40. Documentation for Charles Worth
(17 Jun 1761 to Aft 1850)
father of John Worth
(Abt 1817 to Aft 01 Feb 1886)



Download Adobe Acrobat File - 40. Charles Worth - (The file has the following text plus images.)

Download Adobe Acrobat File - Rigsby/Rigsbee - Moore 1888 Legal Case
(This legal case confirms the names of the children of Jehu and Rachel (Worth) Rigsby/Rigsbee)

Download Adobe Acrobat File - John Worth letter of 1886 to Hiram C. Coffin, scan by staff at Hege Library at Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.
(In this letter, John Worth names his brothers and sisters, all children of Charles Worth.)

Download Adobe Acrobat File - John Worth letter of 1886 to Hiram C. Coffin, photograph of letter by Curtis L. Older at Hege Library, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.
(In this letter, John Worth names his brothers and sisters, all children of Charles Worth.)


Download Adobe Acrobat File - Marshall Benton Rigsbee Affidavit of 1914
(This Affidavit clarifies the children of John and Lydia Worth Rigsby and Jehu and Rachel Worth Rigsby.)

Download Adobe Acrobat File - 1915 typewritten transcription of the John Worth letter of 1886 made by Herbert Folger of the California Mayflower Society.
(Laura Delphina Worth sent the actual John Worth letter of 1886 to the California Mayflower Society in 1915. Herbert Folger made a typewritten copy of the letter to accompany a membership submission by Arlie L. Rigsby.)

Download Adobe Acrobat File - the Folger Manuscript in the Nantucket Historical Association which lists the children of Charles Worth.
(This document probably was written prior to 1850. Part of Nantucket Vital Records to 1850.)




Charles Worth was born 17th. 6 mo. 1761 on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.(1) He was the son of Joseph Worth Jr. and Judith Starbuck.(2) Joseph and Judith (Starbuck) Worth were Quakers. They were received as members of the Center Monthly Meeting in Guilford County, North Carolina, 20th 9 mo. 1774.(3) Joseph Worth died in New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina, before May 1816, the date his will was proved.(4) Judith (Starbuck) Worth died in 1830 in Guilford County, North Carolina.(5)

A primary source document related to Charles Worth is the Folger Manuscript, at the Nantucket Historical Association in Nantucket, Massachusetts, found in
Collection 118, Book 7, page 142, which lists the marriage of Charles Worth and Elizabeth Frye and their nine children. The record also identifies the parents of Charles Worth as Joseph and Judith Worth and the parents of Elizabeth Frye as Michael and Nancy Frye. The Nantucket Quakers who moved to Guilford County, North Carolina, in the late 1700s sent reports of family births, marriages, deaths, etc. back to Nantucket where they were recorded. The listing in the Folger Manuscript dates to before 1850. The record identifies the family as "Descendants of the New Garden Emigrants." New Garden, North Carolina, was at the present site of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.(5A) The children of Charles Worth also are confirmed in a letter dated February 1, 1886, by John Worth, a son of Charles Worth. This letter will be discussed later.

On January 21, 1776, Eunice Worth, a sister of Charles Worth, married William Wilson, and on November 27, 1777, Matilda Worth, also a sister of Charles Worth, married Latham Folger.(6) Quaker church records indicate Charles Worth was dismissed 21 May 1785, from the Center Monthly Meeting in Guilford County, North Carolina.(7) He was received July 4, 1785 at the Deep River Monthly Meeting, in Guilford County.(8) Charles' sister Matilda and her husband Latham Folger had been received by the Deep River Meeting in 1785.

Charles Worth was dismissed from the Deep River Monthly Meeting in Guilford County, North Carolina, for marrying out of unity March 4, 1799.(9) Charles Worth married Elizabeth Frye of Stokes County, North Carolina.(10) The parents of Elizabeth were Michael and Nancy Frye.(11)

Stokes County was formed when Surry County was divided in 1789. The Stokes county seat was set at Germantown on 23 acres on Town Fork and Buffalo Creeks bought from Michael Frey and Henry Frey that lay on the Great Wagon Road. The thirty-eight town lots of a half-acre each sold immediately, and adjoining land owned by the Freys also sold quickly. The county seat was moved to Danbury on the formation of Forsyth County from Stokes County in 1849. Michael Frye may have died in the vicinity of Germantown, Stokes, County, North Carolina in 1815.(
12)

Charles Worth and Elizabeth Frye were the
parents of nine children: Lydia, Levi, Seth, Rachael, Elizabeth, Paul, Lucinda, John, and Rhoda.(13)

1) Lydia Worth was born September 20, 1799, in Surry County, North Carolina. She married John Rigsbee on November 13, 1818, in Guilford County, North Carolina. John Rigsbee was born August 12, 1793, in Chatham County, North Carolina and died May 30, 1851, in Rush County, Indiana. Lydia died September 22, 1873, Rush County, Indiana.

