BIOGRAPHY: Silas (I) Worley RS
Silas Worley (I) -the second son of John (II) Worley ( possibly m. to Keziah Maxey, b. ca.1750) -was born in Cumberland County, V A (now Powhatan Co.) in about 1756. He grew up there in the shadow of the Old Chapple and his paterna! grandparents John (I) Worley and Esther-. His uncle William Worley and wife Mary -lived just north of Grampa John (I) as well as many cousins-by-the-dozens. Some names that appear in later Worley generations (suggesting some "importance" or relationships) include Agee, Gaites, Jones, Lansdon (Langston), Maxey, Pleasants, Smith, Winston, and Woodson A short distance north of Flat Rock, near the James River was the old Hugeunot French town of Manakin (from the Indian tribe Monocan It was here that his Worley aunts were married by the famous Rev. William Douglas: Aunt Christian married Anthony Agee, son of Hugeunot immigrants, Aunt Elizabeth married Thomas Gibson and Aunt Jude married Humphrey Smith. Auntie Mary was a wife to Sylvanus "Sill" Maxey (of French descent), and birthed 12 of his 20 kids. Silas was possibly named for his uncle Sylvanus Maxey; but in any case was the first descendant of Esther and John to come later to Habersham County in Georgiia.
Since Silas Worley of Cumberland County, Virginia sold to Samuel Watkins [a neighbor] personal property, horse, furniture, hogs, etc on the 16th of August, 1770 we presume he left or was leaving town. Is this the time he went into Revolutionary service? Or is this when Silas (spelled Whorley) bought land next to Thomas Doss in Buckingham? His grandfather John (I) died in 1758 and grandmother Esther- died ca.1772-3; and most of their children had moved west up the James River to Buckingham County. Uncle William and Mary-and family went up to Bedford County. From a surveyor's notebook (in Virginia State Library in Richmond) we know that John (III) and his brother Silas owned land on the branches of Wreck Island Creek, near the Appomattox River in Buckingham County (now Appamattox County) prior to 1778-81. He is on the Tax Roll through 1785 and shows up in the 1800 NC, U.S.Census, age 26 to 45, three sons 10 to 16, wife 26 to 45, one daughter under 10, one dau.10-to-16.
In Rutherford County, N.C, Silas Worley (Sr.), Winston's grandfather, received five patents from 1804 to 1816 for 450 acres of land near or on waters of the Pacolet River.
The Lure of Rutherford Gold
The Worleys move (southwesterly once again) to North Carolina. Could this have been a result of the Revolutionary War that tore asunder many Tory and Whig (as well as the "Neutral") families and neighbors; and upset the old ways of life? Or was it the lure of "New Ground" or cheap land prices, or the lure of Gold findings in the Old North State? Could it have been the "itchy feet" that so many of us Americans have always had? Think about it, nobody moves "lock, stock and barrel" just for the fun of it. There must be one or more compelling reasons; and so they moved to Rutherford County (now Polk) in North Carolina. The "killing days" were mostly over and things were beginning to settle down; the Indian threat had been reduced, and this new land was theirs for the taking. And it was cheap to boot! The river and stream bottoms had much earlier cleared and cultivated by the Indians, so planting could begin in season. The father Silas bought land from 1804 unti1 1816; and his sons variously obtained lands on the Green River, the Pacolet River, the creeks named White Oak, Wheats and Cove (below the Buncombe County line) and Skyuka Creek at Warrior Mountain near to Tryon. This lovely rich and rolling area is next to the border of South Carolina. All the sons: William, Silas (II), Pleasant, Thomas and Obadiah Worley bought and sold land until the late 1820s, when the "clarion call to move" was heard once more in the land.
Children and Marriages
There are eight known children of Silas (I) and (? Keziah Maxey) the first four having been born in Buckingham County, V A; and the second four after he ceased to be on the Tax records there. Firstborn Susannah, b.ca.1772, m. Joseph Francis 18 Apr.1793; Silas (II) b.ca. 1776 and m. Judah Lankford 29 Sep.1801; William, b.ca.1781, m. Susan Hannah Hutcheson ca.1805, probably in SC; Pleasant, b.ca.1785 m. Lucy Susannah Williams Neal on 16 Dec. 1810; Thomas, b. ca. 1788 m. Rachel Blackwell (dau. ofone of two Rev.Joel Blackwells) on 8 Nov.1812; Mary, b.ca.1791, m. James Coward on 8 Nov.1812; Obadiah , b.ca.1796 m. Rebecca Coward on 13 Jun.1821; and Sealah, b.ca.1800 m. James Blackwell on 3 May.1821. All marriages (except William) are recorded in Rutherford County, N C. Silas (11) in 1824 was a Constable, and died of a heart attack about 1826-9 near Warrior Mountain. Widow Judah moved with all her children to the Hickory Flat community in CherokeeCounty, GA about 1838; we have lost track of Susannah Francis and Sealah Blackwell. Thomas and his sister Mary Coward move into that part of Cherokee that became Pickens County. Pleasant and Obadiah moved to Habersham in Georgia. Other families related by marriage or otherwise: Allen, Graham, Mills, (O')Neal, Williams, Hutcheson.
1832 Gold Lottery
Herbert B. Kimsey is due the thanks of all hunting ancestors in this area. He preserved and published every existing old record he found. From his list of "Persons Entitled to Draws in Approaching Land and Gold Lottery , Habersham County, GA " we find family. On pg. 2 under Captain William Jones' District (listed next to each other) Silas Worley, R.S. entitled to 2 draws [as a veteran of the Revolution]
LAND: Aug 16, 1772
Deed Bk No 5, Cumberland County. Silas Worley of Cumberland county sold
to Samuel Watkins of same county, 1 horse, 1 bed and furniture, 11 hogs.
Witnesses: Silas Watkins and Ben Moseley.