George William Worsham & Annie Mae Williams
1. George William Worsham b abt 1872 of St. Charles, MO md Annie Mae Williams.
Descendants lived in St. Charles, MO & Audrain Co., MO.
Henry Worsham & Hyacinthe Armide DeVillier
1. Henry Worsham b abt 1796 VA md Hyacinthe Armide DeVillier
2 Apr 1821
Iberville Parish, LA. He died 1 Oct 1859. Descendants lived in Iberville Parish,
LA. Henry Worsham is listed on the 1830 Iberville Parish, LA Census as
Henry Wisham. Judy Riffel found a baptismal certificate for Henry in Louisiana.
He had converted to Catholicism. The certificate states that his parents were
Essex Worsham and Elizabeth Dunivant. (Information from Judy Riffel, the author
of Iberville Parish History, via James Noel Worsham.) A
29 Mar. 1905 letter from Sallie A. Worsham states Henry is a son of Essex:
"His son, Henry, went to Louisiana, married and made his home there. I
donít know whom he married." (Pam Heaton, 2001) See Page 280 for the
family of Essex Worsham (184.108.40.206.4.) & Elizabeth Dunnavant.
1.8. Florestine Worsham md. Joseph Adolph
Nereaux who was b 17 Jan 1829. He contracted pneumonia
in camp during the Civil War and died. He is bur at the National Cemetery in
Vicksburg and his name is on the Illinois Monument in the Park. (Shirley Koym,
Deer Park, TX, 2000. Even though the name is Worsham, it was pronounced Wisham)
1.8.1. Mary Laura Nereaux b 1 Nov 1854 md Alfred Gehrke.
1.8.2. Mary Amelia Nereaux md John Dunn. no dates
1.8.3. Mary Grace Nereaux b 1858
1.8.4. Mary Sara Ann Nereaux b 12 Feb 1858 Grosse Tete, Louisiana & d
30 Jan 1955 Hammond, Louisiana, Wiggington Hospital. She is bur St. Vincent
DePaul Number 2 in New Orleans. She md John Phillip Gemar, Jr. He b 5 Dec 1855
New Orleans & d 1901.
1.8.5. Mary Cora Nereaux b 22 Aug 1860 & d 1921.
1.8.6. Joseph Adolph Nereaux b 28 Sep 1861
1.8.6. Pierre Rodolph Nereaux b 8 Nov 1862
220.127.116.11. John Adam Worsham. Cottonwood Cem., Lottie, Pointe Coupee Pa., LA
records have John Adam Worsham Nov. 19, 1892 Ė (nr); Mary Muse Worsham Sept.
6, 1877 - July 3, 1964 & Pearl Kelleher Fairchild Worsham Sept. 7, 1893 -
Sept. 8, 1967.
Henry Edward Worsham & Margaret Garrett (Pages 591-592)
Henry Edward b 1820 VA md Margaret Garrett 24 May 1854 McDonough Co., IL. He
d 29 Feb 1872 Rushville, Schuyler, IL. Descendants lived in Schuyler Co., IL;
& Ventura Co., CA.
1. Henry Edward Worsham b. abt. 1820. He is
most probably Henry Edward Worsham b. 4
Aug 1817 the son of Branch Jones Worsham & Susannah Rochet Michaux Booker on
page 340, 18.104.22.168.2.3.2. (40-1860; 56-1870) He md. 1st) Mary Foxworthy
1840 in Oldham Co., KY. (IGI Record, Henry Worsham, Mary Foxworthy, 20 Jul 1840,
Oldham, KY, Film # 1903533). Mary Foxworthy b. 1810, d/o Enoch Foxworthy b. 1774
and Nancy Tippetts. Children from her marriage to possibly a Foxworthy cousin
were: Andrew James (or James Andrew) Foxworthy b. 1825/27 Fauquier Co., VA; Joel
Rice Foxworthy b. 1830 Oldham Co., KY; Ann Elizabeth Foxworthy b. 1834 Oldham
Co., KY; & Nancy Jane Foxworthy b. 1 Mar 1838 Oldham Co., KY. (Sherida
Riggs, 2000) In 1850, Mary, age 40 VA, was in the Morgan Co, MO census, living
with Enoch Foxworthy (age 76, VA) & children living with her with the
Worsham surname, were actually children of her previous marriage, i.e., Joel
Worsham b abt. 1832 of VA. (18-1850) & Nancy Worsham b abt. 1838 VA.
