July database update

It has been a while since I updated my online database. This update includes a couple of hundred new names, several updated family lines thanks to those sending me updates, and a couple of errors were fixed. In addition I have uploaded several new headstone photos which were sent to me. Some of the families with updates and corrections are Bush, Merryman, Rowles, Ruhl, Kephart, Smeal and Hazel. With summer having finally arrived my updates will likely not be every month as I was doing through the past fall and winter, I expect to get back to researching full swing again once the weather starts to turn ugly, for now I am plan to put in some miles on my bicycle, spend time with family and friends and a lot of grilling. Until Next time…

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My Pennsylvania Quaker Ancestry The Worrilow Family

For the past couple of months I have been finding my self making a mid month update to my online database; this month I am doing the same due to a big find. In my recent pursuit of the Whippo family I have been entering data that has been in my file cabinet for many years. A couple of weeks ago I shared the will of George Whippo Jr., and there has been a lot of interest judging from the visits to my blog and the post about the will specifically.

George Whippo Jr‘s parents were George Whippo Sr. and Jane Worrilow. I decided to do some Google searching on the Worrilow family and ran across a few good websites. Amongst the results was a link to a book on archives.com that mentioned the Worrilow name in the blurb. I decided to check it out and was pleasantly surprised to find that the book contained a wealth of info not only for the Worrilow clan but also the Maris and Taylor families, both known to me to be tied to the Whippo’s and Worrilows. The name of the book is “The Collateral Ancestry of Stephen Harris, born September 4, 1798 and of Marianne Smith, born April 2, 1805″ authored by John Smith Harris in 1908. I will provide a link to download the book at the end of this article.

Being that I am just starting to research this line I decided that before I put to much faith in Mr. Harris’ book and his research that I wanted to find others who were working on the Worrilow family and ask them if the book was accurate. I have in the past followed lineages from books that were published and looked to be accurate with sources only to find out that the author’s work was riddled with errors. I found a facebook group dedicated to researching the Worrilow family, I joined and quickly started a conversation with a very helpful gentleman named Lawrence Worrilow. he stated that he had heard of the book and in briefly looking at the data he felt it was accurate. He also provided a link to his ancestry tree which impressed me very much. His tree is not your typical ancestry tree, he has sources and lots of them, he also shares a lot of scanned records. I have not had time to check the tree out in great detail but it looks promising, and I am excited to spend the majority of my Saturday going through it.

The database update contains approximately 130 new people that I have entered from the Harris book all dealing with the Worrilow family. They will be directly related to all of my Rowles and Whippo cousins. The line goes back to Christopher and Margery Warrilow in England in the late 1500′s. Check it out and feel free to contact me with updates and corrections.

Link to the Harris Book
Link to Worrilow Facebook Group

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George Whippo’s Last Will and Testament

Last week I received George Whippo’s last will and testament from the good folks at the Centre County Library. Needless to say I was very excited to read my 6th great-grandfather’s will which was written over 200 years ago. George had three daughters, Mary, Lydia and Susanna and two sons Isaac and Jesse. The only one not mentioned in his will is Mary. Mary is reported to be the first wife of John Rowles, and after her death he married Mary’s sister, Lydia.

I was hoping the will would provide proof of the marriage of John Rowles and Mary Whippo, by maybe listing the children they had as heirs. Unfortunately the will makes no mention of Mary or the children she is supposed to of had with John Rowles. The will does however prove the marriage of George’s daughter, Lydia to John Rowles, as he leaves them an inheritance. I will have to continue my search for proof of the marriage of Mary Whippo to John Rowles. If anyone reading this can provide said proof I would love to see it, or know where to find it.

I have made the will available on my website in adobe acrobat format George Whippo’s Last Will and Testament.

Here is my best attempt at transcribing the will. Please let me know if you find any errors so they can be corrected.

