Looking forward to Descendants Day
As the first Sunday in May looms on the horizon, it is again time for Descendants Day on Sunday, a day traditionally set aside by Carolyn Cooper, in which she shares the genealogy of a family she has selected from among those buried in Worton Union cemetery.
This is a painstaking process requiring much research but tackled with her usual determination coupled with years of genealogical experience.
This year she will be speaking on the ancestry of the Gears family, a name woven among the records of Cecil and Kent County’s early history. The first recorded name was that of Daniel Gears in the 1600s.
The main focus, though, of this year’s program will be on Benjamin Benson Gears, his son Josiah Gears, and Josiah’s son Peregrin Hamilton Gears. A massive Gears turnout is anticipated, to make this a true Gears family reunion, so don’t miss it.
The Descendants Day program will commence at 2 p.m. in Worton Church Hall. The hall doors will be open at 1 p.m. for those wishing to come early and look through all the newspaper clippings, books, photo albums and other historic related memorabilia which are displayed on the walls and tables.
Also on the display table for sale will be a copy of Carolyn’s book, “Descendants Day, The History of the Center of Kent County, MD and Its Inhabitants.” Those wishing to purchase it may place an order. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program and everyone is invited to mingle and perhaps discover a new relative.
Those wishing to visit the Worton Union cemetery are invited to do so — it is located on Lambs Meadow Road. Turn left from the church hall less than a mile to the intersection known as Catts Corner, turn right on Lambs Meadow Road just past the Kent County High School, the cemetery, next to the highway, is on the left.
Carolyn and the cemetery committee are to be commended for all their volunteer help in making this annual affair such a success.