Farmville - Prince Edward 
Historical Society
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Worsham Family Square (Cemetery)
William Worsham
Macon, Mayo, Redd, Woodson
McLard Family
"Reunion Celebrates 150 Years of Trears"  Peter and Mary Trear
Hudson Family of Prince Edward County

Worsham Family Square (Cemetery)
by George M. Walker

The Worsham Family Square, as it was called the Farmville paper on October 31, 1913, is about 32 feet by 32 feet. A map of the graves was drawn in 1866 by Branch Jones Worsham (I am guessing Jr. but don't know).  A copy of this map is in the Virginia Sate Archives among the papers of Dr. J. D. Eggleston  on the Worsham family.  The date and authorship of the map is taken from a letter to the widow of Branch Jones Worsham, III dated October 20, 1949.  The map shows 22 grave sites divided into four rows with seven graves in each row.  The numbering the graves is rather odd as you can see:

    19   18   16   15   17
  1   2   3   4   5   6   7
  8   9   10   11   12   13   14

The map identifies the occupants of each of the graves as follows:

1 and 2 -  Infant children of John R and Judith Williams
3 George Marshall Worsham
4 William W. Worsham
5 Peggy Worsham
6 Susanna R. M. Worsham
7 Sarah M. Harvey
8 Elizabeth B. Branch
9 Elizabeth Worsham
10 Lucy Booker Worsham
11 - 14    Children
20 R. Berkley

On the original map the graves are indicated by size.  Adult's graves are larger than children's.  Graves 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14  are all smaller indicating that children are buried in them.

1 and 2: I have no idea who John R. and Judith Williams are nor can I identify 20 R. Berkley.

3: George Marshall was the son of Branch Jones Worsham, Sr. and his wife, Susannah Rochet Marot Booker (grave 6)  George was born 21 March 1827 and
died 25 March 1827

4. William W. Worsham was the father of Branch Jones Sr.  He was born 16 June 1752 and died 27 August 1836

5: Peggy Worsham was Margaret Jones, daughter of Robert Jones and his wife Sarah Mayo Scott of Amelia County, the wife of William and mother of
Branch Sr.  She was born 18 November 1756 and died 4 October 1827

6: Susanna R. M. Worsham was the wife of Branch Sr. She was born 26 March 1797 and died 14 May 1838

7: Sarah M. Harvey may have been Sarah Mayo daughter of William and Peggy.

8: Elizabeth B. Branch (middle name Branch too) was the daughter of William and Peggy.  She was married to her cousin William Branch on 11
February  1802.

9: Elizabeth Worsham was the mother of William Worsham of whom the Richmond Inquirer of 22 February 1827 reported:  "Died at residence of Capt. William Worsham in Prince Edward County on the 1st, Mrs. Elizabeth Worsham in the 99th year of her age."

10: Lucy Booker Worsham was the daughter of Branch Sr. and his wife Susanna

Three of the graves numbered 11 - 14 may contain the remains of:

Virginia Rebecca Worsham,  daughter of Branch Sr. and his wife, Susanna. Born 17 August  1835 and died 6 October 1832

Emma Worsham daughter of Branch Sr. and his wife, Susanna.  Born 31 October 1835 and died 17 September 1837

Elizabeth Hatton Worsham daughter of Branch Jr. and his wife Mary Mettauer Hatton.  Elizabeth was born 13 November 1877 and died 24 April 1878

One of the graves for whom no name is given  is certainly occupied by Branch Jones Worsham, Sr. Born 18 December 1788, Died 26 May 1873.  Joseph
Barrye Wall in an article on "Old Homes of Prince Edward" in Today and Yesterday writes of Branch Sr.'s final resting place:  "In the Worsham family grave yard, he was buried by the side of his father, William Worsham, a soldier of the Revolution."

Others who may later  occupy the grave yard could be:

Mary Mettauer Hatton Worsham, wife of Branch, Jr. Born 3 June 1851 and died 9 August 1878  (Their most unusual love story makes me believe she has to be there.)

Branch Jones Worsham Jr. born 5 August 1833 and died 29 October 1913.  According to a notice in the Farmville Herald on Friday, October 31, 1913, he died in Williamsburg but was buried "in the family Square at Worsham."

