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is the 10,143rd most
popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is
popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is less than 0.001%.
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Wisham is the 29,436th most
popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is less than 0.001%. (U.S. Census Bureau)
Warsham is the 59,236th most
popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is less than 0.001%. (U.S. Census Bureau)
Worsham is the 4,709th most
popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.003%. (U.S.
Soil: Worsham silt loam is a poorly drained soil that
occurs along the foot of slopes and upper drainage ways. It is formed from fine
soil materials which have washed from the Piedmont uplands. Located
in the southern part of the Piedmont Plateau in Virginia, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. Most of the Worsham soils are in woodland or pasture, and
only a very small amount is in crops. Crops are corn, soybeans, sorghum, and
mixed hay. Native vegetation is sweetgum, blackgum, willow oak, pin oak, alder,
elm, willow and other species or water-tolerant plants and some pine.
Surname Geographic Locations
Worsham - The earliest record of the name Worsham appeared as
a place name in Sussex, England. A charter, dated 772 makes reference to
the village Worsham as being one of the "8
hides in the place which is called Bexhill." A hide was an area of 60
to 120 acres where a family or group of people were living.
The charter appeared in a Canterbury register compiled about
"In the name of our lord God and saviour. What is done for this
world barely lasts until death, but what is done for eternal life remains
forever after death. Therefore it is for everyone with deep forethought of
mind to ponder and consider how with the fleeting possessions of this world he
may obtain for his treasure the abodes of heavenly promise. Wherefore I, Offa,
king of the English, for the good of my soul and for the love of God, and in
accordance with my former promise grant in eternal possession to Almighty God
(and) to the venerable Bishop Oswald a certain piece of land in Sussex, so that
it may be seen to serve the praise of God and the honor of the saints, that is,
8 hides in the place which is called Bexhill as set forth in the bounds. These
are the bounds of the 8 hides of inland of the people of Bexhill. Firstly at the
servants' tree, from the servants' tree south to the treacherous place (?), so
along the shore over against Cooden cliff, eastward and so up on to the old
boundary dyke, so north to Kewhurst, and so to the Benetings' stream, and so
north through Shortwood to the boundary beacon, from the beacon to the bold
men's ford, from the ford along the marsh to the road bridge, from the bridge
along the ditch to Beda's spring, from the spring south along the boundary thus
to the servants' tree. These are the gafolland of the outland of Bexhill, in
these places which are called by these names, at Barnehorne 3 hides, at Worsham 1, at Ibba's wood 1, at Crowhurst 8, at Ridge 1, at Gyllingas 2, at
Foxham and Black Brooks 1, at Icklesham 3, with all things pertaining thereto,
fields, woods, meadows, fisheries. Let the aforesaid land remain from this day,
given as I have said for me in the name of God, free from all royal exaction's
and bound to the use of those serving God, but on this condition: that after his
day, this gift be returned to the Episcopal see which is called Selsey. If
anyone at any time in great or small degree dares to reduce this gift made by
me, let him know that he will incur the penalty for his presumption in the stern
judgment of the all-powerful God, and will not escape from a bad hearing. These
are the bounds of Icklesham, to the pool in the hollow at the cliff, out on to
the middle of the brook, so to Tatta's corner of land, to the moor, to Eadwine's
valley as far as the boundary of Kent, then west along the middle of the bathing
(?) brook. This chart was written in the year 772 from the incarnation of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the 10th of the indiction, on the 15th day of the month of
August. I, Offa, king of the Mercians, as the power was conceded to me by God
who reigns, have confirmed this charter of gift, signing it with my own hand,
and placed the sign of the holy cross. I, Ecgberht, king of Kent, have agreed
and signed, I Jaenberht, archbishop by the grace of God, have signed. I,
Cynewulf, king of the West Saxons, have agreed and signed this gift. I, Eadberht,
bishop, have agreed and signed. I, Oswald, bishop, have signed the gift made to
me. I, Righeah, bishop, have agreed. I Diora, bishop, have signed. I, Oswald,
alderman of the South Saxons, have agreed. I, Osmund, alderman, have confirmed.
I, Aelfweald, alderman, have acquiescent. I, Oslac, alderman, have signed. And
these witnesses were also present whose names are written below: Botwine, abbot,
Eata, Heahberht, Brorda, Berhtwald, Esne, Huithyse, Baldraed, Bryne, Stidherht,
Cyne, Ealdraed, Lulling, Berht, Byrnhere, all the shire; Aemnele, prefect. All
these agreed, signed, and confirmed. These are the land boundaries of Barnhorne,
firstly at the mossy spring, from the spring south into the valley, from the
valley up on to the little heath, to the goblin's spring, so south and east to
the old road, along the road to the old boundary mark which stands on the east
side of the road, to the deep valley, to the reed pond. From the pond to the
five roads, and south to the red ditch, along the ditch to Picknill, and so
south by the eastern moor to the angle, so east to the yew enclosure, so north
to the wood, and so south to Cyll'as hill, from the hill to Cylla's spring, west
along the stream to Thunor's clearing, and so west along the stream on the
outside of the salt marsh, and so north to the black brook, up along the stream
to the swine enclosure. North along the boundary to siferthingc sterfa, and so
north to the muddy ford, and so up on to the old dyke, eastwards along the dyke,
and thus to the mossy spring."