(12-1850) Henry Edward Worsham's 2nd)wife Margaret Garrett b 11 Oct
1832 Scott Co., KY d/o Thomas I. Garrett & Sussana Weigart. Margaret d 11
Jun 1901 Schuyler, IL. (Sunnie Skiles, Fair Oaks, CA, 2000)
Children of Henry & Mary Worsham are:
1A.1 Branch Edward Worsham b. Jul 1843 of
Morgan, MO. (7-1850) Branch md Martha Caroline Blankinship
22 May 1868 Mound City, Linn Co, KS. She was b Dec 1848 SC. In the 1880 Linn,
Dallas Co, IA census his name is Branch E. Washum, age 37. They are in the 1900
Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, IA census. He is in the 19 Jul 1909 Burleigh Co., ND
Land records as Branch E. Worsham. (05 143 N 077 W 006, 80 acres) He d 16 Sep
1917 Regan, Burleigh Co., NC of stomach cancer. (Death Cert. In poss of Kathy
Heintz) In 1920 Martha, age 71 NC, is living with her son, Arthur, in Aitkin Co,
MN. (7-1850; 37-1880)
Children of Branch & Martha Worsham:
1A.1.1. Lionel Levi Worsham b 7 Apr 1869 d 11
1A.1.2. Mary Josephine Worsham b 15 Nov 1872
of Dallas, IA d 21 Jun 1897
1A.1.3. Nora Frances Worsham b 8 May 1876 of
Dallas, IA d 12 Apr 1899.
1A.1.4. Alice May Worsham b 24 Feb 1882 Coon
Rapids, Carroll, IA d 11 Aug 1882
1A.1.5. Allen Robert Worsham b 24 Feb 1882
Coon Rapids, Carroll, IA. He md 1st) Olive Jane Van
Scotter 21 Feb 1911 who was b 24 Jul 1884 of Perkins, SD. Olive d 2 Feb
1921. Allen md briefly a 2nd time and divorced. He moved to
Kalispell, MT and md 3rd) Mary Anna Simones
26 Sep 1951 who was b 4 Oct 1882 MN & d 4 Mar 1963 Kalispell, Flathead,
MT. Mary md 1st) John R. Sauser. Allen d. 2 Dec 1952 Kalispell, MT. (Kathy
Children of Allen & Olive Worsham: (Kathy Heintz, 2001)
1A.1.5B. 1. Branch Alvin Worsham b 27 Jan
1914 ND & d 27 Nov 1984 Crosby, Crow Wing, MN. He md Alma b 21 Apr 1913
of Crow Wing, MN & d Mar 1984 of Crow Wing, MN. Children: (Branch
Worsham, Old Westbury, NY, 1999)
1A.1.5B.1.1. Branch Alvin Worsham, Sr. md Nancy
Marie Wehle of Manhasset, NY on 2 Jan 1960.
Children: Michael Craig Worsham, Paul Ford Worsham, Branch Alvin Worsham,
Jr. & Marie Grace Worsham.
1A.1.5B.1.2. Allen Arthur Worsham md
1A.1.5B.2. Willis Harold Worsham b 20 Apr
1916 & d 14 May 1918.
1A.1.5B.3. Helen Arlene Worsham b 15 Jun
1917 of Perkins, SD.
1A.1.5B.4. Vivian Alice Worsham b 23 Apr
1919 of Perkins, SD md Floyd Nathan Way.
1A.1.5B.4.1. Robert Floyd Way
1A.1.5B.4.2. Ruth Olive Way md Delayne Merlin Hollis. Children: Kathy
Irene Hollis md 1st) Rex Allen Halstead & 2nd)
David Allen Heintz; John Gregory Hollis b 19 Nov 1963 d 22 Jul 1993.
