WORRELL, Edwin Eachus

Male 1833 - 1920  (87 years)


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  • Name WORRELL, Edwin Eachus 
    Born 21 Sep 1833  Radnor Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography


    • BIOGRAPHY by Albert Cadwallader Worrell: Edwin's mother, Matilda Eachus Worrell, died on November 2, 1835 when Edwin was not quite 26 months old. Shortly after his mother's death, Edwin was taken and raised by his Uncle Emmor and Aunt Sarah Eachus, who had no children of their own. Apparently they did not also take Edwin's sister Hannah.

      We do not know where Edwin Worrell lived in his early years, but he did not go back to live with his father after Lewis remarried in 1838. The 1840 Census shows an Amer Eachus living in East Nantmeal Twp., Chester Co., PA. When Edwin's grandfather, Evans Eachus, died in 1853 and his executors advertised for sale a farm belonging to him in Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., PA, the newspaper item refers to one of the executors as Emmor Eachus of East Nantmeal. This suggests that Edwin spent his early childhood in East Nantmeal.

      Edwin's grandfather, Evans Eachus, had acquired a farm in Upper Providence before 1800 and was recorded there in each census from 1800 to 1850. On the 1850 Census, Evans gave his occupation as "none". His household then included Emmor Eachus, Sarah Eachus, and Edwin E. Worrell. Since Evans was 86 years old in 1850, it is probable that his son Emmor had taken over the management of the Upper Providence farm sometime between 1840 and 1850.

      When Evans Eachus died in 1853, he bequeathed the Upper Providence farm to his son Emmor. Emmor lived there until he died in 1878. Emmor then bequeathed the farm to the children of his nephew, Edwin E. Worrell. Edwin managed the farm from that time until it was sold in 1913. This suggests that Edwin lived on the same farm in Upper Providence for about 65 years.

      Edwin Worrell was a farmer all his life. In the 1860 Census he was in the household of his Uncle Emmor Eachus, was 27 years old, and showed his occupation as "farm hand."

      Edwin also operated a general store for a number of years. This store was located on the Eachus farm, because in his 1878 will, Emmor Eachus bequeathed to his nephew Edwin "the store house and six acres of land where he now lives." We do not know when Edwin started operating the store. But it was before 1870 because on June 8, 1870 the Delaware County American carried the following news item: "Edwin E. Worrell has been appointed Post Master of 'Upper Providence,' located at the store kept by him. The appointment is an excellent one."

      Edwin served on the School Board for at least one term. Along with his future father-in-law, Pratt Bishop, he was one of the founders of the Rose Tree Fox Hunting Club in 1859. The announcement of the founding says that "Every member of the club was an active and trained fox hunter." He was sufficiently well-known to receive a separate writeup in Cope and Ashmead's 1904 book on Chester and Delaware Counties.

      Edwin Worrell married a neighbor, Maggie E. Bishop, on February 6, 1867. The Bishop lands adjoined the Eachus farm, and Maggie's father, Pratt Bishop, had his own farm just a short distance down Providence Road from the home of Emmor Eachus. Edwin was 33 years old and Maggie 28 when they married, and they must have known each other for some twenty years.

      The following ad was published in the Delaware County American on March 2, 1870: "PUBLIC SALE - WILL BE SOLD AT PUBLIC sale, at the residence of the subscriber, in the township of Upper Providence, Delaware Co., on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th, 1870, the following personal property .... EDWIN E. WORRELL."

      We do not know the reason for this sale nor exactly what Edwin was selling just three years after he married. It was not a Sheriff's Sale so apparently did not involve a debt.

      We do not know why the farm was sold in 1913 after being in the family for over 110 years. Emmor Eachus in his 1878 will bequeathed the farm to his wife, Sarah, during the term of her natural life. After the death of his wife, the plantation was to go "to such of the children of my said nephew Edwin Worrell as shall then be living." The farm was operated by Edwin Worrell from 1878 until 1913, but he may have been acting as a trustee, first for Aunt Sarah and then for his children. The three sons may have decided in 1913 that they wanted their shares.

      Edwin and Maggie lived for the rest of their lives on the farm of their son Channing near Rose Tree, Delaware Co., PA. Edwin died in his sleep at the age of 87. When he did not appear as usual for breakfast, someone went looking for him and found him dead. Maggie survived him by only a little over a year. She died of cancer. They are buried together in the Media Cemetery.
    Residence 1850  Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    on his grandfather's farm 
    Census (desc) 1860  Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    living with Emmor Eachus and working as a farmhand 
    Census (desc) 1870  Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a dry goods merchant 
    Census (desc) 1880  Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a farmer (listed as Warrell) 
    Census (desc) 1900  Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a farmer 
    Census (desc) 1910  Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a farm operator (own farm) 
    Census (desc) 1920  Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    living with his son Ellery 
    _UID B9849A4539560E47A44FEB1BC80AF0520D64 
    Died 8 Dec 1920 
    Person ID I936  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

    Family BISHOP, Margaret Evans,   b. 17 Oct 1840, Upper Providence Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1922  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1867 
    Children 
    +1. WORRELL, Ellery Channing,   b. 9 Sep 1869, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1941, London Grove, Chester Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +2. WORRELL, David Yarnall,   b. 21 Jun 1873, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1958  (Age 85 years)
    +3. WORRELL, Pratt Bishop,   b. 23 Nov 1876, Media, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1959, Drexel Hill, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart