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Robert R. Worthington (b. 1667, d. December 1735)Robert R. Worthington (son of John Worthington and Mary Marie Owen) was born 1667 in Quarrel Bank, Pownall Fee, Cheshire, England1471, and died December 1735 in Patuxent, Maryland1472.He married Mary Burtis on July 31, 1729 in Friends Meeting, Burlington, New Jersey1473, daughter of Jan John Albertis and Sarah Ellison.
Notes for Robert R. Worthington:
From John Byrd, Worthington Rootsweb.
Robert Worthington was the progenitor ofWorthingtons of Virginia, South
Carolina, Alabama, Ohio, and otherStates,including Florida.
Robert (The Quaker) Worthington, son of JohnWorthington and Mary, was born
1667 in Pownall Fee, Cheshire, England, and died in 1735 in Patuxent,
He married 1686in Cheshire, (1) Alice Taylor, daughter of Robert Taylor,
and (2) 30 July, 1729, Mary Burtis.
Robert and his family had removed to Ireland from Cheshire, England in 1695.
Aided in part by a collection made up for him by the Morley Monthly Meeting,
he left Quarrel Bank and moved with his wife and three sons (Samuel, Robert
and John) to Ballinakill, a small village in County Westmeath where they
were members of the Moate Monthly Meeting.There seven more children were
He belonged to thereligious sect commonly known as Quakers, but
authoritatively known as The Society of Friends.
He came to America from Ireland.
On June 23, 1713,at the Monthly Meeting of the Friends in Dublin, Ireland,
Robert Worthington announced his decision to transport himself and his
family to Pennsylvania.
However, he seems to have gone first to Salem, New Jersey, about thirty
miles down the Delaware River from Philadelphia; for on July 26, 1714,
Robert and his wife presented a certificate of removal from Dublin Monthly
Meeting, Ireland, which was accepted by the Salem Monthly Meeting of Friends
(men's meeting) at Salem, New Jersey, August 26, 1714, they being recognized
as residents of the community.
It would appear that Robert and his familylived at first at Greenage, and
then to Dublin; that Samuel, the oldest son, came to America from Greenage,
and that the father and Mother lived awhile in Dublin prior to coming to
Book 1, Moate Monthly Meeting Records, Dublin, gives the following data
about Robert Worthington and his wife Alice and theirand children:
"Robert Worthington, son of John Worthington, of Cheshire in England, took
to his wife,Alice Taylor, daughter of Robert Tailer, and came over to
Ireland in the year 1695 and hath by his said wife issue as followth:
1687 Samuel, a son,was born in Marley,in Cheshire,aforesaid upon the
31 day of the 10 month.
1689 Robert, a son,was born at Winsloe,in Cheshire,aforesaid upon the
25th day of the firstmonth.
1693 John, a son,was born in ye town of Marley,aforesaid upon the 8th of
the 12th month.
1695 Jacob, a son,was born at Ballingnehee,in the King County of
Westmeathupon the 2nddayof ye 1stmonth.
1697 Epherham, a son,was born at Ballinakill,in the County of Westmeath.
uponthe 11th day ofye 10th month.
1702 Esther, a daughter,was born at the place aforesaid,the 15th day of
ye 10th month.
1704 Martha, a daughter,was born at the place aforesaid,the 12th day of
1706 Ezra, a son,was born at the place aforesaid,the 12th day of the
1709 Phillip, a son,was born at the place aforesaid,the 8th day of the
1710 Rachel, a daughter,was born at the place aforesaid the 27th day of
the 7th month.
In 1712, Robert's oldest son Samuel migrated to Salem,New Jersey, and his
parents and other children followed him there in 1714.
They joined the Salem Monthly Meeting of Friends and became active
participants in its work.
In 1722 Robert, Sr. was dismissed from the Salem Meeting to the Philadelphia
He moved his family near Philadelphia where he established himself as a
merchant, farmer, stock raiser, and dealer in lands.
It was here that his first wife died and on July 30, 1729, he married Mary
Burtis of the Friends Meeting at Burlington, New Jersey.
Deciding to move westward, Robert, Sr. divided his estate into nine equal
portions, retaining one for himself and distributing the others among his
eight children (his son Robert by his first wife had died, and another son
named Phillip had died at age one month), who with the exception of Samuel
and Jacob, were not interested in moving into the wilderness.
In 1730, having completed the purchase of three thousand acres of land in
the northern Shenandoah Valley for fifteen pounds from Joist Hite, Robert,
his wife Mary and infant son Robertmoved to the area west of the Blue
Ridge Mountains just south of the Potomac River.
It was here that Robert, Sr. built his home which he called "Quarry Banks."
His home was located in what is now Charleston, West Virginia.
