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Worden Family Association



OCTOBER 1–4, 2020





Posted by Pat Warden, WFA President


Plans are progressing nicely for our 2020

reunion. Our exact agenda is not scheduled

yet, but progress is being made. We have firm

commitments from three outside speakers.

John Sterling who lives in Illinois

unfortunately cannot be there but tells me

“there were 100 historical cemeteries

registered in South Kingstown when I started

finding and recording them in 1995. I found

and registered another 107, and I recorded all

207 cemeteries.” He recommended Julie

Nathanson of Rhode Island to us. She has

done a great deal of work, recording and

photographing cemeteries and grave sites with

Find A Grave. It truly makes me sad to see

what overgrowing vegetation and rapid

development are doing to old cemeteries.

Helen Smith of the Rhode Island Genealogical

Society will speak to us about research in

Rhode Island and surrounding areas. We know

how extensively “Original Crew Member”

Marjorie Schunke researched in Rhode Island

and reported in our newsletter over the years,

but new information becomes available all the

time. When I explained a bit about WFA and

the holes we are still trying to fill in our line

she said, “Oh, this will be fun!” The Rhode

Island Historical Society recommended to us

Robert A. Geake, a noted local historian and

author of many books on the subject. He has

agreed to speak on the 1658–59 Pettaquamscutt

Purchase and early Rhode Island history.

There are also several WFA members who

will provide additional information.

But it is not going to be all sitting and

listening. Our tentative plans include a visit to

the South County History Center in an old jail

in South Kingston, a visit to North Kingston’s

Wickford Village with its restaurants and

shops, a two-hour lighthouse cruise on

Narragansett Bay, a tour of Smith’s Castle

(built in 1678) in North Kingston, and more.

If you want to see a bit more, remember how

close this is to other nearby Worden sites. It is

only thirty-eight miles to Stonington,

Connecticut, and eighty-eight miles to

Yarmouth, Massachusetts.

Plan now to make this trip. It may be a while

before a chance like this happens again.

Watch for additional details in the May 2020

issue of Wordens Past. .


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