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George William Worsham & Annie Mae Williams
1. George William Worsham
b abt 1872 of St. Charles, MO m
Annie Mae Williams.
Descendants lived in St Charles, MO & Audrain Co, MO.
Henry Worsham & Hyacinthe Armide DeVillier
1. Henry Worsham
b abt 1796 VA m Hyacinthe Armide DeVillier
2 Apr 1821
Iberville Parish, LA. He died 1 Oct 1859. Descendants lived in Iberville Parish,
LA. Henry Worsham
is listed on the 1830 Iberville Parish, LA Census as
Henry Wisham. Judy Riffel found a baptismal certificate for Henry in Louisiana.
He had converted to Catholicism. The certificate states that his parents were
Essex Worsham and Elizabeth Dunivant. (Information from Judy Riffel, the author
of Iberville Parish History, via James Noel Worsham.) A
29 Mar 1905 letter from Sallie A Worsham states Henry is a son of Essex:
"His son, Henry, went to Louisiana, married and made his home there. I
donít know whom he married." (Pam Heaton, 2001) The following is a copy
of the letter from Sallie Worsham exactly as she wrote it:
Republican Grove, Virginia
March 29, 1905 Mr. John Worsham Richmond, Virginia
You letter requesting a
pedigree of our branch of the Worsham family rec'd. we have no written pedigree;
therefore, I will have to depend on the memory of my father for all the information I
give you. My great, great grandfather came from some European country, possibly England
and settled near Petersburg Virginia. I don't know the date at which he came nor his
christian name. My great grandfather, whose name was Essex, fought in the Revolutionary
War. He lived in Williamsburg, Va. for a number of years, then moved to Prince Edward
county, Virginia. He married A Miss Doniphent. There were six children by this marriage,
namely: Henry, Thomas, Samuel, Archebald, Elizabeth and Sallie. He then moved from
Prince Edward to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and settled near Staunton (spelling ?)
river and there spent the rest of his life. His son, Henry, went to Louisiana, married
and made his home there. I don't know whom he married. I think all the others made their
home in Virginia. Thomas and Sallie never married. Samuel married Fannie East, there
were six children by this marriage namely: Myles, Issac, Thomas, Martha, Elizabeth and
Mary. Elizabeth married William Smith, they had only one child, a daughter, whose name I
think was Martha though they always called her Puss. Archebald, my Grandfather, married
Dollie Bruce. He had seven children, namely: William C. Thomas, Henry, Elizabeth,
Archebald, John and Essex. William C. first married Julia Vaughn, there were three
children by this marriage namely: Dollie, James and John. His second wife was Parthenia
Payne (my mother). There were six children by this marriage, namely: William H.,
Elizabeth, Susan, Sallie A., Samuel E., and Charles E. Henry Worsham married Emma Green.
They had six children. Thomas Worsham married Susan Layne and they had seven children.
John never married, he died in Petersburg while fighting in the Civil War. Archebald
married Lelia Carr; they had eight children. Essex married Martha Hubbard, they had
seven children. Elizabeth Worsham married William Moon. My great grandfather had a
brother by the name of Hal or Henry. I don't know whom he married, but he had three sons
named William, John and Patrick. My great grandfather's brother henry fought in the War
of 1812 and he was also in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. My great grandfather had a
cousin by the name of Branch Worsham living in Prince Edward County a few years ago. I
suppose that he or some of his decendents still live there. My father, William C., is
doubtless the oldest member of our branch of the Worsham family. He is now seventy-six
years old. I am sorry that I cannot give Miss Harrison and yourself a better history of
our branch of the Worsham family, but I hope this will be of some benefit. Sincerely,
Sallie A. Worsham
Page 280 for the
family of Essex Worsham (184.108.40.206.4.) & Elizabeth Dunnavant.
Henry Worsham and
Hyacinthe Armide DeVillier Worsham family, 1985, Iberville Parish History by Riffel.
Lille Worsham b abt 1824 Iberville, LA. Abt 1841 she m
b 1815 Philadelphia, PA & d 25 Jul 1899 in Rosedale, LA.
From Iberville Parish History by Judy
Riffel (Batton Rouge, LA: Le Comite des Archives de la Louisiane, 1985 Submitted
by Judy Riffel p 338, picture of Hiram was included in the History:
Hiram Sigler was born in Pennsylvania
around 1812. He came to Iberville Parish probably in the early 1840s and
married Elizabeth Worsham, daughter of Henry Worsham and Hyacinthe Armide
worked as a blacksmith in his father-in-law's shop, and after Henry Worsham's
death in 1859, the Siglers moved to around Rosedale.
Hiram and Elizabeth had twelve children:
William Henry, John Rolden, Albert, Samuel Elma, Thomas, Louisa, James H.,
Armide Hannah, Marie Angelina, Josephine, Victoria, and Martha Ann.
William Henry Sigler was born December 16,
1842, and died in the hospital at Richmond, Virginia, on August 4, 1852. He
was a sergeant in Co. C. 15th Louisiana Infantry of the Confederate Army. His
service record states that he was a blacksmith and was single.
John Rolden Sigler was born September 23,
Albert Sigler was born August 24, 1846,
and married first, Lydia (?). They had three children: 1) William (b. 1868);
2) Louis A. (b. 1872; and 3) Viola L (b 1874, who married John F. Witty in
1897. Lydia died after 1880 and in 1898, Alberrt married Margaret Dardenne,
daughter of Joseph Dardenne and Virginia Robichaux. They had no children.
Samuel Elma Sigler was born August 15,
Thomas Sigler was born in March of 1850.
Louisa Sigler was born August 27, 1853,
and married Theophile Eugene Dardenne, son of Joseph Dardenne and Virginia
Robichaux, in 1882. They had seven cildren, one, whose name is not known, died
before 1900; 1) Joseph Arthur (b. 1882); 2) Thomas (b 1885), who married
William Edward Sparks in 1908, 3) William (b. 1887); 4) Marie Elizabeth Elmira
(1885-1978), who married William Edward Sparks in 1908; 5) John R. (? - 1965),
who married first Elvira Nelson Hooper in 1922, and second, Elizabeth Hooper;
and 6) Julia, who married Robert S. Knox, Jr. b 1912.
James H. Sigler (b. December 1855) married
Rosalie Dardenne, daughter of Joseph Dardenne and Virginia Robichaux, in 1879.
They had two children: 1) Virinig (b. 1881), who married J. C. Vannoy in 1918;
and 2) Joseph (b. 1893)
Armide Hannah Sigler (b. December 11,
1857; d May 7, 1921) married Theodore Dardenne, yet another son ofr Joseph
Dardenne and Virginia Robichaux. They had eight children: 1) Elnora E. (b.
1881), who married Alphonses Zeno Mattherne in 1903; 2) Vella (b. 1883), who
married Emanuel Borne in 1908; 3) Joseph Hiram (1885-1970), who married Edna
M. Elfore; 4) Philomene P. (1886-1964), who married Toby Josep-h Orillion in
1913; 5) Anna A. (born 1888), who married E. A. Wright, 6) Zenobia (b. 1890),
who married James Wiltz Chauvin; 7) Madora M. (b. 1892), who married W. F.
Sandifer; and 8) Bennie Ewell (1898-1964), who married his cousin, Pocahontas
Marie Angelina Sigler was born on October
18, 1859, and died before 1870.
Josephine Sigler was born June 25, 1861.
Victoria Sigler (b. November 25, 1863; d.
October 6, 1935) marr Jules A. Durand, the son of Jules Durand and Mary Draine
(?), in 1882. They had four children and adopted one, Estelle, the child of
Alphonse Bourg and Marie Naudin. Their four children were 1) Jules F.
(1883-1954), who married Victoria Rils; 2) Mattie (b. 1886); 3) Hiram (b.
1888; d ca 1900); and 4) James A. b 1889)
Martha Ann Sigler was born in 1865 and
married William F. Kent in 1889.
1.8. Florestine Worsham
m Joseph Adolph
Nereaux who was b 17 Jan 1829. He contracted pneumonia
in camp during the Civil War and died. He is bur at the National Cemetery in
Vicksburg and his name is on the Illinois Monument in the Park. (Shirley Koym,
Deer Park, TX, 2000. Even though the name is Worsham, it was pronounced Wisham)
1.8.1. Mary Laura Nereaux b 1 Nov 1854
m Alfred Gehrke.
1.8.2. Mary Amelia Nereaux m
1.8.3. Mary Grace Nereaux b 1858
1.8.4. Mary Sara Ann Nereaux b 12 Feb 1858 Grosse Tete, LA & d
30 Jan 1955 Wiggington Hospital, Hammond, LA. She is bur St Vincent
DePaul Number 2 in New Orleans. She m John Phillip Gemar Jr b 5 Dec 1855
New Orleans & d 1901.
