Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Col. William J. Worth

May is about over, so it's time for a post. There are plenty of subjects to cover, but what if we look at another descendant (possible, stepson), William Jenkins Worth?


General Worth (Wikipedia) is of interest, for several reasons. He was born in 1794 to Quaker parents. His military experience began with the War of 1812 (next Beacon theme) where he served as an aide to Winfred Scott. He was wounded but continued his military career.

Later, William was assigned to head the military department of Texas. He died in San Antonio in 1849. Fort Worth, among other places, is named after him.


Being brief, William's forebears were William Worth and Sarah Macy. Both Worth and Macy were of Nantucket families (with Gardner/Coffin, et al).

Aside: John, son of William and Sarah, who was a forebear of the General, was married three times. The first wife was Miriam Gardner, a granddaughter of Thomas and Margaret. Which of John's sons was the forebear of the General? Some say John, Jr. whose mother was Dorcas Smith. Once we get this figured out, we'll update the descendants list.

Using WikiTree, we can work this out, provisionally (that is, until we review more thoroughly). John Worth (2nd ggp of the Col lived 1666-1732) married 1) Miriam Gardner (1665-1702), daughter of Richard Gardner and Sarah Shattuck. They had seven children. John married 2) Ann Platts (no children) and 3) Dorcas (Smith) Hawes (two Worth children - she had three children by Hawes). 

Now, some information on the Nantucket and Gardner connections, here are one of the immigrant ancestors of each with count of a Gardner relationship with a few generations: Worth (William Worth, 111) and Swift (Peter Folger, 160+; John Swain, 139).    


07/11/2012 -- A recent issue of Gardner's Beacon looks at the War of 1812. 

10/25/2020 -- Descendants, finally. We're getting back to work. General Worth is not a descendant of Thomas Gardner of Salem. 

09/24/2022 -- Used Col. Worth (WikiTree, Worth-719), with Col. Higginson and Brig. Gen. Swift to discuss the blended family that was so prominent through the 400 years of history. Worth and Swift had a lot of overlap in their lineage being of Nantucket. 

Modified: 09/24/2022

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