On the 1610 English map of Sussex by John Speed, the village
of Worsnam appears midway between Hastings and
Bexill, inland about a mile and a half, and a half mile south of the present day
village of Hollington. Wartling lies about eight miles to the west.
This is a pewter 12 Bushel Russell Bexhill Hop Token. It was issued in the mid
century by James Russell, Little Worsham
From these 19th-century maps it appears that there were three
farms, Upper, Lower and Little Worsham, with the
possible addition of a vanished Great
The Bexhill Observer of March 15, 1958 reports on the
demolition of the Old Great Worsham farmhouse,
which was built about 1719 on the west of Pebsham Lane and about one mile
southwest of Worsham Manor. The farmhouse was said
to have dated from the 1500s.
The Ordnance Survey map published 1878, six inches to one
mile, shows Upper Worsham Farm, Little Worsham
Farm and Pepplesham Farm about l/4 mile from each other in a triangle
about one mile northeast of Bexhill, Sussex.
On the map (date not recorded) "The Chronicle" there
is a Worsham Bottom, Worsham
Mill & Worsham Tavern at Asthall Parish,
Worsham, Oxfordshire Co, England
Stonefold Worsham Lane, Oxfordshire
Worsham Reservoir in England
Worsham Lane in Bexhill-On-Sea, East
Sussex Co, England
Washam, Denbighshire, North Wales ca. 1870
Wyesham is a tiny village in Wales, In the Welsh
county of Monmouthshire since 1565. Wyesham
means hamlet or homestead by the river Wye.
(Paul Wysom, 2013)
Washam School (historical), Faulkner Co., AR
Worsham Creek is in Los Angeles Co, CA
Worsham Canyon is near Whittier, CA
Worsham, Monroe County in 1899 (south of Forsyth) From Central of Georgia
Railway Map of Alabama and Georgia, 1899
Worsham Lake, a reservoir, is in Twiggs Co, GA.
Washam Ditch, a canal, is in Indiana
Washam Cemetery, Lincoln Co.,
KS (near Westfall) named after Thomas J. C. Washam family where his daughter
Minnie is buried.
Washam Place, Monroe Co., KY
Washam Lane, Wayne Co, KY, latitude: 365004N,
longitude: 0845157W (US Census TIGER Files)
Washam Road, Graves Co, KY, latitude: 365015N,
longitude: 0882932W, variants: Ernest Cox Road (US Census TIGER Files)
Worsham Theatre is at the University of Kentucky Student Center, Lexington,
KY. It was named for Margaret Shelby Cantrill Worsham.
Spigener-Washam Cemetery, Union Co., LA
Worsham Crossing, a town, is in
Winn Parish, LA location is 31°45'38"N & 92°43'26"W; elevation is 153 feet.
Cemetery, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
Worsham Creek is in Grenada Co, MS.
Worsham Creek is in Montgomery Co, MS.
Washam Cemetery or Worsham Cemetery, Wayne Co., MS; East/SE Wayne County, MS., Off of John Pettis Drive,
which is off of Jordon Sumrall Road
Worsham Creek, Yazoo Basin, MS
Worsham Post Office, Wright Co., MO; Worsham was a PO established in 1887.
The following was written by William H Rayborn "Bill", 2002:
WORSHAM, MISSOURI BECOMES RAYBORN, MISSOURI
In the late 1800's the little Wright County, Missouri town was known as
Worsham, MO. In 1904 my grandfather's (George Washington Rayburn) brother
Richard Rayburn applied to have the town named after him and his brothers to
be called Rayburn, MO.
The story passed down to this day is that Richard did not write very well (no
typewriters or computers then) and when the application came back it was
approved to be called RaybOrn, Missouri.
This was in the time before birth certificates when name spelling was not
considered terribly important....so Richard - and the entire Rayburn clan -
just changed their names to RaybOrn. But, they maintained the pronunciation of
According to post office records found in National Archives microfilm #M841,
roll 74 the postmaster was then Lucinda Rayborn, wife of Richard. Lucinda
resigned as postmaster May 5, 1915 and was followed by L. R. Hutsell.
