David Worley and Mary Worley- Son & Daughter of Caleb Worley, I

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Records are scarce for both David and Mary Worley, the youngest of Caleb Worley’s children. David and Mary are first mentioned in Orphan’s Court records of Lancaster County, Pa. in 1751 as being the orphaned children of Caleb Worley. David chose Calvin Cooper as his guardian. Cooper refused to act as guardian and his older brother Caleb was appointed as guardian for both him and Mary.

Lancaster County, Pa. deeds show that in 1760 Henry Helm “acknowledged satisfaction” from David Worley indicating that David had paid off a debt that he owed his brother-in-law, husband of his older sister, Rebecca. Records of that year [1760] also show that David Worley, a shoemaker, was living on Pequea Creek on land originally patented by Francis Worley, I in 1723. By 1762 we know that David had married a woman named Anna, even though no marriage record has turned up because those same county deeds show that David Worley of Martic township, Lancaster Co., and his wife Anna mortgaged a property to Henry Helm of Lancaster in May of that year. In 1767 David and Anna Worley bought, and in 1770 David Wordley, gunsmith, and his wife Anah [sic] of Martic Township, Lancaster County, sold to Joseph Haines 14 1/2 acres on the south side of Pequea Creek, Lancaster County.

David and Anna Worley had moved to East Nottingham township, Chester Co., Pa. by 1768 when David appeared on tax lists there having a tavern and plantation but no acreage, horses, cattle, sheep, or servants. His circumstances had improved by the following year when he possesed a tavern, 50 acres, 1 horse, 2 cattle, but still no sheep or servants. By 1771 David Worldley, gunsmith and innkeeper, had 60 acres, 1 horse, 1 cattle, and 3 sheep.

Mason and Dixon finished drawing their line and established Pennsylvania’s boundaries by 1767, but up until that point 18,000 acres of the Nottingham lots were among the lands disputed by Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Both claimed the area, but the majority of the land ended up in Cecil County, Md. When I found property tax records of a David Worley in Cecil County in 1783, I wasn’t sure who he might be since the last Worley I have come across [perhaps there are others, I have not been to that courthouse] in Cecil County was a record of the death of Nathan Worley, son of Henry Worley and Mary Vernon, in 1756.  While preparing this outline of David’s life it occurred to me that these records might refer to this David Worley because of the close proximity of Cecil county and the Nottingham area of Chester county. I include these records here for the sake of completeness. Possibly they refer to this David. The entry of the single man in the records of 1783 would surely not be this David, but maybe a son of his.

Records of a David Worley in Cecil Co., Maryland

  • 1783 – David Worley (single man) [Cecil County Property Tax List]
  • 1783 – David Worley, CE 5th District, p. 3 [Maryland State Archives, Assessment of 1783, Index]
  • 1783 – David Worly(sic), Mannor, 128 acres, CE 5th District, p. 2 [Maryland State Archive, Assessment of 1783, Index]
  • 1792 – David Worley, Remainder, 109 1/2 acres [Cecil County Circuit Court, Patent Record IC F, p. 740, 1792]

Finally, I find records for 2 David Worleys in the 1790 Census of York County, Pennsylvania. One’s name is spelled Worley, the other Worly. Not that that means anything. The one, David Worley, has 1 free white male over 16 years of age [obviously David], 1 free white male under 16, and 3 free white females. The other, David Worly, has 1 free white male over 16 [again David] and 2 free white females. A possibility that the David(s) from Cecil County moved back into Pennsylvania. Not a whiff of proof, however, only guessing.

I find a record for a Mary Worley who married George Ryall at Christ Church in Philadelphia. This could be Caleb’s daughter Mary. Or she could be an unknown daughter of Bracey Worley who married Lurena Christopher in that same church in 1722. Or she could be an unrecorded daughter of another of the Worleys. Other than this lone record and the mention of her in Orphan’s court records, I find no other mention of Mary Worley.

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