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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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February Database Update

Yes, it’s that time again. I have just updated my database on the website. This update brings an additional 600+ people to the family and the total number of relatives to just over 25,000. The vast majority of my newly found relatives are members of the Rowles, Ogden, Smeal and Bloom families. I won’t lie to you it has been a chore to keep it all straight, there a lot of cousins marrying cousins and as if that wasn’t enough in some cases a generation or two later they remarried back into the same family. There is still a lot of info yet to enter, so don’t be surprised if I update the database again before the end of the month.

Many of these newly added relatives have birth announcements, marriage announcements, and obituaries transcribed into their notes (Including the name of the newspaper, date of publication and page number(s) if known. I have also been fortunate enough to find a few useable pictures, and original scanned documents. I intend to get these all uploaded and linked to the people they relate to. That project is on my “To Do” list for the time being as I need to find a way to get them all organized, labeled, and formatted for the web. I am not sure just yet what my plan of attack will be, but I do know it will be a huge undertaking, and as such will likely be put on hold until I can take a week off from work.

If anyone finds an error and there are many (I know because I find them all the time.) Please let me know. There are many ways for you to submit corrections, updates and additional information as well as photo’s and documents. As always if you submit something I post I will credit you so that others will be able to find and contact you as well.

I am also looking for cousins who have their genealogies on the web to add to my links pages. If you have a website, ancestry tree, Family Search tree or any other website where you share your genealogy and we are related I would like to trade links with you.

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Surname Discussion Forums

The new surname discussion forums are up. This is a place for all of my cousins to congregate and share information, stories and pictures. My hope is that the forums will become a place where those who researching or interested in our family groups will come to share information, ask questions and share photos.

Please let others who are researching our families know about this website so that they can also benefit from the forums, if everyone comes and shares these forums will become a valuable research resource for all of us.

In an attempt to control spammers and bots I am requiring a valid login to use the forums. Signing up for an account on my website is always free and will allow you post to the forums, comment on the main blog and have access to the genealogy pages. You can sign up for your free user account in the grey sidebar on the right side of the website.

I hope to see all of you in the forums sharing that precious genealogical information and meeting new cousins. Be sure to tell your contacts and family members everyone is welcome.

Enjoy!

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