Re: Henry and Jacob Worst of Cumberland Co PA
The world of geneology forums is rather strange--as I find myself posting in response to your post from twelve years ago!However, as I have recently retired, I find myself chasing down leads on my family history, some of which has some considerable gaps and lapses in information from previous family compilers.I have a Samuel WORST from Cumberland County who married Elizabeth Zearing at the top of my tree, whom you mention in your post, a 3x great-grandfather, with a mysterious "Jacob Worst," no dates or spouse recorded, indicated as his father.The implication was that HE was "the immigrant ancestor," but when I searched in the Pennsylvania German Pioneers database, the man I found had arrived, age 26, in 1841--more the age to be Samuel's grandfather! and, as is the case with your Jacob, absolutely no proof of any connection other than a name! Most of the research on this branch of the family was done by a cousin of my great-grandmother (Jennie Werst Clarke),and she was not a professional genealogist by any means. And in those days there was not the emphasis on getting information from primary sources, either.
Anyhow, I will be poking around to see what I can dig up about this original Jacob Worst, and where he went after he got off the ship, and whether there are any documented connections from him to the known ancestors.I'll get back to you if anything interesting turns up.I have found a slew of Worst burials on findagrave, however, which is quite a storehouse of information at times. Jennie's father Jonas changed the spelling to "Werst," as did a number of other relatives--getting tired of all the jokes about the original spelling, I guess.