Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nancy White Worley (A hard life on the prairie?)

My 3rd g-Grandmother, Nancy White Worley, was born in Westford Vermont on September 12 1817 to Aldrich Worley and his wife Hannah Nye. She was named in honor of her father's first wife, Nancy White.
On New Years Day 1840, Nancy married a Stephen Reynolds of Burlington Vermont, and the newlywed couple went west to farm in Booneville Missouri. While in Booneville Nancy gave birth to their first three children.
Around 1847 supposedly over the political climate of slavery in Missouri, the family moved again, this time to Forestville, Richland Township Iowa near present day Dundee Iowa. Here another nine children were to be born between 1847 and 1861.
Life must have been hard on the prairie as Nancy's mother came to live with her and passed away in 1853, two children died in 1854, and three more died in 1862 and 1863. Nancy lost six family members at the homestead in an eleven year period.
Nancy died on December 6 1900 at the homestead and is buried, along with her husband and other members of the family who died on the farm, in a family cemetery on the homestead.
See the Reynold's Family Cemetery at:

1 comment:

  1. Love this post. I enjoy reading about women who made the journey west. The regular chores of keeping a home must have been so much more challenging.