Sunday, February 12, 2017

General Worth: A Discovery

On this snowy Sunday afternoon, Gossips once again took up browsing the Hudson Daily Star from 1851. In the issue of the Star for Wednesday, September 3, the following item of interest appears:

General Worth's parents were Thomas Worth and Abigail Jenkins Worth. They were married here in Hudson in 1790, and their son William Jenkins Worth was born here in 1794. Sometime before 1800, the family returned to Edgartown, where Thomas was from, and soon after Abigail died, in 1800. Twelve years later, on May 28, 1812, Thomas died of consumption. By that time, though, William was off on his own, first returning to Hudson where he trained and worked as a clerk and then volunteering for the army at the outset of the War of 1812.

It's interesting that the editor of the Star refers to William Jenkins Worth as "the brave old veteran." Granted when General Worth died of cholera in San Antonio in May 1849 he had served in the army for more than three decades, but he was only 55. One wonders if the monuments to his parents were ever erected. A search online finds this modest tombstone for Capt. Thomas Worth in the Westside Cemetery in Edgartown but none for Abigail Jenkins Worth.


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