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.

Jeremiah Hampton (1792-1854) and Pamelia Worster (1801-1885)

Jeremiah Hampton and Pamelia Worster are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

Jeremiah Hampton was born in about 1792 (maybe 1794) in Fauquier County, Virginia. He is the son of Joseph Hampton and Mary Hathway. Read about them here.

Pamelia Worster was born January 19, 1801. She is the daughter of John Worster and Sarah Elizabeth Thomas. John fought in the American Revolution. Read about them here.

Jeremiah fought in the War of 1812 with the Virginia Militia.

Jeremiah and Pamelia were married on September 7, 1815.

On the 1820 US Census, Jeremiah headed a household in Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia. There were 7 in the household: 1 male under age 10 (probably Andrew as an infant); 1 male aged 26-44 (Jeremiah was 28); 1 female under age 10 (Mary was 1); 1 female aged 16-25 (Pamelia was 19); 1 male slave aged 14-25; 1 female slave under age 14; 1 female slave aged 14-25.

On the 1830 US Census, Jeremiah headed a household in Fauquier County, Virginia. There were 8 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (Andrew was 1); 1 male aged 5-9 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (Jeremiah was 38); 1 female aged 5-9 (unknown); 1 female aged 10-14 (Mary was 11); 1 female aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 female aged 20-29 (Pamelia was 29); 1 male slave under age 10.

The family moved to Ohio, where slavery was outlawed. On the 1840 US Census, Jeremiah headed a household in Gratiot, Licking County, Ohio. There were 5 in the family: 1 male under age 5 (could be Francis as a newborn); 1 male aged 10-14 (Andrew was 11); 1 male aged 40-49 (Jeremiah was 48); 1 female aged 5-9 (Sarah was 6); 1 female aged 30-39 (Pamelia was 39).

On the 1850 US Census, the family lived in Hopewell, Licking County, Ohio. Jeremiah was 58 and worked as a butcher. Pamelia was 50. Four children were at home: Andrew, age 21; Sarah, age 17; Francis, age 11; and Susan “Jennie”, age 5.

Jeremiah died on December 19, 1854. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1860 US Census, Pamelia was age 69 and a widow. She lived in Hudson, McLean County, Illinois with daughter Jane, age 16; married daughter Sarah Porter, age 25; Sarah’s husband Samuel, age 30, a farmer; and their children Emma, age 3; Laura, age 1. Pamelia’s occupation is “domestic.”

On the 1880 US Census, Pamelia was age 79. She lived in Norman, McLean County, Illiniois, with daughter Jennie Bowles, age 35; Jennie’s husband Henry Bowles, age 35; and their son Oscar, age 8.

Pamelia died on September 26, 1885 in Hudson, McLean County, Illinois. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The known children of Jeremiah Hampton and Pamelia Worster:

Mary Alcinda Hampton – Mary was born on October 2, 1819 in Fauquier County, Virginia. She married Thomas Landes in Ohio. He was a farmer and carpenter. They had 6 children. She died April 23, 1904 in Norman, McLean County, Illinois. Her obituary says that she is the oldest of 12 children, with only her youngest sister Jennie surviving her. Census records on the family indicate the possibly of only 2 unidentified children, who would have been born between 1820 and 1830, and died prior to 1840. Perhaps 5 more siblings were born and died without ever showing up on a census.

Andrew Hampton – Andrew was born about 1829 in Ohio. The sources I have for Andrew are the 1850 US Census, plus mention of him being the son of this couple on Find A Grave and Ancestry.com family trees. It is said that Andrew married Sarah Ann Porter, and they had 4 children. I can find no record. He died prior to 1904 when older sister Mary died.

Sarah Louisa Hampton – Sarah was born in November 22, 1834. She married Samuel Porter, a farmer, on May 30, 1854 in Muskingum County, Ohio. They had 8 children. She died January 30, 1901 in Hudson, McLean County, Illinois. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Francis M. “Frank” Hampton – Frank is Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Susan Jane “Jennie” Hampton – Jennie was born about 1845 in Ohio. She married Henry Bowles. They had 3 children, but only one lived long enough to appear on a census. Jennie died on June 17, 1925 in Los Angeles County, California. She lived there with her son Oscar.