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1. Jeremiah Worsham
b 10 Oct 1788 NC (Worsham Family Bible, Elizabeth Worsham Sanders, Vertical file, Dallas
Public Library, 1995:
"Jeremiah Worsham was born October 10th, A.D.,
1788" "Catherine Landrum was born September 23rd A. D. 1799"
1st) Catherine Landrum 5 Feb 1815 & m 2nd)
Rebecca Bay 22 Jun 1853 Montgomery Co, TX. It is believed
Jeremiah was s/o John Pleasant Worsham & Mourning Bennette (See page 626) John
Pleasant b 14 Dec 1764 Pittsylvania Co, VA & m Mourning Bennett 8 Jul 1785
Pittsylvania Co, VA. Jeremiah is the correct age to be a son of John Pleasant. North
Caroline borders Pittsylvania Co, VA. It is very possible that John could have gone to NC
after he served in the end of the Revolutionary War in 1787. Jeremiah & John are
listed in the Stephens twp, Washington Co, AL land records at the same time. Kevin
Thompson wrote on 29 Jan 2006: "Jeremiah and Catherine came to Texas in 1835 from
Washington Co, AL to live on land willed to them by Catherine’s father Zachariah
Landrum (who also came to Texas from Washington Co, AL in 1831)
In the Handbook of Texas Online; Winters, James Washington, Jr In 1837 Winters served
under Capt. Jerry Washam in pursuit of a group of Indians who had raided near present
Jeremiah’s grave marker gives his birth as 13 Oct 1788 and death date as 11 Apr 1863.
E Worsham is mentioned in the Oct 1860 Will of her father, Thomas Bay: (Charlotte Sandel
desire after my death that my funeral expenses and just debts shall be paid, I also
desire that my wife, Mary Bay, shall have the tract of land on which I now reside, the
same which I purchased of Cumberland Polk, also to have the household and kitchen
furniture, my stock of cattle, hogs, oxen, one mule, one bay horse, wagon and all my
farming utensils also the crop that may be on hand at my death, also my negro woman Mary
and her child Joanna...I desire that after the death of my wife Mary Bay, the land,
negroes, and all other property devised to her by me under this will shall be sold by my
executors on a credit of twelve months and the money when collected to be divided
equally between my children, William H. Bay, Andrew F. Bay, James H. Bay, Thomas B. Bay,
Rebecca E. Worsham, Elizabeth J. Williamson, Sarah J, Sandel, and my three
grandchildren, Thomas L. Duckworth, Margaret Duckworth, George H. Duckworth, and to
receive one eighth part the same, to be equally divided between the three...I also
desire my son Thomas B. Bay, shall remain with his mother and manage the farm for
her as long as it is agreeable to both of them. And in consideration of his
services he is to have all the profits arising (from the) farm after supporting his
mother. I desire that my son, Thomas B. Bay have one bed and it's furniture which
all of my children have had except himself. I also desire that my son James H. Bay
and my son-in-law, M. L. Sandel, shall be my appointed executors.
William D. Fontain, E. W. Carrington"
Will of Jeremiah Worsham:
In the name of God I, Jeremiah Worsham of the County of
Grimes and the State of Texas being in a very infirm State of health am
sensible too of my liability to sudden death at the same time being in my
own apprehension of sound and disposing mind do judge it best to make and
accordingly do hereby make this my last will and testament. It is my will
that my just debts and the charges of my funeral be paid and discharged by
my Executors herein after named and appointed out of my estate as soon as
conveniently may be after my disease. I give devise and dispose of all my
Estate real and personal (save what shall be necessary for the payment of my
Just debts and funeral charges in the following manner I give to my son
Isreal Worsham and to his heirs and assigns four of my negro slaves (namely)
Stephen an old man, Mary an old woman, Jom a young man and Sharlotte a young
woman also one sixth part of a tract of land situated in Madison County
being the remainder of my headright League of Land that I still own. I give
to my Daughter Narcissa Willis and to her heirs and assigns my negro slave a
young man also one sixth part of the remainder of my headright League of
land in Madison County.
I give to my daughter Elizabeth Saunders and to her heirs
and assigns my negro slave Bernis a man also one sixth part of the remaining
portion of my headright League of Land situated in Madison County.
I give to my (daughter) Lettitias Brooks and to her heirs
and assigns my negro Slave Hannah a woman also one sixth part of the
remaining portion of my headright League of land situated in Madison County.
I give to my grandson Jeremiah Worsham Jr. And to his heirs and assigns my
two negro slaves Joyce a woman and Ellen a woman also one sixth part of the
remaining undisposed portion of my headright league of land situated in
Madison County. I give to my son William Worsham and to his heirs and
assigns my negro slave Sophy and her three children (namely) Jane a girl
Elvy a girl and Bob a boy also one sixth part of the remaining portion of my
headright league of Land situated in Madison County the remainder of my home
stock of cattle and my sorrell mare and yearling colt.
And it is my will that my beloved wife Rebecca Worsham
have the entire Control and management of the property of the said William
Worsham for her own use and benefit and for the support and education of the
said William Worsham during her life time and that she have power to sell
the cattle and horses at any time that in her Judgement may seem most to the
interest of the said William – and it is my will that if my son William
shall die before he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years, then what
shall remain of his share in the whole of my Estate according to this my
will shall go and I in this case give the same in equal shares to my other
surviving heirs afore named in this will and so to their respective heirs.
I give to my wife Rebecca Worsham all my household and
kitchen furniture which with what I have heretofore give to her, I mean to
be and that She accept the same in full right of her dower to my Estate and
I give to her as above on condition that she my said wife Shall give to my
Executors when demanded a release of all demands and claims of dower and
otherwise of and against my estate save what I have herein given to her–And
it is my will that the residue of my Estate be hold at public or private
sale for cash or on a credit as may seem best to my Executors to be applied
in payment of my just debts and as my Executors must necessarily be at some
trouble and expense in carrying out the provisions of this will it it is my
wish and I hereby authorize and empower them to receive the same fees that
administrators are entitled to under the Laws of the State together with
reasonable compensations for extra services and in the event that it should
become necessary to have the assistance of an attorney I desire and empower
my Executors to employ efficient counsil and that they agree to pay and do
pay to him such sums of money out of my Estate as they my Executors shall
Judge reasonable and further in case any person or persons to whom any
legacy or benefit out of from of by reason of this my will shall commence
any suit or suits in any Court of Law or equity or other Court whatsoever or
by any ways or means sue and disturb or cause to sued and disturbed my
Executors or trustees herein named or any other person or persons whatsoever
to whom anything is by me given in this my will from the recovering quietly
enjoying and possessing of what is by me given herein as aforesaid and in
such manner as it is therein mentioned; then my will and meaning is that all
and every the legacy and legacies herein by me given to any such person or
persons whatsoever who shall so sue and disturb as aforesaid shall cease
determine and be utterly void and that then and from thence forth I do give
and bequeath all and every the legacies which I had in this my will give to
such person or persons in equal shares to my other heirs and legaties named
in this my will.
And it is my will after all my Just debts and all expences
herein provided for shall have been paid and settled that the money then
left if any shall be equally divided and distributed among my several heirs
And it is my will that my Executors at any time when
convenient summon to their aid a competent surveyor and divide the land
specified in this my will into six equal parts as near as may be and that
they call to their assistance some two or more disinterested persons and
determine by lot numbering from one to six the respective lots of each heir
as herein specifyed. And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my son
Isreal Worsham and my friend Benjamin Cordy (?) Jointly and severily to be
Executors of this my last Will and Testament and so as that in case of the
death resignation neglect or refusal of one of them to qualify the other one
or survivor of them shall then be Sole Executor of this my said will and I
give said Executor all the power and direction I have given my said
executor. I also give to each of them all the power and repose in each of
them all and every trust I have given them jointly. In witness whereof I
Jeremiah Worsham have to this my will consisting of five pages set my hand
and seal in the following manner by causing my name to be signed in my
presence at the bottom of the first four pages and my name to be signed to
this the fifth and last page and my seal to be affixed in my presence this
the 20th day of January A.D. 1861. /s/ Jeremiah Worsham
Signed seal published and declared by the above named
Jheremiah Worsham as and for his last will and testament in the presence of
us who at his request met in his presence have subscribed our names as
witnesses thereto: Wm S. Fountaine, H. W. Coulter, W. A. Blount Whereas on
the 10th day of January 1861 I Jeremiah Worsham of Grimes County and State
of Texas did make sign seal publish and declare the above and foregoing as
my last Will and testament which was signed and sealed by my request as
therein stated which I have again declare to be my will with the following
additions viz: I give my grandson Jeremiah Worsham and to his heirs and
assigns my negro slave Sarah Jane an infant child of Helen named in my
aforesaid will being an increase since making said Will and it is my will
that the right and title in and to any and all the increase of any there may
be of any of my negro slaves named in my aforesaid will shall follow and be
held with the mother of said increase. In witness whereof I Jeremiah Worsham
have to this my will set my hand and seal by causing my name to be signed
and my seal to be affixed in my presence not being able to write my own name
this Sept the 19th A.D. 18651 Attest Jeremiah Worsham (seal)
signed sealed and published by the said Jeremiah Worsham
as and for a Codicil to be added to and considered as a part of his last
will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names in
his presence W. A. Blount, Jesse Bookman
The State of Texas County of Grimes A.D. 1861
In open Court appeared H. A. Coulter and W. A. Blount
subscribing witnesses to the hereunto attached will on being duly sworn say
on oath that they saw the Testator Jeremiah Worsham sign the same and that
he declared it to be his last Will and Testament and that they signed the
same as witnesses at the request of the Testator and in the presence of each
other and the said W. A. Blount also says upon oath that he saw the said
Testator sign the codicil to said will and acknowledged the same before him
and that he and Jesse Bookman signed the same at his request as witnesses
and in the presence of each other witnesses further depose that said
Testator was at the time ofr signing and acknowledging the same of sound
mind and of disposition memory H. W. Coulter, W. A. Blount
Sworn and subscribed fore me which said will is probated
Geo W. Patrick, Chief Justice Filed April 25, 1863
1A.2. Israel Worsham
(1820-1882). He was listed in the 1850 Montgomery Co, TX census age 31 b AL with
wife Emily age 20 b AL & children: Francis O Worsham age 3 b TX & Alice T age 2
b TX. He is listed in the 1860 Montgomery Co, TX census as I Washam age 40 b AL with
wife E F age 29 & children: O F age 13, J (Male age 11), T A age 11 (female), E
J age 8 (female) & M M age 5 (female). He is listed as age 59 on the 1870 Montgomery Co,
Census. Emily is age 39 b AL with children: Alice age 20, Mattie age 15, Walter J age 14,
Josephine age 13. Emily F Worsham is listed as widow of Israel on the 1882-1895
Houston City Directory. Israel was apparently a
Judge. From Founders & Patriots of Republic of TX, 1957, Stumpf, p 438 &
"WORSHAM, ISRAEL (1820-1882). Israel Worsham, early settler and
legislator, b in 1820, the son of Jeremiah and Catherine (Landrum) Worsham, who
moved from Alabama to Texas, crossing the Sabine River on December 31, 1829, to
settle in Stephen F. Austin's qv colony, where they received headright grant
number five (a league and a labor of land). Worsham received land certificate
number thirty-five, 320 acres in Montgomery County, on March 27, 1839, from the
Republic of Texas. qv In the fall of 1842 he volunteered for service in the
Somervell expeditionary and served as a captain in that punitive campaign. He
represented Montgomery County in the House of Representatives of the Sixth Texas
Legislature (1855-56); he was again elected to that body, representing
Montgomery, Grimes, and Brazos counties in the Eleventh Texas Legislature
(1866). During the Civil War qv Worsham was a member of the home guard and was
appointed a major, commanding the Montgomery County companies. He supplied the
Confederate Army with slaves to drive wagons of provisions from his plantation,
for which he was never reimbursed "for want of funds." In 1867 Worsham
wrote the description of Montgomery County for the Texas Almanac. He was a
member of a Masonic lodge (number twenty-five), the Council of Labourers (a
secret organization similar to that of the Grangeqv), and the Texas Veterans
Association. qv He donated land for railroad right-of-way, was active in affairs
of the Methodist church, and served as an election judge. He was married to
Emily Womack; they had four daughters and one son. Worsham died in 1882 and was
buried in the family cemetery on his plantation in Montgomery County on the old
Post Road to Houston. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Frederick Charles Chabot, Texas Letters (Yanaguana
Society Publications 5, San Antonio, 1940). Vertical Files, Barker Texas History
Center, University of Texas at Austin. Ella K. Daggett Stumpf."
Additional information is found in "Manuscript Collections"
Collection Number Doc 923, Worsham, Israel, Papers 1845-1959, 6 folders
Correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, survey records, and
printed material associated with Israel Worsham (1820-1882), a Montgomery
County, Texas resident. Correspondence is primarily from family members. Legal
documents include a statement from Sam Houston regarding a horse, bills of sale
for slaves and an estate document. Printed material includes clippings on the
history of Montgomery County and its residents. Photocopies. Names associated
with papers Houston, Sam; Landrum, John; Landrum, William; Worsham, Israel;
Places associated with papers Montgomery County; Subjects Personal papers;
The following historic letter refers to Judge Worsham. The letter is to
"Col. Joseph Ellis - Grand Ca__?__ Texas from Sam Houston at Palmers PO
Texas - June 13th" in the left top corner and "mail" in the left
bottom corner of the folded letter. Inside the letter has "Raven Hill 12
June 1847" in the top right corner:
"My Dear Joe.
I thank you for your kind & welcome letter. You will see that at the end
of five weeks, I have not completed the journey of five days.
On Monday I hope to get to Huntsville. Sam (Jr.) has been quite sick, but is
now up and about, and able to talk about "Uncle Joe and Uncle Ben". He
has been really ill, poor fellow. I hope we will now meet with no further
detention. I have not complied with my promise to Judge Worsham, as i have not
seen m_?_ b........
I will send down Joshua
(Sam Houston's slave), & a buggy for mother, and suggest for one of the Sr.
ellis! or the Judge to ride up in company with mother, and take a look, at the
s__?__ and land about Huntsville __?__ said to be healthy then.
Since I came here, I have traded for another place within two or three miles,
of Huntsville. It is a bang up place! What-say you to a look at it? Mrs. Houston
I think is in better health, than when we were at your house, and little Nannie,
is fatter than she has ever been.
