Thomas J. Worthington, of Cambridge , came to this township in which he lives, in 1865. He was born in Doylestown, Bucks Co., Pa. , Nov. 29, 1810. The family of which he is a member is of English extraction. His paternal grandfather, David Worthington, was born in the vicinity of Philadelphia . The latter was a farmer, and died in the place where he was born, at the age of 97. He married a lady named Mary Williams, who was of Welsh descent. She became the mother of six children. Of these the youngest, Amos, was born and died on the homestead. His demise occurred when he was 47. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and after that was ended he passed the remainder of his life on the farm of which he had charge. He married Cynthia Good. Her parents, Jonathan and Mary (Callender) Good, were of the Society of Friends or Quakers. Her earliest ancestors came to this country with William Penn. Mrs. Cynthia Worthington was the mother of ten children, who reached the period of mature life. Four only are now living. Mrs. Hill is a resident of Philadelphia , and Theodore is a resident of Iowa . Mr. Worthington of this sketch is the second in order of birth, and at the age of 23 went to Columbus , Ohio , where he operated as a mechanic. He had obtained a complete understanding of the business of a carpenter in the State where he was born. He came West on account of impaired health, and he abandoned the business of his trade and commenced farming. He followed that line of business until his removal to Illinois in 1865, when he came to Cambridge Township . At first he bought 150 acres of land, on which the improvements were few. He placed the entire acreage in profitable condition, and was the resident manager of the farm until 1876, when he fixed his abode at Cambridge . He is passing the sunset of his days in the enjoyment of the fruits of a well-spent life. Mr. Worthington is an adherent of the Democratic party.
   He has been thrice wedded. His first wife, Mary Tucker Worthington, was the daughter of Elisha and Mary Tucker, of Doylestown , Pa. , their marriage occurring December 13, 1832. She died in Columbus , Ohio , March 14, 1838, leaving two sons. The eldest, Samuel A., died Oct. 25, 1861, at Summerville , West Virginia . He was an officer in the 12th Regt. Ohio Vol. Theodore T. married Clara Dennison, of Cambridge , Ill. , and is now a resident in New Tacoma, W. T. His second union was with Margaret E. Knapp, of Marion , Ohio , July 18, 1839. She died June 20, 1842. His third union was with Eliza A. Freeman, Feb. 2, 1843. She was the daughter of Rev. Elijah and Sarah (Going) Freeman. Of the latter union seven children were born: Sarah L. married T. S. Knapp; Amos E. died in Murfreesboro , Tenn. , Feb. 26, 2863, in the service of the United States, in the 32d Ohio Vol. Inf.; Martha M. is teaching in the Deaf Mute Institute, Rochester , N. Y.; William A. married Mary Seaton, of Cambridge, died in Butler Co., Nebraska; Carrol E. is in the book and stationary business at Emporia, Kansas; Clara E. married George B. Kelsey, and is living near Mt. Vernon, D. T.; M. M. Lila married E. M. Whitman, an attorney at Grand Rapids, D. T.
   Mr. and Mrs. Worthington and all the children are members of the Regular Baptist Church .

1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois   page 650

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