I believe that his was the last grave.  His oldest son, Branch III was buried in Bluefield, W. VA and his second son, my grandfather, John Mettauer Worsham, was buried in the Oak City Cemetery in Bainbridge, GA.  According to a death notice in the Decatur newspaper.  He died 15 February,1919.

I did not make a photocopy of the map - I merely drew a copy.  The above information is taken from that map. It would not be difficult to get a copy made.

McLard Family
contributed by James Robert Peters
Marker will be located in Iona Cemetery., in Oriole in Cape Girardeau Co., Missouri

1. Daniel McLard #1061 b. Scotland?, m. Dorothy _____ #1062, b. Germany ?.  Daniel died __-___-1774, Prince Edward Co, VA.  Daniel was probably born in Scotland or England in th early 1700s.  Dorothy was born in Germany? Her last name may have been Schmidt or something similar.  Daniel left a Will in VA dated January 27, 1774 that names his wife Dorothy, son John, Mary Harris and grandson Daniel.  Rumor has it that Daniel and the McCloud family changed their name to McClard/McLard. In November of 2004, I (James Robert Peters) had a headstone made for Daniel & his wife Dorothy. It cost $180, & was made by Monumental Finishers,  St. Louis, Missouri.  I made every effort at trying to place it in a cemetery in Prince Edward Co., Virginia, but found this idea too unrealistic, so I placed it in the Iona Cemetery in Oriole, Cape Girardeau Co., MO. This is where Daniel & Dorothy McLard's grandson Daniel C. McClard (1770? - 1845) has his memorial headstone! Daniel C. did die in Cape Girardeau, Co. We just don't know exactly where, and it is not really that important. At least he has a marker, and I think just having a marker for Daniel and Dorothy with their 2 children: Mary and John McLard, and 4 grandchildren: Daniel C., Seth, Mary, and Samuel McClard on it will culminate my 12 years of McLard - McClard research. This research I started in 1992, after I had my adoption papers unsealed.
     2.     i John McLard #1063 b. __-abt-1750?.
           ii Mary McLard #8630 m. Mr Harris #8631.

                                                           Second Generation

2. John McLard #1063 b. __-abt-1750?, Virginia?, d. __-aft-1823?, Floyd Co, VA.  In "The History Of Prince Edward County, Virginia" John McClard is appointed Constable in 1768 succeeding Daniel Rice.  There was also a John McLard who paid 6 cents personal property tax in 1831 in Floyd Co., VA. It has been said that the McClard/McLard clan were Haggis hunters.... and they were from the mountains.
            i Daniel C McClard #33 b. __-abt-1770, Virginia, m. (1) 31-May-1792, in Buckingham Co, VA, Sarah "Sally" Smith #877, b.
              __-abt-1770s, m. (2) 10-Aug-1845, in Cape Girardeau Co, MO, Mrs Elizabeth G Madden #520, b. __-___-1796, Missouri, d.
              __-aft-1850, Cape Girardeau Co, MO.  Daniel died 23-Dec-1845, Cape Girardeau, MO.  Daniel and Sarah left Franklin
              Co., VA with their family & 200 hundred head of hogs. They stopped in Monroe Co, KY by 1820, & arrived in Cape
              Girardeau Co, MO between 1821 and 1823. Daniel served in the War of 1812 for twenty six days in Feb. of 1815.  He was
              under the command of Robert Hairston's Comp. of Riflemen from Franklin County's 110th VA Regiment as private. Daniel
              received $7.42 for his service.  It is thought that Daniel may have first moved to the the Puxico, MO area. Daniel and Sarah
              were married by the Rev Rene Chastain, Jr.
           ii Samuel McClard #1064 b. __-aft-1770, Virginia?, d. __-aft-1810.  Samuel may have been born in Virginia. He was last
              listed on the 1810 Franklin Co., VA Census.  At the time a female and young male child were living with him. He never
              appeared again ANYWHERE after this that we know of as of 8-Oct-2003.
          iii Seth McClard #1065 b. 19-Mar-1771, Virginia?, m. Isabela _____ #30905, b. 12-May-1777, d. 12-May-1839, Tennessee?.
              Seth died 14-Dec-1850, Macon Co, TN, buried: William McClard Cem, Macon Co, TN.  Much of Seth's immediate family
              information was found in a bible originaly owned by his great-grand-son James Alexander McClard and in the possession
              of Lowell Pearson in 1998. Isabela: Could be Isabella....info. from an old Bible!
           iv Mary McClard #1469 b. __-abt-1773, m. 6-Feb-1789, in Bedford Co, VA, Robert Russell Dixon #1470.  All that is really
              know about Mary is her marriage record. We are not cetain of her parents.