1.8.5. Mary Cora Nereaux b 22 Aug 1860 & d 1921.
1.8.6. Joseph Adolph Nereaux b 28 Sep 1861
1.8.6. Pierre Rodolph Nereaux b 8 Nov 1862.
1.9. Jacques DeVillier
Worsham "James" b 3 Sep 1836 Iberville Parish, LA, the son of Henry
Worsham & Hyacinthe Armide DeVillier, (12-1850; 24-1860; 34-1870) m Mary Antoinette Mailliam. The 1855 Iberville Pa. mrg of Adele
Pipkin Morton & Napoleon B. McLean was in the presence of J. D. Worsham. He served as
Sgt J.D. Worsham in Co A 4th La Inf C.S.A. He was bur Cottonwood Cem, Lottie,
Pointe Coupee Pa, LA.
220.127.116.11. John Adam Worsham. Cottonwood Cem, Lottie, Pointe Coupee Pa, LA
records has John Adam Worsham Nov 19, 1892 Ė (nr); Mary Muse Worsham Sept
6, 1877 - July 3, 1964 & Pearl Kelleher Fairchild Worsham Sept 7, 1893 -
Sept 8, 1967.
Lamuel Worsham "Sam" b 3 Sep 1868 in Bayou Maringouin, Iberville, LA, a son of Henry
Worsham & Hyacinthe Armide DeVillier. Samuel m Josephine
Octavia Kellum b 15 Aug 1872 of Iberville, LA & she d 31 Oct 1943 East Baton Rouge,
LA. Samuel d 14 Jan 1943 in East Baton Rouge, LA.
Worsham b Sep 1890 Iberville, LA & d 10 Apr 1928 Baton Rouge. She m
Jessie Baird Fairchild b 20 Dec 1892 Baton Rouge, LA & d 22
Sep 1972 Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, LA. Pearl & Jessie are buried at Roselawn
Cemetery, Baton Rouge, LA. Children: Bertram L Fairchild, Jessie B
Fairchild, Myrtle N Fairchild, & Inez Carrie Fairchild.
18.104.22.168. Oscar Andrew Worsham b 10 Feb 1896 Maringouin,
Iberville, LA & d 28 Sep 1973 Pikeville, Sequatchie, TN. He worked on his father's
farm and had grey eyes and brown hair when he registered for the WW I draft. He m
Ruby Dee Kolb b 25 Mar 1900 Lena, Louisiana & d 1 Jul 1973
Pineville, Rapides, LA. Children: Oscar A Worsham, Hattie Lee Worsham & Houston Latheyl
Henry Edward Worsham & Margaret Garrett
Henry Edward Worsham b 1820 VA m Margaret Garrett 24 May 1854 McDonough Co, IL. He
d 29 Feb 1872 Rushville, Schuyler, IL. Descendants lived in Schuyler Co, IL;
& Ventura Co, CA.
1. Henry Edward Worsham b abt 1820. He is
most probably Henry Edward Worsham b 4
Aug 1817 the son of Branch Jones Worsham & Susannah Rochet Michaux Booker on
page 340, 22.214.171.124.2.3.2. (40-1860; 56-1870) He m 1st) Mary Foxworthy
1840 in Oldham Co, KY. (IGI Record, Henry Worsham, Mary Foxworthy, 20 Jul 1840,
Oldham, KY, Film # 1903533). Mary Foxworthy b 1810, d/o Enoch Foxworthy b 1774
and Nancy Tippetts. Children from her marriage to possibly a Foxworthy cousin
were: Andrew James (or James Andrew) Foxworthy b 1825/27 Fauquier Co, VA; Joel
Rice Foxworthy b 1830 Oldham Co, KY; Ann Elizabeth Foxworthy b 1834 Oldham
Co, KY; & Nancy Jane Foxworthy b 1 Mar 1838 Oldham Co, KY. (Sherida
Riggs, 2000) In 1850, Mary, age 40 VA, was in the Morgan Co, MO census, living
with Enoch Foxworthy (age 76, VA) & children living with her with the
Worsham surname, were actually children of her previous marriage, i.e., Joel
Worsham b abt 1832 of VA. (18-1850) & Nancy Worsham b abt 1838 VA.
Henry E Worsham served the Union in
the Civil War. He claimed residence in Browning, enlisted 2 Aug 1862 as a
private, promoted to full Sergt Major, served Illinois Enlisted B Co. 119th Infantry
Reg. IL. He mustered out at Mobile, AL on 26 Aug 1865. (Illinois Roster of
Officers and Enlisted Men)
Henry Edward Worsham m 2nd) Margaret
Garrett b 11 Oct 1832 Scott Co, KY d/o Thomas I. Garrett & Sussana
Weigart. (Sunnie Skiles, 2000) Margaret d 11 Jun 1901 Holdrege, Phelps,
Nebraska. Her obituary is in the 13 Jun 1901 The Rushville Times:
Margaret Worsham died in Holdrege, Nebraska on Tuesday at the home of relatives
where she had spent the winter. Her remains will arrive in Rushville today on
the 12:10 train and the funeral services will be held in the Christian Church at Pleasantview. Mrs. Worsham was taken with her fatal illness a few days before
she planned to return to her home in this county. Her condition became alarming
some ten days ago and her three children--Branch Worsham, Mrs. G. W. Gragg and
Mrs. T. P. Ballard went to her bedside and ministered to her wants in her last
Children of Henry & Mary Worsham are:
1A.1 Branch Edward Worsham
b Jul 1843 of Morgan, MO. (7-1850) Branch m Martha Caroline Blankinship
22 May 1868 Mound City, Linn Co, KS. She was b Dec 1848 SC. In the 1880 Linn,
Dallas Co, IA census his name is Branch E Washum, age 37. They are in the 1900
Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, IA census. He is in the 19 Jul 1909 Burleigh Co, ND
Land records as Branch E. Worsham. (05 143 N 077 W 006, 80 acres) He d 16 Sep
1917 Regan, Burleigh Co, NC of stomach cancer. (Death Cert from Kathy Heintz) In 1920 Martha, age 71 NC, is living with her son, Arthur, in Aitkin Co,
MN. (7-1850; 37-1880)
Children of Branch & Martha Worsham:
1A.1.1. Lionel Levi Worsham b 7 Apr 1869 d 11
1A.1.2. Mary Josephine Worsham b 15 Nov 1872
of Dallas, IA d 21 Jun 1897
1A.1.3. Nora Frances Worsham b 8 May 1876 of
Dallas, IA d 12 Apr 1899.
1A.1.4. Alice May Worsham b 24 Feb 1882 Coon
Rapids, Carroll, IA d 11 Aug 1882
1A.1.5. Allen Robert Worsham b 24 Feb 1882
Coon Rapids, Carroll, IA. He m 1st) Olive Jane Van
Scotter 21 Feb 1911 who was b 24 Jul 1884 of Perkins, SD. Olive d 2 Feb
1921. Allen m briefly a 2nd time and divorced. He moved to
Kalispell, MT and m 3rd) Mary Anna Simones
26 Sep 1951 who was b 4 Oct 1882 MN & d 4 Mar 1963 Kalispell, Flathead,
MT. Mary m 1st) John R. Sauser. Allen d 2 Dec 1952 Kalispell, MT. (Kathy Heintz, 2001)
Children of Allen & Olive Worsham: (Kathy Heintz, 2001)
1A.1.5B. 1. Branch Alvin Worsham b 27 Jan
1914 ND & d 27 Nov 1984 Crosby, Crow Wing, MN. He m Alma b 21 Apr 1913
of Crow Wing, MN & d Mar 1984 of Crow Wing, MN. Children: (Branch
Worsham, Old Westbury, NY, 1999)
1A.1.5B.1.1. Branch Alvin Worsham, Sr.
Marie Wehle of Manhasset, NY on 2 Jan 1960. Wedding
announcement from the 3 Jan 1960 New York Times.
Children: Michael Craig Worsham, Paul Ford Worsham, Branch Alvin Worsham,
Jr & Marie Grace Worsham. (Branch Alvin Worsham, Jr, 1999)
1A.1.5B.1.2. Allen Arthur Worsham
1A.1.5B.2. Willis Harold Worsham b 20 Apr
1916 & d 14 May 1918.
1A.1.5B.3. Helen Arlene Worsham b 15 Jun
1917 of Perkins, SD.
1A.1.5B.4. Vivian Alice Worsham
b 23 Apr 1919 of Perkins, SD m Floyd Nathan Way.
1A.1.5B.4.1. Robert Floyd Way
1A.1.5B.4.2. Ruth Olive Way
m Delayne Merlin Hollis. Children: Kathy
Irene Hollis m 1st) Rex Allen Halstead & 2nd)
David Allen Heintz; John Gregory Hollis b 19 Nov 1963 d 22 Jul 1993.
1A.1.5B.4.3. Nathan Branch Way
1A.1.5B.4.4. Donald Allen Way
1A.1.5B.4.5. Annette Joy Way
1A.1.6. Arthur Branch Worsham b 18 May 1886 of
Carroll, IA & d 6 Apr 1922. He owned 160 acres Perkins Co, SD in 1909 and is
in the 1920 Aitkin Co, MN census.
