WORRELL, Hannah C.

Female 1834 - 1927  (93 years)

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  • Name WORRELL, Hannah C. 
    Born 1834 
    Gender Female 

    • BIOGRAPHY by Albert Cadwallader Worrell: Hannah was one of the beneficiaries listed in the will of her grandfather, Evans Eachus Worrell, which was written in 1848, so she lived at least that long. The will contains an interesting provision: "in case either of my said grand children (children of my daughter Matilda Worrell) shall depart this life before said legacy shall become payable then in such case the said legacy shall go to the survivor." Perhaps Evans was implying that his grand daughter was not in the best of health and might not live to attain the age of twenty-one.

      Hannah did not appear in the household of her father, Lewis L. Worrell, in the 1850 Census.

      Hannah also did not appear as a member of Evans Eachus Worrell's household in the 1850 Census. Her brother Edwin does appear in that household in 1850. He had been taken in and raised by his Uncle Emmor Eachus and Aunt Sarah after Edwin's mother died. Emmor and Sarah were living on the farm with Evans Eachus in 1850.

      This raises the possibility that Hannah was also taken in by one of her mother's or father's relatives after her mother died. Her mother had nine brothers and sisters. Three of them died young and were buried at Middletown. A fourth must have died before 1848 because Evans Eachus did not mention him or her in his will. A sister Mary married Abel Green and had children, but she died in 1826 before Hannah was born. Sister Esther married George B. Howard, Sister Hannah married Jeremiah Bishop, and Brother Eber married Priscilla Bishop, but Hannah was not in any of their households in the 1850 Census.

      Hannah's father Lewis Worrell had only one half-sister, Rebecca. She married Jabez Wright in 1823 and had four children, two of whom were born after Hannah. We have not found any evidence that Hannah lived with the Wrights. Lewis Worrell had a number of aunts and uncles but they would have been rather old to take in a baby in 1835.

      Lewis Worrell remarried to Rebecca Pyle in 1838 but he does not appear anywhere on the 1840 Census. Hannah was not living in her father's household at the time of the 1850 Census.

      We have not been able to find Hannah anywhere in the 1850 Census, which was the first one to list the names of members of the households. It is possible that Hannah married and would have appeared in the Census under her married name. But in 1850, she would have been only 15 years old.

      The 1860 Census contains a fascinating item. Emmor Eachus, his wife Sarah, and Edwin E. Worrell were living on the old Eachus farm. A carpenter named Franklin Sill and his large family lived on the farm next to them. Included in the Sill household was Hannah Worrell, age 24, a domestic. She was the right age to have been Hannah C. The Sills did not live on that farm in 1850 and we have not been able to find Hannah in any Sill household in the 1850 Census.

      It is entirely possible that Hannah died sometime between 1848 when her grandfather wrote his will and the time when the 1850 Census was taken. I never heard any mention in my family of the fact that my grandfather had had a sister and only learned about her when I read Evans Eachus' will. This suggests that she probably died too young to have been known or maybe even heard about by my father and his brothers.
    Census (desc) 1860  Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a domestic servant for Franklin Sill 
    _UID B4BB57AED1DBEB4B84B14A4A478380DB4478 
    Died 1927 
    Person ID I6045  Our Ancestry
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2010 

    Father WORRELL, Lewis L.,   b. 10 Apr 1809, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother EACHUS, Matilda (1),   b. 1806, Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1835, Willistown Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 15 Mar 1832 
    Family ID F1904  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart