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Re: The Worley family of York County, Virginia
Posted by: Karen Worley (ID *****4607) Date: April 14, 2010 at 20:44:37
In Reply to: The Worley family of York County, Virginia by Robert Clark of 3036

Hi Robert. This is indeed an exciting connection. Unfortunately I don't have any new information to offer you regarding this family. I do have a few related observations for what they are worth.

1) My husband is descended from John Worley d 1757 Cumberland Co, VA. He was pretty definitely not the John who was Edward's son. He was first of record as an adult in Henrico Co in 1718 (A william Kennon received a head right for transporting him, along with others). To give an idea of his age, one of his sons was a titheable adult first of record in 1735. We do not know of any connection between him and the York Worleys,but have wondered if there was a connection. John had only 2 sons, John and William, and I don't know of any use in his family of the names Thomas, Nicholas, Edward or Hayward. BUT there is a mysterious record in the same county in 1725 (Cav & Pioneers Vol 3 pg 303) where a Richard Walthall claimed a head right for land on Swift Creek for transporting a group of men including a John Worldly. Our John Worley's first land was on Swift Creek in 1720, so we've wondered if this John Worldly was somehow related, like was somebody cheating on the head rights, which I understand was common. This is the only record I know of relating our John to the name Worldly, but it might be another clue relating him to the York family. I know that doesn't help you any, but it's tantalizing.

2) I have a note that there is a will of a John Worley dated Jan 28 1649 in Northampton Co. My note says VA Wills and administrations, LOV, deeds and wills p 198 reel 3. If I remember correctly, this note means that I tried to view this will on microfilm at the library of VA many years ago. I believe I found it unreadable. I don't know if it connects to anything. These people sure use the name John a lot if they weren't related.

3) There is a small Worley DNA study. It was started by a couple guys in the UK, so it's using DNA Heritage (which has a UK branch) instead of FTDNA like most family studies in the US. There are a few Worleys from the UK in the study, several of us from the John Worley line of Cumberland VA, and several others who have no matches. One way to demonstate a connection between these various branches would be to find a male Worley or Worldly descendant and have them DNA tested. Of course it would not tell us how they are related, but it would tell us whether to search the paper trail for a relationship or go look elsewhere. If you know any male Worley descendants from either of the York lines, it would be great to get them into the study. It's been very inactive lately, but the project administrator should still be reachable at

Karen Worley

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