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The following survey is in the Library of Virginia, 1999, in Richmond. Craig Romaine, Chester, VA 3 Sep 1936 researched the Worsham Graveyard, Bermuda Hundred, Chesterfield Co, VA and was identified on this map as location [No. 19]:
Note that Craig Romaine was incorrectly typed as Craig Roxaine.
126.96.36.199.2. Mary Worsham b abt 1732 Henrico Co, VA m Richard Wilkinson 3 Aug 1759 Goochland. Add child, Sally who was mentioned in Richard's 1785 will in Chesterfield Co, VA
188.8.131.52. Thomas Worsham b abt 1723 m 1st) Rebecca abt 1747 & 2nd) Martha Mosely 1778. Descendants lived in Chesterfield Co, VA, Amelia Co, VA.
184.108.40.206A.1.1.4. Mary Elizabeth Worsham. The Loving family Bible is in the VA State Library, Richmond, VA: Loving Family Bible Record 1772-1845 Amherst Co, VA: Writings include: Robert G. Loving and Mary E Worsham were married on Tuesday Evening 6 October 1835 by Rev Anthony Dibnell, Elder of Virginia?, Robert Garland Loving born February 1st 1808, Mrs Martha R Loving formerly M R Worsham born 3 November 1823, John F Loving and Martha R Worsham were married on ? Evening 7th August 1844, John Fletcher Loving born July 23, 1823.
220.127.116.11. Phebe Worsham b abt 1710 m Moses James. She d 1767 in Chesterfield Co, VA.
18.104.22.168. Joshua Worsham
b abt 1715 (Joshua Worsham Chapter Pages 80) Joshua Worsham s/o John & Mary Wynne Worsham. Joshua
m 1st Martha & 2nd Mary. He left his will dated 20 Apr 1771 & presented in court 29 Aug 1771 in Pittsylvania
Joshua & Martha children:
22.214.171.124A.1 John Worsham b 3 Oct 1740 Prince George Co, VA m Mary Tombs Charlotte Co, VA.
In the claims for supplies for Revolutionary War Soldiers for 1782 of Pittsylvania Co, VA, John Worsham gave 66 pounds of flower (sic) for state troops. John Worsham also gave a wagon and team for two days and in another entry he gave bacon, corn, and fodder for the troops. In another entry the same wagon and team for four days. Mary Worsham also gave items to the Continental troops. (Lavone Anglen, 2001)
He wrote his will 20 Jul 1813 & left a legacy to Thomas Stewart & Ludwell Worsham (See Ludwell Chapter in Miscellaneous Worshams, Page 726) plus the children of his Brothers, Robert & Joshua Worsham, dec'd; brother, Thomas; sisters, Michal Ferguson, Phebe Wynne. On Page 85 we wrote that after John Worsham’s wife, Mary’s death, all lands, Negroes & other property was to be divided among Thomas Stewart, Ludwell Worsham & others. "Thomas Stewart & Ludwell Worsham were related some way and their relationship has not been determined at this time." Thomas Stewart m Patsy W. Worsham 26 Mar 1800 in Pittsylvania Co, VA with Thomas Wilkinson & Thomas Stewart bondsmen. It appears that Martha Wilkinson was married to a Worsham before she married Thomas Stewart. More information has been received about Thomas Stewart & Martha W Worsham from Lavone Anglen, 2001. Lavone Anglen went to the Huntsville Library and found some Bible records for other members of the Stewart family and it definitely indicated Martha Wilkinson was the wife of Thomas Stewart. Her sources were from family records, marriage records, military records, or court records) Thomas Stewart was in Captain Nathaniel Wilson’s Co. Of Light Inf., 7, Reg’t Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. He was on the First company payroll 16 Aug 1814 and received an honorable discharge from Norfolk, VA. He was sick a couple of times 30 Oct 1814 and 22 Feb 1815. Other information indicates he was called out for six months service and had served nearly six months when peace was declared. He served under Col. Daniel Coleman also. On 8 Aug 1816 he sold 354 acres in Pittsylvania Co, VA near Rutledge Creek for $400. (Court Record) 28 Feb 1817 he sold Lot 15 in Danville, VA to John Ross for $2000. (Court record) On 18 Feb 1818 he and Martha sold half of the land on Jackson Creek which had been willed to Stewart by Worsham to Robert Wilson and the other half to Samuel Pannill of Campbell Co. (Court Record) On 20 Feb 1818 Thomas & Martha his wife sold to Samuel Stone for $12,000 two lots and tenements in the old part of Danville. They then moved to Madison Co, AL. On 30 Aug 1820 he bought land for $4,500 which was located one mile west of Maysville on the East side of the Flint River in Madison Co, AL. They lived there and raised their children until his death in 1847 (Court record) He is listed in the 1840 Madison Co, AL Census with 13 slaves, 5 agriculture, 2 males 60-70; 1 female 50-60; 2 females under 5 years old. Thomas wrote his will 10 Jun 1846 leaving money to agents of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Church South of $50. A copy of his will is in the Huntsville Heritage Library, AL. In 1848 Martha Stewart and son-in law John Thompson bought land on the East side of the Flint River near Lowesville of 280 acres more or less for $2,010. (Court Record) Martha is listed in the 1850 Madison Co, 35th District Census, Family 516. She is age 60 b. VA and living alone next door to John & Mary Thompson, daughter & son-in-law. (If she was age 60 then she was born 1790 which is probably incorrect if she was m. in 1800. On 9 Dec 1854 she bought one acre of land with tenements in the town of Maysville, AL from her son, William Stewart and his wife Ann B. (Court Record) , Martha Stewart received 80 acres of land from the USA Dept of Interior Office of the Commissioner of Pensions for the Act of Mar 3, 1855 bounty land to certain officers and soldiers when have been engaged in the military service of the USA. Martha Stewart, widow of Thomas Stewart, Lieutenant Captain Wilson’s company of Virginia Militia War of 1812 is entitled to eighty acres signed July 14, 1857. William Stewart, their son, was the Administrator. Warrant #46061. On 16 Apr 1857 Martha Wilkinson Stewart wrote her will (Court House record) Thomas & Martha are buried in the Maysville Cemetery. The graveyard was damaged by vandals and many headstones were destroyed.