We write in kind regards to you, your brother, and all the family
Capt Insle this also.
Mrs. M__?__, has been quite ill, with an, affection in her side.
Truly your friend "Sam Houston" (fancy signature)
P.S. Sam (Jr.) says he has a birthday present which his Pa gave him, of a
pretty gold pencil, for his Uncle Joe, so soon as he can see him, if it is not
too long!!! to Col Joe Ellis - Pleasant Town Texas" (this is at the bottom
of the page)
From Founders & Patriots of Republic of TX, 1957, STUMPF,
p 438 & 490 & Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/WW/fwo26.html)
"Israel Worsham (1820-1882). Israel Worsham, early settler and
legislator, was born in 1820, the son of Jeremiah and Catherine (Landrum)
Worsham, who moved from Alabama to Texas, Crossing the Sabine River on December
31, 1829, to settle in Stephen F. Austin's colony, where they received headright
grand number five (a league and a labor of land). Worsham received land
certificate number thirty-five, 320 acres in Montgomery County, on March 27,
1938, from the Republic of Texas. In the fall of 1842, he volunteered for
service in the Somervell expedition and served as a captain in that punitive
campaign. He represented Montgomery County in the House of Representatives of
the Sixth Texas Legislature (1855-56); he was again elected to that body,
representing Montgomery, Grimes, and Brazos counties in the Eleventh Texas
Legislature (1866). During the Civil War Worsham was a member of the home guard
and was appointed a major, commanding the Montgomery County companies. He
supplied the Confederate Army with slaves to drive wagons of provisions from his
plantation, for which he was never reimbursed "for want of funds." In
1867 Worsham wrote the description of Montgomery County for the Texas Almanac.
He was a member of a Masonic lodge (number twenty-five), the Council of
Labourers (a secret organization similar to that of the Grangeqv), and the Texas
Veterans Association. He donated land for railroad right-of-way, was active in
affairs of the Methodist church, and served as an election judge. He was married
to Emily Womack; they had four daughters and one son. Worsham died in 1882 and
was buried in the family cemetery on his plantation in Montgomery County on the
old Post Road to Houston.
Bibliography: Frederick Charles Chabot, Texas Letters (Yanaguana Society
Publications 5, San Antonio, 1940). Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center,
University of Texas at Austin. Ella K."
Kevin Thompson, 2007, found "A Guide to the Israel Worsham Family Papers, 1842-1879,
1975" which is posted at:
Descriptive Summary Creator:
Worsham, Israel, 1820-1882 Title: Israel Worsham Family Papers Dates: 1842-1879, 1975
Abstract: Israel Worsham lived in Montgomery County in the Republic of Texas, served in
the Texas legislature (1855-1856) and the Montgomery County Home Guard during the Civil
War. In 1867, he wrote the description of Montgomery County for the Texas Almanac. The
collection contains papers of Israel Worsham and his immediate family, and those of his
great-great-granddaughter Ella K. Daggett Stumpf dealing with her research on Israel
Worsham. Israel Worsham’s papers, which are largely financial, are divided into two
series: Slave Sales and Financial Records. Identification: MS 144 Extent: 1 box; 1
linear inch Language: Materials are written in English. Repository: Archives and Special
Collections Department, The University of Texas at San Antonio Library.
Biographical Note The Worsham
and Landry families came to Texas, then part of Mexico from Alabama in 1829. Israel
Worsham's parents, Jeremiah and Catherine Landrum Worsham, received Headright grant # 5,
(a league and labor of land), in Stephen F. Austin’s colony. Israel, born in 1820,
received 320 acres of land in Montgomery County in the Republic of Texas in 1839. He was
elected to the Sixth Texas legislature in 1855-56, and was in the Montgomery County Home
Guard in the U.S. Civil War. After the war, he represented Montgomery, Grimes, and
Brazos counties for the House of Representatives, in the Eleventh Texas Legislature
(1866), where he helped sponsor an act for the punishment of vagrants. In 1867, he wrote
the description of Montgomery County for the Texas Almanac. His home, "The Worsham
Place," was on the old Post Road to Houston; the two-story Greek Revival House was known
for its hospitality.
Israel and his wife, Emily
Womack Worsham, had five children: Ophelia Frances, Alice Tabitha, Mattie Myrtella,
Josephine, and Jefferson Davis Worsham. Israel died in 1882 and was buried in the family
cemetery on his plantation.
Scope and Content Note The
collection contains papers of Israel Worsham and his immediate family, and those of his
great-great-granddaughter Ella K. Daggett Stumpf dealing with her research on Israel
Worsham, which led to a biographical entry on him in the New Handbook of Texas.
Israel Worsham’s papers, which
are largely financial, are divided into two series: Slave Sales and Financial Records.
The slave bills of sale and receipts (folders 1 and 2, 1842-64) identify slaves that
Worsham purchased by name, relationships, and physical description.
The Financial Records include
both pre and post Civil War documents. The accounts and receipts (folders 3-12, 1844-79)
include receipts for taxes, dry goods, memberships, and services such as music lessons
for his daughters. Of special interest are the records from the Civil War years (folders
7 and 8) which include receipts for his sales of cotton, those for musical lessons for
his three daughters, and receipts for war taxes and "tithes" from both the Confederate
and Texas state governments. Post-Civil War records include accounts with freedmen;
contracts with Royall’s Cotton Worm Destroyer and the International & Great Northern R.
R. Co.; and an insurance policy for his home with the Merchants’ Insurance Company. An
undated item (folder 12) may be a list of groceries, containing items like cabbage and
The Ella K. Daggett Stumpf
papers date from around 1975. Folder 13 contains her notes, bibliography, and
transcriptions on Israel Worsham, and a carbon copy of a letter (17 May 1975) she wrote
to Joe Frantz, then director of the Texas State Historical Association, that accompanied
her biographical sketch of Worsham for possible inclusion in the Texas Handbook. Folder
14 contains several typescript drafts of her sketch, with her handwritten annotations.
1A.3. Narcissa Worsham
b 29 Aug 1828 Tuscaloosa Co, AL m Richard Short Willis 3
Jun 1847 Montgomery Co, TX at the house of her father, Jeremiah Worsham by R B Martin,
JP. (Early Montgomery County Texas Marriages Found in the "Black
Boxes"; WILLIS, Richard S. - Narcissa Worsham, License 1 Jun 1847 Married 5
Jun 1847 at the house of Jeremiah Worsham by R. B. Martin, J. P) They are in the 1850 Montgomery Co, TX census. He is age 29 Merchant b MD. Narcissa
is age 21 b AL. He had the beautiful home "Cathalorri" built in 1854 in
Montgomery Co, TX by craftsman, John E Shelton. The home is now owned by Dr. Linda
Cecil. They are in the 1860 Harris Co, TX census. Narcissa is age 32 b AL & he is R
S Willis Merchant age 38 b DE with children: Short Willis age 13 b TX; Kate Willis age 7
b TX & Dick Willis age 2 b TX. He and his brother, Peter James Willis established the
P J Willis and Brother, one of the largest mercantile establishments west of the
Mississippi. He was listed in the Galveston, TX directory 1888-1891 as Mgr P J Willis
& Bro, dry goods & dress goods department.
The Willis home in Galveston is on the
Historic Register & was opened to the public in 1991: (The article
can be viewed at: (http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/MM/lbm9.html
The mansion can be viewed at:
"The historic Willis-Moody
Mansion was built between 1893 and 1895 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style &
associated with two prominent Galveston mercantile and entrepreneurial families. The
mansion was designed by English-born architect William H. Tyndall for Narissa Wills, the
widow of Galveston merchant Richard Short Willis. Porches, tall windows, galleries and
rooms with south-facing exposures to catch the Gulf breezes were included with turrets,
heavy arches and massive stonework in this four-story home to produce the only building in
Galveston to exhibit direct characteristics of the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Just
five years after its completion, in 1900, the house was purchased from Narcissa Willis’s
heir by William Lewis Moody, Jr., whose business ventures over the ensuing five decades
would play a key role in the development and definition of the economy in Galveston and
Texas. The Willis-Moody Mansion is located at 2618 Broadway St. In Galveston."
The Willis home was purchased by William L
Moody, Jr after the September 1900 hurricane from the heirs of Narcissa Willis.
An interesting article was written about the
Richard Willis family:
"Wednesday, Jun 2, 2004
I’ve Been Thinking, Historical Account of the Montgomery Area by Narcissa Martin
Boulware. Spanish Land Grants, Chapter 5. In the 1840 era, R. S. Willis was successful
merchant in the town of Montgomery. In 1893, the eldest son of Narcissa and Richard
Willis, Short Adam Willis was deeded five hundred acres and twenty-eight acres in
Montgomery Co., TX by his parents. Along with all the preceding crops and cropland
established by his forbearers, Short Adam and his wife Mary Carter Hawley Willis added a
new product: they turned their farm into a show place they called "Williston".
They raised pedigreed Jersey cattle, sold and shipped butter, milk and cream, both
locally and by shipment to Houston. S. A. And Mary Hawley Willis raised three children;
Olive Elizabeth, Richard Short and Henry Hawley. Sick until death, Short Adam deeded his
five hundred twenty eight acres to his wife Mary Hawley Willis in 1915. Mary continued
the operation until 1925, when she deeded the acreaged to her son-in-law, I. L. Martin.
Isaac Lafayette or better known as I. L. was the husband of her only daughter, Olive
Elizabeth. I. L. Martin was known locally only as "Stump", added tenant houses
leasing the land on thirds, halves or fourth leases. I. L. "Stump" Martin and
his Olive Elizabeth had six children: Narcissa Willis, John Willis, I. L. Jr., Mary Joe,
Rose Marie and Olive Elizabeth. In 1937, the tract belonging to I. L. Martin Sr. was
passed on to his oldest child, Narcissa Willis Martin, the sixth in succession from
Zachariah Landrum. Together with her husband Cecil Crockett Boulware, Sr., she raised
registered Brangus cattle, horses (show quality), hay and grasses, vegetable and fruit.
Some of the horses she raised have won local, state and national honors. She and her
husband and two sons, Cecil C. Boulware, Jr., and Hubert Martin Boulware. Today she
continues to raise horses and cattle, fruit and vegetables. Footnote: There are now
granddaughters, great granddaughters and a great great grandson......" The entire
article can be viewed at: (http://www.montgomerycountynews.net/ivebeenthink06-02-04.htm)
The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft,
vol. 16, History of the North Mexican States and Texas, XXXII. Resources and
R. S. Willis, a
native of Maryland, came to Texas in 1837, being then sixteen years of age.
After farming, and engaging in mercantile pursuits in various localities, he
finally established himself in Galveston in 1867, and there he has ever since
remained, his business expanding with the growth of the city, until his firm is
now able to compete with the merchant princes of New Orleans for a share in the
trade of the southwest. He is also president of the Texas bank, with which
institution he has been for many years identified. In 1847 he married Miss
Worsham, a native of Alabama, by whom he has several children. In the business
circles of the Texan capital no man is more highly respected.
1A.3.1. Short Adam Willis b Jul 1848of
Harris Co, TX (2-1850; 13-1860) He was on the 1870 Princeton, Mercer, NJ census age 22
College Student. He m 1st) Martha Estelle Cannon 4 May 1871 Galveston, TX On 26 Dec 1878
Mr Short A Willis b abt 1848 arrived in New York from his port of departure, Liverpool,
England & Qweenstown, Ireland on the ship Scythia. (New York Passenger Lists) He was
in the 1880 Galveston, Galveston, TX census age 32 as S. A. W. Willis b. TX. He m 2nd)
Mary Carter Hawley 28 Nov 1894. Mary b 23 Dec 1871 Lagrange, Oldham, KY. They left
Galveston, TX in 1896 but still owned the house of H Street in 1900. He was listed in the
Galveston, TX Directory 1888-91 as Bookkeeper for P J Willis & Bro. They are in the
1900 Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut census. He is age 58 b Jul 1848 m 6 years &
Mary H. b Dec 1871 age 28 m 6 years with dau Olive E. Willis b May 1895 age 5 b TX. He
was on the 1910 Washington, DC census with wife Mary C age 38 m age 16 with children:
Olive E Willis age 14 b KY, Richard S. Willis age 7 b TX, Harry H Willis age 6 b Conn.
Her mother Sarah B Hawley age 62 is living with them. Tidbits about Mr & Mrs Short
Adam Wills appeared in the Washington Post, Washington DC from 1910 to 13 Feb 1918 which
was a for sale or rent ad for the 8 bedroom Williston farm in Montgomery Co, TX. He d 27
1A.3.1B.1. Olive Elizabeth Willis b
May 1895 (5-1900) Montgomery Co, TX m Isaac Lafayette Stump Martin abt 1914 Montgomery
Co, TX. Stump was b 14 May 1881 (World War I Draft Registration)
They are in the 1930 Montgomery Co, TX census. Stump is age 49 m age 34 b TX & Olive
is age 34 m. age 19 b TX.
1A.3.1B.1.1. Narcissa Willis Martin
b 14 Apr 1917 Montgomery Co., TX (Texas Birth Index & 13-1930) m
Cecil Crockett Boulware, Sr. Children: Cecil C. Boulware, Jr b 25 Jun 1937 Harris Co, TX and Hubert
Martin Boulware b. 13 Apr 1941 Montgomery Co, TX (Texas Birth Index)
1A3.1B.1.2. Isaac Lafayette Martin, Jr.
b 14 Jam 1919 (Texas Birth Index & 10-1930
John Willis Martin b 1923
John Martin, 2010 provided this photo and wrote that R S
Willis was his great grandfather, Olive Willis Martin his grandmother, & John Martin was
his father (see attached photo of John & John Jr). Several articles on this family
1A3.1B.1.4. Mary Jo Martin b 1925
1A3.1B.1.5. Rose Marie Martin b 23 Jul
1927 Montgomery Co, TX (Texas Birth Index & 2 yrs 7 mo-1930)
1A3.1B.1.6. Olive Elizabeth Martin b 8
Apr 1930 Montgomery Co, TX (TX Birth Index)
1A3.1B.2. Richard Short Willis
b 20 Apr 1902 TX m Genevieve Murphy abt 1926. They are in the 1930 Dallas Co, TX census. He
is age 28 m age 24 b CT & Genevieve is age 23 m age 19 b TX. He d 11 May 1968 Harris
Co, TX. (Texas Deaths) His last residence was Montgomery Co, TX. (SSDI)
Children: (Texas Birth Index)
1A3.1B.2.1. Mary Jane Willis b 21 Jun
1927 El Paso Co, TX (2 8 mo-1930)
1A3.1B.2.2. Richard Short Willis Jr b
14 Feb 1929 Bexas Co, TX (1 two mo-1930)
Henry Hawley Willis b abt
1A.3.2. Mary Cathrine Willis b 1850
Montgomery Co, TX (2 mo 1850)
1A.3.3. Kate Willis b abt 1853 TX
1A.3.4. Dick Willis b abt 1858 TX
1A.3.5. Laura Willis b abt 1860
1A.3.6. Lee W Willis b abt 1863
1A.3.7. Birdie Willis b abt 1870
(10-1880) She might be the Olive Willis who m Francis A. Walthew. He was in the 1880
Galveston, TX census age 16 & living with his parents Joseph M. & Mary Walthew.