1A.1.5B.4.3. Nathan Branch Way
1A.1.5B.4.4. Donald Allen Way
1A.1.5B.4.5. Annette Joy Way
1A.1.6. Arthur Branch Worsham b 18 May 1886 of
Carroll, IA & d 6 Apr 1922. He owned 160 acres Perkins Co. SD in 1909 and is
in the 1920 Aitkin Co, MN census.
Children of Branch & Martha Worsham:
1A.1.1. Mary J. Worsham b abt. 1872 of Dallas, IA.
1A.1.2. Nora F. Worsham b abt. 1876 of Dallas, IA.
1A.1.3. Allen R. Worsham b Feb 1882 of Carroll, IA & d 2 Dec 1952 of
Perkins, SD. Allen md 1st) Olive J. b abt 1885 of Perkins, SD. He md 2nd)
Mary Anna Simones b 4 Oct 1882 MN & d 4 Mar 1963 Kalispell,
Flathead, MT. Mary md 1st) John R. Sauser. Children of Allen & Olive Worsham
1A.1.3.1. Branch A. Worsham b 27 Jul 1914 ND & d 27 Nov 1984 Crosby, Crow
Wing, MN. He md Alma b 21 Apr 1913 of Crow Wing, MN & d Mar 1984 of Crow
Wing, MN. Children: (Branch Worsham, Old Westbury, NY, 1996)
1A.22.214.171.124. Branch Alvin Worsham, Sr. md Nancy Marie Wehle of Manhasset, NY
on 2 Jan 1960. Children: Michael Craig Worsham, Paul Ford Worsham, Branch Alvin
Worsham, Jr. & Marie Grace Worsham.
1A.126.96.36.199. Allen Arthur Worsham md Katherine.
1A.1.3.2. Helen A. Worsham b abt 1917 of Perkins, SD.
1A.1.3.3. Vivian A. Worsham b 1919 Perkins, SD.
1A.1.4. Arthur Worsham b May 1886 of Carroll, IA. He owned 160 acres Perkins
Co. SD in 1909 and is in the 1920 Aitkin Co, MN census.
1A.2. Cornelia Worsham b abt 1844 of Morgan, MO. (6-1850) md
Thomas W. East
28 Sep 1864, Moniteau Co, MO.
Children of Margaret Garrett should be renumbered 1B.1. through 1B.6.
1.1. change to 1B.1 Martha Alice Worsham md. Thomas P. Ballard
15 Aug 1877,
Schuyler Co, IL. (vol C, p. 108, cert. #6654)
1.3 change to 1B.3 Cornelius Garret Worsham b. 1 Mar 1861 Richville,
Schuyler, IL, d. 13 Jan 1950 Ventura Co., CA.
1.4 change to 1B.4 Cornelia Worsham b. 1 Mar 1861 md.
George W. Gragg 6 Oct
1886 Schuyler, IL. (Vol C, p. 179)
1.5 change to 1B.5 Tecumseh Sherman Worsham md.
Mary M. Amman 6 Oct 1886
Schuyler, IL. (Vol C, p. 179)
1.5.2. Change to 1B.5.2 Eugene Victor Worsham d. 17 Sep 1980 San Diego, CA.
His picture is from the 1941-42 issue of The Lamp, Iola High School
Yearbook, Iola, Allen Co., KS, faculty, band directed by E. V. Worsham, B.S., K.S.T.C., Pittsburg; Northwestern
University; Instrumental Music, pp. 41-42.
1.6 change to 1B.6. Branch Jones Worsham d. 21 Nov 1923 Woodward, OK, md.
Mattie Belle Reid b. 14 Sep 1866 & d. abt 1950 Amarillo, Potter, TX. (Mark
S. Cramer, 2000)
1.6.2 change to 1B.6.2 Herbert Theodore Worsham b. 18 Aug 1896 of Schuyler
Co, IL, d. 18 Sep 1972 Potter Co, TX.(13-1910) He md. Ava Mildred Kenney.