2) Levi Worth was born about 1802. He married Jane Glendening on July 18, 1833, in Rush County, Indiana. Levi married second, Ursula Baker on January 11, 1837, in Rush County, Indiana. The minister for the wedding was Drury Holt, a Baptist Minister. Levi committed suicide on April 29, 1837, in Rush County, Indiana.

3) Rachel Worth was born about 1803. She married Jehu Rigsbee on January 01, 1822, in Randolph County, North Carolina. He was born July 26, 1795, in North Carolina and he died July 19, 1871. Rachel died March 22, 1888, in Shelby County, Indiana. Jehu Rigsbee and David German are on adjacent lines in the 1830 census of Union Co., Indiana.

4) Seth Worth was born about 1805 in North Carolina. He was a blacksmith. Seth married Helen Mary Baker on February 26, 1835, in Rush County, Indiana. She was born about 1816 in Tennessee. Seth died April 2, 1873, and was buried in Andover Cemetery in Harrison County, Missouri. Helen died May 3, 1878, and also was buried in Andover Cemetery in Harrison County, Missouri.

5) Elizabeth A. Worth was born about 1806 in North Carolina. She married David German on December 19, 1824, in Randolph County, North Carolina. David German was born about 1796 in North Carolina. He died August 12, 1867, in Johnson County, Indiana. Elizabeth died November 27, 1886, near Boggstown, Shelby County, Indiana, and was buried in the New Boggstown Cemetery beside her youngest son. Both graves are unmarked. Jehu Rigsbee and David German are on adjacent lines in the 1830 census of Union Co., Indiana.

6) Paul Worth was born about 1811 in North Carolina. He married first Rebecca Baker on February 2, 1840, in Rush County, Indiana. Rebecca was born about 1818 in Tennessee. She died after 1860. Paul married second Nancy Merritt on June 12, 1861, in Hendricks County, Indiana. Nancy Merritt was born about 1834. She died on November 1, 1894, in Middle Township, Hendricks County, Indiana.

7) Rhoda Worth was born May 30, 1816, in North Carolina. She married William Hiatt on November 7, 1837, in Rush County, Indiana. William Hiatt was born about 1814 in Kentucky. Rhoda died on December 30, 1854, in Shelby County, Indiana, and was buried in Hanover Cemetery. William died before September 1858, in Shelby County, Indiana.

8) John Worth was born about 1817 in North Carolina. John was a blacksmith and wagon maker. He married first Elizabeth Hyatt about 1835. He married second Julia Ann Drysdale on June 1, 1837, in Rush County, Indiana. Julia was born January 27, 1814, in Kentucky. She died April 10 1856, "Aged 40 Yrs 2 mo & 13 ds.," in Shelby County, Indiana, and was buried in the Old Boggstown Cemetery. John Worth married third Mary Jane Lemon on January 1, 1857, in Shelby County, Indiana. Mary Jane Lemon was born October 24, 1824, in Akron, Ohio. She died October 22, 1913, in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

9) Lucinda Worth was born about 1820 in North Carolina. She married Henry Wesler on September 9, 1860, in Rush County, Indiana.

On October 9, 1802, Charles Worth of Stokes County, North Carolina,
purchased 230 acres in Surry County, North Carolina.(14) The U. S. Census for North Carolina for 1810, Surry County, lists one male of age 45 and up. Charles was born in 1761. This would make him over age 45 by 1810. The Charles Worth household included 2 free white males under age 10, 1 free white male at least 10 and under 16, 1 free white male age 45 and up; 2 free white females under age 10, 1 free white female age 10 and under 16, 1 free white female age 26 and under 45.(15)

Charles Worth does not appear in the 1815 Surry County tax list.(
16) On November 10, 1816, Charles Worth was a bondsman for the marriage of John Long Jr. and Mary Gardner in Randolph County, North Carolina.(17) According to records of the May 1819 Randolph County Circuit Court, Charles Worth posted bond for a son, Levi Worth.(18) The 1820 U. S. Census of Randolph County, North Carolina, is missing and thus there is no record of the Charles Worth household at that time.(19)

Joseph Worth, Charles' father, received
two land grants in Randolph County, North Carolina. One grant in 1785 was for 150 acres and another grant in 1787 was for 275 acres. Joseph Worth sold land in Randolph County in 1791 and 1816.(20) The tracts apparently were on Polecat Creek just south of the Guilford and Randolph county line.