Frank A Walthew was listed in the Galveston City Directory 1888-91 as a clerk in the life
insurance department of Hughes & Store & boarding at Fremont Hotel. They were in
the 1900 Galveston, TX census. She was age 28 b Jun 1871 m 10 years & Francis b Dec
1861 age 38 b England with two daughters Phyllis C. Walthew b Dec 1891 TX & another
(cannot read the name) b Sep 1896 TX. An article dated 18 Oct 2000 in the Montgomery
County News in regards to the Sep 1900 hurricane in Galveston, TX. It was written that
Frank Walthew, the son-in-law of Narcissa Willis was living in the Willis Mansion with his
wife Olive Willis and that Frank stood at one of the huge windows in the upper story of
the house and extended a long pole out into the rushing water to snag as many people still
alive and floating by on some object. The couple is credited with saving and housing many
people doomed to death except for his rescue efforts. Frank Walthew was a native of the
Eastern states, Connecticut, Maryland, and New York and the horrors of this experience, he
was able to persuade his wife to leave forever, what had been her childhood home. Olive is
in the 1920 Manhattan, NY census age 46 b TX. She is in the 1930 Manhattan, NY census age
57 b TX wd, renter.
1B.1.1. Jerry Uriah
Worsham m Eugena Ethel Wasson b abt 1888. In
1930 they lived in Globe, Gila Co, AZ.
Bell Worsham b 14 Oct 1926 of Walker Co, TX & m Virgil
7 Jul 1944 Belton, Bell, Texas. Virgil b 11
Jun 1922 KY & d
16 Dec 1993 Hazel Park, Oakland, Michigan. Lennie d 3 May 1958.
Photo of Lennie was taken in KY, (Ancestry.com, 2006)
1B.1.2. Clara Alice Worsham
"Clarart" b 21 Feb 1880 Grimes, TX & d 15 Mar 1939 in Walker, Texas. Clara m
Ed Alexander "Edd" b Jul 1861 Texas.
1B.1.2.1. J W Alexander
b abt 1911 Walker, Texas.
Alexander b 26 Jun 1911 in Walker, Texas & d 15 Sep 2000 Luling, Caldwell, TX.
She m Richard Reagan Hicks b 16 Oct 1907 Texas & d 20 Apr
1991 Caldwell, TX.
Eddins Worsham d 6 Jan 1937 Conrue, Montgomery, TX.
Hendrix Worsham b 15 Jun 1895 Huntsville, Walker, TX, d 10 Sep 1972 Luling,
Caldwell, TX & bur Oakwood Cem. She m Mr Blank.
1. John Worsham
b abt 1766 NC m Elizabeth Todd
abt 1804 NC. He d abt
1820. Descendants lived in Caswell Co, NC & Rockingham Co, NC.
Arnold Worsham "Berta" b 19 Sep 1873 Caswell, NC & d
12 Sep 1953 in Yanceyville, Caswell, NC. Berta m Charles Joel
Yarbrough b 14 Jul 1850 Milton Township, Caswell Co, NC & d 2 Jan 1919.
Margaret Arnold Yarbrough b 28 Feb 1911 Caswell, NC & d 1 Oct 2002 Roxboro,
Person, NC. Margaret m Norman Stroupe Upchurch 24 Dec 1928.
He was b 19 Dec 1904 Wake, NC & d 26 Jan 1989.
Mabel Claire Yarbrough b 9 Dec 1908 in Caswell, NC & d 19 Apr 2003 in Brevard,
Transylvania, NC. She m William Hall Smith 31 Mar
1928. Hall was b 25 Feb 1905 Guilford, NC & d 30 Jul 1983 Brevard, Transylvania,
Woodson Worsham & Ruth Allen.
Allen Worsham m Francis Turner Durham b 14 May 1913 & d 21 Feb 1986 Reidsville, Rockingham, NC.
Ruth's obit appeared in the 28 Apr 2005 News & Record:
Reidsville - Ruth Worsham Durham, 90, of
Carolina House, died on Wed, Apr 27, 2005, at her residence. A graveside funeral service
will be held Sun at Locust Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Durham was born
in Rockingham County to the late William W. and Ruth Allen Worsham. She was a homemaker,
loved fishing, flowers, gardening and cooking. She was a member of Faith Christian
Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Francis "Nappy" Durham,
sister Elizabeth W. Fowlkes and brother William W. Worsham. She is survived by her
nieces, Martha F. Carter of Greensboro, Carol F. Poteat of Yanceyville, Linda A. Hofeldt
of Hickory; nephew William W. "Woody" Worsham Jr., of Hickory. There will be
no formal visitation. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at
Carolina House for all their love, care and concern. Wilkerson Funeral Home is assisting
Elizabeth Worsham b 3 Jun 1922 Caswell Co, NC m Robert
Ross Fowlkes & she d 30 Nov 2002 Yanceyville, Caswell, NC. (SSDI)
Robert's obit is in 3 Mar 2003 Danville Register & Bee, Yanceyville, NC
Robert Ross Fowlkes, 83, of 6222 US Highway 158 West, died Fri, Feb 28,
2003, at his residence. He was born Jun 20, 1919, in Caswell Co, NC, the son
of Robert Jennings Fowlkes and Nancey Williamson Martin Fowlkes. He was
retired from Jefferson Standard Insurance Company after 16 years; he was a
tobacco and cattle farmer and was a member of Locust Hill United Methodist
Church. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Fowlkes
was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Worsham Fowlkes. He is survived
by two daughters, Martha Fowlkes Carter of Yanceyville, NC and Carol Fowlkes
Poteat and husband, Julian of Yanceyville, NC; three grandchildren, David Ross
Carter, Jennifer Elizabeth Carter and Lauren Caroline Poteat; one
great-grandchild, David Jackson Carter; two sisters, Frances F. Smith of
Blanch, NC and Nancey F. Patterson of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, Richard J.
Fowlkes of Yanceyville, NC. and Franklin Douglas Fowlkes of Blanch, NC.
1.1A.188.8.131.52. William W Worsham b 8 Sep 1927
Reidsville, Caswell, NC d 9 Nov 2003 Hickory, NC bur Fairview Cem., Hickory, NC. He m Harriet Crutchfield. His obituary:
William "Bill" Woodson Worsham, 76, of 16th Ave. Circle
N.W., Hickory, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at his residence following a period
of declining health. Mr. Worsham was born on Sept. 8, 1927, in Reidsville, to
the late William Woodson Worsham and Ruth Allen Worsham. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran and was self employed owner of Today's Business Products. He was a
member of Hickory Community Chapel. In addition to his parents he is preceded
in death by a sister Elizabeth Worsham Fowlkes. He is survived by his wife,
Harriet Crutchfield Worsham, of the home; son, Woody Worsham and wife, Karen,
of Hickory; daughter, Linda Hofeldt and husband, John, of Hickory; sister,
Ruth Allen Durham of Reidsville; grandchildren, Catherine Worsham, Laura
Hofeldt, Jonathan Hofeldt and David Hofeldt, all of Hickory; nieces, Carol
Poteat of Yanceyville and Martha Carter of Greensboro. Graveside services will
be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fairview Cemetery in Hickory. A memorial service
will follow at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Community Chapel with the Rev. David
Shores officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday immediately
following the service at Hickory Community Chapel. Memorials may be made to
Missionary Support at Hickory Community Chapel, 3240 6th St. Drive, N.W.,
Hickory, N.C. 28601. Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese is serving the
Worsham family News Herald, The Newspaper Location: Morganton, NC.
Dandridge Worsham. His wife Laura Virginia Siddle b
May 1853 d 25 Feb 1927 Caswell, NC (North Carolina Death Collection)
Mills Worsham. (19-1900; 27-1910; 37-1920) He is age 49 in the 1930 Locust Hll,
Caswell, NC census as Charlie M. He d 20 Oct 1948 Caldwell Co., NC (North Carolina
J Worsham "Dan" m Frances Lee Hodges
"Fanny" 1906 in Halifax Co, VA. (p241) Fannie was b 20 Apr
1888 of Halifax Co, VA & d 27 Jun 1912 Caswell, NC. Dan, Fannie and their
son are bur Locust Hill Cem, Locust Hill, Caswell Co, NC.
Thomas Worsham (1900; 20-1910) is Thomas Hunter Worsham b 8 Nov 1889 Locust Hill,
Caswell, NC according to the World War I Draft Registration. He had brown eyes & red
hair, a farmer, works on R. E. Hyatt farm. He married Annie Hyatt
abt 1919 a daughter of Robert E. & Annie Hyatt. He did not marry Lucy Gallagher. Lucy
married Jippy Y. Worsham on 15 Apr 1922. (See
Page 287 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.) He & Annie are
on the 1920 Waynesville, Haywood, NC census. He is age 30 b NC & she is age 30. They are
living with her parents Robert & Annie Hyatt. They are on the 1930 Waynesville, Haywood,
NC census. He is Hunter Worsham age 40 b NC & Annie is age 40. They are living next door
to her father, Robert Hyatt.
Hunter Worsham b 3 Oct 1920 Haywood, NC (North Carolina Birth Index as s/o T
H Worsham & Annie Hyatt & 9-1930) He m Amy Cogdill. He
d 18 Aug 1974 Waynesville, Haywood, NC (North Carolina Death Index). Amy’s obituary
was in the Citizen-Times, Ashville, North Carolina Published: 2005-10-20.
Waynesville - Amy Cogdill
Worsham, 87, of 187 Worsham Drive, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, at
Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
A native of Jackson
County, she had lived in Haywood County since 1938. One of eleven children, she was
the last surviving child of the late Samuel C. And Lula Allmond Cogdill. In addition
to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, T. Hunter Worsham,
who passed away in 1974. She was a member of Hazelwood Baptist Church and was also a
member of Joy Club of First Baptist Church of Canton, Friendship Club of First
Baptist Church of Waynesville, WHO Group of First United Methodist Church of
Waynesville, and Haywood Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.
She is survived by her
godchild, Steven T. McClure and his wife, Karen and their children, Molly, Sadie and
Isley, all of Waynesville; four nieces, Peggy Huffman, Jean Sneed, Tina Stvall and
Mildred Phillips; and three nephews, Lawrence Case, Sam Cogdill and James Jones.
The graveside service will
be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Green Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Dean
officiating. (Laura Perry, 2006)
1.1A.2.6. James Judson Worsham
is bur Ruffin Cem, Rockingham Co, NC as James Judson Worsham, Apr 26, 1864 - Mar 25, 1937.
Child of James Judson Worsham:
William Fitzgerald Worsham m Janie Lucile Covington
b 15 Apr 1899 of Stony Creek, Caswell, NC, the dau of Ben L Covington & Mary J Davis.
Janie d 11 May 1979 Reidsville, Rockingham, NC.
Evelyn Grey Worsham b 9 Feb 1923 Reidsville, Rockingham, NC & d 15 Apr 2009
Reidsville, Rockingham, NC. She m Allen Hatchett Gwynn
9 Sep 1950 Reidsville, Rockingham, NC. Allen b 5 Dec 1922 Catawba, NC & 10 Jun 1999
Reidsville, Rockingham, NC.
1. John Worsham
b abt 1721 m Jane Bottom abt 1743 & d abt 1757
Amelia Co., VA. Descendants lived in Amelia Co, Nottoway Co, VA, &
Dinwiddie Co, VA) Jane, the d/o Thomas Bottom made his
will in Amelia Co 10 May 1765. It mentions his daughter, Jane Vaughn, his
granddaughters Frances Worsham and Mary Hubbard, and his son, Thomas Bottom. An
inventory of his estate taken on 1 Nov 1765, included among other things:
"one negro woman named Phillis, one negro man named George and one named
Harry, 24 head of meat cattle, 66 head of hogs, one horse, one mare and foal, a
parcel of carpenter's tools, a parcel of cooper's tools, a parcel of shoemaker's
tools and a parcel of plantation tools".
Thomas Bottom was the son of John
Bottom and his wife, Elizabeth. On 9 Jul 1724, he patented 300 acres in the fork
of Knibbs and Flat Creeks in what was then Prince George Co, VA (Patents 12,
page 65). This patent says that Thomas was then a resident of Henrico Co. On 3
Sep 1726 he sold this 300 acre parcel to Thomas Cheatam for "the sum of 10
pounds current money". On 6 Jun 1730, he patented 400 acres on "the
main fork of West's Creek of Deep Creek" in Amelia Co (Patents 13, p 450)
and on 1 Aug 1734, he patented 400 acres on "both sides of Anderson's Road
on the south side of Appomattox River adjoining Thomas Botts" also in
Amelia Co. (Patents 15, p 240). Amelia Co Deed Book 7 p 560 contains a deed
dated 28 Feb 1762 between "Thomas Bottom the elder of Amelia Co of the one
part and Mary Magdaline Rives (wife of Frederick Rives) of Brunswick Co of the
other part". Thomas Bottom "for and in consideration of the affection
he hath for his grand daughter Mary Magdaline, wife of the said Frederick, hath
given, granted and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant and confirm
unto her the said Mary Magdaline Rives one negro woman slave named Anaky one
negro girl named Doll about five years old and one negro boy about five months
old named Hampton to have and to hold the said three negro slaves and their
increase free from the claim and demand of all and every other person".