     Dixon, Robert Russell . . . . . . 1
     Harris, Mr  . . . . . . . . . . . 1
     Madden, Mrs Elizabeth G . . . . . 1
     McClard, Daniel C . . . . . . . . 1
     McClard, Mary . . . . . . . . . . 1
     McClard, Samuel . . . . . . . . . 1
     McClard, Seth . . . . . . . . . . 1
     McLard, Daniel  . . . . . . . . . 1
     McLard, John  . . . . . . . . . . 1
     McLard, Mary  . . . . . . . . . . 1
     Smith, Sarah "Sally"  . . . . . . 1
     _____, Dorothy  . . . . . . . . . 1
     _____, Isabela  . . . . . . . . . 1

by Chris Clifford

    Farmville was the scene of a rather momentous event for one local family a while ago on Saturday, June 28, 2003. For the first time ever,  nearly all the living descendents of Peter Trear, a local Civil War veteran, gathered for a family re-union that was over a  year in the planning. All those in attendance represented up to seven generations of descendents. They ranged in age from 4 to 86 years and  they came from Virginia, and as far away as California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In all, they numbered 43 happy family members, some of whom had never even met before.
    Peter Trear (pictured left) was born Pedro Antonio Trella on the island of Menorca, off the coast of Spain, in the Mediterranean, on August 6th, 1830. His parents on both sides, as well as his grandparents and his god-parents were all present and originated in Genoa, Italy. It is thought that perhaps they may have chosen to leave Italy for Menorca in the face of  Napoleon's invasion into northern Italy during the late 1700's and early 1800's. It is believed that some family members also may have moved to Spain, with a variant of the same surname. His surname of Trella (pronounced Trell-ah, as in the Italian name for "star", and the woman's name --Stella) was probably spelled and pronounced in the Spanish way, as Trea (Trey-ah) on Menorca, because the island was a Spanish province. It is also possible that immigration officials simply made an attempt to spell it the way it sounded when he arrived in the U.S., whatever happened, he ended up with "Trea". Family oral history says that his Irish wife insisted that he add the "R" on the end to make it look more complete and possibly to sound more English/Irish. This is not for certain.
    What is known is that Peter Trear arrived in the United States at the age of 23 in 1853. It is not known for certain what port of entry he might have come through.  On April 28th, 1856 he declared his intent to become an American citizen in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Somewhere along the way he met and married an Irish immigrant woman named Mary Ann Sloy (or possibly Slowey), who also arrived in the U.S in 1853. It is unknown whether they met and married in Philadelphia, or if they arrived already married. Family oral history has it that they met and married on the ship that brought them here. Research continues to determine these facts. The name Sloy/Slowey is a northern Irish name possibly from the Ulster region of Ireland... (that is another line of research and another re-union in the making!) Family oral history has some dispute over her name, with possible  variations being Mary Abberly (spelling uncertain) or "Miss Aberly". This is due to eyewitness accounts of a letter from Peter's son, Peter Domingo Trear, to a family member indicating that his father "...finally married his "Miss Aberly"....  However, census records seem to clearly indicate her name as Mary Ann Sloy whereas Peter Domingo's death record in Los Angeles indicates his mother's maiden name as Slowey.
    In 1858 Peter and Mary had twin sons, Louis and Albert, in Philadelphia. At the outbreak of the Civil War and beginning in the spring of 1861, Peter Trear began serving what would turn out to be two tours of duty in the Union Navy as a Wardroom Steward aboard the U.S.S. Pampero. The first from April/May of 1861 to April/May of 1862, and the last from April/May of 1863 to April/May of 1864. In 1863, during a break in service, another son, Edward, was born, in New York. It would appear that Peter may have moved his young family there during the war to keep them safe from the most intense areas of fighting, although because his port of entry is unknown,  it is possible that he was there before the war. In 1866, another son, Peter Domingo Trear, also was born in New York (yet another Peter Trear - - this author's great-grandfather). In 1869, son Eugene was born and in 1871, their only daughter Mary was born - - both in Virginia. After the war Peter and Mary settled in the Farmville area and raised their family there.
    Various records indicate that Peter Trear probably died sometime in early to mid 1911. He would have been nearly 81 years old.  Mary apparently died not long after, for neither one of them appear on the 1920 census. There are seven graves on the original family property to this day. They are likely those of Peter and Mary, and some of their children and perhaps grand-children.
    Daughter Mary never married. Thus, all the grandchildren of Peter and Mary were Trears to begin with. From those U.S. born, second generation Trears came the families, extended by marriage, that today form the large and diverse Trear family tree that has descended to present at this re-union. They include the Bailey's, Booth's, Christian's, Clifford's, Cox's, Critzer's, Fence's, Henderson's, Hilty's, Holladay's, King's, Kirk's, McClaeb's, Nixon's, Parrish's, Prevatt's, and Smith's, as well as all the remaining living Trear's with few exceptions. As the generations continue many more names will likely be added to the Trear legacy.
    One can only wonder what Peter Trear's thoughts would be were he alive today. He would certainly marvel at how large, diverse and wonderful his family has become.
    Nearly two years of recent research, based on oral histories and family archives, as well as civilian and military records went into the information developed to date regarding the history of this large, extended family.
In addition, efforts continue towards developing links to living Trella's in the home country  of Italy and also the Trea's in Spain. In fact, the author has established contact with a Trella family who may be related and seem to have quite a lot of historical knowledge of the Trella's in Italy. Research also continues into where in New York the young Trear family might have stayed and with whom. Possibly some of Mary's family.
    Only time will tell where the story goes from here...

