The notation “consumed by fire” on William Worthley’s death certificate sounded grim. And it all began with the recent purchase of a CDV photo of him. It was taken at the Stephen Piper Studio in Manchester, New Hampshire. And yes folks, you guessed it, we are related–William was my 2nd cousin 4x removed. He was also a direct descendant of Jonathan Worthley who participated in Weare’s famous Pine Tree Riot.
William was born in Weare, and worked for many years there, working as a cooper, and raising a family. There would have been a great local need for barrels, to fill with apples, or potatoes, or really anything that someone might want to sell or store. He probably made a good living at it. None of these skills helped him that terrible day in 1874. Continue reading