Thomas Bottom also had Land Patents in Prince George Co, VA: 9 Jul 1724: 300
acres in the fork of Knibbs and Flat Creeks. (Patents 12 p 65) [This patent says
that Thomas Bottom was a resident of Henrico Co.] 6 Jun 1730: 400 acres on the
main fork of West's Creek of Deep Creek. (Patents 13 p 450) 1 Aug 1734: 400
acres on both sides of Andreson's Road on the south side of Appomattox River
adjoining Thomas Botts. (Patents 15 p 240) Amelia Co, Virginia Deed Book 7 - p
560 has an indenture made the Twenty eighth Day of February MDCCLXII Between
Thomas Bottom the Elder of Amelia County of the one part and Mary Magdaline
Rives (wife of Frederick Rives) of Brunswick County of the other part.
Witnesseth that the said Thomas Bottom for and in Consideratition of the
Affection he hath for his Grand Daughter Mary Magdaline, Wife of the said
Frederick, Hath given, granted and Confirmed and by these Presents doth give
grant and confirm unto her the said Mary Magdaline Rives One Negro Woman Slave
Named Anaky one Negro girl named Doll about five years old and one Negro Boy
about five months old named Hampton To have and To hold the said three Negro
Slaves and their Increase free from the claim and demand of all and every other
person or persons Whatsoever unto the said Mary Magdaline Rives and her heirs
forever. In Witness whereof the said Thomas Bottom hath hereunto set his hand
and affixed his seal the day and year above Written. Sealed and Delivered In
Presence of ... Thomas Bottom Senr. At a Court held for Amelia County the 25th
Day of March 1762 This Deed of Gift was acknowledged by the within named Thomas
Bottom Party thereto and ordered to be Recorded. Test: Griffin Peachy Co. Cur.
1.2.1. John Worsham b abt 1763
Amelia Co, VA.
W Worsham b abt 1803 Prince Edward, VA, d 1859 Lunenburg Co, VA. VA.
Slave births has Lunenburg Co slave owner A W Worsham, child Seburn, mother
Martha, b 1856. The 1859 Lunenburg Co, VA Death Register, line 12, has
"Archer Worsham, Dropsy age 55 12 born Pr. Edwd, S. H. Hill."
A Worsham b abt 1849 Dinwiddie, VA m C Emma. A "male" s/o
John A & C. Emma Worsham was b 31 Dec 1884 Nottoway. (VA birth index,
18.104.22.168.1.2. David G Worsham m Mary
E Pool 9 Nov 1876 Cumberland Co, VA. Mary d 1 May 1939 Nottoway, VA.
Jane Worsham b Feb 1879 d/o David G. Worsham Jr & Mary E. She m Junius
B Brown 12 Sep 1901 Nottoway
Co, VA. Junius b 1876 s/o J H & M J Brown. (Charles Hartley, 2000)
Broughton Brown Sr b 29 Jul 1907, Blackstone, Nottoway, VA m
1st) Mae & 2nd) Inez Beulah Smith who was b 8 Dec
Warren, MS d/o James Henry Reece Smith (1875-1917) & Annie Inez Groome
(1882-1924) Carl d 28 Sep 1979 & Inez d 9 Dec 1987, Louisville, KY.
Worsham. John Worsham s/o Davy G & Mary, born 19 Sep 1880
Nottoway, VA (VA births, p130) He is in the 1900 Nottoway Co, VA cens, as
John Worsham b May 1880 VA servant, in the home of John R Ellett.
John m Bessie
W M Bates b abt 1892.
W Worsham "Willie" b abt 1914
A Worsham Jr b abt 1918 of Winningham, Nottoway, VA & d 17 Apr
1960 of Winningham, Nottoway, VA.
Lee Worsham born abt 1921 of Winningham, Nottoway, VA. He m Trixie
Hicks. In the 1930 census he lived in Winningham, Nottoway,
VA. In the 1940 census Gordon lived in Washington,
District of Columbia.
The 19 Apr 1960 Washington Post:
John A Worsham
of 631 Constitution Ave, NE, on April 17, 1960, brother of Gordon L.
Lee Worsham Jr b 2 Sep 1939 Washington DC. He was adopted as
Gordon Lee Meade. (Doug Meade, 2005)
H Worsham b 6 Aug 1924 of Winningham, Nottoway, VA and d 16 Feb 2006
Saint Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida.
B Worsham b 1928 of Winningham, Nottoway, VA.
22.214.171.124.1.2.3. Charles Floyd Worsham b Feb 1883
Nottoway Co, VA. m Hattie Rebecca Orange b 24
Apr 1884 VA and she d 11 Jan 1936 Deatonville, VA. Children: Eugenie S.
Worsham & Charles Ensley Worsham.
G Worsham m E L Landreth 1909
126.96.36.199.1.2.6. David Alexander Worsham m Janie
Mae Ellett 18 Apr 1917 Burkeville, Nottoway, VA. He is D A Worsham
age 26 s/o D G & M E Worsham and she is Janie Stafford age 28 widow
d/o John R. & Nannie Ellett. They were m by W.A.S. Conrad. (Nottoway
Co Marriages, p 57)
Alexander Worsham Jr b 16 Feb 1918, d 9
1979, bur Crewe Cemetery, Crewe, VA, m Cora Virginia Taylor,
children: George T. (Butch) Worsham, William (Bill) Warriner Worsham,
David Alexander Worsham III. (Terri Maitland, 2000) When David Alexander
Worsham, Jr. m Cora Virginia Taylor 22 Mar 1940, he stated he was s/o D.
A. Worsham & Janie Mae Ellett. David, Jr was in the U S Navy.
Photo from "World War II Young American Patriots, 1941-1945":
Alex Worsham Junior Rank: CRM: United States Navy b 10 Feb 1918 Service Date: May
1936 Norfolk, VA; attended Burkeville High School, Baptist; Parents: Mr. & Mrs. D
A Worsham Senior; Spouse: Mrs. C. Virginia Taylor Worsham in Norfolk, Virginia
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Nannie Mae Worsham
b abt 1919 Burkeville, Nottoway, VA m George F. Schutt 25
Feb 1941 Burkeville, VA.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Stanley Warriner Worsham b
abt 1922 m Gladys Lorene Fizer 1941.
Renumber paragraphs 22.214.171.124.1.2.6. to 126.96.36.199.1.2.9.
Add a child of Archer and Margaret Wingo:
Archer Worsham b abt 1828 of Nottoway Co, VA. Add child, insert from
new families, John Archer Worsham.
Lafayette Worsham. Was 188.8.131.52.3. This is the E L Worsham who m Maud B Gilliam, 21
Dec 1854, Appomattox, VA. (IGI Film # 1903676) We believe her name was Miranda
B Gilliam. They are on the 27 Jul 1860 Richmond Ward 2, Henrico, VA
census as E L Worsham age 30 b VA trader, M B age 23 b VA, W L Worsham Jr 5 VA (middle name Lafayette), A. M. age 2 b VA, M G age 5/12 b VA &
his mother M. Worsham age 58 b VA. Inventory of appraisement of estate of
Elisha L Worsham, dec made 23 Jan 1863 $1391.90 total of appraisement made by
Wm R. Atkinson, William Satchfield & Henry D. Dickensen (Dinwiddie Wills,
Vol 8 1863-1875 Film 31103 p 225 & on p 227 Account of sales 24 Jan 1867.
Mrs. Worsham one of buyers of marble top wash stand, bureau, china, linen,
dishes, plates, pitchers, cups & saucers, side board, window curtains,
shoats, corn etc. In The Petersburg Index (Petersburg, Virginia) Mar 24 1868,
p2, Feb 17 1865 Dinwiddie Co court: "C E Foster, administrator of Theo.
Foster, deceased, Plaintiff, against L A Hawks, administrator of E L
Worsham, deceased, Ada and Lafayette Worsham, Defendants in Chancery. This
day, this cause by consent of parties was docketed, and by like consent came
the answer of L A Hawks, administrator of E L Worsham, and that of A M Orgain, guardian ad litem for the infants, and was argued by counsel ..."
His wife M B is in the 1870 Darvilles, Dinwiddie, VA P. O. Dinwiddie Court
House age 33 b VA with children: Washington age 14; Ada M. age 12 & Wm J
age 5. Maranda B Worsham m 2nd) Waverly W Coleman 11 Jan 1877 Dinwiddie Co,
Lafayette Worsham b 26 Dec 1855 Nottoway Co, VA d 19 May 1929
Nottoway Co, VA. In Nottoway Co, VA birth records, page 19, is Washington
J. Worsham b 26 Dec 1855, parents Elisha & Miranda B. He m 1st) unknown
abt 1880 Nottoway Co, VA & m 2nd) Sallie A abt 1892. He is in the
1880 Bellefonte, Nottoway Co, VA census, p 94B age 24 b VA as W L Wirsham
& living as step son with W W Coleman age 53 & M B Coleman, his
wife age 43. On 13 Aug 1894 he purchased 3 lots (12, 13, & 14 in the
town of Crewe, Sec #52 from M. C. & C. D. Epes for $150. (Nottoway Co,
VA Deeds) On 11 May 1896 W. L. Worsham & Sallie A Worsham of town of
Crewe to J J Hawkes & B B Arnold trustees & the American Home
Building & Loan Association, a Corp. $350 bond with 2 deeds in the sum
of $350 with conditions of monthly installments of $5.95 each from 15 May
1896, 84 monthly installments exclusive of interest & expense charged
(Nottoway Co, VA Deed Bk 12, p 328, FHL Film 2031308) His name was on the
Nottoway Co, VA Deed Index from 1910 to 1927. Films were not on file at the
Family History Library. In the 1900 Creeve, Winningham Dist, Nottoway Co, VA
census (ED64, p1) he is W L Worsham b Dec 1855 and his wife Sallie A b Jun
72 VA was m 13yrs and had 4 child & 4 living. Children were: Bessie L
b Jul 1889; J A b Sep 1893; Lillian M b Sep 1896; Arthur L b Nov 1898;
Linwood L b Apr 1881; T H b Mar 1884. In the 1910 Creeve, Nottoway, VA
cens, he was listed as Washonton Woesham age 54 b VA. He is in the 1920
Crewe Twp., Nottoway Co, VA census ED 69, p 14B age 64 & his wife,
Sallie A. is age 47.
He wrote his will 13 Sep 1928 and it was produced in court 24 May 1929 &
offered for probate. (Nottoway Co., Wills, Bk 5, p 365)
In items 1 & 2
he states he is in sound mind & wishes his debts to be paid.
3. I give & bequeath to my daughter Lillian Underhill of Greenville, NC
the sum of $1.00 cash.
4. I give & bequeath to my daughter Thelma Wright of Pittsburg, PA the
sum of $1.00 cash.
5. I give & bequeath to my son Bryant Worsham the sum of $100. Cash.
6. I give and bequeath to my son Arthur Worsham the sum of $100. Cash.
7. I give and bequeath to my daughter-in-law Mrs. W. B. Worsham the sum of
$400 in cash. 8. I give and bequeath to my son Bryant Worsham my certificate
of stock for 500 shares in the Seminole Oil Co.
9. I give and bequeath to my son Bryant Worsham my trunk and its contents
and all my clothing.
10. I give and bequeath to my son John A. Worsham of Victoria, VA the sum of
$1. In cash
11. I give and bequeath to my son T. H. Worsham of New York City the sum of
$1. In cash.
12. I give and bequeath to my daughter Bessie L. Worsham of Pittsburg, PA
the sum of $1. Cash.
13. All the rest and residue of my estate not herein disposed of, of every
description, in possession, expectancy, or action I give devise and bequeath
equally to Lillian Underhill, Thelma Wright, Bryant Worsham, Arthur Worsham
& Mrs. W. B. Worsham.
14. I do hereby nominate and appoint Charles H. Wilson of the City of Crewe,
Virginia executor of this my last will and testament with full power and
authority to execute the same according to its true and intended meaning and
having perfect confidence in his judgement and integrity. I direct that the
said executor shall not give security. 13 Sep 1928 /s/ W. L. Worsham wit by
B. L. Palmer, Paul H. Foote, C. A. Hancock.
Produced in court 24 May 1929 & offered for probate.
W L Worsham d 19 May 1929 according to a certificate showing no
inheritance tax assessable.
Inventory & appraisement of his estate made 14 Jun 1929 which included:
Suit case & contents $5.00; Hamilton watch $10; Trunk & contents
$15; Cash $19; Metropolitan Life Ins. $110; O.R.C. Ins Pol $1000; Chickens
$11.25; Garden Plow $1.50; N&W Railway Co, Pension $48; 50 shares Com Ko-op Service Corp; 50 shares Prof Ko-op Service Corp; 5 shares Va Lease
Corp; 500 shares Seminole Oil Co.
Children by 1st) wife:
L Worsham b Apr 1881 Nottoway Co., VA d 20 May 1910 Nottoway Co,
VA. (Farmville Herald Index to births, deaths and marriages)
Thomas Henry Worsham b Mar 1884 Nottoway Co., VA
m Blanche Andus Poland Aug
31, 1906 Nottoway Co., VA. (Poland Family Bible 1824-1966 # 35846, VA
Library) He is in the 1900 Winningham Dist, Nottoway Co, VA census, ED
64, p 1, Ln 65 b Mar 1884; He is in the 1910 Crewe, Nottoway, VA census
age 26 b VA & Blanch is age 25. She is in the 1920 Petersburg,
Dinwiddie, VA census Vol 54 with Henry B. Palond (Paland), boarder. He was
left $1.00 in cash of New York City by his father, Washington L. in his
will dated 13 Sep 1928. He is in the 1930 Manhattan, New York, New York
census, p 8A, age 45 Carpenter Assistant, subway & married yet his
wife is not living with him. He also is in the 1930 Petersburg, VA cens as
Henry W. Worsham age 45 VA, m 21 yrs, steel mill machinist, his wife
Blanche age 45 VA, father in law Henry B Poland age 75 VA, mother in law
Ellen S age 65 VA. Blanche was b 7 Jun 1884 & d. 25 Mar 1936
Leroy Worsham b 3 Nov 1907 (2-1920) m Anna
184.108.40.206.4.1A.2.2. Blanch Worsham
b abt 1910
220.127.116.11.4.1A.2.3. Henry Bolling Worsham
b 19 Mar 1913, d 7 Dec 1996 & m Patricia Mann
Hunnaday 2 Apr 1947.
