An American Family History


John Worley

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. His parents were Nathan Worley and Abigail Lott.

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 Wallen),
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, Virginia.

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 (Hendricks).

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.



Power of Attorney of date June 30th, 1799, executed by Nancy Worley, Carter County & State of Tennessee, empowering George Hendry to act for her in the sale of certain lands which passed under the will of Geo. Hendry, late of Frederick County, date of will Feb. 1782, who has since departed this life "and the aforesaid Nancy Worley became entitled to one fourth part of her brother Geo. Hendry, Junr. dec'd. arising from the sale of said lands etc.


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