The post office was "discontinued" January 20, 1956 when President
Eisenhower combined many small post offices and mail was then handled by
In December of 1959 I had graduated from college and was minister of music at
the First Baptist Church of West Plains, MO in Howell, County, just south of
Wright County. I decided to drive to Rayborn, MO to have my Christmas cards
postmarked "Rayborn, MO." However, when I got there, the old post
office was piled high with hay.
I drove back to West Plains to mail my post cards. The post office was gone
but I still signed the cards
"Bill Rayborn" all because my grandfather's brother had poor
Washam Road in Moorsville, NC
Worsham Mill Road near Ruffin in Rockingham Co., NC
Warsham Creek is in Lincoln Co, OK.
Worsham Butte is a peak in Malheur Co, OR.
Worsham is a rural community in Sumner Co, TN. Also known as
Worsham Hollow is a valley in Giles Co, TN.
Worsham Springs is in Robertson Co, TN a few miles out of
Greebrier, TN and a county road is named Worsham
Worsham Hotel in Greenbrier, Robertson, TN operated by Joseph Henry and Abby Elizabeth England
Worsham (picture of the Worsham Hotel courtesy of Bill
Worsham Cemetery, Robertson Co., TN
Washam-Dykes Cemetery, Union Co, TN
Worsham Elementary School, 3007 Hartwick Road, Houston, TX
is in Reeves County; location is 31°21'46"N 103°31'47"W is a
Worsham Aux Army
Airfield, Worsham, TX,
31.36 North / 103.53 West (Southwest of Pecos, TX) This field was built during
WW2 as one of four satellite airfields for nearby Pecos Army Airfield. The
airfield consisted of two paved runways (the largest is 3,100' long) and several
Worsham, Texas, from 1879 – 1930,
On 21 Jun 1880, Robert D. Rector was Postmaster of the Worsham Post Office in
Wilbarger County, Texas. The Post Office was discontinued [date not
given]; and papers moved to Vernon.
Dickworsham, Texas is in Clay Co, TX 38
km SE of Wichita Falls, Texas
Austin Co, TX
Virginia is in Prince Edward Co.; location is 37°13'48"N & 78°26'36"W;
elevation is 472 feet.
Worsham was named after Branch Jones Worsham who was Prince Edward County Clerk
for 53 years from 1816-1869. His portrait hangs in the Clerk's office at
of Worsham is illustrated on this 1895 map of Prince Edward County, Virginia.
The sign to the right made by the Conservation &
Development Commission, 1930 is located on US 15 (northbound) at Worsham and
is titled "VA-F65 Old Warsham." "A short distance south stands the
colonial jail of Prince Edward County, built about 1755; the courthouse was near
by. The British Cavalryman, Tarleton, raided here in July, 1781. Here Patrick
Henry made a great speech against the ratification of the United States
Constitution, 1788. Washington was here on his southern tour, June 7,
1791." Sign photo courtesy Dorothy Tuttle, 2003.
The sign was updated in 2006 by Department of Historic Resources: "F 65 History of
Worsham." "This site served as the county seat when
Prince Edward County was founded in 1754. The original courthouse constructed soon
thereafter was replaced in 1776. The last courthouse here was built in 1832. The former
debtors' prison built in 1787 and the old county clerk's office erected in 1855 are the
only public buildings still standing. On 7 June 1791 President George Washington stopped
here on his southern tour of the country. In 1872 the county seat moved to Farmville and
this community was renamed Worsham." The photo of the new sign
was furnished by John Alan Washam, 2006.
Worsham Baptist Church, Prince Edward Co., VA,
also known as Worsham Mission Church, Established 1950.
Worsham Academy for
Whites, Prince Edward Co, VA. VCU Libraries web site has 3 photographs, Worsham
1) Academy for Whites viewed more to the rear. 2) Worsham
Academy for Whites. Inside lower right classroom as seen from the rear
door. There are four such classrooms. & 3) Worsham
Academy for Whites. Privy in rear of classroom.
Worsham Cemetery, Washington Co., VA
Washam is the
county seat of Sweetwater Co, WY. The name Washam is for the part
of the Henry's Fork valley where the creek joins Green River. It was named
for David Holt Washam "Dave" an early day homesteader. By
1916 the following homesteads had been settled: David H. Washam, Robert Swift,
Shadrack J. Large, Ida Franklin, Rosina E. Solomon, Oliver J. Wade, William
Nelson, John Wade, John T. Despain, Jr., George Potter, John and Melissa Despain,
Sr., Richard Son, James Twitchell, Thomas Quireing.
Washam Spring is in Sweetwater Co., WY
Washam Wash, a valley, in Sweetwater Co., WY
Jim Washum Spring in Sweetwater Co., WY, probably named for David Washam's
brother, James Harvey Washam "Jimmy".