1A.2. Cornelia Worsham b May 1844 of Morgan, MO. (6-1850)
m Thomas W. East 28 Sep 1864, Moniteau,
Morgan Co, MO. He served with the Union in the Civil War in Co. H 1st Mo Cavalry
and then in Co. I 9th Illinois Infantry. (Cathy Martin 2005) They are in the
1870 Moreau, Morgan, MO census P. O. Versailles, pg 186. He is age 29 farmer b
IL & Cornelia is age 25 b MO. They are in the 1880 Jasper, Camden, MO
census, p 140. He is age 38 farmer b IL & she is age 34 b MO. In 1900 they
are in Township 11, Creek Nation, Indiana Territory census. He is age 58 b Apr
1842 R. R. Foreman & Cornelia is age 50 b May 1850 m 31 years. She stated
she had 8 children & 6 living. They are in the 1920 Pomona, San Jose twp,
Los Angeles, CA census. He is age 78 b IL and she is age 74 b MO. She is living
along in the 1930 Taiban, DeBaca, NM census age 84 wd as Cornelia W. East.
1A.2.1. George W. East b abt 1865 Morgan Co,
MO (5-1870; 15-1880)
1A.2.2. Mary L. East "Mollie" b abt
1866 Morgan MO (4-1870; 14-1880) m William Andrew Martin 6 May 1882 Pettis
Co, MO. William b 23 Nov 1862 Marshall, Clark, IL s/o Andrew J Martin &
Mary Jane Caldwell. (Cathy Martin, 2005) They are listed in the 1910 Clinton,
Henry Co, MO census, p 82B. He is age 45 m 28 years & Mollie L. is age
44 m 28 years & stated she had 13 children & 12 living. Children
listed are: Charles 21; George 19; Minnie M. 18; Ralph 13; Mary 12; Nellie 11;
Pauline 7 & Albert 5. Next door is William D. Hunt age 26 & Laura Hunt
age 23 with their son Martin K. Hunt . Next to the Hunt family is Lewis M. Hartin age 27 & his wife Lula age 21. They are listed on the 1920 Clinton,
Henry, MO census. He is age 56 b IL & Mollie L. Is age 54 b MO with
children: Ralph age 23 & Albert age 14. They are on the 1930 Clinton,
Henry Co, MO census. He is W. A. Martin age 66 m age 19 & Mollie L. Is
age 64 m age 17. A biography was written about William Martin & is posted
MARTIN, W. A.
source: 1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co,
pg: 621--- W. A. Martin, one of the most extensive and successful merchants of
Clinton, whose mammoth store is known as the "Home of Low Prices,"
is located on South Artesian avenue. Mr. Martin is a native of Illinois. He
was born in Marshall, Clark County, November 23, 1862, and is a son of Andrew
J. and Jane Caldwell Martin, the former a native of Missouri, and the latter
of Illinois. Andrew J. Martin, the father, was a soldier in the Civil War and
died at Nashville, Tennessee while in the service. His wife died at Pierce
City, Missouri. They were the parents of three children as follows: Lewis, now
deceased; Mrs. Sarah McHenry of Clinton, Missouri, and W. A., the subject of
this sketch. W. A. Martin was reared near Versailles, Morgan County, Missouri,
and educated in the public schools, and for a number of years was engaged in
the sawmill business and later farmed in Saline County. He came to Henry
County in 1884, where he was engaged in farming and gardening until 1892, when
he engaged in business at his present location. He first started in a small
way with a limited stock of goods in a store building 16 by 20 feet. After two
years he found it necessary to enlarge his store room to accommodate his
rapidly growing business, and as his business has developed he has added more
store room, more warehouse room and more clerks until his business has grown
to be one of the largest commercial enterprises in Henry County. His present
store building is 44 by 66 feet, with basement, and he has two warehouses, 30
by 40 feet and 36 by 40 feet. When Mr. Martin began business at his present
location it was outside of the city limits, but in 1902, the city limits were
extended which included the Martin store. There are many contributing elements
to the success of such a business as Mr. Martin has built up in Clinton.
Square dealing and strict honesty and integrity are fundamentally the basic
principles of success. These Mr. Martin has closely followed and in addition
he has given close attention to details. He buys for cash and thereby gets the
advantage of discounts. Owing to the rapid growth of his business he has been
able to buy his goods in large quantities, which has given him an advantage in
prices over smaller buyers, and thus enabling him to sell to his customers
lower than his competitors and at the same time make a reasonable profit. Mr.
Martin is a capable business man and his square methods have won the
confidence of the people. May 6, 1881, W. A. Martin was united in marriage
with Miss Mollie L. East of Pettis County, Missouri. She is a daughter of
Thomas W. and Camelia W. East. Her father was a Union veteran of the Civil War
and was in the service four years. To Mr. and Mrs. Martin have been born the
following children: Lewis, a painter, Clinton, Missouri, married Lula Thomas;
Walter L., in business with his father, married Rosa Hoppe; Laura, wife of W.
D. Hunt, Clinton; Charles, farmer, Clinton, Missouri, married Mabel Cook;
George, proprietor of the Martin Green House, Clinton, Missouri; Minnie,
married Edwin Bennett, Clinton, Missouri; May, married James Dodson, Calhoun,
Missouri; Ralph, Clinton, Missouri; Nellie, Pauline and Albert, residing at
home with their parents. In addition to his mercantile business, Mr. Martin is
interested in breeding Hereford cattle, and at this writing has about forty
head on his farm which is situated four miles south of Clinton. He is a member
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Clinton and he is recognized as one
of the progressive citizens of Henry County.
His obituary was posted on
MARTIN, William Andrew - 1863 - 1934
Englewood Cemetery MA-MD, Clinton, Clinton Twp, Henry Co, MO. W. A. Martin, Founder of Martinville Dies - End Come Suddenly to Man Who
Through Honesty, Economy, Hard Work and Vision Made a Success in Business -
"Look ahead and go ahead," was the motto of the life of W. A.
Martin. He was ever watchful of the road ahead and ready to take a step
forward. This motto, "Look ahead and go ahead," hung in his living
room and was exemplified by every act of his life. With the passing of W. A.
Martin at his home on Artesian Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Henry
county lost one of her foremost citizens, one whose integrity and business
ability has become a goal for other merchants of the county to strive to
reach. Although Mr. Martin had been in ill health several years, he had
remained active and had done his usual routine of work, and was planning h is
garden for the coming season. Monday he had a severe heart attack, but was
able to be up. He died quietly in the same chair in which his wife died and in
a similar manner. He had been to town to get a shave, had looked after his
farm and other business, and finally, tired out, settled down to read
Wednesday evening. When Miss Frye, his excellent homemaker, returned from the
basement, she found him nearing the close of a long and useful journey on
earth. His children were called, but he was beyond the call of human voices.
William Andrew Martin was born in Marshall, Clark county, Illinois, November
23, 1863. His father was Andrew J. Martin, a soldier in the Civil War, who
died at Nashville, Tennessee, while in the service. W. A. Martin was reared
near Versailles, in Morgan county, Missouri. He first started out to hunt a
job when he was eight years old with 35 cents in his pocket and carrying a
clean shirt. After the small lad was repeatedly turned down, he decided that
prospects would be better if he put on the clean shirt, which he did, and the
next place he applied he got the job, but much to his dismay, he had lost the
35 cents which was in paper money; that was the only time he was ever
"broke". As he grew older he became engaged in the sawmill business
and also farming in Saline county. The writer recalls Mr. Martin telling of
his experience through the disheartening financial period in his youth when he
hauled ties from Gravois Mills to Versailles, making as low as 25 cents a day,
yet managing to feed his team and live. this first team was paid for with
earnings he made hauling ties. W. A. Martin and Mollie East were united in
marriage May 6, 1882. Mr. Martin, with his wife and sons, Walter and Lewis,
came to Clinton in 1884, and camped on the present site of Martinville, which
was then an apparently worthless lowlands. He traded two colts for an acre of
land with C. B. Wilson, and Mr. Wilson was inclined to think he got the better
of the bargain. Mr. Martin's first venture was killing hogs and selling them
to the newly established hotel at the Artesian park which became a popular
summer resort. In 1892 he established a small grocery store in a building
16x20 feet. This was the beginning of Martinville, which is now an active and
prosperous suburb of Clinton, with stores also radiating to other parts of the
city and even to Lewis Station. Mr. Martin was a shrewd and capable business
man and was materially assisted by his wife, who never failed to lend her
courage and advice when needed. The close companionship which existed between
Mr. Martin and his wife was broken June 26, 1931. She had shared every joy and
every sorrow of his since their marriage of one year less than half a century.