Charles Worth bought 121 acres of land in Randolph County, North Carolina, from John Reese, on August 20, 1822. Charles also purchased a tract of 440 acres from John Reese in the same year.(
21) Charles Worth sold 121 acres of land in Randolph County, North Carolina, to Thomas Hancock on November 29, 1824, and to Jonathan Lewallen, the 440 acre tract, in 1824.(22)

Three daughters of Charles and Elizabeth (Frye) Worth married in Randolph County, North Carolina. A
marriage bond for Lydia Worth and John Rigsby was posted in Randolph County, NC, on November 13, 1818.(23) A marriage bond for Rachel Worth and Joshua Rigsby was posted in Randolph County on January 1, 1822.(24) A marriage bond for Elizabeth Worth and David German was posted in Randolph County, NC, on December 19, 1824.(25)

For information on the families of Lydia Worth and John Rigsbee and Rachael Worth and Jehu Rigsbee see the
affidavit dated 28 December 1914 by Marshall Benton Rigsbee who gives his personal knowledge about the children of Charles Worth, in particular the families of Lydia Worth and Rachel Worth. The affidavit accompanied in the application of Arlie Leonidas Rigsbee, General Number 4071, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Paul Boat, a descendant of Arlie L. Rigsbee, informed Curtis L. Older on November 22, 2009, that Arlie L. Rigsbee committed suicide.

For information on the family of Elizabeth Worth and David German, see National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 78, Number 4, December 1990, Family History Writing Contest Winner: "David German (1796 - 1867) and Family of Shelby County, Indiana", by John L. German, page 279. John German was instrumental in assisting Curtis L. Older to identify his Worth ancestors in locating the documentation necessary to apply for membership in the Mayflower Society.

Many Quakers or former Quakers in the Guilford County area of North Carolina moved to Indiana in the early 1800s. The exodus to Indiana was due to the problems caused by the institution of slavery in North Carolina.(
26) Charles Worth and most of his children and their spouses moved to Rush County, Indiana, during the 1820s.(27) Elizabeth Worth, Charles' wife, probably moved to Indiana with Charles.(28) A sister and brother-in-law of Charles Worth, Matilda and Latham Folger, also moved to Indiana. Latham Folger died September 15, 1833, in Union County, Indiana. Matilda (Worth) Folger died July 6, 1843, in Rush County, Indiana.

No record has been found in the U. S. Federal Census of 1830 for Charles Worth or his children. The U. S. Census of Indiana, 1840, Rush County, Jackson township, lists the Charles Worth household as consisting of one male age 70 and under 80, one female age 60 and under 70, and one female age 20 and under 30.(
29) Seth Worth, a son of Charles, appears in the 1840 census in Rush County, on the line above the Charles Worth household. The U. S. Census of Indiana, 1850, Daviess County, lists Charles Worth, age 90, living in the household of one of his sons, Seth Worth.(30) The 1850 census record is the last record in the life of Charles Worth. It is not known when he died, where he died, or where he was buried.

A
February 1, 1886, letter written by John Worth, the youngest son of Charles Worth, is an important document that lists the children of Charles Worth. The letter to Hiram C. Worth of Greensboro, North Carolina, was written at New Ross, Indiana.(31) John Worth lists the names of Charles Worth's children in the letter as: Lida, Levi, Rachel, Seth, Betey, Paul, Lewcinda, John (himself), and Rhoda. This list concurs with that found in the Folger Manuscript identified previously which listed the children of Charles Worth.

