Joan Smyth Letter 15 Nov 2001

Started by Smith Harper Hutchings on Friday, March 19, 2010


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3/19/2010 at 3:04 AM

Subject: [ORIGINAL-13] Isaiah Worrell
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 03:36:49 EST

I am new to this list and hoping to get some information on the Revolutionary
War service of my ancestor, Isaiah Worrell of Phila
He was born in Oxford Phila in 1732 to Isaac Worrell and Rebecca Hawley .
He married Elizabeth Harper in 1752, also of Oxford/Frankford. They had 15
children 10 sons and 5 daughters.
In a handwritten document by a member of the family that I have from 1890 -
"It is well known in the family that during the Revolution, a committee of
Quaker neighbors called at the Worrell home to disuade the parents from
letting their children serve in the war. The mother Elizabeth Harper pointed
to her babe in the cradle and expressed her sorrow that he was not old enough
to join the army."
The document goes on to say that Isaiah Worrell received word that Washington
was approaching Germantown and left Frankford with a small group of soldiers
and joined the army on the Skippack Pike and went on to participate in the
battle of Germantown, Trenton and Monmouth.
His Co was the 11Penna but their website has nothing on his service nor
Virgil Whites pension file abstracts.
His grandfather was Richard Worrell who died in 1688. Acccording to this
document the "first public protest against slavery in this country was made
at his house in Frankford by the Germantown Settlers on Feb 30 1688" [see
Abington Friends Meeting records]
The Worrells as a whole are very well documented by other family members but
no proof of Isaiah Worrell's service seems to be known.
Any information would be very much appreciated.
Thank you
Joan Smyth

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