18.104.22.168.4.1A.2.4. Infant Worsham d 6 Jul
1916 Petersburg, VA.
Children by Sallie A:
L Worsham b Jul 1889 Nottoway Co, VA m J P Patillo 28 Jun 1911 Nottoway Co, VA. (Nottoway Co., VA Marriage
Register 1897-1929 Vol 2, p 38. She is age 20 b Nottoway d/o W L &
S A Worsham. He is age 31, Salesman s/o F M & M J Patillo. They
were m by G W Phelps. In will of father, Washington L dated 13 Sep
1928. To daughter Bessie L Worsham of Pittsburg, PA the sum of $1.00
22.214.171.124.4.1B.2. John Albert Worsham b 4 Sep 1893
Dinwiddie Co., VA m Nellie Lee Ellett 29
Sep 1915 Crewe, Nottoway Co., VA. She was b 30 Jul 1894 Nottoway, VA &
d 19 Jan 1992 South Boston, VA & bur Victoria Cem. He is age 22 b
Dinwiddie Co, as s/o W L & S A Worsham. She is age 20 b Nottoway
d/o J A & Nannie Ellett. His occupation was flagman. They were m by
M T Woodhouse (Nottoway Co., VA marriages, p 48) He is in the 1920
Crewe, Nottoway, VA census Vol 44, ED 68, St 4, Ln 58 age 26. He is in the
will of his father, Washington L. dated 13 Sep 1928. To my son, John A.
Worsham of Victoria, VA $1.00. He is in the 1930 Victoria, Lunenburg, VA
census age 36 m age 21. Nellie is age 35 m age 20.
Infant Worsham b & d 15 Mar 1915 Nottoway, VA
126.96.36.199.41B.2.2. Dorothy E Worsham b b 11
May 1916 Crewe, Nottoway, VA, d 2 Apr 1998 Richmond, VA & bur Forest
Lawn Cem. (13-1930) She m A W Johnson.
188.8.131.52.4.1B.2.3. Milton Lafayette Worsham
b 6 Jun 1918 Hopewell, VA, d 10 Apr 2003 South Boston, VA & bur Oak Ridge Cem.
(11-1930) He m Elsie Mae Doss 2
Aug 1941, d/o Roy Richard Doss & Dora Wilkerson.
184.108.40.206.4.1B.2.4. Lynwood Leroy Worsham b 19
Jun 1923, d 2 Jan 1998 South Boston, VA & bur 4 Jan 1998 Lakeview
Cem, Victoria, Lunenburg, VA. (6-1930)
220.127.116.11.4.1B.2.5. John Albert Worsham
"Boots" b 1924 Lunenburg, VA (4-1930) m Alberta
M Jones 6 Oct 1950 Elizabeth City, Pasquotank, NC.
18.104.22.168.4.1B.2.6. Sallie Alise Worsham b Dec
1928 Victoria, Lunenburg, VA, d 25 Jul 2002 South Boston, VA & bur Nelson Baptist
Church. She m George Thomas
Hudson 23 Apr 1948.
22.214.171.124.4.1B.2.7. Lais A Worsham.
126.96.36.199.4.1B.2.8. Marjorie Lee Worsham m Joseph
Lynwood Newcomb 14 Oct 1950.
May Worsham b 8 Dec 1896 Nottoway Co, VA m John
Rayford Underhill 1916 Petersburg, VA. (Sep 1896-1900) She is in
the will of her father, Washington L dated 13 Sep 1928. To daughter
Lillian Underhill of Greenville, NC $100. Cash. Residue of my estate to
Lillian Underhill, Thelma Wright, Bryant Worsham, Arthur Worsham &
Mrs W B Worsham.
188.8.131.52.4.1B.4. Arthur L Worsham b 8 Nov
1898 Nottoway Co., VA & d. Jan 1975 Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co, PA. He
is age 19 in the 1920 Crewe twp, Nottoway Co, VA, p 14B. He is age 32
and living with his brother William B Worsham in the 1930 Winningham
Twp, Nottoway Co, VA census, p 5A. He is in the will of his father,
Washington L Worsham dated 13 Sep 1928. To my son Arthur $100. In cash.
184.108.40.206.4.1B.5. William Bryant Worsham b 1903
Crewe, Nottoway Co, VA m 1st) Emma Ellington 1921
Amelia Co, VA. He m 2nd) Jeanette Elizabeth Green abt
1925 Nottoway Co, VA. He is in the 1920 Crewe twp, Nottoway Co, VA
census age 17 as William J. He was listed in the will of father,
Washington L dated 13 Sep 1928. To son Bryant Worsham $100. To my
daughter-in-law Mrs W B Worsham $400. Son Bryant my certificate of
stock for 500 shares in the Seminole Oil Co. To my son Bryant Worsham my
trunk and its contents and all my clothing. Residue of my estate to be
equally divided to Lillian Underhill, Thelma Wright, Bryant Worsham,
Arthur Worsham & Mrs W B Worsham. He is in the 1930 Winningham, Nottoway Co, VA census p 5A age 27 Truck Driver with Transfer
Company m age 22 & Jeanette is age 21 m age 16. His brother Arthur L.
age 32 is living with him. According to Kathy Worsham Strickland,2003,
Jeanette was murdered in Blackstone, VA in the 1930s by a man named
Skinner. This was detailed in the book called "When Big Orange Drinks
Were Only A Nickel" by Doug Coleburn.
Children of Emma:
L Worsham b abt 1921. (9-1930)
220.127.116.11.4.1B.5A.2. William L Worsham b abt
Children of Jeanette:
T Worsham b 26 May 1926 Nottoway Co., VA (3-1930) d Apr 1986
Williamsburg, James City, VA (SSDI)
18.104.22.168.4.1B.5B.2. James A Worsham b abt
22.214.171.124.4.1B.5B.3. Stacia Arline Worsham.
According to Toni Smith, 2002 Stacia's parents were William Bryant
Worsham & Janet Elizabeth Green. Her mother died when she was young
and her father died when he was older.
A Worsham b abt 1906 Crewe, Nottoway Co., VA (14-1920) m Thomas
P Wright 28 Jul 1923 Crewe, Nottoway, VA. She is age 17 b Crewe
d/o W L & S A Worsham. He is age 27 b Roanoke s/o J B & Sophie Wright. They were
m by Chas M McEntyre. She is in the will of her
father, Washington L dated 13 Sep 1928. To my daughter Thelma Wright of
Pittsburgh, PA the sum of $1.00 cash. They are in the 1930 Pittsburg,
Allegany, PA census. Thomas is age 33 m age 28 & Thelma is age 23 m
age 17. Living with them is Christine Underhill, Niece age 12 b VA &
Eugene Underhill, Nephew age 3 b NC who are probably children of her
sister, Lillian. Children: Virginia Wright (3-1930); Louise Wright
M Worsham b abt 1858 of Richmond, VA m Robert
R. Ferguson 4 Aug 1878 Dinwiddie, VA.
126.96.36.199.4.3. M G Worsham b Feb 1860 Richmond,
Henrico, VA. She apparently died before 1870.
188.8.131.52.4.4. William Joseph Worsham "Willie"
b 18 Feb 1865 Dinwiddie, VA & d 4 Jan 1945 Dinwiddie, VA. He was bur as Willie J.
Worsham in White Oak United Methodist Church Cem, Dinwiddie, VA. In Nottoway Co,
Marriages, pg 33 Willie J. Worsham b Dinwiddie that was difficult to read because of
light film. Willie m Anna
Coleman 1886? & believe he was s/o Elisha Worsham & M. B. (?)
She was d/o W. W. Coleman. Willie J. Worsham age 45 b VA is in the 1910
Dinwiddie Co, Census with wife Willie A age 52 b VA & children: Effie M
age 19; Maud W age 16; Clifford L age 13 & Sili (?) B age 8. Willie
Anna Coleman was b Jun 1858.
J Worsham (was 184.108.40.206.4.) b abt 1834 Nottoway Co, VA. (19-1850)
He m Mary D Simmons. He is in the 1860 Richmond Ward 2, Henrico, VA cens, W J
Worsham age 27 b VA, M D age 24 b VA, Otelia age 4 b VA, Rich'd S age 2 b VA
& Marian Simmons age 48 b VA. Death Register for
the City of Richmond, Virginia says that Wash. Worsham, a while male, died
on 9 Dec 1861 in Richmond. Cause of death: Duel. Age: 29. Parents: Archer and
Margaret Worsham. Place of birth: Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Informant: M
The Daily Dispatch Richmond,
Virginia November 8, 1860:
reward. Ranaway from Mr. W. J. Worsham, about the 1st of May last, a Negro
Woman, named Isabella. She belonged to Ro. B. Corbin, of Caroline, and may be
lurking about his farm, where she has a child, or in this city, where she has
been hired for several years past. She is of middle size and dark brown
complexion. She wore ear rings, and was quite tidy in her dress. The above
reward will be paid upon her delivery to us, or her confinement in jail where
we can get her. Edwin Wortham & Co.
Richmond Dispatch. Monday morning Dec
Washington Worsham and Charles Reed, who
were recently indicted by the Grand Jury of the Circuit Court for exhibiting a
faro bank and roulette table in this city, were tried yesterday in the Circuit
Court, and acquitted by the jury.
Some short time since the police officers
entered the premises of Messrs. Worsham & Reed by warrant from the Mayor,
and found a roulette table, and apparatus for the game of faro, of which they
look possession. The Commonwealth, however, could obtain at the trial no
witness willing to testily that either game had been played.
The failure of the Commonwealth to convict
in this case, makes it evident that any law against gaming is of little avail,
and admits of a doubt of the value of any law against it.
If gaming tables are licensed and public,
a father may arrest his son on the verge of a fearful precipice, the wretched
wife may discover the resort of her husband, and prevail on him to abandon it,
and the merchant may save his goods by a knowledge of the favorite haunt of
his clerk; but now the jealously kept doors conceal the victims of the
gambling houses until all hope of reformation is past.
In the Columbus Enquirer (GA):
"9 Dec 1861 Richmond, VA
Washington Worsham was killed in a duel with James McCullough formerly of New
Orleans and Calif 7 Dec 1861."
The Richmond Dispatch Richmond,
Virginia December 9, 1861
Fatal Duel. --The
city experienced a decided sensation on Saturday, in consequence of a report
that an "affair of honor" had taken place on the south side of the
river, and in this instance, contrary to the usual course of rumors at the
present day, the report turned out to be true. It appears that Messrs.
Washington J. Worsham and James McCullough had a misunderstanding in regard to
a business matter, and in consequence of certain expressions not altogether
agreeable, the latter sent Mr. Worsham a challenge, which was accepted. On
Saturday morning, the parties, with a number of friends and several surgeons,
repaired to Broad Rock Race Course, in Chesterfield county, a few miles from
Richmond, and, shortly before nine o'clock, fought with pistols, at a distance
of ten paces. The reports were simultaneous, and both fell at the first fire,
badly wounded. Mr. Worsham was struck near the right thigh, the ball passing
through his body; and his antagonist was hit nearly in the same place, but the
ball took a different course, inflicting a painful injury, though by means so
dangerous as the other. It is almost impossible to conceive of more accurate
firing, both being "line shots;" and, however much we may condemn
the act itself, we can but admire the cool determination with which the
principals stood up in the face of danger. Directly after the fight the
parties returned to the city, and Worsham was conveyed to his residence on
Sixth street, where he died yesterday morning, about 11 o'clock. McCullough,
who came to this city from New Orleans, is at one of our hotels, receiving the
necessary surgical attention, and will probably recover. Both belonged to the
"sporting fraternity," and we learn had at a recent period conducted
a partnership business. We have thought proper to omit some details of the
affair, for which there is no other authority than common rumor, until an
investigation shall have taken place. An inquest will be held to-day.
The Richmond Dispatch Richmond,
Virginia December 10, 1861
--A jury was summoned to hold an inquest yesterday morning over the body of
Washington J. Worsham who died from a wound received in a duel with James
McCullough, and accordingly assembled at the house of the deceased, on Sixth
street, at ten o'clock. They found the body attired for burial, and after a
brief inspection of the wound, adjourned to meet again at the High constable's
office at ten o'clock this morning. Dr. Peachy, Coroner, gave it as his
opinion that the ball entered the side, just above the right ilium,
penetrating the soft parts, intestines and blood vessels, as evinced by the
immense exudation of blood and escape of fecal matter from the point of
entrance; lodged in the abdominal wall immediately opposite, and was removed
therefrom. These facts, connected with an advanced state of decomposition,
rendered a post mortem examination unnecessary. The funeral of Mr. Worsham
will take place this morning at eleven o'clock.
Laura Perry, 2004, from notes she took in 1998 from a
microfilm) From the Richmond Dispatch, 12/12/1861, p 2, c 4:
Recent Duel. The jury summoned by Acting Coroner Sanxay to investigate the
affair in which Washington J. Worsham lost his life, assembled yesterday
morning, for the third time, at the office of the High Constable. The fact
that the unfortunate event was the result of a shot fired by somebody had been
previously ascertained to the satisfaction of the jury, through the opinion
advanced by two well known physicians; And according to common report, the
person who tried it was Jas. McCullough; time, Saturday morning; place, Broad
Rock Race Course; occasion, a duel, at ten paces. Still it was necessary to
prove these facts, and the efforts of the Coroner to bring in the witnesses
were unavailing. The jury therefore made up and rendered the following
verdict: "That the said Washington J. Worsham came to his death from a
pistol ball, shot through his body by some person unknown to the
Dispatch Richmond, Virginia June 19, 1862
Tragical. --We find
in a Northern paper a statement that Jim McCullough, who killed Washington
Worsham in a duel near Richmond, was subsequently killed by Charley Read, a
gambler, in New Orleans. It appears that Read met McCullough, and the latter
refusing to recognize him as a gentleman on account of his connection with the
duel, he drew a pistol and shot him. Read is in prison.
V Worsham b abt 1857 of Richmond, Henrico, VA. (4-1860, 23-1880) In
1900 she is living in Richmond, VA with P A Radford b Jun 1848 VA & wife
Sallie b May 1840 VA as Otelia Worsham b Dec 1860 VA, single, working in a box
factory. Also in the home is Hallie Worsham b Oct 1876 VA single working as a
dry goods clerk. In the 1900 J. L. Hill's Directory of Richmond and Manchester,
VA, Miss Hallie Worsham, saleslady for Julius Meyer's Sons and Miss Otelia V
Worsham, an inspector, both lived together at 319 S. Cherry. In the The
Washington Post Aug 7, 1910, p21 Alexandria Society is "Miss Hallie
Worsham, of Richmond, is the guest of Miss Caroline M. Wise at her home on
Seminary Hill." It is possible Hallie was a daughter of Otelia born out
220.127.116.11.5.2. Richard S. Worsham abt 1859 Richmond,
Henrico, VA. (2-1860, 21-1880) Richard m
Marietta Etta Dobbins "Mary" b 31 Aug 1860 Newport News, VA. Mary
m 2nd) Morris Burden Stackhouse b 4 Sep 1850 Burdentown, NJ
now Borderntown. (Laurie Stacey,2001) Morris d 27 Aug 1917 Philadelphia,
Philadelphia, PA. Mary d Feb 1943 of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
R S Worsham (male) b 5 Aug 1882 Richmond, VA (VA birth index)
Florence E Worsham b Jan 1888 of Richmond, VA (1/88-1900; 22-1910;
32-1920; 42-1930) Abt. 1903 Florence m George L Harnly b
25 Mar 1883 & d Aug 1975 Lansdowne, Delaware, PA. She is probably the Florence
Harnly in SSDI as b 2 Jan 1886 & d. Feb 1980 Lansdowne, Delaware, PA.