Hiram C. Worth, to whom the letter was sent, was associated with the New Garden area, now Guilford College, on the west side of Greensboro, North Carolina. Hiram C. Worth is buried in the New Garden Cemetery adjacent the Guilford College campus.(
32)

Laura D. Worth was a granddaughter of Hiram C. Worth.(
33) As the keeper of Quaker records at Guilford College for many years, she compiled much of the North Carolina data for the William Wade Hinshaw book, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy.(34) She was the foremost authority in the early 1900s on Quaker genealogy in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, according to Hinshaw.(35) Laura D. Worth is buried at the New Garden Cemetery at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.(36)

Laura D. Worth loaned the February 1, 1886, letter of John Worth to the California Mayflower Society in 1915. A
typewritten copy of the letter was prepared by Herbert Folger, Historian of the California Mayflower Society and one of the principals behind the Five Generations project of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The letter was used to support the Mayflower Society application of Arlie L. Rigsbee, General Number 4071, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Also related to the application of Arlie L. Rigsbee is an affidavit dated 28 December 1914 by Marshall Benton Rigsbee who gives his personal knowledge about the children of Charles Worth, in particular Lydia Worth who married John Rigsbee and Rachel Worth who married Jehu Rigsbee.

In his letter, John Worth states that his son, John Worth, was at Hiram C. Worth's home during the war.(
37) John C. Worth was in the 120th Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.(38) The 120th Indiana unit was stationed in North Carolina from about April 1865 until the time John C. Worth was discharged at Raleigh, NC, on January 8, 1866.(39) The unit was assigned to the Department of North Carolina and was stationed at times in Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro.

Children (
Worth), all born in North Carolina:

i.
Lydia, born September 20, 1799

ii.
Levi, born about 1802

iii.
Rachel, born about 1803

iv.
Seth, born about 1805

v.
Elizabeth, born about 1806

vi.
Paul, born about 1811

vii.
Rhoda, born May 30, 1816

viii.
John, born about 1817
i
x.
Lucinda, born about 1820


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
CHARLES WORTH and his son JOHN WORTH


1) Letter from John Worth (New Ross, Indiana) to Hiram C. Worth (Greensboro, North Carolina), dated 1 February 1886. Original letter at Hege Library, Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. A typewritten transcript of the letter dated was made in January 1915 from original letter on loan from Laura D. Worth of Guilford College to Herbert Folger, California Mayflower Society Historian. A copy of the transcript was in the lineage documents of Arlie L. Rigsbee, General Number 4071, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, Massachusetts. The names of the nine children of Charles Worth listed in the 01 February 1886 letter written by John Worth which was sent from New Ross, Indiana, matches the names of the nine children of Charles and Elizabeth Worth listed in the Folger Manuscript.

2) Folger Manuscript, Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket, Massachusetts, Collection 118, Book 7, page 142, which lists a Charles Worth as the son of Joseph and Judith, the marriage of Charles Worth and Elizabeth Frye/Frey, and the names of the nine children of Charles and Elizabeth. The record also identifies the parents of Elizabeth Frye/Frey as Michael and Nancy Frye/Frey. The document was recorded prior to 1850. The first child of Charles and Elizabeth Worth is listed as Lydia and the record indicates she was born in 1799, the same year Charles was removed from the Quaker Church for marrying out of unity. The Nantucket Quakers who moved to Guilford County, North Carolina, in the late 1700s sent reports of family births, marriages, deaths, etc. back to Nantucket where they were recorded. The record also identifies the family as "Descendants of the New Garden Emigrants." New Garden, North Carolina, was at the present site of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

3) 1914 Affidavit of Marshal Benton Rigsbee which is part of the application papers to the Society of Mayflower Descendants of Plymouth, Massachusetts, for Arlie L. Rigsbee. This affidavit states his knowledge of the descendants of Charles Worth. Affidavit states that the grandfather of Marshal Benton Rigsbee was John Rigsbee who was born in North Carolina on the 12th day of August 1793 and died in Rush County, Indiana on the 30th day of May 1851, and was married to Lydia Worth who was born in Guilford County, NC on the 20th day of September 1799 and died on the 22nd day of September 1873. Affiant also believes that Charles Worth was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and was married in North Carolina to Elizabeth Frye/Frey and had the following children: Lydia, Levi, Seth, Elizabeth, Rachael, Paul, Lucinda and Rhoda. He omits John Worth. Affiant states that Rachael Worth married Jehu Rigsbee. The names of the children of Charles and Elizabeth Worth agrees with both the Folger Manuscript and the 01 February 1886 letter of John Worth, excepting the fact that the Affidavit does not list a John Worth as a son of Charles and Elizabeth Worth.