Abstract of Robert R. Worthington's Crown Grant: George the Seventh:
To all, knoe ye, that for the consideration mentioned in an order of our
Trusty and Honorable William Gooche, Esq., Our Lieut.Governor and
Commander-in Chief of our colony and Dominion of Virginia in our council and
said colony, the 12th Day of June, 1734, I do, have given, granted, and
confirmed and by those present for us, our heirs and sponsors do give,
grant, and confirm into Robert Worthington and obtain that tract or parcel
of land called Quarry Banks, containing three thousand acres lying along the
north side of Shenandoah River.
In the 8th year of our Reign 1734.William Gooche (Seal).
Robert's Will, after being probated at Annapolis, Maryland, was probated
again July 20, 1736, in Orange County, Virginia, at Orange Court House.
Will of Robert Worthington of the new settlement on the Shenadore dated
October 2, 173 5. (Pages 20-22 Dormans, Orange County, Virginia Deed Book.):
In the name of God, Amen.
The second day of October Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred thirty and
five, I Robert Worthington,of the new settlement on Shenandore,being
sick in body but of perfect memory, thanks be to Almighty God, and calling
to remembrance the uncertain state of this transitory life and that all
flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call, do make this
my last Will and Testament in manner and form Visit: That is to say:
Imprimis:I give and bequeath unto my youngest son,Robert Worthington,
one thousand acres of land , it being part of a tract of land called Quarry
Bank New Stile, formerly called Everys Marsh laid out for three thousand
acres more or less.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son,Jacob Worthingtonsix hundred acres
of land of it being part of the above said tract (Note: I give the above
said Jacob this land for many services which he has done for me having given
him his portion before.)
Item: I give and bequeath to my grandsons,Robert and Jacob Worthington,
four hundred acres of land to be equally divided between them two it being
part of the above said tract.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughters,Martha and Mary Worthington,
one thousand acres of land to be equally divided between them two it being
part of the above said tract and includes the three thousand acres.
Item: I give and bequeath unto, Samuel, Jacob, and Esther Worthington,the
sum of five shillings Currt. Money to be paid to each of them out of the
value of my personal estate, they having all received their full portion
already, and all the remainder of my personal estate to be disposed of as
That is to say,one third part to my wife Mary Worthington,and the other
two thirds to be equally divided between my son Robert Worthington,and my
two daughters Martha and Mary Worthington, and I hereby will and appoint my
loving friends John Smith and John Littale full and sole exrs. of this my
last will and testament, hereby revoking and disannulling and making void
all former wills and bequests by me made declaring this only to be my last
Will and Testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereto set my hand and affixed my Seal the day
and year above written.
Signed, Sealed, and DeliveredRobert R. Worthington (Seal)
In presence of:
The Children of Robert Worthington and his first wife Alice Taylor:
>From the extract from the Moate Monthly meeting Records of the Society of
Friends in Dublin, Ireland, it appears that Robert Worthington and his first
wife Alice Taylor had three children born to them in Cheshire, England
before they moved to Ireland, namely:
Samuelborn in 1687, who was the eldest
Robertborn in 1689
Johnborn in 1693
and that after they moved to Ireland, they had seven more children, namely:
Martha born 1704
Ezra born 1706
Phillip born 1709
Rachel born 1710
The same Irish records show that Phillip died in infancy; and Robert,
Martha, and Ezra must have died young too, because Robert Worthington and
his second wife Mary Burtis, named two of their three children who were born
in America, Robert and Martha, showing that Robert and Martha who were
children of the first wife were dead at that time.
Noris there any mention of Ezra in America.
Therefore the only childrenof the first marriage who probably cameto
America were Samuel, John, Jacob,Esther, Ephriam, and Rachel.
Robert and John were the only family names selected for the Englishand
Irish children of Robert and Alice.
Robert was named for his father, and John named for his grandfather in
Cheshire. The other children were all given Bible names.
The children of Robert Worthington and his second wife Mary Burtis:
Robert Worthington's grandson Robert instituted a preceding about 1743, when
he was of age, to divide the lands, and made his uncle Jacob, and his minor
uncle Robert, and his minor aunt Martha, and his minor aunt Mary,
defendants, the last having married at a very early age to Samuel Briton,
Nothing remains of the court papers but the final decree of partition,
rendered September 22, 1743, in which dower is set apart to his stepmother,
Mary Burtis, then Mary Connolly.
More About Robert R. Worthington and Mary Burtis:
Marriage: July 31, 1729, Friends Meeting, Burlington, New Jersey.1473
Children of Robert R. Worthington and Mary Burtis are:
- +Martha Worthington, b. 1730, Orange County, Virginia1474, d. 1757, Frederick County, Virginia1474.