--The Farmville Herald  Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Hudson Family of Prince Edward County
by James H. Martin, Hampden-Sydney, 1896
(Location of original document is not known. A typescript, perhaps made by Dalia A. Wilson, is with Dr. Gary A. Godley of Florida (2003). This transcription, by Ann Mitchell Horne, omits illegible words in Dr. Godley’s copy.)

    About the year 1735 a gentleman by the name of Charles Hudson, a man of good circumstances and a worthy citizen, located on a farm of his own purchase consisting of about fifteen or sixteen hundred acres of land west of and near Hampden Sydney College, in Prince Edward County, Va.  About the same time he erected a neat frame building about a quarter of a mile from and to the east of the stream called Buffalo River, and about a quarter of a mile south of the public road which leads from the ____of Prince Edward’s old court house to Walkers Church thence to Pamplin City, which is now called the Martin’s Bridge road.  This road was formerly called Hudson’s and latter (sic) still was called the old Kentucky Road.  A little to the ____ north of the cemetery which contains all that was mortal of Mr. Chas. Hudson, his wife and several of his descendents, which is located on the high hill overlooking and to the north of the beautiful flat through which flows the small stream which is now called College Branch, but in Foote’s notes on the History of Virginia, said place is called “Hudson’s Creek.”  This stream empties into Buffalo River a short distance away.  Mr. Hudson’s farm was bordered on the west by Buffalo River, this boundary extended on the west for about a mile; bounded on the south a line of about a mile and a half, by the farms of Mr. Caleb Baker and Martin Sailor up to Peter Johnson’s line.  On the east by Peter Johnson’s land (the said land of Peter Johnson now in what is called the College Lands, granted by said Johnson for the benefit of Hampden Sydney College) down to a point on the Buffalo Public Road which leads from H.S. to Farmville thence with and to the west of the said Road crossing the Martin’s Bridge Road at the farm west of the old Winford homestead (which is now owned by the widow of Capt. _.S.Reynolds) to the farm of old Mr. Walthall, a distance of about a mile from said fork; bounded on the north by the farm of Mr. Walthall for about a half a mile, then the farm of old Mr. Charles Baldwin until the connection with the west boundary, Buffalo River.

