80. Documentation for Joseph Worth Jr.
(29th 9 mo. 1729 to Before May 1816)
father of Charles Worth
(17 June 1761 to After 1850)

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John Howland of the Mayflower, Volume 1, The First Five Generations Documented Descendants Through his first child Desire Howland and her husband Captain John Gorham, by Elizabeth Pearson White, pages 591-593.

Joseph Worth was born 29th 9 mo. 1729 on Nantucket Island, the son of Joseph and Lydia (Gorham) Worth.
(1) Joseph Worth of New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina, died sometime before May 1816.(2)

Joseph Worth and Judith Starbuck were married on Nantucket Island on 6 December 1753.
(3) Judith Starbuck was the daughter of William and Anna (Folger) Starbuck.(4) She was born 10 October 1734 on Nantucket Island. According to The Raleigh Register on 11 November 1830, Judith (Starbuck) Worth died in New Garden, Guilford County, NC, on 25 October 1830, in the 96th year of her age.(5)

Joseph Worth was listed as an American Protestant with a wife, one boy and two girls, when the Barrington, Nova Scotia, census was taken in 1770.
(6)

The History of Nantucket by Alexander Starbuck states that Joseph and Judith Worth "removed from the Island 29th 9 mo. 1774".
(7)

The General Index to Real Estate Conveyances of Randolph County, North Carolina, shows a transfer to Joseph Worth for 150 acres in 1785. Another shows a transfer of 275 acres in 1787. Joseph Worth appears in two transfer of property, one to James Brown for 34 acres and on to Lewis Reynolds for 60 acres.
(8)

Son Charles Worth appears in a land transfer from Jon Reese for 121 acres in 1822 in Randolph County and also another transfer from Jon Reese for 440 acres in 1822.
(9)
Charles Worth probably headed to Indiana about 1824 when he sold land to Thomas Hancock for 121 acres and Jonathan Lewallen for 440 acres.
(10)

Joseph and Judith Worth were received as members of the Center Monthly Meeting in Guilford County, N.C., on 20th 9 mo. 1774.
(11) Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy shows on 21 January 1776 that daughter Eunice Worth married William Wilson and on 27 November 1777 that daughter Matilda Worth married Latham Folger.(12)

Joseph Worth appears in the 1779 Randolph County tax roll and in the minutes of the Guilford County Court for 1784.
(13) Joseph Worth appears in the 1790 U. S. Census in the Hillsborough District of Randolph County, NC. The household consisted of four males and two females.(14)

Silas Worth, a son of Joseph and Judith Worth Jr., was married to Matilda Macy on 7 October 1796 according to the New Garden Monthly Meeting. They lived in Randolph County at that time.
(15)

Joseph and Judith Worth Jr., of Randolph County, gave a power of attorney to Matthew Starbuck, of Guilford County, for the sale of property they owned on Nantucket Island. The property was described as part of a share of the Old Straight Wharf.
(16)

The will of Joseph Worth Jr., dated 30th 9 mo. 1811, named his wife Judith, sons George, Charles, Paul, and Silas Worth, and daughters Eunice Wilson and Matilda Folger. Executors were Job Worth and Paul Worth. Witnesses were William Macy and Silvanus Swain.
(17)

Children
(Worth):(18)

i. Jethro, born 3 September 1754

ii. Eunice, born 30 August 1756.

iii. Matilda, born 14 October 1758.

iv. Charles, born 17 June 1761.

v. George, named in father's will.

vi. Paul, named in father's will.

vii. Silas, named in father's will.


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


1) Randolph Co., N.C., (Original) Wills, 1775-1899, North Carolina State Archives (Joseph Worth). The will names a son as Charles and a daughter as Matilda Folger among other children and his wife Judith.

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) Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, birth records, Volume 2, page 622, Charles Worth, child of Joseph and Judith (Starbuck) Worth, 17th 6 mo. 1761, husband of Elizabeth (daughter of Michael Frye and Nancy) [“Descendants of the New Garden Emigrants.” written against the list of Charles’ children.]

4) See White, Elizabeth Pearson, John Howland of the Mayflower, Volume 1, The First Five Generations Documented Descendants Through his first child Desire Howland and her husband Captain John Gorham, page 591 through 593, pages 721 and 722, and pages 729 and 730 for an extensive listing of original source documents to substantiate Joseph Worth Jr. as the father of Charles Worth.

5) Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Volume 4, page 526, marriage record for Joseph Worth, son of Joseph and Lydia (Gorham) Worth, and Judith Starbuck, daughter of William and Anna (Folger) Starbuck, married Nantucket, 6th 12 mo. “called December,” 1753. Removed from Nantucket 29-9-1774.

6) Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Volume 2, page 503, birth record for Judith Starbuck, October 10, 1734, daughter of William Starbuck and Anna Folger, wife of Joseph Worth (son of Joseph and Lydia Worth).

7) Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Volume 2, page 633, birth record for Matilda Worth, child of Joseph and Judith (Starbuck) Worth, 14th, 10 mo. 1758, wife of Latham Folger (son of Reuben and Dinah).

8) 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.

9) 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.

10) An account of this family was published in National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) 76:275-77.

REFERENCES

(1) Nantucket Vital Records 2:630.

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

(3) Nantucket Vital Records 4:526.

(4) Nantucket Vital Records 4:526.

(5) Raleigh Register, Raleigh, N.C., 11 Nov. 1830; Nantucket VR 5:615, but gives date newspaper was published instead of actual date of death; NEHGR 100:286.

(6) Nova Scotia Census, 1770 (Chicago, 1972), 5.

(7) Starbuck, 831.

(8) 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.

(9) 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.

(10) 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.

(11) Starbuck, 828; Sallie W. Stockard, Hist. Of Guilford County, North Carolina (Knoxville, Tenn. 1902), 193.

(12) W. A. Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (1969) 1:583; 692, 795.

(13) Guilford County Court Minutes (November 1784), 121 [FHL #0501190].

(14) U.S. Census of North Carolina, 1790, Randolph Co., 98.

(15) Hinshaw, 1:583; Nantucket VR 4:530.

(16) Nantucket Co. Deeds 19:341-42 [FHL #907355].

(17) Randloph Co., N.C., (Original) Wills, 1775-1899, North Carolina State Archives (Joseph Worth).

(18) Randloph Co., N.C., (Original) Wills, 1775-1899, North Carolina State Archives (Joseph Worth); Nantucket VR 2:622, 626, 629, 633, 637; Gorham MS 3:352.