Saturday, March 16, 2013

Michael Worman (1729 - 1818)

Michael Worman was ready to serve his country as a member of the Pennsylvania  Militia.  His name is found in the  list of the Militia belonging to Captain Nicholas Patterson's Company of Militia for  Tinicum township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Michael Worman belonged to the 5th class.  The men in each company were listed as being either part of the first class, second class, third class, etc. and were required to show up for their two months of active duty at the time and in the order that their class was called up.

Born in March of 1729, he was  the son of Johann and Elsbeth Bossert Worman.   He married  Catherine Hertzel, a daughter of Henry and Margaret Hertzel,   on November 27,  1760 at the Tohickon Reform Church, Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Catherine who  was born in June of 1745 was just 15 years old at the time of their marriage.

He was active in local civic affairs as evidenced in1768 when he was listed  among  the inhabitants of Tinicum, Nockamixon, Bedminster and Plumstead who asked permission of the court to build a stone bridge at their own expense  to replace the  wooden one, but it was not granted. Among the petitioners  are the names of George Hillpot, William McIntyre, Michael Worman and Abraham Fretz. "The History of Bucks County"   

Michael was a farmer who owned a significant amount of land, which had been left to him from his father.   From the Bucks County Transcript -  Tinicum Tax List  we can learn;
1781 Michael Worman owned 200 acres, 4 horses, 8 cattle  p. 192
1782 Michael Worman taxed 202 acres, 3 horses, 8 cattle   p. 257
1784 Michael Worman owned 200 acres, 1 house, 1 bld, 10 inhabitants p. 467
1785 Michael Worman owned 393 acres, 2 horses, 4 cattle  p. 546

At the time of his death the will of Michael shows that he had a daughter named Elizabeth along with ten other living children.
        Abstract of Bucks Co. Will # 9.266. Michael Worman, Tinicum Twp., yeoman
June 27, 1814. Proved May 12, 1818.  Sons Henry and Abraham executors.  Wife Catharine.
Son Isaac 100 acres whereon I live, joining Jacob Hoppock and Thomas Henry.
Son Jacob 100 acres joining Henry Overholtz and Tohickon Creek.
Son Emanuel 7 acres he lives on joining Henry Worman and Daniel Sollada.
Children:  Ludwick, John, Henry, Abraham, Joseph, Emanuel, Isaac, Jacob, Elizabeth, Catharine, and Mary.  Grandson, Lidy Worman.  Witness: Henry Overholt and Joseph Nash.
Not mentioned was a son Conrad and a daughter Susanna.  Making at least thirteen children.

Michael Worman's daughter Elizabeth married John Peter Long.  The great grandson  of Elizabeth Worman was  Howard Herbert Long who became the father of Eliza Long McEwen my grandmother.  

Michael lived to be 89 years old when he died April 15, 1818.  They had been married for 58 years.  Catherine lived to be 86 when she died on January 3, 1832.  They  are buried in the Old Section of Lower Tinicum Union Cemetery, Tinicum, Bucks County, Pennsylvania near the Tinicum United Church of Christ on Dark Hollow Rd, Pipersville Pennsylvania.

                                   Michael and Catherine Worman were my 5th great grand parents.
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