She had ever been his helpmate, both in the home and business. When travel
lured Mr. Martin she accompanied him, after they reached middle age and
financial independence, to every state of the union, also Canada and Cuba. He
never ceased to long to travel, and although he knew his life hung by a
thread, he bought a new car a few days before his death, fully equipped with a
radio. He was planning to attend the World's Fair this summer. Knowing he was
unable to stand the long walks he had outlined a trip where he could go in a
wheeled chair. The greatest pride of his later life was his fine herd of 60
head of registered Herefords and his 500-600 acre farm. Square dealings and
unwavering honesty were his foundation stones of success. Economical and
careful purchasing with the buying public in view made Martinville store grow
rapidly. Mr. Martin gave quick and honest service to his community and
gradually Martinville has expanded, new stores have been established and homes
built. The store grew visibly each year until sales reached nearly $100,000 a
year and the store served the entire city. Mr. Martin never believed in
letting things "hang fire" as the saying goes, but looking ahead was
synonymous with going ahead with him. He didn't tie up the traffic of life by
slow decisions, but was lightning quick and unfailingly accurate in all
decisions. He was strictly honest with everyone he met. He had a contagious
sense of humor, ready always with a smile and a joke. Mr. Martin was a member
of the Clinton Christian church. He regarded everyone as his friend and
treated them accordingly. As he was keenly interested in his community, he was
a staunch supporter of anything for its betterment. Alert mentally, he kept up
with the events of the day, and his mind remained clear and quick to the last.
Mr. Martin's schooling was most meager and limited to a few months in a
country school. However, his education went on to his last day in the great
University of Experience. If in conversation or reading he found a word he did
not understand, he found out its meaning that day. The first home of the
Martins was a one-room house built on the acre which he had purchased. How
happy the family was when the family finances increased and they could add a
tiny room and have a two-roomed house. As the small business they had
established expanded, so did their home and a two-story eight-room house was
built on the corner opposite the store. This home was later sold to his
daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt. Mr. Martin had a completely modern
home built and furnished for good living on Artesian avenue in Martinville,
where his wife found happiness and contentment until her death, June 26, 1931.
Miss Frankie Frye had been his patient, efficient housekeeper and nurse during
the past two years, since his health had so rapidly failed. Thirteen children
were given Mr. and Mrs. Martin's union, nine of whom survive. Seven of these
have followed in their father's footsteps by settling in the community in
establishments of their own. When they have needed a helping hand they have
gone to their father, who was always ready with a vast store of advice which
he had tested and found good, and thus they were able to build up thriving
businesses. When his daughter, Laura, wanted to stop school, Mr. Martin told
her it would be best for her to continue but if she wouldn't she could go to
work in the store, which she did. She was given two dollars a week checking
bills in the store and worked many years, gaining a vast knowledge of useful
information. Likewise, every child was given an allowance, however small, and
if he were thrifty and saved his money he had it, but if he spent it all, he
didn't receive any more until next allowance. Some of his children's
organization have been outgrowths of the original general store as it expanded
and became a number of stores specializing in one department of the original
store. A daughter, Mrs. W. D. Hunt, and husband now have the grocery and dry
goods store at Martinville; a son, Charles Martin, and wife, have the feed and
hardware store; George Martin, a son, and his wife, and Mrs. Edwin Bennett, a
daughter, and her husband, operate greenhouses; a daughter, Mrs. May Martin
Dodson has a grocery store on North Third street; a daughter, Mrs. O. B.
Scott, and husband, operate Scott's Grocery at Eighth and Green streets, and a
daughter, Mrs. Olin Inloes, and husband, have a store at Lewis Station. The
other two children who survive are Lewis Martin, a painter, and Albert Martin
who is in the U. S. Navy. Also surviving are 26 grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. N. Lindsey, at
his late home on Artesian Avenue, at 2:30 Friday afternoon. Burial was in
Englewood under the direction of Spore's Funeral Service. Graveside services
were conducted by the Odd Fellows lodge, of which he was a member. Active
pallbearers were: Oscar Jacobsen, A. H. Harris, John Strain, Tom Poague,
Harlow Houts, Porter Eversole. Honorary pallbearers were: Roy Lobaugh, Dodson
Goss, S. A. Barnett, Henry Poague, Will Eversole, and C. H. Williams.
Nancy Eliza East b abt 1868 Morgan Co,
MO (2-1870; 12-1880)
1A.2.4. Kate East b abt 1870 Morgan Co, MO (1
1A.2.5. Almetie East b abt 1874 of Camden Co, MO
1A2.6. Henry E. East b abt 1876 of Camden Co, MO
1A2.7. Virginia East b Sep 1879 of Camden Co, MO
1A2.8. Roy East b Mar 1881 Kansas (20-1900)
Children of Henry Edward Worsham & Margaret Garrett should be renumbered 1B.1. through 1B.6.
1.1. change to 1B.1 Martha Alice Worsham
m Thomas P. Ballard
15 Aug 1877,
Schuyler Co, IL. (vol C, p. 108, cert. #6654)
1.3 change to 1B.3 Cornelius Garrett Worsham
"Neelis" b 1 Mar 1861 Richville, Schuyler, IL & d 13 Jan 1950 Ventura Co, CA. He m 1st)
Belle Jane Guthrie "Isabelle" abt 1891 of Ventura, CA.
Belle b Oct 1864 of Ventura, CA & d 14 April 1927 of Ventura, CA. (Jeff Worsham, 2011)
Belle m 1st) Mr Grim
or Gunn and had a child Maye Viola
"Mayme" "May" Grim "Gumm" b Sep 1884 of Ventura, CA & d 24 May 1936 of Oakland,
Alameda, CA. Viola was adopted by Cornelius and used the Worsham surname.
The 29 Oct 1915 Oxnard Courier wrote:
"A family picnic was held at Foster
Park Saturday. Those present being: Mrs Mac Tanger, Mr and Mrs Guthrie, Mr and
Mrs. Worshman, Misses Ruth Worshman and Grace Hamilton, Clarance Russell, Bert
Guthrie, Boyd Harley and Bert Worsham."
The 10 Mar 1916 Oxnard Courier
"C. J. (C. G.) Worsham preliminary hearing before a judge in
Camarillo on charge of assault with a deadly weapon on J. J. Jones. Worsham
offered no defense, released on his own recognizance. Worsham and Jones are
neighbors in Las Posas. Recently a dog belonging to Worsham killed a hog
belonging to Jones. Jones demanded restitution and Worsham offered to pay for
the hog. Jones used abusive language and Worsham, a deputy sheriff, attempted to
arrest Jones. A fight followed, each claims the other struck first. Jones claims
Worsham threatened to shoot him."
C G Worsham was later found not
Cornelius m 2nd) Grace
Mae Brink 15 Jul 1929 Ventura, CA (Jeff Worsham, 2011; Ventura County, CA Marriage
Book 24:267) Grace m 1st to Mr Howard. Grace b 1 Jun
1881 of Cortland City, Cortland, New York & d 5 Sep 1948 in Ventura, CA.
Her obit appeared in the The Post Standard (Syracuse, New
York) 7 Sep 1948.
Children of Cornelius &
Harle Worsham b Feb 1892 of Ventura, CA, d 8 Dec 1917 Camp Lewis,
Washington & bur Ivy Lawn Cem, Montalvo, Ventura, CA. In 1915 he visited
the San Diego exposition. His obit, 14 Dec 1917 Oxnard Courier, p7:
"Henry Harley Worsham died Sat
night of spinal meningitis at Camp Lewis, Washington. He is the first recruit
from this county to die in the service of his country. He was the son of Mr and
Mrs C G Worsham of Las Posas and was 24 years old. He went to training at Camp
Lewis with the last contingent from this county, leaving Ventura Nov 3. ...
Besides his parents, Harley's untimely death is mourned by two younger brothers,
Herbert and Boyd, and by two sisters, Mrs Norman Snow of Oxnard and Miss Maye."
Margaret Worsham b 13 Oct 1894 of Ventura, CA, m Norman
Snow abt 1916 & she died 27 Apr 1981 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
Edgar Worsham b 9 Nov 1896 of Ventura, CA m 1st) Florence
Gertrude Fulkerson 14 May 1918 Los Angeles, CA. The 17 May 1918 Oxnard
"Herbert Edgar Worsham and Miss. Florence Gertrude
Fulkerson were married Tuesday afternoon at the Mission Apartments in Los
Angeles... They will be at home on the ranch near Somis after June 1. The guests
at the wedding were Mr and Mrs C G Worsham, parents of the groom, Mrs. R J
Fulkerson, mother of the bride, all of Somis; Mrs Norman Snow of Oxnard, Mrs
Arthur Wharton of Los Angeles, and H K Snow Jr of Oxnard."
Florence was b
24 Oct 1897 Utah & d 16 Jun 1973 Ventura, Ventura Co, CA.
Herbert m 2nd)
V Hirsch b 7 Dec 1905 Indiana & d 13 Jan 1983 Red Bluff, Tehama
Child of Herbert & Florence:
Herbert Edgar Worsham b 9 Mar 1922 Ventura, CA, m Beverly
Parrish & he d 1 Oct 1986 Los Angeles, CA.