Outside of Will Page 1

67
George Whippows(sic)
Will

Fees $3.58 paid by Jesse Whippo
26 Jany 1814

No 4893 67
Last will and testament
of
George Whippo

Centre County

Jesse Whippo administrator (with the will annexed) of all and singular the goods and chattels right of credits of the whithin named George Whippo deceased on his solemn affirmation duly administered according to law did declare and say that they believe the whithin foregoing instrument of writing to be the true last will and testament of George Whippo late of Halfmoon Township said county deceased that they would well and truly execute the same by first paying all the debts of the said deceased and the legacies as far as the property will extend the law bind him that he would under adjust true and perfect inventory and conscionable appraisement of the goods and chattels right of credit which were of the said deceased and a just and true account of his administration and to the registrars office for Centre County when he shall be thereunto lawfully required affimed and subscribed the 26th day of January 1814 before me
Wm Peterson registrar Jesse Whippo

Inside of Will Page 1

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named George Whippo to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto subjected our names as witnessess in the presence of the testator.

Andrew Hanna
Robert Mitchel
William Mitchel
James Ross
Jacob Taylor

Centre County Before me Williams Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for the county aforesaid cause Andrew Hanna and William Mitchel two of the subscribing witnessess to the above instrument of writing and on their solemn oaths duely administered according to law did depose and say that they was personally present with George Whippo in the above instrument of writing named and now deceased and saw him sign, seal and heard him publish and declare the above instrument of writing as and for his last will and testament that at the same time the said George Whippo was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding that they subscribed the same instrument as witnessess to the execution thereof in the presence of the said deceased at his request that they saw Robert Mitchel, James Ross and Jacob Taylor also sign their names thereto in the presence of the said deceased and at his request.

Sworn and subscribed the 10th day of January 1814 before
Wm Peterson registrar Andrew Hanna
Wm Mitchel

The Will Itself Page 2

George Whippo’s Last Will and Testament

In the name of God, Amen. I George Whippo of Centre County, Halfmoon Township and state of Pennsylvania being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory. Blessed be Almighty God for the same. Do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susana Whippo the income of my whole estate real and personal, during her natural life. I do also give and bequeath to my soninlaw John Rowls and my daughter Lydia Rowls his wife the sum of eight shillings and three pence. I do also give and bequeath to my oldest son Isaac Whippo the sum of five pounds currency. I also give and bqueath to my soninlaw Edward Heney and Susana my daughter his wife the sum of eight shillings and three pence which said several legacies or sums of money. I will and order shall be paid to the said respective legaters within six months after my decease. I further give and devise to my youngest son Jesse Whippo, his heirs and assigns the residence of my property real and personal after my lawful debts are paid. Thereby appoint Jacob Taylor sole executor of this my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Tenth day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and five.

George Whippo

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March database update

I uploaded a new gedcom file today updating the database with my latest research. This update adds close to another 350 relatives to the Bush family genealogy. Most of the additions are in the Rowles line, along with a few updates submitted by cousins. There were several unannounced updates in February besides the normal update at the beginning of the month, so for many of you who only check back when I post you will find nearly a thousand new relatives. Keep sending those updates and photo’s and documents.

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Daniel Warren Smeal 1886 – 1955

Daniel Warren Smeal died February 18, 1955, in Morgan Run, Boggs Township, Clearfield County, PA.

He was born December 5, 1886 at West Decatur, Clearfield County, Pa. the son of Collis E. Smeal and Lydia Ann (Fee) Smeal.

On November 21 1906 he married Bessie Ann Haines, a daughter of Thomas Haines and Margaret “Maggie” (Richner) Haines. Daniel and Bessie had two children: Beatrice Orelena, and Arthur. They also had an adopted daughter Lillian E. Waller Smeal.

Daniel is buried in the Sanborn Cemetery.

Daniel Warren Smeal and Bessie Ann (Haines) Smeal were my great-granduncle and great-grandaunt. Bessie was an older sister of my great-grandmother Hanna Jane “Jennie” Haines.

I have included Daniel Warren Smeal’s obituary which appeared in the Clearfield Progress, February 19, 1955 Page 3.

Daniel Warren Smeal obituary

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