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Worsham b abt 1695 Henrico Co, VA a probably son of George Worsham (2nd) and Mary
Farrar. (James Worsham "Jim", 2005) Charles m Elizabeth Archer abt
1724 Henrico Co. Jim Worsham, 2005, wrote he got the name Archer from
Lloyd D. Bockstruck, a genealogist in Dallas, TX. ...his conclusion was "probably
Elizabeth Archer...because: she was there, at the right time, in the
right geographic area, and there was no differing record of
Charles & Elizabeth's first grandson
was named Archer, his name could have come from her maiden name. Charles d 1735 He
left a will dated 17 Mar 1734 & proved 7 Apr 1735.
Worsham III & Mary Archer George Worsham III
b abt 1685 Henrico Co, VA the s/o George Worsham II & Mary Farrar/ He m Mary Archer abt 1712. George wrote
his will 7 Dec 1734 Henrico Co, VA & presented in court 5 May 1735.
Descendants lived in Henrico Co, VA; Amelia Co, VA; Chesterfield Co, VA;
Dinwiddie Co, VA; Mecklenburg Co, VA; Petersburg, VA; Shelby Co, TN; Hamilton
Co, OH; Wilkes Co, GA.
188.8.131.52. George Worsham
b abt 1713 m Sarah Irby abt 1732
& d 1769 Chesterfield Co, VA (Page 447)
184.108.40.206.1.1.4. John Jennings Worsham
b 7 Mar 1812 Broad Rock, Chesterfield, VA. John Jennings Worsham m Sarah Martha
Ann Greer (pictured below) 25 Nov 1846 Holly Springs, Marshall MS.
In the 28 Nov 1846 Holly Springs Gazette (Holly
Married on the 25th ult., by the Rev. Mr.
Weathersby, Mr. John J. Worsham to Miss Martha A., youngest daughter of James Greer,
Sr., of this vicinity.
b 25 Aug 1829 Parish, Henry, TN d/o James Greer & Rachel Brackin Williams, a
widow when she m James Greer.
In Marshall Co, MS, Probate Book 8, pages
133-143; ibid. 9, page 24; Estate Packet 825:
As Captain James Greer's official residence
was still Marshall Co, MS. when he died in Oct 1851 his estate was administered there.
In November 1851 his numerous slaves were divided among his children, James M. Greer,
Henry Greer, Sally L. and husband, John McGowan; Robert S. Greer, David S. Greer,
Elkanah Greer, Aquilla P. Greer, Mary and husband, William Finley; Martha and husband,
John J. Worsham; Diannah and husband, William Camp; Susan and husband, William A.
Woolridge; Ann and husband, William M. Hoskins; two granddaughters, Susan Payne and
husband, William B. Spinks and Susan and husband, Abner Hopton. There was also
distributed among them of the proceeds of the sales of his extensive personal and landed
This is a picture of John Jennings Worsham in his
civil war uniform and one of Martha Greer. The following was on the back of the
picture which Mrs. Thomas Taylor (Annie Laurie Worsham) obtained from Mrs.
Pappas: “John Jennings Worsham born March 7, 1812 Chesterfield Co, VA. Moved
to Tenn. 1829. Died July 31, 1871 at his home in Arkansas-buried Memphis, Tenn.
Ancestor Col. William Jennings, Sr. born 1676 died 1775. Married Mary Pulliam
1720. Rev Ancestor, Capt. William Jennings, Jr.” Pictures from Sally S.
John was owner of the Worsham
House in Memphis, TN. A description of the Worsham
House in Memphis, TN is in the book Wayside Glimpses North & South by
Lillian Fosta, Publication date 1860 on pages 174 & 176 the Worsham House of
place supports two large hotels, of which the Worsham House is said to be
the best. It is neat, well-appointed and kept-an excellent table, and polite
attendance. Mr. Worsham, the landlord, is an agreeable gentleman, and
superintends this fine establishment, and is ever on the look-out to make his
This engraving is from Harper's Magazine. Note in Harper's the
early newspaper pictures was produced by having the artist's drawings engraved
by hand on to wood blocks. It required formidable skill and by the late 1860's
American engraving was as fine as any in the world. The House of Harper said it
cost them $500 for an average full-page block. "Black-line", the
inking of all but the removed portions before stamping was improved in the
1870's by "White-line", the adding of white flecks, dots or lines in
tonal graduation. Other developments came in the 1880's using photographically
processed blocks and half-tone printing.
The following information on John Jennings
Worsham taken from official records of the Tennessee Grand Commandery by David T. Hart,
Grand Secretary/Recorder, Nashville, TN: (Kathy Shields, 2007)
On September 28, 1859, Cyrene
Commandery No. 4 in Memphis was constituted (formed) with John Jennings Worsham serving
the station of Generalissimo (second in the line of command). He assumed the station of
Eminent Commander the succeeding year.
At the first annual conclave (meeting), held October 12, 1859, in Nashville, John
Jennings Worsham was elected Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Commandery. Roll call of
Officers indicate that Sir Knight (S.K.) Worsham was not present for the first conclave.
At the Third Annual Conclave held October 16, 1861 in Nashville, S. K. Worsham was
present, appointed to serve the station of Grand Generalissimo as a pro tem. The
following day, October 17, 1861, he was elected Grand Commander and served until the
next conclave, which was December 10, 1866, when his successor was elected.
From Ex Corde Locutiones: Words from the Heart
Spoken of His Dead Brethren, p69 3 Aug 1871:
"John Jennings Worsham,
Treasurer-General of the Holy Empire, died at his residence near White River, in the
State of Arkansas, on the thirty-first day of July last, and was buried yesterday by his
brethren at Memphis in the State of Tennessee.... Bro. Worsham was a native of the state
of Virginia, born at Broad Rock, Chesterfield County, Virginia on the 7th of March,
In the 7 Aug 1871 Petersburg Daily Index
newspaper, p3 col 3:
Worsham, COL. J. J., formerly
of Petersburg, died in Memphis, Tennessee.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. James Greer Worsham b
Jan 1853 Fredericksburg, VA. He
Louisa Elizabeth Sannoner. The picture on the right is an earlier picture of
Elizabeth. She was b 1854 Florence, AL daughter of Ferdinand J. Sannoner & Margaret
Bigger. In the 1872 Memphis, TN City Directory is James G. Worsham, assistant OH Clerk
Southern Express, resides 104 Alabama.
James d 1927 Florence, SC of Malarious Fever & she d. 1939
Pictures from Sally S. Baldwin, 2001.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.2. Martha Greer
Worsham “Granny” b 18 Oct 1875 Memphis, TN. She married Arthur
Morrison Strickland abt 1905. She d 4 Feb 1938 Florence, SC. They had 4
children. The second picture is “Granny” with David LeGwen Smith, Jr. born
19 Mar 1931. The third picture is Arthur
Morrison Strickland and daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Strickland. Catherine
was b. 9 May 1906 Birmingham, AL, d. 11 May 1988 Mandarin, FL, and m David
LeGwen Smith in Lake City, SC. Their son is also in the picture. Arthur was b.
Mar 6, 1886 Atlanta, GA and died Aug 25, 1925 Florence, Florence Co, SC. Arthur
was born Arthur Sullivant Strickland and changed his name because of being
teased about his initials. Arthur and Martha are buried in Mt. Hope Cem,
Florence, SC. Pictures from Sally S. Baldwin, 2001.