About Joseph Work
@1706-1743 (birth date is estimate)
Parents: Henry Clay Work & Martha Patterson
Spouse: Barbara Rhody
Children: Joseph Jr., James, Abraham, Patrick, William, Mary
From “Work Family History”, vol. I (1969) & vol. II (1994), compiled by Von Gail Hamilton.
Joseph owned 500 acres along the Big Chickie and was listed as "of Donegal twp, Lancaster County, PA". He died intestate before 28 Feb 1743.
His son, Joseph, the eldest child, received 2/7 of the estate and later sold it to his mother. He was listed as a tanner. Abraham's 1/7 was sold to Samuel Scott. Patrick sold his to his 2 brothers, James and William. William, in turn, sold his to James. The land had been patented by Joseph Sr. in 1738. Mary Shaw also sold her land to her brother, James.
In "A Pennsylvania History" (publ. 1902, pg. 112), there is information concerning Scotch-Irish migration of Presbyterians to Chester County, PA. ". . . when 100 passengers died on board. These Presbyterians had enough influence in 1722 to obtain the name Donegal for their township. Chief among them, James Kyle, John and Benjamin Sterrett, Joseph Work, Hugh and John Scott." In "List of Scotch Irish Pioneers in 1719": James Rody, Joseph Work, James Kyle, John and Hugh Scott, John and Ben Sterritt.