An American Family History


Worley Family

Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created in 1682.

Francis Worley was born before 1700 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Francis Worley, Sr. and Mary Brassey.

His wife was Charity Ruth.

Daniel Worley (1726, married Maria Susannah Cley),
Jacob Worley (1728, married Hannah Browne)
Nathan Worley (1730),
James Worley (1731),
Henry Worley (1732, married Ruth Norland),
Francis Worley (1733, married Ruth Collins),
Samuel Worley (1734),
Mary Worley (1736, married Peter Shugart),
George Worley (1738, married Wahnenah Bear),
Lydia Worley (1741, married George Eichelberger), and
Thomas Worley (1745, married Susannah Baker).

In 1718, they lived in Hemfield Township

On August 11, 1736, a Francis Worley, Jr. signed the Letter of the Germans to the Governor of Maryland. On October 21, 1736 a warrant for the signators was issued "for contriving signing and publishing a seditious paper and writing against his Lordship and this government."

In 1746, Francis moved to York County, Pennsylvania.

Francis Worley signed his will on June 17, 1768 in Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. It was probated on August 10, 1768 in York County. Th executors were Daniel Worley and John Updegraff.


York County is in south central Pennsylvania and was created on August 19, 1749 from part of Lancaster County.

Nathan Worley was born about 1730 in York County, Pennsylvania.

He married Abigail Lott.

Nathan and Abigail's children may have included:

Daniel Worley (1753, married Mary Caldwell),
Francis Worley (1755),
John Worley (1755, married Nancy Hendry),
David Worley (1756, married Catherine Baker),
Jacob Worley (1762),
Rebecca Worley (1764),
Mary Worley (1768)
Ruth Worley (1772)
Nathan Worley(1774)
Lydia Worley,

Nathan served in Captain Reinhard Boot's Company during the American Revolution.

In 1787, David Worley witnessed the marriage settlement between Isaac Baker and Mary Head.

In 1810 David, Nathan, Frederick and Thomas Worley were in Washington County, Virginia.

Washington County, Virginia was formed from Fincastle County in 1777. It originally contained Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

John Worley was born about 1755.

He married Nancy Ann Hendry about 1772 in Frederick County, Virginia.

Nathan Worley (1773),
Elizabeth (Betty) Worley (1777),
Mary Worley (1779),
George Worley (1781, married Hannah Davis),
William H. Worley (1783, married Nancy Waling),
Isaac Worley (1786, married Margaret Crow),
Francis Worley (1788), and
Hiram Worley (1789, married Bretney Smalling).

They moved from the Shenandoah Valley (now Frederick County, Virginia) to Washington County, North Carolina (now Carter County, Tennessee) soon after the Revolution. They settled near Elizabethton, Tennessee in a section known as Turkeytown.

In 1794, John Worley was on Captain Carriger's tax list in Washington County.

In 1796, John Worley was listed in the Carter County, Tennessee tax list.

John was one of the first jurors in the new Carter county.

The next term [1796] of the court was also held at Tipton's. At that time Nathaniel Taylor and Nathaniel Folsom were allowed $50 for laying off the town for the seat of justice. The sheriff returned the following venire facias:

William Dugger, George Ingle, John Stover, John Fentress, Mathias Wagoner, Levi Loyd, Jeremiah Campbell, William Pugh, William Davis, William Dugger, Jules Dugger, Joseph Ford, John Worley, Stephen Redman, John Poland, James Range, Michael Hyder, John Peoples and Robert Lusk. The last ten were constituted the grand jury.

On July 13, 1799, Mary Worley of Carter County, Tennessee bought an enslaved woman named Minnie, from John Powers of Frederick County, Virginia. Abraham Hendry witnessed sale.

Worley Mill was located 5 miles from what today is known as Highway 11.

In 1805 John Worley witnessed an the indenture of Nathan Hendrix.

John Worley to James I. Tipton; transfer of land in 1806. Joseph Worley, Witness

Carter County, Tennessee was organized from Washington County on April 9, 1796. Elizabethton is the county seat.











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