     Mr. Hudson had three children, two sons and a daughter.  The sons were named Charles and William, the daughter was named Elizabeth, called Betsey.  Mr. Hudson’s farm was divided into three parts giving one of the three parts to each of his three children.  The southern portion fell to his son Charles, the middle portion to his daughter Elizabeth, and the northern portion to his son William with the old residence.  Charles, son of Charles builded upon the high hill about one half mile south of the old homestead.  He finally sold his place to a man by the name of  _____ Jones and moved away.  His portion of the original tract since that time has passed into the hands of several owners.  The farm now owned by Mr. Wm. R. Moore called Roxbury, constituted a part of Jr. Charles’ portion.  The locality of the residence of the second Charles can even now be identified by the hollow in the ground caused by the basement of the house, and a few of the old fruit trees around said building yet remain.

     Bessie Hudson, as before __________, ________the middle portion of her father’s farm.  She was betrothed to a gentleman by the name of Davy Hamlett.  Mr. Hamlett was a cousin of the Mr. Hamlett, who married the step mother of my maternal grandfather, John Holcombe Overstreet.  Miss Betsey Hudson was of a settled age, probably about thirty or forty years old, and how long Mr. Hamlett had been paying his attention to Miss Betsey before the Revolutionary War I was not told.  However, when he was called for to enlist in the Army at the beginning of the War of the Revolution, I am told he remembered that portion of the scripture relating to the parable of the great supper, the excuses etc. given by some who were bidden to the supper.  Mr. Hamlett hastened to the home of Miss Betsey and finding the door peeped in and said “Betsey, will you have me?”  She meekly answered “Yes, Davy with all my heart.”  So she married Davy Hamlett but he had to go to the war all the same.  They built on said portion of her father’s farm within half a mile of H.S. at which place they lived and died.  Their property fell to their daughter an only child, who marred a Mr. Tombes (I don’t know that I spell his name right).  Mrs. Tombes had several children, one of whom was named Robert.  These children attended the same school with my oldest brother and sisters that was taught at the old Walthall farm early in the decade of 1820.  Mr. Tombs farm was nearly all in woods.  He was a very stirring man of business. He cleared the farm and ____ to raise crops, especially of tobacco.  At last he moved to Georgia.  His son, Robert, later on became U.S. Senator from Georgia.

     Wm. Hudson remained at his father’s old homestead.  I knew of two of his children.  He had a son named John, who married a daughter of Caleb Baker, his near neighbor.  Mr. Baker owned a farm of nearly about two thousand acres of land, located on Buffalo and Spring Creeks.  A part of said farm was purchased from Caleb Baker’s estate by Col. Hudson in 1822.  His farm was divided between several other purchasers, among which the farms of a part of the farms of the late Moses Tredway and Branch Worsham is constituted.  John Hudson’s father shortly before he (J.W.) married Miss Baker asked her father what he expected him to give her.  Mr. Baker said, “Do you think I  am going to sell my daughter?”  John Hudson had several children, Caleb who lived at a place known as Schofield’s near Green Bay, John and William, and a daughters Cady who married Sam Lancaster and went to Alabama.  Lancaster was a son of Drucilla Le Grand and John Lancaster of this county and a brother of the late John A. Lancaster of Richmond, also was an own cousin to my wife.  John Hudson had a daughter who married Wm. Walthall who was a son of Thomas Walthall of this county.  Capt. John Hudson after the death of his father Wm. Hudson, moved the old dwelling up across the Martin’s Bridge road some sixty or seventy yards east of where the present dwelling belonging to Mr. ?.?. Booker is located.  He lived there until1820 at which time he sold his farm (Wm. Hudson’s portion of his father’s tract) to Francis Asbury Martin, my father, who lived then at my present homestead.  Last named residence of John Hudson was consumed by fire in 1850.  John Hudson with his sons John and William, moved to Ala. in 1820 at the time he sold the farm to my father.  Before going he procured the rock and employed and paid Mr. Richard Shackleton, a rock mason, to build the rock wall that remains to this day around the family cemetery before mentioned.  Mr. Shackleton builded the wall all except at the north end of cemetery.  There was a very strong friendship existing between Mr. John Hudson and my father.  After Mr. Shackleton went away and left the wall, my father had the north end walled by his plantation hands in 1820.  My father preserved said sacred spot all his life for the sake of his old friend and the dead and I have preserved it to this day.  The cemetery contains some eight or ten graves; old Mr. Charles Hudson and wife, David Hamlet and wife, Wm. Walthall and wife with some other members of their family are interred there.  The Hill on whose summit the cemetery is located is called “Hudson’s Graveyard Lot.”