S Worsham b 4 Aug 1889 of Philadelphia, PA. (8/89-1900; 30-1920; 40-1930)
She m Edward Stanley abt 1907. Edward b abt 1889
Canada. Edith d. 11 Aug 1988 Newtown Square, Delaware, PA.
Kathryn B Worsham b 28 Sep 1891 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA & d May 1982
Drexel Hill, Delaware, PA. (9/91-1900; 18-1910; 28-1920; 38-1930)
Worsham b Nov 1892 of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. (11-1892-1900)
V Worsham b 1806 Amelia Co, VA. Wrote her will 4 Feb 1887 & proved
1 Sep 1887. (Nottoway Co., VA Will Bk 2, p 102 FHL Film 22632):
Jane V. Worsham
being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and
testament in manner and form as followeth. I will and desire that all my just
debts be paid. I give and bequeath to Florence Wells & Maggie Wells,
daughters of James Wells dec'd my entire estate, real and personal to them and
their heirs forever. I will and desire that my whole estate be kept together
until Maggie Wells become of age or marries. I will and desire that Richard
Hamlin (Col) and his wife Rebecca shall have a home upon my premises with land
to work as long as they live and desire it. Wit M. H. Gilleland, Mary Pervis /s/
Jane V. Worsham 4 Feb 1887. On 1 Sep 1887 will produced in court and ordered to
1. John Worsham
b abt 1791 GA m Lucretia Stewart abt 1823. He d 1835
Lowndes Co, AL. Descendants lived mostly in Lowndes Co, AL; Bienville Parish,
LA; Panola Co, TX; Shelby Co, TX. James A Stewart:
Somewhere in Texas, A journey of our Stewarts from Wales to Virginia, then
through the south 1635-1994, by Peggy Smith Givens, published:
"Lucretia Stewart, wife of John
Worsham, moved with her family to Montgomery (later Lowndes) County as recorded
on land tract records in 1824. It is possible that this couple married in Morgan
County, Georgia, since Worshams and Stewarts were there in 1817. In 1824 they
purchased land near most of the Stewart relatives between Haynesville and
Letohatchee. In 1828 the Hillyard J. Pierce family moved nearby and in 1831
Stewart Farley moved on the same section of land. Hillyard was undoubtedly the
son of Bartley Pierce, a likely cousin of William Stewart (3). The Farley
connection possibly goes back to the Margaret Stewart marrying a John Farley,
that family being from Henrico County, Virginia. By 1835 John Worsham was
deceased with Lovick Stewart and Lucretia Stewart Worsham named as the
administrators of his estate, probate dated 2 Feb 1835. Shortly thereafter,
Lucretia married Aaron Cox. The Worsham children named their uncle, Joshua
Stewart, as their legal guardian. By October of 1845 Lucretia Stewart Worsham
Cox was also deceased with her brother, Lovick Stewart, still administrator of
the estate. The heirs listed were Mary Moseley, wife of William Moseley of
Lowndes County, Alabama; Samantha Madden, wife of James Madden (this should be
Reed Wright Madden (Cynthia Murray, 2003)); and sons,
William, Lovick, and James, who were all minors. By 1850 and later, we find most
of these families in Bienville Parish, Louisiana."
Children of John Worsham and Lucretia
R Worsham m Reed Right Madden 1845 Claiborne
Photo of Reed Right
Madden and Samantha Worsham Madden submitted this photo to Pruitt Family Tree on
Paul Baremore submitted this photo to Ancestry, 2012:
Samantha Madden made the quilt shown in the photo in
approximately the 1880's. The red fabric used in the
quilt helps to date the quilt because the red dye was not available before the
Civil War. In addition, the golden yellow fabric used in the quilt was very
popular in the 1880's. This color was named "cheddar." The pattern
of the quilt is a variation on a pattern named "Cock's Comb."
Samantha must have been quite good with her needle and had an eye for design
since she added elements which enhanced the original pattern. The quilt was
given to her daughter Alabama who gave it to her daughter. Thus, the quilt
which is approximately 130 years old is still in the Madden family and can be
enjoyed for the treasure it is.
Samantha Worsham Madden was buried with her husband in Madden Cemetery,
Fryeburg, Bienville, Louisiana.
1.2. Thomas J Worsham
Thomas J and Sarah M
Worsham and Lovick M Worsham property appraisal 24 Jul 1871 Bienville, LA.
1.2A.1. Lucretia E
Worsham m James M Witherspoon "Jimmie."
She is Lucresa E age 32 b LA in the 1880 Precinct 7, Panola, TX census with her husband Jons Witherspoon age 42 b TN. Also in the home are his mother Mahala age 65 b TN, his
sister Angeline age 25 b TN & brother Filborne age 22 b TN. In the 1930 Gary Village,
Precinct 7, Panola, TX cens. she is listed as Elizabeth Witherspoon age 82 b LA. She is
the aunt of Elbert Heaton age 29 b TX, a State Office Legislator. His wife is Mabel B age
25 b TX.
1.2A.2. John A Worsham.
His wife was Stella A Beckham b May 1853 GA. John apparently
died between 1880 & 1889. Stella m 2nd) Joseph C Hood
abt 1889 of Winn, LA. Stella d 22 Jun 1932 Grant Pa, LA.
1.2A.2.1. Thomas G
Worsham b 3 Apr 1876 & d. 17 May 1954 Rapides Pa, LA. Amanda d 28 Dec 1975
Rapides Pa, LA & both are bur Woodworth Cem, Rapides Pa, LA.
1.2A.2. 1.1. John Mathew
Worsham b 5 Aug 1899 & d 27 Jan 1912 Rapides, LA & bur Woodworth Cem,
Rapides Pa, LA
1.2A.2. 1.2. Esther Worsham b abt 1902 of Lamourie, Rapides,
1.2A.2. 1.3. Ethia Worsham b abt 1904 of Lamourie, Rapides, LA
1.2A.2. 1.4. Jewell Worsham b abt 1907 of Lamourie, Rapides, LA
1.2A.2.2. Claud E
Worsham d 8 Oct 1960 Alexandria, Rapides, LA. Oct 13, 1960 Winn Parish
Claud E. Worsham Dies From
Burns; Buried At Hargis - Claud E. Worsham, 83, of Montgomery, died in an Alexandria
hospital Sat of burns sustained when a gas heater in his bedroom exploded Thursday night.
Cause of the explosion was not determined. Mrs. Worsham said she awakened to find her
husband in flames. Both mattresses of his bed were badly burned. Funeral services were
held Sunday at Hargis Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. He is survived by
his widow; two sisters, Mrs. Rob Little of Hargis and Mrs. Bertha Teddlie of Tioga; one
son, Herman Worsham of Montgomery, and three grandchildren.
1.2A.2.2.1. Herman B
Worsham b 22 Dec 1901 of Winn, LA m Hattie M Walters.
Herman d Oct 1978 of Montgomery, Grant, LA.
R Worsham b Aug 1928 of Montgomery, Grant, LA m William B. Hofheinz.
William b 6 Sep 1919 & d 28 May 1998 New Orleans, Jefferson, LA.
1.2A.18.104.22.168. Stella Ann Worsham b 15 Jul 1933 of
Montgomery, Grant, LA m Mr Hale. Stella d 10 Aug 1992.
1.2A.22.214.171.124. Freida Worsham of Montgomery, Grant, LA m
1st) Mr Bolster. Freida m 2nd) Ronald K. Gurley
4 Jul 1995 Washoe Co, NV.
The Times-Picayune 26 Oct 2005:
Freida Worsham Bolster passed
away September 6, 2005 at the St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana. She
is survived by one daughter, Traci Biskupovich and husband, Thomas Biskupovich, Jr. of New
Orleans, one son, Travis Bolster and wife, Jennifer Bolster of Hattiesburg, MS, 2
grandchildren, Kayla Biskupovich and Travis Walter Bolster, one sister, Eleanor Hofheinz
of New Orleans. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Hattie Worsham and
one sister, Stella Hale. She was a 17 year employee of Tulane University Medical School,
Department of Surgery/Transplant. While working there Freida developed a number of
cherished life long friendships. Funeral services were held at Hargis Baptist Church on
September 7, 2005. Interment followed at the adjoining cemetery. A Memorial Service will
be held at a later date.
1.2A.2.3. Bertha A
Worsham b 9 Oct 1883 & d 15 Oct 1970 Pineville, Rapides, LA.
of the children of Jasper Calhoun Worsham submitted by
Audrey Diener, 2012.
1.2A.3.1. Marshall Tildon Worsham
b 12 Feb 1877 Webster, LA. Judy Worsham Fox, 2008, furnished the undated photo of Marshall Tildon Worsham
(left) as a young man. Judy wrote:
"Residing in Dubberly,
Louisiana, Mr. Worsham was a barber, Constable and road commissioner. He built many of the
roads in Webster Parish by hand, using felled logs for roadbeds."
Marshall m Louisa Boyet 18 Dec 1901
Judy Worsham Fox, 2008,
sent in this photo (right) of Noel Hill Boyet, the father of Louisa Boyet and wrote:
“Noel (Noah) Boyet came to
Webster Parish in 1859, at the age of 14. When he was 17, he enlisted in the Confederate
Army and served in the 27th Louisiana Infantry, participating in the siege of Vicksburg.
When he mustered out, he returned to south Webster Parish near Buckhorn (Heflin) and
engaged in farming and operation of a dry-goods store. In 1880, when the railroad came
in, Mr. Boyet moved to Dubberly, started another store, and purchased land near the
Louisa was b 12 Aug 1879 Webster, LA & d 25
Mar 1963 Minden, Webster, LA. They are in the 1930 Police Jury Ward 5, Webster, LA.
Marshall d 30 May 1968 Lubbock, Lubbock, TX.
Children: (Audrey Diener,
Harmon Kermit Worsham b
27 Aug 1907 Dubberly, Webster Parish, LA d. 21
Apr 1974 Longview, Gregg, TX. (SSDI)
m 1st) Mary Ruth Colwell
b 19 Mar 1903, d 8 Jun 1956. Harmon m 2nd) Lula Bell Mason.
This photograph, ca 1911, labeled "Hassell and Kermit Worsham" was discovered by and is courteous
of Jenny Henry, 2008.
Harmon & Mary:
Wanda Faye Worsham b 17 Dec 1929 Shreveport, LA. She m
Emil Doerfer 14 Aug 1954 Shreveport, LA. He was b 8 Oct
1930 Michigan & d 16 Feb 1983 Houston, Harris, TX.
20 Jan 2008 in Midland, TX, Midland Reporter-Telegram 22 Jan 2008:
Faye Doerfer, 79 went home to be with her heavenly father on Sunday January 20, 2008.
She was born on December 17, 1929 in Shreveport, LA to the late Kermit and Ruth
Worsham. Wanda was raised and educated in Shreveport. She attended Centenary College
of Louisiana where she received her Bachelors degree in Education. She was a member of
Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She later met and married the late Emil Doerfer, Jr. in
August 14, 1954 in Shreveport. Wanda moved to Midland in 2004. She was a homemaker
most of her life. She was an avid tennis fan who loved music and loved to care for her
grandchildren. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
Wanda is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her son
Douglas Alan Doerfer and wife Cynthia of Midland; daughter Mary Ruth Franklin and
husband Don of Lebanon, TN; grandchildren Rachel Franklin, Kenedi Doerfer, Madison
Doerfer, Douglas Doerfer, and Lily Ana Doerfer; her dearest aunt Lily Harlan and
numerous cousins. A Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 23rd at
Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home Chapel at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Richard Edwards
officiating. Wanda will be transported to Shreveport, LA where a graveside service
will be held on Thursday, January 24 at Forrest Park at 1:00 p.m. Services are under
the direction of Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home.
William Hassell Worsham
b 23 Feb 1909 Bienville Parish, LA d 9 Apr 2000 Natchitoches, Natchitoches, LA. He m
Sybil Orea Miller
4 Mar 1932 Gibsland, LA. (Audrey Lee Diene, 2003) Sybil was b 9 Oct 1915, d 24 Oct 1953
Urania, LaSalle, LA & bur Woodward Cem, Bienville Pa, LA. Photo of William is
above with his brother, Harmon.
James Marshall Worsham
b 5 Feb 1911 Dubberly, Webster Parish, LA. James m Cloie
is courteous of Judy
Worsham Fox, 2008, of James was taken in 1936 at the age of 25.
James d 12 Aug
2002 Moore, OK bur Fellowship Cem, Dubberly, Webster, LA. At the age of 32, James,
an oilfield truck driver and mechanic, enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps for
service in WWII on 15 May 1942 at Camp Livingston, LA. (Judy Worsham Fox, 2010)
James Marshall Worsham's wife, children & grandchildren posted this picture
of James in honor of his WW II service in the Pacific Theatre as a S/Sgt. with
the 33rd TCS, 374th TCG, Fifth Air Force, US Army Air Corps. (Judith Worsham Fox,
was published 14 Aug 2002, Minden Press-Herald Wed:
Graveside services for Mr. James Marshall
Worsham, 91, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at Fellowship
Cemetery in Dubberly with Dr. Richard May officiating. Services are under the
direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 4
p.m. today, Aug. 14, at the funeral home. Mr. Worsham, a native of Dubberly and
a resident of Moore, Okla., passed away Monday, Aug. 12, in Moore. He was
retired from Cities Service Oil and Gas, where he worked for 42 years and five
months. He was a veteran of World War II, serving 41 months in the Fifth Air
Force; 374th T.C. Groups; 33rd T. C. Squadron. He also served in Australia, New
Guinea, Dutch New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. He is survived by his wife
of 56 years, Cloie Edmunds Worsham of Moore; son, James Marshall Worsham Jr. and
wife Kristy of Ardmore, Okla.; daughter, Judy Worsham Fox and husband Larry of
Moore; grandchildren, Michael L. Kious, Allison Worsham, James M. Worsham III,
Clayton K. Worsham and Cooper L. Worsham; sister, Lola Smith of Shreveport; one
great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews Minden Press-Herald
Newspaper Location: Minden, LA.
