Caleb Worley – Son of Francis Worley and Mary Brassey

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I am posting a bit of information that I don’t think has been collected together in a coherent form on the web. Kind of a gathering of items and gleanings I have made along the way. Maybe it is stuck away in a book somewhere, but I am so grateful to those who have helped me along the way that I thought I would just put it out for all to see. If you would like sources, please feel to contact me or leave a comment.

Caleb Worley is, I believe, the oldest of Francis and Mary’s sons. He is first mentioned in the January 1719 tax assessments of Conestoga township, Chester County, Pa. along with his father.  He is joined in 1721 by Bracy, if indeed Bracy is his brother and not just another immigrant with the last name Worley/Wherly/etc. Caleb continues to be listed on surviving tax lists dating up to 1726/27.  In 1728 he and Francis, whether brother or father of Caleb remains uncertain, signed a petition urging the division of Chester County into two counties.

Francis Worley, his father, received a warrant for 100 acres at the mouth of the Conestoga in 1716. This land was resurveyed in 1742 “for his son Caleb Worley.”  Francis Sr. also had a tract of land consisting of 225 acres in the same area. When he died he left the land to “his sons Francis and Caleb Worley, Francis receiving 106 acres and Caleb 119 acres. Caleb Worley conveyed his right Frederick Menart.” [Sadly, there is no mention of Bracy which would confirm his place as a son of Francis.]

What I want to focus on is that Caleb conveyed his right in this land to Frederick Menart. I think that by using this it can be proven that it was this Caleb that had a wife named Patience and not his son. Lancaster County deeds show a record dated May 1751 that “Caleb Worley and his wife Patience of Salisbury township” sold 119 acres in Conestoga township to Frederick Maynard for the sum of £400. This appears to be the land he inherited from his father, Francis Worley. Caleb Worley, Sr. died in 1751, having written his will in 1750. The will was proven in Lancaster County court 7 June 1751. In 1752 Caleb, Jr. had to appeal to the Orphan’s Court of Lancaster Co., Pa. for permission to have 300 acres his father left in Sadsbury township appraised and valued so that he might “be permitted to enjoy the whole while paying the respective shares to the other children.” Perhaps, I simply haven’t uncovered the record yet, but it would seem that if  Caleb, Jr. needed permission to have other land of his father’s simply appraised, he would surely have needed it to actually sell land belonging to his father. Therefore, I believe that this land was actually sold by Caleb, Sr. and his wife Patience. In 1753 “Patience Worley produced a paper condeming her outgoing in marriage” to the Sadsbury Monthly Meeting of Friends in Lancaster County indicating that she remarried at this time to someone outside the Quaker faith.

The children of Caleb Worley, Sr. include Rebecca, Caleb, David, and Mary. Rebecca and Caleb were of age when their father died. David and Mary were not of age and Caleb, Jr. was eventually made their guardian. He was “the eldest son of Caleb Worley, dec’d” and he, along with his sister Rebecca, was executor of his father’s estate. In 1752 he was given permission “to hold the Real Estate of his late father, upon paying or securing to be paid the respective shares of the other children”.  Later posts will deal with each of the children.

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2 Responses to Caleb Worley – Son of Francis Worley and Mary Brassey

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am researching the Warley family, sometimes spelled Worley, of Pottstown PA, Montgomery County. I saw your research on Caleb Worley and son David. I am trying to determine if your David Worley ended up in Pennsylvania. In the early 1800s there are tax assessment records and census showing two David Worleys. My Warleys seemed to have been very mobile with possible connections to Ohio, Maryland and South Carolina. My direct Warley line ended up in Philadelphia PA. I will try to get to the Pottstown Historical Society, hoping they have some records from the 18th and early 19th century. I have heard stories of early Quaker roots in the family but have no proof. Just a hunch that your David may be my David. Also have Sheltons in my line.

  2. vewhite says:

    Caleb Worley Sr. died in December 1750, so it must have been his son Caleb Jr. who married Patience and sold the land in 1751. Below is a complete transcription of the will and related probate:

    Caleb Worley, deceased. These are to certify to all to whom it may concern, that Caleb Worley, being sick, but of parfect mind and memory, did varboley call Isaac Taylor and Jean Pacston for witnesses, that it was his will that his daughter Rebecca should have but five shillings for her part as a child, and being asked the reason by us why he would lave her no more, he said he had given her her part in her first husband’s time; and farther said not. The aforesd words was spoken by ye sd Caleb Worley on ye 9th day of this instant December. As witness our hands, this eleventh day of Decembr 1750.

    Isaac Taylor
    Jean (X) Paxton

    The 7th day of June, 1751. Before me the subscriber personally came Isaac Taylor and Jane Paxton, the witnesses to the above nuncupative will, and on their solemn affirmation, did declare & say that the same doth contain the last will of the testator above named, and that the same was reduced into writing within six days of his death, and that at the making thereof he was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding according to the best of their knowledge & belief. Before me,


    Lancaster Co. PA Will Book I-K, 1747-1830, p. 343

    Vickie Elam White

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