Children: Branch Kenney Worsham, Bill Worsham, Virgil Don W. Worsham, Roena
Belle Worsham. (Mark S. Cramer, 2000)
Charles Everett Worsham b. 8 Oct 1903 md. Elaine
Worsham, known simply as "Grandma" to the Worsham & Fink Funny
Car team and most others in the NHRA Pro pit area, is no ordinary crew person,
and it's not her gender that makes her special, because there are plenty of
women in drag racing. 77 years
young, going strong. What makes
Elaine special is that she recently celebrated her 77th birthday, and took
time on that day reflect on the last few years while looking forward to the
future. As the grandmother of Funny Car driver Del Worsham, and the mother of
team crew chief and owner Chuck Worsham, "Grandma" might be one of
the most active 77-year old women in America.
Grandma Worsham, you see, has attended every NHRA race but one since
her retirement from California state government in 1994, and this woman, who
flies or drives by herself to nearly every race, had a good excuse for that
Charles Everett Worsham "Chuck" b. 17
Sep 1949 Los Angeles Co, CA.
Chuck's md. Whitting. They lived in Los Angeles and Orange Co., CA
Delbert C. Worsham "Del" b. 11 Feb 1970 Los Angeles Co, CA. Del became a famous race car driver. The following is from the Del Worsham Home page, 1999 "
Picture this scenario, if you will: The
young son of a Southern California hot rodder who'd grown up in the midst of
drag racing's explosive birth and development, spends his preteen summers
dividing his time between days by his father's side at the drag strip and
endless hours making jumps and tricks on his BMX bicycle.
With long sandy blonde hair and an adventurous streak running through
his spirit, the "Kid From The Coast" entered his teenage years as
part racing wrench and part BMX prodigy.
When residents of 49 other American states think of growing up in
Southern California, they may unwittingly draw a picture of a young Del
Worsham in their minds."
father, Chuck Worsham, grew up smack in the middle of drag racing's glorious
beginnings, and although he worked hard at a "full time job" as a
concrete contractor, Chuck's passion was race cars, and Funny Cars in
particular. Chuck added the role
of "father" in 1970 when Del was born, and became a car owner by
1978, with his legendary "Screamer" Funny Car.
By the age of 13, young Del could build a complete Funny Car motor by
himself and was a veteran frequent flyer as he jetted to races after school
ended on Friday and often went straight from the airport to class on
the mid-teenage years, as the Funny Car operation developed into more of a
vocation than a hobby, Chuck and Del Worsham faced a crossroads.
Though he was barely old enough to have a driver's license, Del was
looking at an adult-sized career choice.
He could follow what looked to be a very promising
"World-Class" BMX career, or he could go racing with his dad.
Let's go racing!"
was 1989 when Chuck Worsham took his Screamer Funny Car and made the move to
Nitromethane power. Del was in
his 5th year as a full-time crew member, was 19 years old, and was itching to
drive. A year later, when Chuck Worsham and driver Art Hendey
decided to head in different directions, a replacement driver was easy to
find. Of course, young Del
Worsham would first have to get licensed.
And since Del Worsham had never driven any other form of drag racing
vehicle, he knew he was jumping straight into the deep end."
I was, just a 20 year old kid at the Dallas Motorplex, and I needed two pro
drivers to watch me run and sign off on my license.
Why mess around? I marched
right over and asked Kenny Bernstein and Don Prudhomme!
It was actually a huge thrill for me to have those two legends at my
people start out drag racing in slower cars, and work their way up to faster
and faster speeds. You can't do
that with a Nitro Funny Car, they kind of only have two speeds:
Flat out, pulling 5 g's, or stopped.
So, instead of working my way up speed-wise, we worked my way up
distance-wise. I learned how to
do a burnout, how to stage, then went 60', then 100', then 300', and so on.
By my first full pass, I was getting pretty comfortable."
a "get your feet wet" debut at 1990's final race, Del Worsham began
his career as a professional drag racer in 1991, with a goal of running the
full season in his dad's Nitro Funny Car while being, at the least,
competitive against the veteran drivers in the class.
Seven races into his career, history was made.
Del Worsham won the Southern Nationals in Atlanta, becoming the
youngest driver to ever win a Funny Car trophy.
