WORRELL/ WORRALL, Richard, emigrated from Oare, Berkshire, England, in
1682, and arrived at Philadelphia a short time before the proprietary. He
served as a juror in the last court held for upland County, but it does not
appear that he settled within the bounds of Chester county. He was a
Friend, and had suffered some persecution on account of his religion as
early as 1670.
John Worrall was a Friend, and came from the same place as the next
above. They both presented their certificates at the same time, and to the
same meeting in Philadelphia, and were doubtless relatives. John removed
to Chester, or the neighborhood of that place, where, in the early part of
1684, he was married to Frances, the widow of Thomas Taylor, after which he
settled in Middletown. In 1695 he was a resident of Edgmont, where he
continued to reside till the time of his decease, in 1742, when he had
attained the age of eighty-four years. His wife, Frances, died in 1712,
and in 1714 he married Sarah, the daughter of Thomas Goodwin, of Edgmont.
It is not known that John Worrall had any children by his first wife except
a son named John, b. 7,26,1685, who died young. By his second wife he had
seven children, viz.: Elizabeth, b. 1,29,1715; Mary, b. 4,27,1717; John,
b. 8,26,1719; Peter, b. 8,26,1719; Sarah, b. 7,19,1722; Thomas, b.
9,21,1724; Thomas, b. 5,29,1728.
Sarah (Goodwin) Worrall was recommended as a minister later by Chester
Monthly Meeting, 12,24,1723/4, and afterwards paid a religious visit to
Great Britain in company with Elizabeth Ashbridge.
It is supposed that the name Worrall, or Worrell, was originally Warel,
and that those bearing it are descended from Sir Hubert de Warel, who lost
three sons at the battle of Hastings, the town at which William the
Conqueror first landed.
John Worrall, with his wife, Mary, and family settled very early in
Marple township. It has been supposed that he was a son or Richard
Worrell, who settled in Philadelphia, but this is uncertain. His wife was
a sister of Harry Lewis of Radnor. He died in 1716, leaving six children,
viz.: John, Peter, Joshua, Henry, Mary, and Hannah. His widow married
John Bromfield of Whiteland.
William Penn, by deeds of lease and release, March 21 and 22, 1681,
conveyed 500 acres of land in Pennsylvania to Peter Worrall, of
Crude-lanes, in the county of Chester, England, and Joshua Worrall, of
Newton, in the same county, tanners. The release is in possession of
Thomas J. Worrall, Esq., late city solicitor of Philadelphia, but he is
unable to trace his descent from the grantees.
Peter Worrall, of Marple, tanner, conveyed, 10,11,1699, to his son Peter,
of the same place, 150 acres in Marple, part of the above 500 acres. This
second Peter died about 1749, "being aged," leaving children,--John, m.
4,20,1723, to Hannah Taylor; Jonathan, m. 7,21,1727, to Mary Taylor; James
m. 5,24,1735, to Hannah Calvert; Joseph, Peter, Mary (Moore), and Patience
William Worrall, born 11,29,1730, died 12,23,1826, son of Jonathan and
Mary, married, 5,3,1759, Phebe Grubb, born 1,18,1732/3, died 3,15,1800,
daughter of Nathaniel and Ann Grubb, of Willistown, and settled in Ridley
township. Their children were Seth, b. 12,28,1761, d. 9,4,1765; Mary, b.
10,17,1766, d. 7,17,1790, m. Nathaniel Newlin; Nathaniel, b. 8,14,1769, d.
January 1836, m. Mary Paul; Ann, b. 11,17,1771, d. 11,7,1836, m. Joseph R.
Downing of Downingtown.