Jesse Worley

Jesse Worley
B: c1788
D: 1838 
M: Magdalena Hering
   └── William Jesse Worley (1827-1903) 1

Jesse Worley     [ID 03232] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Jesse Worley2 [Obediah Werley3].

Born about 1788, England.2,4  

He married Magdalena Hering5 [Mary Herring1,2,6, Maria Herring4,7, Mary Haring3], Apr 17 18175, First United Church of Christ Easton (United Church of Christ), Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania5.  Magdalena was born about 1794, Pennsylvania.7,8,9  (c1802, Pennsylvania).6  (1799, England).10  

Children (all born in Pennsylvania):1,2,7

Caroline L. Worley, born Feb 10 1825; died Jun 13 1871, age 46y 4m 3d, unmarried; buried Mohnsville Cemetery. 11
William Jesse Worley, born May 11 1827.
John Worley; married Mary Swank.
Henry Worley, born Feb 21 1833; died Aug 30 1890, buried Mohnsville Cemetery; married Isabella/Isabel Mohn, Sep 10 1854 (children: Henry H. Worley, Dec 10 1855; Mary A. Worley, Arp 17 1857; Louisa M. Worley, Oct 13 1859; Wesley Mohn Worley, May 6 1861 [May 6 1862]; Elliz M. Worley, Nov 2 1865; Caroline L. Worley, Jun 17 1868; Sivilla M. Worley, Oct 21 1870; Amanda S. Worley, Mar 2 1873; Charles M. Worley, Jan 31 1877). 12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22
Samuel Worley; married Hannah Riechley.
Elizabeth Worley, born Mar 16 1835; died Nov 25 1888, buried Yocom Cemetery, Grill, Berks County, Pennsylvania; married John Bitting (children: Emma, Mary, Irvin W., Frank W., William W., Amanda, Lillie W., Alice, Wellington W., and Charles W. Bitting). 23
Obediah/Theophilus Worley/Werley, born Mar 9 1840; died Nov 18 1915, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania; married Mary/Katie Zimmerman (children: Cyrus E. Werley, Feb 4 1865; Emma Werley, Mar 5 1871; Howard Z. Werley, Feb 16 1874; Margaret Z. Werley, Mar 17 1878). 3,24,25,26,27

Jesse and family were shown in the 1830 census, Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania:8

Jesse Worley household:
2 males under age 5.
1 male age 5-10.
1 male age 10-15.
1 male age 30-40 [Jesse].
1 female under age 5.
1 female age 30-40 [Mary].
no slaves.
7 persons total in household.

Jesse Worley died 1838, age 50.2,4  

Note: although the above 1838 death date was reported in a Berks County, Pennsylvania biographical history, there is one inconsistency: son Odebiah was born in 1840, which is apparently inconsistent with an 1838 death date for Jesse (assuming Jesse was the true father of Obediah).  However supporting the 1838 death date is the 1840 census (below), which shows Mary as head-of-household and no male of Jesse's age in the household.  

Widow Mary and family were shown in the 1840 census, Brecknock Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania:9

Mary Worley household:
1 male under age 5.
2 males age 5-10.
1 male age 10-15.
2 males age 15-20.
1 female under age 5.
1 female age 15-20.
1 female age 40-50 [Mary].
9 persons total in household.

Widow Mary and family were shown in the 1850 census (Sep 8 1850), living in the household of John Bitting [daughter Elizabeth's future husband] in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania:7

John Bitting, age 21, born in Pennsylvania; farmer; $10,000 real estate; cannot read or write.
Jacob Bitting, age 18, born in Pennsylvania.
Maria Worley, age 56, born in Pennsylvania; cannot read or write.
Elisabeth Worley, age 14, born in Pennsylvania.
Odeb Worley, age 9, born in Pennsylvania.
Henry Freider [unclear], age 12, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Living nearby in 1850 was son William;28 also living nearby was son Henry.29  

Widow Mary and family were shown in the 1870 census (Jul 8 1870), living in the household of son Henry in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania:6

Worley, Henry, age 36, born in Pennsylvania; gun barrel maker; $3000 real estate; $500 personal property.
Worley, Isabella, age 35, born in Pennsylvania; keeping house.
Worley, Henry, age 14, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Worley, Louisa, age 10, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Worley, Weskey, age 8, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Worley, Ellis, age 4, born in Pennsylvania; attended school.
Worley, Caroline, age 2, born in Pennsylvania.
Worley, Mary, age 68, born in Pennsylvania; house keeper; cannot read or write.
Worley, Caroline, age 45, born in Pennsylvania; house keeper; $1200 personal property; cannot read or write.

Magdalena died Feb 20 1874, buried Mohnsville Cemetery, Mohnton, Berks County, Pennsylvania.10  

A biographical sketch of Jesse Worley was published in "The History of the Juniata Valley":30

Jesse Worley emigrated from England.  He married Mary in England [sic].  Jesse came from the working class.  Hoping to give his children more advantages socially, educationally and finacially than he had enjoyed in, even under a liberal monarchy, he emigrated with his wife, coming direct to New York.  From New York he went to Lancaster county, PA, where he settled.  He was a gun barrel maker, a master in the trade, and his barrels were in great demand in those days when men used guns to procure for them part of their daily food.  Later he moved to Berks county, PA, and soon thereafter both he and his wife died.  They were members of the Lutheran church, and did much good among their neighbors, who were not blesed with as much of this world's goods as they.

A biographical sketch of son Henry Worley was published in "Historical and Biographical Annals", by Morton Montgomery, which included the following about Jesse Worley:2

The first member of the Worley family to settle in that part of Cumru township which is now Mohnton was one Jesse Worley, who had previously lived in Nazareth, Northampton county, in Philadelphia and in Columbia, Lancaster county.  At the time he came to Mohnton it was called Mohnsville, and he worked there for William Pennypacker, a gun-barrel manufacturer.  Later on he bought a tract of land about a mile southwest of the village where he built a home.  He then purchased in addition the farm now occupied by Frank Schnader, built a dam and was preparing to enter upon the manufacture of gun-barrels on his own account when he was suddenly stricken with illness and died in 1838, aged fifty years.  He was buried in the Allegheny Church cemetery.  A man of some means, Jesse Worley was well known in his locality where he was highly respected.  By his wife, Mary, daughter of a Mr. Herring, he had children as follows: John, an ax and gun-barrel maker; Samuel, a stone mason; Caroline, who died unmarried when fifty-one years old; William, a carpenter, who like his two elder brothers, settled in Mifflin county, Pa.; Theophilus, a gun-barrel maker, working in different places; Henry, who carried on the homestead; and Elizabeth, wife of John Bitting.

(photo)Photo: Jesse Worley & Magdalena Hering marriage record First United Church of Christ Easton 5

(photo)Photo: Mary Herring gravestone Mohnsville Cemetery 10


Sources

  1. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Amy Baker Daugustine ().
  2. "Historical and Biographical Annals", by Morton Montgomery; USGenWeb:
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~paberks/books/montgomery/w13.html.
  3. Obediah Werley death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77183522.
  5. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985; http://www.ancestry.com.
  6. 1870 census, Mohn's Store P.O., Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania; roll M593-1305, page 186B, line #10, dwelling #57, family #55.
  7. 1850 census, Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania; roll M432-754, page 337, line #33, dwelling #102, family #107.
  8. 1830 census, Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania; roll 143, page 493.
  9. 1840 census, Brecknock Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania; roll 438, page 403.
  10. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77196784.
  11. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77197686.
  12. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77184511.
  13. Henry H. Worley death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. Mary A. (Worley) Weber death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  15. Louisa M. (Worley) Regar death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  16. Wesley M. Worley death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  17. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77196562.
  18. Ellis M. Worley death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  19. Caroline L. (Worley) Dickinson death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  20. Sivilla M. (Worley) Ruth death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  21. Amanda S. (Worley) Madeira death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  22. Charles M. Worley death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  23. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77202472.
  24. Cyrus E. Werley death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  25. Emma (Werley) Berg death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  26. Howard Z. Werley death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  27. Margaret Z. (Werley) Kline death certificatep
    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  28. 1850 census, Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania; roll M432-754, page 351, line #12, dwelling #248, family #264.
  29. 1850 census, Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania; roll M432-754, page 349, line #28, dwelling #224, family #238.
  30. RootsWeb WorldConnect data by Amy Baker Daugustine (), citing:
    "The History of the Juniata Valley", page 489.


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