At age seventeen, the 28
Jul 1939 Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, North Dakota wrote:
"Fargo, ND Red
River Tennis Tourney, Herbert Worsham of Ventura, CA advanced."
Children: Herbert Edgar Worsham & Cynthia Ann Worsham.
1B.3A.4. Boyd Guthrie Worsham
"Loran" b 17 Nov 1898 Somis, Ventura, CA & d 27 Feb 1931 of Los Angeles, CA.
The 5 Jul 1912 Oxnard Courier, Oxnard, CA:
Co. Board of Ed. announce who
may enter high school: Las Posas: Boyd Worsham
1.4 change to 1B.4 Cornelia Worsham
b 1 Mar 1861 m
George W Gragg 6 Oct
1886 Schuyler, IL. (Vol C, p 179)
1.5 change to 1B.5 Tecumseh Sherman Worsham
Wilhemina Anna Mary Amman 6 Oct 1886
Schuyler, IL. (Vol C, p 179) She was b 21 Apr 1874 Waverly, Bremer, Iowa & d 28 Mar
1955 of Chapel, Howell, MO. Tecumseh d 15 Oct 1936 Nebraska. (J W Swisher, 2010)
The following story was written by Wilhemina
Anna Mary Amman Worsham, the oldest daughter of Carl Amman (N) and Elizabeth Grossmann:
MEMOIRS OF HER FATHER AND
TOLD BY THEIR OLDEST DAUGHTER:
"At a very early age they
immigrated to this country settling in the vicinity of Waverly, Iowa. It was there they
met and married on April 10, 1866. He was 21 and she was 17.
"They were married in a little
country church in the Saint Sebald community in Iowa by her father, Rev. Grossman.
(Great Grandfather Grossman was Dean of Music at the Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa.)
"They started housekeeping on
a little farm near by. The country was very new at this time -- little land being
cleared up. Strawberry Point which is now a city, had only one log cabin at the time. It
was a lonely place for a young bride. Often papa didn't get home until after dark and
mama was glad for a big New Foundland dog which wouldn't let any one come near the house
until mama spoke to him.
"Both these young folk were
fine Christians and on their first morning in their home, they set up their altar,
reading the Bible, singing a song, and having prayers; and this they kept up as long as
they lived, letting nothing interfere no matter who was there or what was to be done.
"When they had six children,
papa took the 'Western Fever'; so they equipped a covered wagon and prepared to leave
for what was then called the West (middle Nebraska). Papa had been corresponding with a
Rev. Hass who was trying to establish a Lutheran congregation; so that was their
"A covered wagon is a small
place to store what a family of eight would need, but a little place was reserved where
it was handy for a Bible and prayer book, and every morning before starting, a chapter
was read and prayers were said. When we arrived at the Missouri River, we crossed it on
a ferry at Plattsmouth. We also took with us our big New Foundland dog (Carlo) who saved
us children from being bitten by rattlesnakes several times.
"It was a long trek-- between
three and four weeks. To rest ourselves, we children often ran behind the wagon. We
always stayed in camp over Sunday. Mama washed and got things in shape for another week.
As we traveled along, other wagons joined us until there were around eight or nine.
"When we arrived at Rev.
Hass's we found they lived in a dugout, and I can hear mama say, "Have I come to this?"
"We lived in a little
abandoned sod house about 14' by 14' until papa homesteaded on a quarter of land about
four miles from what is now Wilcox. While we lived in this soddy, during an awful storm,
lightening struck the house. We were all in the room, but none of us were hurt, and we
had a Thanksgiving prayer service. These were hard times. We had to haul water in
barrels on a sled for a mile. One winter all the vegetables we had was turnip kraut.
Papa trimmed a tumble weed for a Christmas tree.
"The folks always made much of
Christmas. Papa always trimmed the tree himself. When everything was ready and the
candles all lit, we would go in. Sometimes there weren't many presents, but there was
always something for everyone.
"So many things crowd in on my
memories, but these are two outstanding ones -- the first, I call 'The Thrill of My
Life'. After living there about three years, I was told that I could go with papa to see
a town. I rode about 20 miles on a load of wheat. It rained on us most of the way, but
what did that matter when I was going to see a town! Papa and I slept in a livery barn
and came back the next day. Then there is the time when Paul and Herman got lost in the
fog. They started to go to the Post Office about two o'clock in the afternoon. They
hadn't been gone but a little while when a heavy fog come up. The Post Office was three
miles East from us, but the boys didn't get there but were lost. When the boys didn't
return, the folks became alarmed and started out to find them. Night came on and still
they hadn't found the boys. Mr. Boldt and a bachelor neighbor helped in the search. The
night was pitch dark. No one could see where he was going. Mr. Shaw finally found them
at a little sod house where two old folk lived. They had come there about two o'clock in
the morning. It was six miles from home. They had walked in a circle of about ten miles.
Paul said the coyotes howled and Herman cried most of the time, but he kept hold of his
hand and kept going. Paul was nine and Herman seven.
"Albert and Bertha were born
here. Rev. Hass had come West for his health (he had T.B.) but did not improve and after
several months passed away. He had established a Lutheran Church of the Iowa Synod, but
a group of folk from Illinois moved into the community who belonged to the Missouri
Synod, and it wasn't long before a minister from this Synod was called and after that
papa wasn't happy in his church life, and decided to move into a different location. He
traded the homestead for some land seven miles South from where we were living, and here
again he had to start from the bottom as there weren't any buildings on the place.
"Shortly after moving, papa
looked around to see if he couldn't get a church started. Two well-to-do farmers on
Turkey Creek offered to help and the settlers in the hills were notified and a day set
for services. A minister promised to come once a month and on the other Sundays, someone
read a sermon. All they had at first was an old abandoned sod shack, a few half-windows,
just straight benches. The ceiling was willow with sod and then filled with dirt. One
Sunday the children in front acted frightened and it was found that a big snake was
crawling up in the willows. They killed the snake and the services went on. It wasn't
too long before they built a little church. Mr. Fritz donated some land, and everyone
came to help -- some broke sod, some hauled it, and some laid it up; and by night the
walls were ready for the roof. When it was finished, it was quite comfortable, and here
we attended church for a good many years. We always had to get up an hour earlier on
Sunday as we had to drive five miles with a team.
"Here papa and mama lived a
full life, bearing all things to all men. He was a peace-maker, spiritual advisor, also
had a full medicine chest and helped a good many sick folk get well. Mama was always
called when there was a confinement case and other sickness. No one was ever turned away
who needed help in a way they could give it. I have always thanked God for my parents'
faithful teaching and example.
"Six more children were born
while we lived here, two dying in infancy. Four of us were married while living here.
How the folks kept us all in food and clothing is still a mystery to me with a drought
year after year, grasshoppers, chinch bugs, hail, and blizzards. How did they???!
"We had good times too, but we
had to make them ourselves. We always had a fine literary Meeting; everyone taking his
turn doing something. Then there were the debates. Mr. Brebner, Elmer Weston, S.Y. Hart,
and Mary Ross were all good debaters. We younger ones learned a lot from these debates.
And what a big day the Fourth of July was -- a big picnic with races of all kinds, pink
lemonade-- big jars full. But most of all it was Christmas that was the really big event
of the year. In the morning everyone went to church, then that big dinner, and everyone
stayed for the evening. And what fun we did have playing all kinds of games and pranks
on each other. Papa always brought out the lovely Christmas Carols, and we had a 'Sing
Fest'. How he did love to sing, and he and mama had such fine voices.
"In 1900 the folks again were
hard-pressed with debts; papa having lost a lot on a horse deal; so again they went West
to Colorado where papa had salvaged some land, and again they started from the bottom.
They attended church in a Russian Settlement. They lived there until 1911 then came back
to Nebraska to make a home for their son Paul who had never married. While they lived
with Paul they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary (April 10, 1916). Mama wasn't
very well at the celebration, and she never got better, but passed away that Fall.
Amanda kept house for Fred and Paul until she and Karl were married; then papa made his
home with them until his death.
"Fred said he remembers one
incident. Father Amman went to Stratton (while he lived in Colorado) with a team and
wagon (of course). A terrible blizzard came up. The snow covered the horses' eyes.
Father Amman some how got into a fenced pasture and drove around and around. A number of
times he was close to home. Mother Amman hung a lighted lantern on the windmill tower
and only through it and the protection of the angels did he make it home in safety.
"I read a letter (German)
Father Amman wrote to Grandmother Grossmann in 1913, the day after Ella Amman Buising
was born. He said Mother had helped at the time of the birth and was very tired that
evening, and had already gone to bed at 7 o'clock since she was up most of the night
before. (sent in by Erna BREDOW AMMAN)."
