John Worster/Worcester (1734-1830) and Sarah Elizabeth Thomas (1759-1851)

John Worster and Sarah Elizabeth Thomas are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

This was a challenging family to research because there were a LOT of John Worsters around in the 1700-1800s. There are at least 3 John Worsters born in the 1730s – one in Massachussetts, one in Maine, and our John Worster born in England. Our John didn’t name a son John, but the others had generation after generation of John Worsters. In fact, there’s a John Worster born in 1707 in Massachussetts who buried four young sons named John/Jonathon in Harvard Center Cemetery, in Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts. They had a son named Jonathon born in 1737 who died in 1739.  It appears they had a son named John in 1741, and a son named Jonathon in 1742, and both died in October of 1746. Then they had a son named John in 1751 who died in 1756. (They buried at least 3 other children who died young, too.)

John Worster was born in 1734 in England, and he is the son of Robert Worcester and Sarah Elizabeth Hammond according to his Find A Grave memorial. It is thought that both of his parents died in England, with his mother dying the year after he was born. It isn’t known if John had siblings, or when he arrived in America.

Sarah Elizabeth Thomas was born in 1759 in Loudoun County, Virginia. She is the daughter of parents who were born and died in Virginia: Robert Thomas and Frances Remy. You can see her father’s Find A Grave memorial here.

According to John’s Find A Grave memorial, he fought in the American Revolution as a Private with the 2nd Virginia Brigade, commanded by Col. Christian Febiger. I can’t find a source for this. There are other John Worsters, including one born the same year, from Massachusetts, whose service in the American Revolution is well documented.

On the 1810 US Census, John Worster headed a household in Fairfax, Virginia. There were 22 in the household: 13 slaves; 1 male under age 10 (unknown); 2 males aged 10-15 (Levi was 13, Jesse was 14); 1 male aged 16-25 (Tapley was 16); 1 male aged 45 and over (John was 76); 1 female aged 10-15 (Pamelia was 9); 1 female aged 16-25 (Susannah was 16); 1 female aged 45 and over (Sarah was 51).

On the 1820 US Census, John Worster was head of a household in Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia. There were 12 in the household: 1 male aged 10-15 (unknown); 1 male age 45 and over (John was 86); 1 female aged 45 and over (Sarah was 61); 3 males slaves under age 14; 2 male slaves aged 14-25; 2 male slaves aged 26-44; 1 male slave aged 45 and over; 1 female slave aged 26-44.

On the 1830 US Census, John Worster again headed a household in Fairfax County, Virginia. There were 7 in the household: 1 male aged 90-99 (John was 96); 1 female aged 29-30 (unknown); 1 female aged 60-69 (Sarah was 71); 1 male slave under age 10; 1 male slave aged 24-35; 1 male slave aged 55-99; 1 female slave aged 35-54. Son Tapley lived next door.

John died June 28, 1830 in Fairfax County, Virginia. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah died May 9, 1851 in Fairfax County, Virginia. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of John Worster and Sarah Elizabeth Thomas:

Ann “Nancy” Worster – Nancy is said to have been born about 1780 in Loudoun County, Virginia, and married a Mr. Robertson.

Mary “Polly” Worster – Polly is thought to have been born in 1781 in Fairfax County or Loudoun County, Virginia. She married a Elijah Whaley and they had 11 children.

Elizabeth “Bittie” Worster – Elizabeth is said to have been born about 1783 in Loudoun County, Virginia. She married Charles Lee Sears and they had 4 children. The book “The descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass. 1683-1888” which I found at Ancestry.com discusses the family on page 606. See the Find A Grave memorials for her sons Presley W. Sears and Achilles DeGrasses Sears.

Presley Worster – Presley is said to have been born on October 25, 1787 in Loudoun County, Virginia. He served in the War of 1812. He is found on the 1830 US Census in Fauquier County, Virginia heading a household of 7 (no slaves.) He is found on the 1850 US Census as a 62 year old carpenter in Fauquier County, Virginia, living with the family of Benjamin and Mary Adams. I have one more record of Presley, on the Virginia marriage record of his daughter Susannah.

Emily Worster  – Emily is said to have been born in 1788 in Loudoun County, Virginia. She married Hugh Mitchell and they had at least 3 children. I believe this is her Find A Grave memorial.

Johannah Worster – Johannah is said to have been born in November 23, 1789 in Loudoun County, Virginia. She married John Newman. They are found on the 1850 US Census living in Fairfax, Virginia with daughter Martha, age 20.

Frances/Francis Worster – Frances/Francis is said to have been born in 1792 in Loudoun County, Virginia. The only record I have is on his/her parents’ Find A Grave memorials, and trees on Ancestry.com, with no further information given.

Susannah Worster – Susannah is said to have been born in 1794 in Loudoun County, Virginia. The only record I have is on her parents’ Find A Grave memorials, and trees on Ancestry.com, with no further information given.

Tapley Worster – Tapley was born May 6, 1794 in Fairfax County, Virginia. He married Nancy Gooding and they had 11 children. He served in the War of 1812, and some service records are available at Ancestry. He died June 17, 1858 in Fairfax County, Virginia. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jesse Worster – Jesse is said to have been born in 1796 in Loudoun County, Virginia. The only record I have is on his parents’ Find A Grave memorials, and trees on Ancestry.com, with no further information given.

Levi Clay Worster – Levi was born on July 21, 1797 in Loudoun County, Virginia. He married Sarah Elizabeth Waugh. They had 5 children. Sons Levi Clay and James A. served in the Civil War. The last record I have of Levi is the 1860 US Census when he lived in Grant County, Kentucky.

Pamelia Worster  – Pamelia is Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

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