4) Various census records related to Charles Worth, John Worth, and Seth Worth: Census record of 1850 for Indiana, Davies County, Van Buren Township, p. 187, which lists a Charles Worth in the household of a Seth Worth. The 1850 census record for the Seth Worth household lists the age of Charles Worth as 90. This would agree with the birth year for Charles at Nantucket, Massachusetts, as 1761; the 1840 U.S. Census of Indiana, Davies County, page 64, which lists a family for John Worth; the 1840 U.S. Census for Rush County, Jackson Township, page 399, which lists the Charles Worth household and appears one line below the household of a Seth Worth. 1850 Census of Indiana, Rush County, Jackson Township, page 556, which lists a family for John Worth. These census records support the Folger manuscript and the 01 February 1886 letter of John Worth as to John Worth having a brother named Seth and a father named Charles. John Worth also named one of his sons Seth.


REFERENCES

1. Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, page 2:622.

2. Randolph Co., N. C., (Original) wills, 1775-1899, North Carolina State Archives (Joseph Worth); "Joseph and Lydia (Gorham) Worth of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Their Wandering Children", Elizabeth Pearson White, C.G, F.A.S.G, F.N.G.S., and Edwin W. Coles, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 76 (December 1988), pp. 268-288; Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library, A Genealogical History of the Clark and Worth Families, Carol Clark Johnson, privately printed, 1970.

3. Starbuck, Alexander. The History of Nantucket, County, Island and Town. 1969; rept. Rutland, Vt., 1976, p. 828; Sallie W. Stockard, Hist. Of Guilford County, North Carolina (Knoxville, Tenn. 1902), 193.

4. Randolph Co., N. C., (Original) wills, 1775-1899, North Carolina State Archives (Joseph Worth)

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5. Raleigh Register, Raleigh, NC, November 11, 1830, obituary for Judith Worth; Nantucket VR 5:615, but gives date newspaper was published instead of actual date of death; NEHGR 100:286.

5A. Folger Manuscript, Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket, Massachusetts, Collection 118, Book 7, page 142, which lists the marriage of Charles Worth and Elizabeth Frye and their nine children. The record also identifies the parents of Charles Worth as Joseph and Judith Worth and the parents of Elizabeth Frye as Michael and Nancy Frye. The Nantucket Quakers who moved to Guilford County, North Carolina, in the late 1700s sent reports of family births, marriages, deaths, etc. back to Nantucket where they were recorded. The listing in the Folger Manuscript dates to before 1850. The record identifies the family as "Descendants of the New Garden Emigrants." New Garden, North Carolina, was at the present site of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

6. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, William Wade Hinshaw, (1936, rpt, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969), Page: 1:583, 692, 795.

7. Ibid. Page 1:846.

8. Ibid.

9. Ibid. Page 1:846.

10. Genealogical Records of Nantucket Families, Folger, vol. 3, p. 2,077.

11. Ibid.

12. "List of Dead in the Vicinity of Germantown, Stokes Co., NC, in 1815", Will proved Jun ___. 26 Mar 1815, Mich. FRY Snr., 27 Mrs. Fry, Filed in Stokes County records(Miscellaneous- #C.R. 090.928.10), NC State Archives.

13. Genealogical Records of Nantucket Families, Folger, vol. 3, p. 2,077; Letter from John Worth (New Ross, Indiana) to Hiram C. Worth (Greensboro, North Carolina), 1 February 1886. Original letter at Hege Library, Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. Transcript of letter dated January 1915, made from original letter on loan from Laura D. Worth of Guilford College to Herbert Folger, California Mayflower Society Historian. A copy of the transcript was in the lineage documents of Arlie L. Rigsbee, General Number 4071, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

14. North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Surry County Deeds, 14:64, microfilm copy.

15. U. S. Census of North Carolina, 1810, Surry County, unknown townships.

16. North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Surry County tax list, 1815, microfilm copy.

17. The Genealogical Journal, Vol. IV, No. 2, 1980, Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Bride Index, G's, 10 November 1816, Mary Gardner and John Long Jr., Charles Worth bondsman.

18. Randolph County, NC Genealogical Journal, Volume XXVII, No. 1, Spring 2003, Presentment May 1819 of Levi Worth, Charles Worth bound surety for Levi Worth, p. 23.