126.96.36.199A.2. Daniel Worsham b 29 Apr 1742 Prince George Co, VA m Elizabeth Gunnell 26 Sep 1792 Pittsylvania Co, VA. Daniel left a will dated 20 Aug 1816 in Pittsylvania Co, VA & recorded Apr 1819. Only known son is George Worsham but there may have been others.
In 1801 a petition was written in Pittsylvania Co:
This is the arched span of the Worsham Bridge, pre 1950. ore on Worsham Street Bridge taken from articles which appeared Jan 2001 in "Evince" Vol 6/No. 12 published by Robert M. Sexton which is a monthly news magazine covering the arts, entertainment and lifestyle in Danville and the surrounding areas. The articles were written by Gary Grant & Jerry Gwaltney.
The beginning of Danville, VA was enacted by a petition dated 23 Nov 1793 to the Legislature by twelve men, one of whom was Thomas Worsham. Thomas Worsham & others had a bond issued on 15 May 1797 to built a Bridge over Fall Creek. In 1801 John Barnett, Thomas Barnett, John Walker & Thomas Worsham signed a petition requesting permission to build a Tole Bridge across Dan River.
Gary Grant wrote: "A shallow ford at Wynne’s Falls shaped Danville’s origins near the top of a horseshoe bend in the river, some three miles north of the North Carolina line. As the river rose during rainy periods even this shallow point at the falls became impassable, severing temporarily the trading path forged by the Native Americans and adopted by backcountry traders in the 18th century. Such interruptions in this vital north-south route hampered efforts also to develop the fledgling tobacco town and its string of one-acre lots platted and first offered for sale in 1795 along the Salisbury (NC) Road, now lower Main Street downtown.
By 1801 community leaders, clamoring for reliable foot and wagon passage across the Dan, petitioned the General Assembly for permission to erect a toll bridge. Completed the following year, this primitive bridge of wood resting on rock-filled piers stretch 325 yards from the land of John Barnett on the south bank to the north side property of Thomas Worsham.
Even after this proto-Main Street Bridge opened, some travelers continued to tread water in its shadow, wading instead through the ford just upstream to avoid the tolls. Maud Carter Clement’s History of Pittsylvania County recounts an early rate schedule, as follows: "Horses, 4 cents; man, 4 cents; hogshead tobacco, 4 cents; 4 wheel carriage, 24 cents; 2 wheel carriage, 8 cents; neat cattle, 4 cents; hog, 3/4 cents."
This bridge was an important part of the transportation network. "For nearly the next half century this lone bridge connected Danville by foot, horse, carriage, and wagon, with the major overland routes of Virginia and North Carolina, and beyond."
The bridge was swept away on 25 Aug 1850 following a violent storm. "William T. Sutherlin purchased the site and rights to the bridge for $4,500, and enlisted a half-dozen business colleagues who in 1851 built there the second bridge, a covered, wood span costing $12,000." This new & improved bridge was heavily used during the Civil War from 1861-1865. "The covered span continued as a toll bridge until 1872 when it was purchased jointly for $20,000 by the City of Danville and the Virginia Midland Railroad and opened as a free bridge."
In January 1928, work began on the present Worsham Bridge by the Atlantic Bridge Company of Greensboro, NC designed by Daniel P. Luten. It was completed the following October. It is a concrete arched-span bridge. "Together the Worsham and the neighboring Main Street Bridge are, according to the Highway Research Council, the only long-span, open spandrel Luten bridges in Virginia."
Jerry Gwaltney wrote: "Over the years, Worsham Street Bridge, Main Street Bridge, Union Street Bridge and Robertson Bridge have all undergone numerous analysis to determine the best method to handle renovation needs of a City so dependent on it’s bridge system." In 1994 the Union Street Bridge was renovated. In 2001 the improvements to the Main Street Bridge began. Because the Worsham Street Bridge was deteriorating so rapidly, it was planned for it to remain open during the rehabilitation of the Main Street Bridge but limited to vehicles weighing less than 5 ton and no trucks.
The photograph is of Farmers’ trucks loaded with tobacco heading south on Worsham Bridge on their way to warehouses on Bridge Street and elsewhere in the city’s tobacco district in September 1950.
The October 2003 issue of Evince has an article discussing plans by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the demolition of the historic Worsham Street Bridge. The article urges residents to call members of the City Council to save "this piece of Danville history." (article courtesy of Frieda Kipps)
Janelle Swearingen, a dedicated Worsham researcher and significant contributor to Worsham & Washam Family History, has a home page containing photographs of three generations of Worshams. Janelle also has a copy of a tintype of Peter R Worsham's sister, Mary, who was the second wife of Mitchell or Michael Thurman. Click here for: Janelle's Web page with Worsham Family Pictures
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