. I think that you can do a little bit of searching for free and maybe the charts are offered for free. Other sites to search for free are rootsweb.com and familysearch.org.
Till next time,
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