1.5.1. Roy Earl
Worsham b 6 Feb 1891 Murfreesboro, Illinois (World War I Draft Registration Card) &
d 31 Aug 1944 Valparaiso, Saunders, NE. Roy m Nellie A
The 16 Apr 1922 Nebraska State Journal
(Lincoln, Nebraska): Valparaiso news:
Methodist Church, quartet
included Earl Worsham, and Earl sang solo.
The 22 Dec 1922 Lincoln Star (Lincoln,
Recommends Case be dismissed
- that no acts of bankruptcy have been committed: names: Fred L Fritzinger. Earnest
Brock, Samuel H Fritzinger, Roy E Worsham
Friday, 1 Sep 1944, Nebraska State Journal
Roy E Worsham, 53, of 3201
Holdrege, died Thursday. Surviving are his wife Nellie; mother Mrs. May Worsham of
Kansas City; son Sgt Sam Worsham in the army at New Orleans; three sisters, Mrs. F C
Gose of Denver; Mrs. L H Miller of Arriba, Colo.; and Mrs. George Meyers of Wilcox;
four brothers, Eugene Worsham of Chadron; Everett of San Pedro; Lee of Charleston, W
Va; and Stanley in the navy.
Roy Worsham b 4 Dec 1921 of Saunders, NE & d 8 May 1972 Wichita, Sedwick, KS.
He m Anita R. Searle 21 Jul 1946.
The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln,
Nebraska) 26 May 1943:
Recently arrived at the
infantry replacement training center, Camp Roberts, Calif, for basic training:
Samuel Roy Worsham
The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln,
Nebraska) 8 Aug 1943:
Univ of Nebraska graduate:
Bachelor of Fine Arts Samuel R Worsham, Lincoln
The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln,
Nebraska) 29 Apr 1945:
"Sketching the scenery,
natives, army and navy personnel, and equipment on the south
occupies most of the leisure time of Sgt Sam R Worsham of Valparaiso. These sketches
have been sent to his mother since he has been stationed at New Guinea and the
Philippines via V-mail. Sergeant Worsham, in the armed forces for approximately two
years, is a graduate of the Univ of Nebraska where he was an art student. He also
took an active part in music circles as a member of both the Univ of Nebraska and
Lincoln symphonies and the University singers. He has been overseas since Aug 1944."
The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) 26 Jul 1946:
"Miss Anita Searle,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Searle, of Omaha, became the bride of Samuel R Worsham,
son of the late Roy E Worsham, and Mrs. Worsham of Valparaiso. At 12:30, July 21, at
the Memorial Presbyterian church in Marysville, Kas. ... Mrs Worsham is a graduate
of Peru Teachers college and Mr. Worsham is a graduate of the Univ. of Nebraska. The
couple will reside in Lincoln."
Children: Branch Roy Worsham & Marian Ruth
1.5.2. Eugene Victor Worsham d 17 Sep 1980 San Diego, CA.
He m Florence Marie Adams b 9 May 1900 Siam, Taylor, Iowa & d 3 Nov 1988 Scotts Bluff,
Scotts Bluff, NE. World War I Military Service Record:
Worsham, EUGENE V. s/n
828,289, reside MOUNTAIN VIEW, MO, Inducted at: FT LOGAN, CO 11/28/1917 b MOUND CITY,
IL Age: 23 1/6YRS, HQ CO 63 ARTY CAC TO DISCHARGE, PVT 2/1918, Served overseas from
7/14/1918 to 3/9/1919 Honorably discharged
His picture is from the 1941-42 issue of The Lamp, Iola High School
Yearbook, Iola, Allen Co, KS, faculty, band directed by E. V. Worsham, B.S., K.S.T.C., Pittsburg; Northwestern
University; Instrumental Music, pp. 41-42.
The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln,
Nebraska) 13 Aug 1944:
Gene Worsham, instrumental
music director of Chadron, Neb., public schools
Virginia Worsham b 13 Sep 1897 Mounds, Pulaski, Illinois & d 13 Jan 1993 in
Arriba, CO. She m Floyd Curtis Gose 26 Jun 1919.
Curtis b 19 Apr 1890 Nickell, Morgan, KY & d 3 Aug 1961 Tulsa, OK. (R. Lyle Brown,
2001) Children: Jack Harlin Gose, Donna Delores Gose & James
Robert Gose. (J W Swisher, 2010)
add child, b 1893 Schuyler, Illinois, & d bef 1900. (J W Swisher, 2010)
George Worsham b Nov 1899 Franklin, Franklin, NE & d bef 1910 of Franklin, NE. (J
W Swisher, 2010)
1.5.6. Gladys Emma
Worsham b 24 Sep 1901 of Ash Grove, Franklin, Nebraska & m Louis H.
Miller. (J W Swisher, 2010; Bradley Worsham, 1994) She is mentioned in the 1 Sep 1944 Nebraska State
Journal obit of brother Roy E Worsham: Surviving are his sister "Mrs. L. H. Miller of
Arriba, Colo". Gladys d 15 Nov 1984 Arriba, CO. Gladys d 15 Nov 1984
Arriba, Lincoln, CO. Children: Phillip Gorden Miller, Virginia Lee Miller & Betty
1.5.7. Charles Everett Worsham
b 8 Oct 1903 Franklin, NE & d 19 Jun 1980 in Los Angeles, CA.
He m 1st) Ella
Elizabeth Chisholm. Ella b 14 Jul 1904 of Bloomington, Franklin, NE & d 27
Jan 1989 Minden, Kearney, NE.
The Evening State Journal and Lincoln Daily
News (Lincoln, Nebraska) 23 Jul 1927:
"News of the marriage of
Elizabeth Chisholm of Hildreth to Charles E Worsham of Wilcox, at Bridgeport, several
weeks ago, has just been received, they having kept it a secret until now. The bride
is a graduate of Hastings academy and later attended Hastings college. She has been
teaching in Franklin county the past term. Mr. Worsham attended Cotner and the
agricultural college at Lincoln. They will make their home in Bridgeport."
Charles m 2nd) Mayme
& they divorced. (J W Swisher, 2010)
Charles m 3rd) Elaine
Maxine Jennings 22 Nov 1948. She was b 25 Feb 1921 of Los Angeles, CA.
Worsham, known simply as "Grandma" to
the Worsham & Fink Funny
Car team and most others in the NHRA Pro pit area, is no ordinary crew person,
and it's not her gender that makes her special, because there are plenty of
women in drag racing. 77 years
young, going strong. What makes
Elaine special is that she recently celebrated her 77th birthday, and took
time on that day reflect on the last few years while looking forward to the
future. As the grandmother of Funny Car driver Del Worsham, and the mother of
team crew chief and owner Chuck Worsham, "Grandma" might be one of
the most active 77-year old women in America. Grandma Worsham, you see, has attended every NHRA race but one since
her retirement from California state government in 1994, and this woman, who
flies or drives by herself to nearly every race, had a good excuse for that
Mary Ellen Worsham, d/o Ella E Chisholm, b abt 1927 of
Ash Grove, Franklin, NE.
Charles Everett Worsham "Chuck" s/o Elaine was b 17
Sep 1949 Los
Angeles Co, CA. Chuck m Carol A. Whittington. They lived in Los Angeles and Orange Co, CA
Delbert C. Worsham "Del" b. 11
Feb 1970 Los Angeles Co, CA.
Del became a famous race car driver. The following is from the Del Worsham Home page, 1999:
" Picture this
scenario, if you will: The young son of a Southern California hot rodder who'd
grown up in the midst of drag racing's explosive birth and development, spends his
preteen summers dividing his time between days by his father's side at the drag strip
and endless hours making jumps and tricks on his BMX bicycle. With long sandy
blonde hair and an adventurous streak running through his spirit, the "Kid From The
Coast" entered his teenage years as part racing wrench and part BMX prodigy.
When residents of 49 other American states think of growing up in Southern California,
they may unwittingly draw a picture of a young Del Worsham in their minds."
father, Chuck Worsham, grew up smack in the middle of drag racing's glorious
beginnings, and although he worked hard at a "full time job" as a
concrete contractor, Chuck's passion was race cars, and Funny Cars in
particular. Chuck added the role
of "father" in 1970 when Del was born, and became a car owner by
1978, with his legendary "Screamer" Funny Car. By the age of 13, young Del could build a complete Funny Car motor by
himself and was a veteran frequent flyer as he jetted to races after school
ended on Friday and often went straight from the airport to class on
the mid-teenage years, as the Funny Car operation developed into more of a
vocation than a hobby, Chuck and Del Worsham faced a crossroads. Though he was barely old enough to have a driver's license, Del was
looking at an adult-sized career choice. He could follow what looked to be a very promising
"World-Class" BMX career, or he could go racing with his dad. Let's go racing!"
the mid-teenage years, as the Funny Car operation developed into more of a
vocation than a hobby, Chuck and Del Worsham faced a crossroads. Though he was barely old enough to have a driver's license, Del was
looking at an adult-sized career choice. He could follow what looked to be a very promising
"World-Class" BMX career, or he could go racing with his dad. Let's go racing!"
was 1989 when Chuck Worsham took his Screamer Funny Car and made the move to
Nitromethane power. Del was in
his 5th year as a full-time crew member, was 19 years old, and was itching to
drive. A year later, when Chuck Worsham and driver Art Hendey
decided to head in different directions, a replacement driver was easy to
find. Of course, young Del
Worsham would first have to get licensed. And since Del Worsham had never driven any other form of drag racing
vehicle, he knew he was jumping straight into the deep end."