Judith Worsham & James Marshall Worsham.
Mary Alys Worsham
b 25 Feb 1913 Dubberly, Webster Parish, LA & m.
Wheeler. Mary d 24 Nov 1979 Lubbock, TX.
Frances Lorraine Dinky Worsham
b 6 Jun 1917 Dubberly, Webster Parish, LA & m Forrest E. Adams 2 Mar 1935 Sibley, LA.
Forrest b 25 Jan 1915 Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX & d 14 Jun 1998 Encinitas, San Diego, CA.
Frances d 27 Aug 1997 Encinitas, San Diego, CA
Iola Worsham b abt 1921 Webster Parish, LA m Aubrey
Buford Smith who was b 30 Mar 1913 Kansas City, TX & d 21 Apr 1964
Photo of Iola Worsham Smith, courtesy Judy Worsham Fox, 2008, was
taken during World War II when she was in the WAC.
Bacon "Gus" Worsham b 27 Jul 1878 Dubberly, Webster, LA.
Diene, 2012, submitted these photos. Photo, right, is Augustus Worsham
from Shreveport, Louisiana. Picture on left is Augustus
Worsham and his grandchildren. From left to right, Charles C Lee, Delsea Lee,
Gus Worsham, Kathryn Hopkins and in front, Ray Worsham. Picture
was taken at Leslie's house in St. Louis.
of Leslie submitted by Audrey Diene, 2012.
1.2A.3.3. Infant Worsham b 17 Dec 1879 & d 19 Dec 1879
Dubberly, Webster, LA.
1.2A.3.4. Lulu Worsham b 4 Jan 1882 Dubberly, Webster
Pa, LA m W. C. Rush & she d 18 Jun 1971.
1.2A.3.5. Carrie Bell Worsham b 28 Jul 1886 Dubberly,
Webster Pa, LA m Adam Carl Woodard & she d Nov 1979 of Minden,
Webster, LA. Adam b 30 Jun 1883.
1.2A.3.6. Lucy Worsham
1.2A.3.7. Lela Ethel Worsham b 3 Jul 1889 Dubberly,
Webster, LA m Gus John Mager 22 Aug 1909. Gus b 14 Apr 1883 Lufkin,
Angelina, TX & d 17 Jun 1975 Port Arthur, Jefferson, TX. Lela d 17 Oct 1992
Steelville, Crawford, MO.
1.2A.3.8. Sidney Almon Worsham b 20 Sep 1894 Dubberly,
Webster, LA & d 27 Feb 1976 Galveston, TX.
1.2A.3.8.1 Sidney Almon
Worsham b 13 Mar 1916 Hood, TX & m Dorothy Jane Kelly.
She d 17 Mar 1991 Galveston, TX.
1.2A.3.9. Herbert Elmer
Worsham b 3 Jul 1897 Dubberly, Webster, LA m Vivian
Henderson Lewis 28 Feb 1925 of Ouachita, LA. He d 1985 Shreveport, Caddo, LA &
Vivian d May 1997 Shreveport, Caddo, LA.
Elizabeth Worsham b 19 Jul 1931 Monroe, Ouachita, LA & m Hugh Henry Doc Watson 29 Sep 1951 Shreveport, LA. She d 7 Sep
1995 Tulsa, OK. Her obit was published 9 Sep 1995 in Tulsa World, pN19:
"Sunshine" Watson, a Tulsa civic leader & political activist,died Thurs.
She was 64. Services are set for Sat at Stanley's Funeral Home Chapel. Watson was born
Monroe, LA, but spent most of her childhood in Shreveport,LA. She was educated at
Northwestern State University in LA, & at IN Univ Grad School of Business. She moved
to Tulsa in 1969. She was chairwoman of the Southeast Tulsa Homeowners Association from
1972 to 1975. From that position she argued against Vision 2000's proposal to build a
shopping mall at 71st Street and Memorial Drive. In 1976, as a Republican, she
campaigned unsucessfully against Mayor Robert LaFortune. She served as chairwoman of the
Child Care Review Board for Tulsa and Creek counties 1982-1985. She is survived by her
husband, Hugh; a son, David Watson of Denver; a dau, Liz MacKinnon of Micronesia; her
mother, Vivian Worsham of Shreveport; a brother, Charles Worsham of Baton Rouge, LA; a
niece, Tiffani Worsham of San Francisco.
1.2A.4. Addie C. Worsham d 1912 & Moses d 26 Mar
1.2A.5. William Thomas Worsham b Oct 1856 Claiborne,
Louisiana, d 2 Jul 1947 Gary, Panola, Texas & bur Mt. Bethel Cem, Panola, TX.
William m Sarah
Catherine Heaton "Katherine." Sarah b 22 Mar 1866 Panola, Texas was the
d/o Thomas M Heaton b abt 1829 TN and & Ann Seabolt "Annie" b abt 1830 TN. William
and his brother, James, married sisters. Sarah d 18 Nov 1954
Joaquin, Shelby, Texas & bur Mt. Bethel Cem, near Timpson, Texas.
1.2A.5.1. Thomas Floyd
Worsham b 16 May 1881 Gary, Panola Co, Texas, d 26 Apr 1938 Gary, Panola Co,
Texas. He m 1st) Ola J. Holleman. Ida b 7 Oct 1883 of
Shelby, TX, d 4 Jul 1933 Gary, Panola, Texas & bur Mt. Bethel Cemetery. He m 2nd)
Mattye Esther Walker b 2 Apr 1899 of Panola, TX & d 3 Jul
1992 Carthage, Panola, TX. Thomas owned a hotel & ice house in Joaquin, moved to San
Augustine, worked for Gulf Oil Co & is bur in Mt. Bethel Cem located abt 2 1/2 miles from Gary
to the Southwest on Farm Road # 999.
1.2A.5.1.4. Johnny Derward Worsham b 28 Jun 1911
Timpson, Texas, & d 16 Aug 1961 Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches, Texas. Johnny m
Nora Margaret Parker b 25 May 1911 of Houston, Harris, TX
& d 9 Apr 1993 of Austonio, Houston, TX.
1.2A.5.2. Clara Belle Worsham b 18 Sep 1883 of
Shelby, Texas & d 8 May 1962 Carthage, Panola, Texas. On 30 Nov 1904 she m George
Dillard Herndon b abt 1883 Georgia & d 22 Dec 1937 Dallas, Texas.
Oran Worsham b 3 Jul 1885 Shelby Co, TX m Nellie Paralee Witcher 4 Nov 1906 Shelby, TX. They are in the 1930 Shelby Co, TX
census. He is age 44 m age 21 & Nellie P. is age 37 m age 14. Nellie was b 29 Nov
1891 of Lake City, Craighead, AR the daughter of J D Witcher. Nellie is in
the 1900 Lake City, Craighead, Arkansas census b Nov 1892 AR, daughter of J D Witcher b
Feb 1871 Georgia. J D married abt 1890 but his wife was not listed in the home in
1900. Nellie had a brother Jessie James Witcher b Dec 1894 Arkansas.
Nellie d 24 Feb 1947 in Timpson, Shelby,
A D Worsham b 29 Jul 1907 Missouri & d Dec 1963. (2-1910) He m Ouida Hope Askins 31 Jan 1926 Shelby, TX.
Hope was b 21 Jan 1910 & d 26 Jun 1994 Angelina, TX.
Sandra King Beall, 2010 wrote:
My grandpa, Cecil A D Worsham, owned and
operated a Gulf gas station, grocery store, feed house and bait house on the jct. of
where Hwy. 59 S. meets Hwy 84. West.
Celia Hope Worsham b 10 Nov 1926 of Timpson, Shelby,
TX. She m King Bogue Crenshaw 23 Oct 1944 Shelby,
TX. They had a child: Sandra King Crenshaw.
Oran Jarrell Worsham b 16 Jan 1929 of Timpson, Shelby,
TX & d Jun 1972 Timpson, Shelby, TX. On 25 Jan 1951 in Shelby, TX, Oran m
Virginia Lee Geis b 31 Jul 1930 Ringwood, OK & she d 11
Jul 2008 Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches, TX:
Virginia Lee Worsham
Funeral service for Mrs. Virginia Lee Worsham, 77, of Nacogdoches will be held on
Monday, July 14, 2008 at 2 p.m. at
Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Sevar officiating. Interment will be at Sunset
Memorial Park. Mrs. Worsham passed away Friday, July 11, 2008 in Nacogdoches.
Virginia was born in Ringwood, Okla. on July 31, 1930, the daughter of the late
Edd and Grethel Burkett Geis. She loved quilting and was a longtime member of the
Nacogdoches Quilting Guild. She also enjoyed working in her yard and was a very
active member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 30 years. Virginia worked as an
Administrative Director at the Nacogdoches Treatment Center for over 20 years. She
is survived by two sons, Mike Worsham and wife Lois Ann of Nacogdoches, and Pat
Worsham and wife Randi of Colleyville, Texas; four granddaughters, Amy Middlebrook
and husband George of Nacogdoches, Jennifer Looft and husband Jason of Belleville,
Ill, Leslie Worsham of Keller, Texas and Rebecca Anderson and husband Rusty of
Grand Prairie, Texas; one grandson, Andrew Worsham and wife Tiffany of
Nacogdoches; she also had five great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made
to the Nacogdoches Treatment Center, 119 Hughes St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.
Visitation will be held on Sunday July 13, 2008 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Laird Funeral
Home. Laird Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Worsham, a daughter, b 1 Apr 1931 in Nacogdoches, TX.
Edna Worsham b 14 Feb 1909 in Shelby, TX & d 14 Oct 1917 Shelby, TX. (3 months 1910)
She is bur Mt Bethel Cemetery which is about 2 1/2 miles from Gary.
Bailey Worsham b 26 Mar 1911 Shelby, TX. (19-1930) He m Shelby
Lera Chaney "Lira" 10 Jan 1933 Shelby, TX. Lera b abt 1917 of Shelby, TX.
Joe d 5 May 1939 Nacogdoches, TX.
Sandra King Beall, 2010, wrote:
Joe Bailey Worsham's death, is 1939; he
and Willard Jarrell, "Coot" Worsham were flying in to pick up Lira Chaney Worsham
and young son, Joe Wayne, circled his brother's home Cecil AD, and when they were
walking toward Ma' Worsham's house, when they heard the plane crash.
Joe Wayne Worsham b 18 Jul 1936 Timpson, Shelby, TX & d 14 Feb 2004
Porterville, Tulare, CA. He m Shirlee M. Paulk.
Sandra King Beall, 2010, wrote:
When Joe Wayne was staying with his
maternal grandmother, they were both attacked by a rabid cat; his grandmother said
that she had to fight with all her strength to just try to get the cat off,
however, they both had to take the old rabies shots, which were terrible at the
time. I knew Joe Wayne, because he came to Timpson, Texas one time and stayed with
my grandparents, Cecil and Ouida Worsham.
The Daily Sentinel, 19 Feb 2004:
Graveside service for Joe Wayne
Worsham, 67, of Ducor, Calif., will be Sat in Mount Bethel Cemetery, Gary, with
the Rev. Sammy Eldredge, pastor of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, officiating.
Worsham died Feb 14, 2004, in Porterville, Calif. Born July 18, 1936, in Timpson,
he was the son of Joe Bailey and Lera Chaney Worsham. He was a member of
Porterville Men?s Bowling Association. Survivors include his wife, Shirlee Worsham
of Ducor, Calif.; son, Bryon Worsham of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughters, Debra Jo
Anderson of Ovid, Mich., Linda R. James of Baton Rouge, La., and Kathy L. Olsovsky
Glenn Worsham "Bo" b
24 Jul 1913 Timpson, Shelby, TX & m Laura Belle
Williamson. (16-1930) He d 21 Aug 1996 Midland, Midland, TX.
Pecos Independent and Enterprise, 26 Apr
1962 mentions Leonard and his brother Willard:
Reeves County Grand Jury indicts Estes on
8 felony theft charges, Billie Sol Estes - already under federal indictment for
fraud -- was indicted Wednesday by the Reeves County grand jury on eight separate
counts of felony theft. The grand jury charges grew out of anhydrous ammonia tank
transactions. Indictments against Estes were returned along with 11 others after the
jury panel spent nearly three days behind closed doors in investigation. ... Farmers
allegedly bilked by Estes and the amounts include W. J. Worsham, $76,464; L. G.
Worsham, $104,960; Alan C. Hoefs, $49,608, $39,204 and $309,615; Thomas Bell,
$162,144; Travis Lattner Jr., $55,211.60; and Jack Bradley, $31,370.40. Meanwhile, a
blue-ribbon federal grand jury--reportedly called to investigate charges that Estes
gave expensive gifts to federal farm officials--recessed Tuesday just two hours
after it was convened in Dallas.
Pecos Enterprise, Reeves Co, Fri, 23 Aug
Graveside services for Leonard "Bo"
Worsham, 83, will be Sat in Mount Evergreen Cemetery. He died Wed, Aug 21, 1996, in
Midland Memorial Hospital. Worsham was born in Timpson Jul 24, 1913 and had lived in
Pecos since 1947, where he engaged in farming, ranching and crop dusting. He was a
Baptist and member of the National Guard. Survivors include his wife, Laura L.
Worsham of Pecos; one son, James Worsham of Pecos; one daughter Linda Chaddick of
Houston; two sisters, Louise Haden of Cleveland, Ohio, and Helen Miburn, of Houston;
eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a
son, Robert Glenn Worsham.
Children: Robert Glenn Worsham, James Owen
Worsham & Linda Louise Worsham.
Jarroll Worsham "Coot" b 9 Jun 1915 Timpson, Shelby, TX, d 5 Apr 1972 Reeves, TX.
(14-1930) He m Leslie Ettlee Brown Dec 1939. They had
a daughter, Jerra Etta Worsham. Leslie d 12
Sep 1975 Reeves, TX.