19. U. S. Census of North Carolina, 1820.

20. General Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Etc., Randolph County - Grantees, Book 2, Page 226, North Carolina to Joseph Worth, 150 acres, 1785; Randolph County Grantees, Book 3, Page 267, North Carolina to Joseph Worth, 275 acres, 1787; General Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Etc., Randolph County - Grantors, Book 7, Page 343, Joseph Worth to James Brown, 34 acres; Randolph County Grantors, Book 13, Page 267, Joseph Worth to Lewis Reynolds, 60 acres.

21. General Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Etc., Randolph County - Grantees, Book 14, Page 398, John Reese to Charles Worth, 121 acres, 1822; Randolph County Grantees, Book 16, Page 56, John Reese to Charles Worth, 440 acres, 1822.

22. General Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Etc., Randolph County - Grantors, Book 16, Page 34, Charles Worth to Thomas Hancock, 121 acres, 1823; Randolph County Grantors, Book 16, Page 41, Charles Worth to Jonathan Lewallen, 440 acres, 1824.

23. The Genealogical Journal, Vol. VII, No. 3, 1983, Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Bride Index, W's, 13 November 1818, Lydia Worth and John Rigsby, Paskel Cole bondsman, p. 41.

24. Ibid. 1 January 1822, Rachel Worth and Joshua Rigsby, Lancy Moore bondsman, p. 42.

25. Ibid. 19 December 1824, Elizabeth Worth and David German, William German bondsman, p. 41.

26. Hinton Rowan Helper, The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It, New York: Burdick Brothers, 1857, p. 305; Hinshaw, vol. 1, pp 488 and 773.

27. U. S. Census for Indiana, 1840, Rush County.

28. U. S. Census of Indiana, 1840, Rush County, Jackson township, p. 399, Charles Worth 0000000001-000010001 (next line after Seth Worth).

29. U. S. Census for Indiana, 1840, Rush County, Jackson Township, p. 399, Charles Worth household. 30. U.S. Census of Indiana, 1850, Davies County, Van Buren Township, p. 187, (Note: Charles was listed as part of the Seth Worth household.)

31. Letter from John Worth (New Ross, Indiana) to Hiram C. Worth (Greensboro, North Carolina), 1 February 1886. Original letter at Hege Library, Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. Transcript of letter dated January 1915, made from original letter on loan from Laura D. Worth of Guilford College to Herbert Folger, California Mayflower Society Historian. A copy of the transcript was in the lineage documents of Arlie L. Rigsbee, General Number 4071, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

32. Gravestone Inscription, Hiram Coffin Worth, 8/22/1886, New Garden (Cemetery), b. Apr. 8, 1809. The New Garden Cemetery is at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

33. Laura Delphina Worth obituary, Guilford newspaper, January 17, 1945; U. S. Census of North Carolina, 1850, Guilford County, dwelling 27, family 27, Hiram C. Worth, age 41, carpenter; Gravestone Inscription, Hiram Coffin Worth, 8/22/1886, New Garden (Cemetery), b. Apr. 8, 1809; Laura Delphina Worth was a daughter of Daniel and Eunice Worth. Daniel Worth was a son of Hiram Coffin Worth.

34. North Carolina Friends Historical Society Newsletter, Fall 2003, No. 14, The Meaning of L. D. W., pp. 3-4; Hinshaw, William Wade. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 6 vols. 1936; rept. Baltimore, 1969, Vol. 1, Forward, p. vi; Laura Delphina Worth obituary, Guilford newspaper, January 17, 1945.

35. Ibid.

36. Laura Delphina Worth obituary, Guilford newspaper, January 17, 1945; tombstone photograph taken Monday, March 8, 2004, by Curtis L. Older at New Garden Cemetery adjacent to Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina. Tombstone of Laura D. Worth includes the words, "Quaker Genealogist".

37. Letter from John Worth (New Ross, Indiana) to Hiram C. Worth (Greensboro, North Carolina), 1 February 1886, Hege Library, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina.

38. National Archives, Civil War Pension Records, John C. Worth, 120th Indiana Infantry, Private, Company C, soldier's certificate #368-228, Can #7 730, Bundle #22, wife Rebecca J. Worth, number 497,241 appears on the cover of his folder, also #1,567,964. File contains copy of his Honorable Discharge, copy of his Death Certificate, and copy of Death Certificate for Matilda Worth. John C. Worth lost sight in his left eye, was partially deaf in both ears, and was severely wounded in the left shoulder and right arm due to a shell explosion at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

39. Ibid.