I was, just a 20 year old kid at the Dallas Motorplex, and I needed two pro
drivers to watch me run and sign off on my license. Why mess around?
right over and asked Kenny Bernstein and Don Prudhomme! It was actually a huge thrill for me to have those two legends at my
people start out drag racing in slower cars, and work their way up to faster
and faster speeds. You can't do
that with a Nitro Funny Car, they kind of only have two speeds: Flat out, pulling 5 g's, or stopped.
So, instead of working my way up speed-wise, we worked my way up
distance-wise. I learned how to
do a burnout, how to stage, then went 60', then 100', then 300', and so on.
By my first full pass, I was getting pretty comfortable."
a "get your feet wet" debut at 1990's final race, Del Worsham began
his career as a professional drag racer in 1991, with a goal of running the
full season in his dad's Nitro Funny Car while being, at the least,
competitive against the veteran drivers in the class. Seven races into his career, history was made.
Del Worsham won the Southern Nationals in Atlanta, becoming the
youngest driver to ever win a Funny Car trophy. Less than three months later, in Englishtown, he did it again!
By season's end "The Kid From The Coast" had finished an
amazing 6th in Winston points, and was named NHRA Rookie Of The Year."
he didn't win any races in 1992, Del moved up higher in the points as the team
developed consistency, finishing with a #4 spot on the podium. In 1993 and 1994, Del spent some time driving Roger Primm's Top Fuel
Dragster, and suffered through his career low point when a serious engine fire
in 1994 left him with burns on his hands and a 12-week recuperation."
"The Worsham team ran as independents through 1996, and
established a reputation as a fan friendly team who could run with the
"big boys" on a much smaller budget. Those years of hard work and dedication paid off in 1997, as
Auto Parts came aboard as the Worsham family's first full primary sponsor.
Del knew it was another major turning point in his already stellar
I first got in the car, I knew I wanted to do this for a living. And we loved being independents, doing it solely for the love of the
sport and for ourselves. But my
dad and I also knew it was really impossible to run as well as we wanted to,
even with the support of our longtime backers Auburn Foundry, Texas
Stagecoach, NLM Electrical and others. Those guys, John Fink, Frank Gilchrist, and Nick Puglisi and all of our
friends who have contributed, were really like part of the family by then.
We all had a goal to win a championship and knew we'd need a company
that could believe in a group like our's, and want to be our partners in this
thing. With Checker-Schuck's-Kragen,
we found that company. Nothing
has really been quite the same since. We're
still a very tight knit group, with the same people around, but we've got
great partners at CSK, who help us help them. Right now, my dad and I are kind of right in the middle of what we
always wanted to be."
1998, Del came within one lap of finding his way back into Victory Circle,
when he lost in the Final Round of the Fram Route 66 Nationals in Chicago.
But that highlight was just part of a year that saw Del earn his way
back into the Winston Top 10, even though the competition in the Funny Car
class is at an all-time high. "You
used to be able to finish in the Winston Top 10 by just showing up and racing
every week. Now, at every race at
least a couple of big time cars don't qualify. It's really tough out there, to get in the show and to win
stroll across the Award Ceremony stage to accept his 1998 #10 finish was a
thrill for Del, but couldn't match the surprise and emotion felt just a few
moments later when the Worsham Family was named winners of the 1998 Blaine
Johnson Award, annually presented to the racer or family who show the most
dedication, perseverance, and family values. The roaring standing ovation from the NHRA crowd said it all, as Del,
his father and best friend Chuck, and Elaine "Grandma" Worsham
accepted their award."
"The Kid From The Coast" behind the wheel, dad tuning the motor,
Grandma keeping the stats, and a close group of friends and partners working
endless hours in the pursuit of speed, this has been and will continue to be
one great California Dream!"
Susan J. Worsham1.5.7C.2.
Sandra Suzanne Worsham m
John C. Murdent.
Margaret Worsham b 16 Nov 1906 Franklin, NE & d1 Feb 1980 Wilcox, Kearney, NE.
She m George H Meyers b 4 Jul 1906 & d 23 Feb 2002 Wilcox,
Kearney, NE. Children: Marjorie Beth Meyers b 1 Mar 1934 & d 5 Nov 1944 shot gun
accident, Gary Lee Meyers & Kenneth Gene Meyers. (J W Swisher, 2010)
Hugh Worsham "Lee" b 18 Feb 1910 Wilcox, Kearney, NE & d 20 Apr 2002 Port
Neches, Jefferson, TX. Lee m Helen Fullerton 12 Jan 1936
Howell, MO. Helen b 27 Feb 1909 of Charleston, WV & d 30 Dec 2001 Port Neches,
Children: William Lloyd Worsham m Margaret
Carolyn Mays and Mary Lee Worsham.
1.5.10. Stanley Graham Worsham b 27 Nov 1913
Ash Grove (Wilcox), Franklin, NE. (J W Swisher, 2010) Stanley m 14 Dec 1935
Howell, MO to Lorene Murrell b 31 May 1916 Howell, MO d/o
William Henry Murrell and Minnie Ellen Farmer. (J W Swisher, 2010) Lorene d 16 May
1999 in Reno, Washoe Co, Nevada. They adopted: Jeffrey Stephen Worsham & James
Kelly Worsham. (J W Swisher, 2010)
1.6 change to 1B.6. Branch Jones Worsham
d 21 Nov 1923 Woodward, OK. Branch m
Mattie Belle Reid b 14 Sep 1866. (Mark
S. Cramer, 2000) Branch married Mattie 8 Apr 1880 in Bloomington,
NE. Mattie was the daughter of Will Reid and Emmaline Thompson. (Mark S. Cramer,
2000; Joyce Colton, 2005) Emmaline Thompson is on the marriage license of Branch and
Mattie, because Branch was not 21, his mother signed the permission to marry. (Joyce
Colton, 2005) On the left is the wedding picture of Branch Jones
Worsham and Mattie Belle Reid courtesy Joyce Worsham Colton, 2005. Joyce also sent
the picture on the right of their family taken about 1908, from the left: Francis, Louis,
Mattie, Edward, Reid, Branch, and Theodore.
Branch died 21 Nov 1923 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Woodward OK.
Mattie m 2nd) John
Stanley Struble 1929 of Denver,
CO. John was b 14 Dec 1889 Dudley, Pennsylvania. He had been married before to
Eda Stufflebeam and was
a coal miner. They are in the 1930 Denver, Denver Co, CO census as John S Struble
age 40? b PA, cafe cook, Mattie W age 51 b MO, Lou Worsham age 24 b OK son. John Strudle d Feb 1938 of Denver, Denver, CO.
Mattie m 3rd) Richard
Monroe Rubottom. Mattie died 11 Nov
1950 Amarillo, Potter, TX and is buried in Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, TX.
Edward Worsham "Ed" b 22 Jan 1893 of Schuyler, IL ( 7-1900; 17-1910
& WWI Draft Registration Card) Change to 1B.6.1. According to Joyce Colton, 2005, he
was gassed in WWI, "shell shocked" and never recovered. He died as a result of
the war experience and was buried 30 Jul 1930 Elmwood Cem, Woodward, OK. On some of the
documents, his name was spelled Worshum.
1B.6.1.1. Henry Edward Worsham
b 14 Feb 1919 Dallas Co, TX. (TX births) Mark S. Cramer, 2000 wrote that Edward
Worsham had one son who died at 12 years old.
1.6.2 change to 1B.6.2 Herbert Theodore Worsham
b 18 Aug 1896 of Schuyler Co, IL, d 18 Sep 1972 Potter Co, TX.(13-1910) He m Ava Mildred Kenney 21 Dec 1919 Woodward, OK.
(Ava Worsham Webster, 2001) Ava b 6 Nov 1900 & d 27 Dec 1980 Amarillo,
Children: (Ava Worsham Webster,
1B.6.2.1. Branch Kenney Worsham b 2 Feb 1921
Woodward, OK, d 15 Mar 1985 Anaheim, Orange, CA & m 16 Dec 1948 Norma
Elaine Dodge b 1 Jun 1922 Breckenridge CO, d 26 Dec 1968
1B.6.2.2. Roena Belle Worsham b 5 Aug
1922 & m 5 May 1943 Amarillo, Potter, TX to Emil
obituary is in the Amarillo Globe-News, Oct.
Roena Belle Worsham Prati, 80, of Amarillo died Friday, Oct. 11,
2002. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Andrew's Episcopal
Church Chapel with the Rev. Clifton Mann, of the church, officiating. Private
graveside services were held Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery by Boxwell
Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle. Mrs. Prati was a member of St.