Willard m 2nd) Helen
Margaret Connell and they had a daughter, Jan Jo Worsham, b 8 Jan 1960 Pecos,
Reeves, TX & d 26 Sep 1972 Abilene, Taylor, TX.
Sandra King Beall, 2010 wrote:
W. J. Worsham, owned Taft Trucking Co.,
farmed thousand acres of cotton in Pecos, TX and even though the doctors said that he
would never walk again, he was an officer in the military and taught flying, to
Rayburn Worsham b 28 Jan 1920 in Shelby, TX. (12-1930) Fred d 16 Oct 1987 in
Harris, Texas. Fred m Maudie Inez Bollen & had child:
Jo Bell Worsham.
Fred m Anna Louise
Ainsworth and had children: Patricia Ann Worsham & Dennis Ray Worsham. Fred
also m Luella M Wiechman, Genella A
and Edna Sue Yacyszyn.
Louise Worsham b 22 Dec 1919 Shelby Co, TN. (10-1930) d 19 Jan 2000
Reynoldsburg, Franklin, OH. (SSDI as Nellie L Haden b 22 Dec 1917 which is
believed to be in error if she was 10 in 1930 & was 82 at death) Her
obituary was in the Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, Cumberland Co, TN. (Laura Perry, 2004)
"N. Louise Haden, 82, of Reynoldsburg, OH, formerly of Crossville, who
passed away Jan. 19, 2000, were held Jan. 22 from Schoedinger East Chapel in
Columbus, OH. Burial was Jan. 24 in Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso,
TX. A resident of Crossville for almost 20 years, Mrs. Haden was a retired
seamstress. A member of Jehovah's Witnesses, she attended the Crossville
Kingdom Hall. Survivors include her daughter, Judy Browner of Reynoldsburg;
son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Cerine Haden of Knoxville, TN;
grandchildren, Misty Shimberg and her husband, David, Jerry Browner, Rachel
Haden and Stacey Haden; sister, Helen Milford of Houston, TX; and many nieces,
nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milburn
Orie Haden; parents, Cecil and Nellie Worsham; sisters, Mary Ruth
Worsham and Agnes Skelton; and brothers, Joe, Cecil, Willard, Fred and Leonard
Worsham. Schoedinger East Chapel in Columbus, OH, was in charge of the
Her husband Milburn was b 25 Jun 1914
& d Feb 1966 TX (SSDI)
Geneva Worsham b abt 1922 Shelby, TX. (8-1930) She m Clifford Hardy
Skelton b 18 Oct 1920 & d 11 Feb 2000 Rusk, Texas. Agnes d 19 Feb 1983 in
Bexar, Texas. Children: Edwena Skelton, Rosalie Skelton & Lannie David Skelton.
Ruth Worsham b 22 Jun 1923 in Shelby, TX. (6-1930) She m
Horace Zane Askins 2 Oct 1941 Shelby, TX. Mary died from a car accident 11
Feb 1950 Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches, TX. Horace b 28 Dec 1920 & d 25 Jul 1969 in Angelina,
Sandra King Beall, 2010 wrote:
Mary Ruth Worsham married Horace Zane
Askins, nephew of Ouida Hope Askins Worsham, however was killed in a head on
collision, in what was suppose to be someone's idea of scaring someone....cross median
and scare the two women in the car, however both went for the same bar ditch. Those,
in other car were placed in the penitentiary.
Margarette G. Worsham "Helen" b abt 1926 (4-1930) In 1941, Helen graduated
from Center High School, Center, Shelby Co, TX. She m Aaron
Douglas Milford & Jack Gaskell Oliver.
1.2A.5.7. Wilburn Dewey Worsham d
24 Mar 1980 Joaquin, Shelby, TX & buried Jackson Cem, Shelby Co, TX. He m 1st)
Ona Belle Webb 2 Apr 1919 Shelby, TX. Wilburn m 2nd)
Zuvella Sova 23 Apr 1921 Shelby, TX. He m 2nd) Mamie Evalyn
Stone 3 Mar 1921 Shelby, TX. Mamie b 4 Nov 1902 and
d 22 Jan 1994 Joaquin, Shelby, TX & bur Jackson Cem, Shelby Co, TX.
Children of Wilburn and Ona Belle:
Charles Ray Worsham b 5 Sep 1919 of Smith, TX & d 28 Dec 1980 Nacogdoches, TX.
Charles m Katherine Estelle Grimes b 16 Jan 1920 of
Nacogdoches, TX. Child: Michael Ray Worsham.
Children of Wilburn and Mamie Evalyn:
Gwendolia Jill Worsham "Gwen" m Warren Albert Roquet.
They adopted two children. Paul and Katherine (Levis Phil Worsham, 2000)
Katherine Gwen Roquet.
Warren Paul Roquet.
1.2A.5.7B.2. Wilburn Levis Worsham
b 20 Aug 1922 Shelby, TX. He m Inez Hattaway b 29 Apr 1925, d 21 Feb 1977 in Joaquin, Shelby, TX &
buried Jackson Cem, Shelby Co, TX.
1.2A.5.7B.2.1. Levis Phil Worsham
1.2A.5.7B.2.2. Sandra Kay
1.2A.5.7B.2.3. Gwen Jill Worsham.
1.2A.5.7B.2. Billy Jack Worsham
b 26 Jan 1933 of Shelby, TX & d 10 Jun 2005 Shreveport, LA. He m
Children: (David Lloyd Worsham, 2009)
1.2A.5.7B.2.1. William Dale Worsham
1.2A.5.7B.2.2. David Lloyd Worsham
1.2A.5.7B.2.3. Richard Lee Worsham.
1.2A.5.8. Essie Lou
Worsham (was Essie G Worsham) was b 19 Sep 1900 Timpson, Shelby, TX. Essie is listed in the
1915 Rural School Census of Shelby Co, TX (by Sanders, 1967) & is mentioned in A History
of Panola Co, TX 1819-1978 (by LaGrone, 1979). She m Herman Lee Craft
who was b 13
Oct 1900 & d 16 May 1972 Houston, TX. Essie d 1 Feb 1993 Houston, Harris, TX.
1.2A.5.8.1. Gloria Jean Craft
b 7 Apr 1928 Bell Co, TX & m Robert
1.2A.5.8.2. Lynda Lee Craft
b 4 Apr 1940 Harris Co, TX & m William
1.2A.7. James Ollin
Worsham m Julia Francis Heaton, the d/o Thomas M
Heaton b abt 1829 TN and & Ann Seabolt "Annie" b abt 1830 TN. James and
his brother William married sisters.
1.2A.7.2. James Arthur Worsham "Toss" b 29 Jun
1888 Panola, TX & d 20 Oct 1982 Bridge
TX. He m Sarah Katherine Laird "Kate" b 17 Apr 1891
Walton, FL & d 7 Oct 1984 Bridge City, Orange, TX. Kate was the daughter of
William Laird b May 1858 AL & Rhoda b Apr 1864 Florida.
Photo of James and Kate from Hammers Family Tree, Ancestry.com, 2008.
Children: Cyril A Worsham, Thelma Worsham m Bracie
H Beeson, James Howard "Bill"
Worsham "Bill", Tommie Ruth
Worsham m Horace Alvin Spel and Kenneth Armond Worsham m Mavis Joyce Eilts.
1.3. Sarah Worsham
m James L Madden.
1.4. Mary Ann Worsham
"Polly" b 7 Jul 1828 of Lowndes Co, AL m William
Wade Moseley 24 Jul 1845 Lowndes Co, AL & d 12 Jun 1854 Montgomery Co, AL.
William b 12 Sep 1823 Pintala, Montgomery Co, Al & d 15 Apr 1902 Pintiala,
Montgomery Co, AL s/o Anderson Wade Moseley & Rebecca McLemore. Wm & Mary
Moseley were in the 1850 Montgomery Co, AL census. He is age 27 b AL & Mary is age 22
b AL with children: Susan age 4 & Rebecca age 1. He is in the 1860 Montgomery
Co., AL census age 37 with his 2nd wife, Martha who is age 28.
1.4.1. Susan Moseley
b 1846 Montgomery Co, AL (4-1850)
Catherine Moseley b abt 1848 Montgomery Co, AL. (1- 1850; 12-1860)
1.4.3. Lucretia Louisa
Moseley "Lou" b abt 1850 Montgomery Co, AL.
Moseley b abt 1851 Montgomery Co, AL. (9-1860)
Alexander Moseley b abt 1854 Montgomery Co, AL.
1.5. William S
Worsham m Delaney Williamson 12 Aug 1853 Bienville,
Confederate Service Records, National
Archives, Washington, DC:
W. S. Worsham joined
the Confederate Army 8 May 1862 at Monroe (Ouachita Pa), LA as a pvt in Co. H,
30th Regiment La Inf. for 3 yrs. W.S. appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War of
Co. H, 30th Regiment La Inf. Confederate States Army, commanded by Col. T. W.
Poole, surrendered at New Orleans, La, by General E. K. Smith, C.S.A., to Maj.
Gen. E.R.S. Canby, USA., May 26,1865, and paroled at Monroe, La, June 16, 1865.
Hollie Worsham & Ora Bea Cook had a son,
Theron Wilson Worsham. He served in WW II as S/Sgt, Crew
Chief He was b 3 Sep 1918; d 25 Apr
1993; Inducted: 4 Aug 1942 Camp Livingston, LA; Discharged: 12 Dec 1945 Camp Fannin, Texas;
service overseas departed US 29 Mar 1945; arrived Guam 1 Apr 1945; departed Guam 15 Nov 1945;
arrived US 29 Nov 1945. After discharge from the service on 12 Dec 1945 Theron Worsham returned to Louisiana where he and his wife
Lella Mae Bryant lived most of their lives in Shreveport. He worked for the Shreveport Trolley Company after the war for a while. On
1 Feb 1948, he went to work for the United States Postal service and retired on
1 Jan 1980. Theron and Lella Mae were m 7 Jul 1942 and shared 50 years of marriage together before her passing
3 Dec 1992 just 4 months before Worsham passed away. He had 3 children - Gary b Nov 1940; Sharon Nov 1947 and Linda b Oct 1948. His daughter Sharon was killed in boating accident when she was 12 yrs old. He also had two grandchildren - Carolyn Ann and Jason Wesley. Theron's hobby was fishing and as such, they bought a camp house in Oil City after his retirement.
Picture and biography from
1.5.3. William Bart M. Worsham b abt 1868 of
Bienville, LA & m Lena Hughman "Huffman" abt 1897 of Upshur, TX. Lena b Jan
1877 TX & d. 11 Aug 1921 Gregg Co, TX. William d. 27 Nov 1926 Gregg Co, TX.
126.96.36.199. Infant Worsham,
a son, was born and died before 1901 and is bur. Gum Springs Cem, Gregg, TX, as Infant
Son Worsham, Infant S/O W. B. & Lena.
188.8.131.52. Dewey Bartley Worsham b 15 May 1898 of
Panola, TX & m Verna F. Brown abt 1927 of Bridge Creek, Ouachita,
AR. Dewey had blue eyes, light hair, & one joint off of finger on right hand. (World
War I Draft Registration Cards, 1918) Dewey d Feb 1967 El Dorado, Union, AR. Vern b 22
Jul 1913 & d Jun 1975 El Dorado, Union, AR.
184.108.40.206. Infant Worsham, a son, was born and died before
1910 and is bur Gum Springs Cem, Gregg, TX, as Infant Son Worsham, Infant S/O W. B.
220.127.116.11. Ennis Oswald Worsham b 24 Aug 1902 of Upshur, TX &
d 3 Mar 1948 Riverside Co, CA. Ennis m Mary Ursula
McLaughlin (Sean Whittle, 2002)
Worsham b 20 Mar 1934 Los Angeles Co, CA & m Paul J.
Goodwin 6 Dec 1955.
18.104.22.168.2. Ann Janet Worsham b 7 Jan 1936 Los Angeles
Co, CA & m John P. Adams 12 Jun 1954 Orange Co, CA.
22.214.171.124. Andy Bearl
Worsham b 27 Jul 1904 of Lavaca Co, TX & m Gladys
Gross. Gladys b 23 Oct 1904 & d 27 Apr 1972 Longview, Gregg, TX. Andy d 6 Feb
1972 Moulton, Lavaca, TX. Both are bur Gum Springs Cem, Gregg, TX.
126.96.36.199. Bennie Aubrey Worsham "Cowboy" b 4
Mar 1907 of Upshur, TX, d 8 Aug 1976 Longview, Gregg, TX, m Effie Mae Collins b
4 Feb 1915, d 2 Apr 1994 Longview, Gregg, TX.
Ancestry.com, 2007. Location was 411
Dean St, Longview, TX. Caption: "Benny Aubrey,
also known as "Cowboy" and PePa to his grandchildren. Left to Right: Charles Landis
(young boy that Effie kept), Warren Worsham, PePa holding Cole Fuller (1 yr. old) and
Mac Fuller. This was Easter 1961."
Warren is Warren McClain Worsham, son of William Oswald
Worsham. Cole Fuller is Steven Cole Fuller, and Mac Fuller is Johnny Mac Fuller,
children of daughter, Lena Worsham Fuller.
William Oswald Worsham "Buddy" b 30 Aug 1930 m
Loye Janell Watson. Buddy
d 12 Nov 1989 Gregg, TX.
Children: Warren McClain Worsham & Stacey
Dawn Worsham. (see photo at paragraph
188.8.131.52. Bennie Aubrey Worsham)
184.108.40.206.2. Lena Mae Worsham
b 15 Oct 1935 Harrison, TX. Lena m Halley Danford Fuller.
Children: Johnny Mac Fuller; Stanley
Joe Fuller; Steven Cole Fuller
Martin Worsham b 5 Nov 1937 Harrison, TX.
Robert Bart Worsham b 5 Nov 1937 Gregg, TX & d 29 Sep 1938 Gregg, TX.
Worsham & m Peggy Jean Smith.
Darlene Worsham m Claude Thomas Williams.
Eva Worsham "Beaulah" "Wisham" b 22 Nov 1912 in of Harrison, TX & d 8 Aug 1968
Rusk, Cherokee, TX. She was bur Oakhill Cem, Rusk Co, TX. She m 1st)
Luther Paul League and 2nd) Mr
220.127.116.11.1 Martha Ann
League b 12 May 1928 in Arkansas & d 15 Feb 1971 in Longview, Gregg, Texas.
Alonzo Worsham m Lillie Dora Mosley 10
May 1890 Fannin, TX. (IGI)