     Wm. Hudson, son of Senior Charles had a daughter who married a Mr. Wilson.  If Mrs. Wilson had daughters I never learned of them.  I know of several sons.  Joseph Wilson, married a daughter of Col. Augustus Watson, located in Whitehead neighborhood on Buffalo.  Col. Watson died of measles at ?Botton’s Bridge during the war of 1812.  Jos Wilson had several children among whom were Joseph and Lucrecia who with another brother, of whom I have forgotten the name, attended the school with me that was taught by Robert Treadway at Thweatt and Charles old store in 1832.  Nathaniel Wilson married and located in Charlotte _____________Mc Kinney’s old store, said locality may probably be (paper wrinkled)_____Appomattox County in the latter county.  Nathaniel Wilson had several children among whom were Mrs. Patrick Jackson, the wife of Wm. Watt, Jr., Mrs. Phil Watkins, John who was killed by a man named Davis near Wardford farm, Nat. and James.  Hudson Wilson married and located near Shattersburg, Pr. Ed. Co., had one child a daughter who married Capt. Luther Jeffress.  Col. Wm. Wilson married and located in Cumberland Co.  Had children, Ben Mary and others.  Said Col. Wm. Wilson died of lockjaw in August 1846.  James H. Wilson married a daughter of Thomas Cole Spencer of Charlotte.  Had several children among whom were Addie, Lottie, Laura, Sallie Cole and another daughter, also a son named John.

     The above knowledge while for the most part is traditional is well authenticated by, for instance the Treadways, Baldwins, my father and others whose fathers were contemporaries with the ancestry of this Hudson family from generation to generation

     James H. Martin
      Hampden Sydney College
       Prince Edward Co., Va
June 1st, 1896

Ann Mitchell Horne addenda:

    Our research shows that Charles Hudson, the first of the surname to arrive in Prince Edward County, was a brother of the William Hudson (1719-1800). Both were sons of John and Elizabeth (Harris) Hudson of Hanover County. They are called the “Hudsons of Hanover” by the Hudson Family Association. Both men appear to have lived on property near Hampden Sydney, hence the confusion in the mind of a man writing in 1896. He remembered such interesting details about the family, but I needed to correct the error in this one relationship.

    William and Frances (Greene) Hudson’s daughter Elizabeth married Joseph Wilson.  They had nine children, all of whom are traced to living descendants in my book “Descendants of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hudson) Wilson” of Prince Edward County, Virginia (Prince Edward Co., WB 3, p. 180).  They were:  John (m. Patsy Tate/Tait), moved to Georgia; Nathaniel (wife Mary McRobert Moseley, #2 Elizabeth Hamlett) of Charlotte Co.; Sarah (m. Samuel Weaver) moved to Alabama; Hudson (m. Martha Jennings) of Abilene, Prince Edward County, builder of 2nd court house in Prince Edward County; Elizabeth (m. William Cocke) of Campbell County; Joseph Jr. (m. Dorothy Chamberlain Watson, daughter of Augustus Watson mentioned in monograph, my ancestor); Col. William (m. Ann Allen, Jack Wilson’s ancestor) of Cumberland Co.; James Hudson (m. Matilda Cole Spencer) of Richmond; Frances Dorthea (m. Roland Lawson Hobson) of Campbell County.

    It is still a goal of mine to locate the graveyard described so clearly by Mr. Martin.  We were told by the college historian that some years ago the college planned to cut a road through the “backside” of the campus to give them access to the road, but could not because of the graves there.  Someone must know where it is.

    Thank you for you interest in preserving the history of this area that is my ancestral “home.”

Ann Mitchell Horne,
P.O. Box 3726,
El Centro, CA 92244


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