Andrew's of Amarillo. She was a graduate of Amarillo High School, Amarillo
Beauty School and was an accomplished artist. Survivors include her husband of
59 years, Emil; three daughters, Karen Prati of Gova, Italy, Katrina Prati and
Kristina Dodson, both of Austin; two sons, Kevan Prati and wife, Pamela, of
Flower Mound and Kirk Prati of Moore, Okla.; a brother, Don Worsham of Parkland,
Fla.; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Emil's obit was published in the Amarillo Globe-News,
7 Sep 2005:
AUSTIN - Emil V. Prati, 89, of Austin, formerly of Amarillo,
died Mon, Sep 5, 2005. Services will be Thursday in St. Andrews Children's Chapel in Amarillo with the Rev. Clifton Mann,
rector, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Prati was a first-generation Italian born on Jun 1, 1916, in
Oalkey, Wy., to immigrants Victor and Rosina Rosa Prati. He retired as a postal operations analyst, safety officer and carrier for the U.S. Postal Service from 1949 to 1979. He also served as the local National Association Letter Carriers Union president. He moved to Amarillo in 1943 after being stationed at the Amarillo Army Air Field, where he met his wife of almost 60 years, Roena Belle Worsham, who preceded him in death in 2003. Mr. Prati was awarded the Bronze Medal for his service during World War II, with the 43rd Infantry Division in the
Philippines. Mr. Prati, an avid square and couple dancer during the 1960s and 1970s , also enjoyed sending letters to the editor of the Amarillo Globe-News, responding to Bob Wiley's column, "Word for Word," and working the daily crossword puzzle. He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal church and also served on the Board of the Quarterman Conference Center. Survivors include five children, Karen Prati of
Gova, Italy, Katrina Prati of Austin, Kevan Prati and wife, Pamela, of Flower Mound, Kirk Prati of Oklahoma City and Kristina Dodson of
1B.6.2.3. Bill Worsham (no middle name) b 14 Feb 1924 Woodward,
Woodward, OK, d 4 Apr 1996 San Diego, San Diego, CA. Bill m 1 Aug 1948 Ft
Collins, CO, Patricia Dorcas Sabin "Pat", the d/o Milo Rudd
Sabin & Lucile Augusta Ankeny. Bill studied at U of Denver where met Patricia Dorcas Sabin; served in WW II as Sgt., US Army, airplane engine mechanic (fighters), Biak & New Guinea, So. Pacific, then Japan; worked 30 years at Convair-General Dynamics, San Diego, CA as draftsman, esp. for tail of Convair jets, and Cruise Missile wings.
(Mark Cramer, 2000)
This picture, from the early 1970's, of Bill
Worsham and his wife Patricia is courtesy of their son in law, Mark S. Cramer, 2006.
1B.6.2.4. Virgil Don Worsham "Don" b 31 Oct 1925 m Sylva Nell Goodnight
26 Dec 1947. He worked for Sears
Roebuck in Chicago for over 35 years before retiring to Lakeland Florida for 18 years. He
worked for McDonalds there and he and his wife Sylva were members of the Heritage Baptist
Church of Lakeland. They moved to Kenosha WI and Sylva died 7 Nov 2007. (Steve Worsham, 2008)
Picture of Virgil, granddaughter Kelly and husband Ryan, and Sylva.
Virgil Don Worsham, age 84, died Monday, October 4 at the Beecher Manor
in Beecher, Illinois. He was born on October 31, 1925 in Follett, Texas to Herbert and
Ava Worsham. Don grew up in Amarillo, Texas. After
graduating high school in 1943 he joined the Army-Air Force and then went on to
receive a degree in Art from the University of Texas. On December 31, 1947 he married
Sylva Nell Goodnight. In 1950 he joined the staff of Sears Catalog as an artist and
typographer. In 1988 he retired from Sears and he and Sylva moved to Florida where he
enjoyed working at McDonalds. His faith was important to him and he had served as a
Sunday School Teacher at Oak Lawn Bible Church and formerly at Marquette Manor Baptist
Church, where he also served as Sunday School Superintendent. He also impacted young
people by coaching Little League. He enjoyed painting and fishing. He is survived by
three children, Steve (Valerie) Worsham of Evergreen Park, Tim Worsham of California,
and Suzanne (Don) Wratney of Raymore, Missouri, 8 grandchildren, Tim, Kelly, Josh,
Dan, Brian, Stephanie, Rebekah, and Larissa, and one great-granddaughter, Elliott
McManimon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylva, his parents and two brothers
and a sister. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at
Bethel Bible Church, 3225 W. 96th St. in Evergreen Park, where a funeral service will
follow at 7:00 P.M. Interment will be held privately at St. Casimir Cemetery in
Kenosha, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.
Further information is available at Hultgren's Christian Funeral Service at
Adopted children: ( Steve Worsham, 2008)
Steven Don Worsham "Steve" b 18 Aug 1956 m Valerie Jane Franzen
b 31 Oct 1955.
1B.126.96.36.199.1. Timothy C
Worsham b 13 Oct 1979
Kelly Worsham b 16 Mar 1982 m
Ryan McManomin. Kelly & Ryan have two daughters:
Elliott Genesis McManimon b 1 Oct 2009 & Charlotte Ava McManimon b 26 Apr 2011.
(Steve Worsham, 2011)
b 4 Nov 1986
Daniel Worsham b 11 Jun 1990.
Timothy Howard Worsham "Tim" b 21 Nov 1957
Suzanne Worsham b 22 Jul 1959 m Rev
Donald B Wratney "Don" b 18 Aug 1958. Children: Brian, Stephanie, Rebekkah
1.6.3. Francis Willard
Worsham b 29 Nov 1898 Schuyler Co, IL change to 1B.6.3. On the World War I
Registrations his birth date is 29 Dec 1898, a student at A & M Dollege, Payne, OK.
Nearest relative B. J. Worsham of Woodward, OK. He m Esther M.
Edwards abt 1923 who was b. 6 Feb 1904 & d 25 Feb 1998 Tulsa, Tulsa, OK (SSDI)
He is listed in the 1920 Clinton, Custer Co., OK census, p 12A age 26 b IL as a roomer. He
is in the 1930 Cushing, Payne, OK census, page 10A as Francis W. Washam age 31 b IL m age
24 with wife Ester M. Washam age 26 m age 18 b OK. (Some family records from James
(Mark S. Cramer, 2000; Joyce Colton, 2005)
1B.6.3.1. Freda Marie
Worsham b 5 Dec 1923 Carson, TX. (6-1930)
1B.6.3.2. Henry Willard Worsham
b 12 Nov 1924 Canyon, Randall, TX. (5-1930)
1B.6.3.3. Wallace Tyler
Worsham b 24 Jul 1927 Nowata, Nowata, OK (8 months 1930) m Jollie Louis
Dobelbower 22 Dec 1952 Tulsa, Tulsa, OK d/o J. Lyle Dobelbower & Jennie L.
David. Children: Jennie Dawn Worsham m James Steel & had daughters Jamie Dawn &
Jackie Lynn; Judy Ann Worsham m Wally Poplin & had daughters Kelly Celeste and Tracy
Ann; James Randall Worsham m Janice Franklin (div); Joy Melissa Worsham m Jeff Woodard
(div) m 2nd) & div had dau Julia; m 3rd) Nick Carris (sp?) & had a son.
1B.6.3.4. Joyce Erlene Worsham
b 16 Oct 1940 Tulsa, OK.
1B.6.3.5. Wesley Rownald Worsham
b 17 Nov 1943 Tulsa, OK.
Worsham. Joyce Colton, 2005, wrote that his name may have been Branch Reid
Worsham. He married Elva O. and they are listed on the 1930
census as living in Oklahoma City. Reid is age 25 and she is listed as Elve age 32.
He is working for a newspaper. In the 1930 Oklahoma City directory they are
listed as Reid Worsham (Elva) dept mgr h 714 N OK Ave and in 1931 Oklahoma City
directory they are Reid Worsham (Elva) salesman Spurrier's reside 312 SE 22d. Elva Worsham
b 11 Jan 1897, d Jul 1972 Chicago, Cook, IL. (SSDI)
1B.6.4.1. Branch James Worsham
b 16 Sep 1924 Lipscomb Co, TX.
1B.6.5. H. Louis
Worsham "Lou" b 24 Oct 1905 Schuyler Co IL, was a potash miner in Carlsbad, NM
& d 20 Mar 1988 Carlsbad NM. He m 1st) Gertrude "Gertie"
who d 1959. He m 2nd) Beulah who d 1970. Lou m 3rd)
Ruth, Mar 1971, of Carlsbad, Eddy, NM & she d 11 Jan 1978.
(Mark S. Cramer, 2000) Gertrude is listed in the probate records 9 Dec 1970 for Eddy
Co, NM. (Joyce Colton, 2005)
Lou had no children.