Less than three months later, in Englishtown, he did it again!
By season's end "The Kid From The Coast" had finished an
amazing 6th in Winston points, and was named NHRA Rookie Of The Year."
he didn't win any races in 1992, Del moved up higher in the points as the team
developed consistency, finishing with a #4 spot on the podium.
In 1993 and 1994, Del spent some time driving Roger Primm's Top Fuel
Dragster, and suffered through his career low point when a serious engine fire
in 1994 left him with burns on his hands and a 12-week recuperation."
"The Worsham team ran as independents through 1996, and
established a reputation as a fan friendly team who could run with the
"big boys" on a much smaller budget.
Those years of hard work and dedication paid off in 1997, as Checker-Schuck's-Kragen
Auto Parts came aboard as the Worsham family's first full primary sponsor.
Del knew it was another major turning point in his already stellar
I first got in the car, I knew I wanted to do this for a living.
And we loved being independents, doing it solely for the love of the
sport and for ourselves. But my
dad and I also knew it was really impossible to run as well as we wanted to,
even with the support of our longtime backers Auburn Foundry, Texas
Stagecoach, NLM Electrical and others.
Those guys, John Fink, Frank Gilchrist, and Nick Puglisi and all of our
friends who have contributed, were really like part of the family by then.
We all had a goal to win a championship and knew we'd need a company
that could believe in a group like our's, and want to be our partners in this
thing. With Checker-Schuck's-Kragen,
we found that company. Nothing
has really been quite the same since. We're
still a very tight knit group, with the same people around, but we've got
great partners at CSK, who help us help them.
Right now, my dad and I are kind of right in the middle of what we
always wanted to be."
1998, Del came within one lap of finding his way back into Victory Circle,
when he lost in the Final Round of the Fram Route 66 Nationals in Chicago.
But that highlight was just part of a year that saw Del earn his way
back into the Winston Top 10, even though the competition in the Funny Car
class is at an all-time high. "You
used to be able to finish in the Winston Top 10 by just showing up and racing
every week. Now, at every race at
least a couple of big time cars don't qualify.
It's really tough out there, to get in the show and to win
stroll across the Award Ceremony stage to accept his 1998 #10 finish was a
thrill for Del, but couldn't match the surprise and emotion felt just a few
moments later when the Worsham Family was named winners of the 1998 Blaine
Johnson Award, annually presented to the racer or family who show the most
dedication, perseverance, and family values.
The roaring standing ovation from the NHRA crowd said it all, as Del,
his father and best friend Chuck, and Elaine "Grandma" Worsham
accepted their award."
"The Kid From The Coast" behind the wheel, dad tuning the motor,
Grandma keeping the stats, and a close group of friends and partners working
endless hours in the pursuit of speed, this has been and will continue to be
one great California Dream!"
Susan J. Worsham
Sandra Suzanne Worsham
1.6 change to 1B.6. Branch Jones Worsham d. 21
Nov 1923 Woodward, OK, md. Mattie Belle Reid b. 14
Sep 1866 & d. abt 1950 Amarillo, Potter, TX. (Mark S. Cramer, 2000)
1.6.2 change to 1B.6.2 Herbert Theodore Worsham
b. 18 Aug 1896 of Schuyler Co, IL, d. 18 Sep 1972 Potter Co, TX.(13-1910) He
md. Ava Mildred Kenney 21 Dec 1919 Woodward, OK.
(Ava Worsham Webster, 2001) Ava b. 6 Nov 1900 & d. 27 Dec 1980 Amarillo,
Children: (Ava Worsham Webster, 2001)
1B.6.2.1. Branch Kenney Worsham b. 2 Feb 1921
Woodward OK d. 15 Mar 1985 Anaheim, Orange, CA md 16 Dec 1948 Norma
Elaine Dodge b. 1 Jun 1922 Breckenridge CO, d. 26 Dec 1968
1B.6.2.2. Roena Belle Worsham b. 5 Aug
1922 md. 5 May 1943 Amarillo, Potter, TX to Emil
1B.6.2.3. Virgil Don Worsham b. 31 Oct 1925 md. abt
1947 Sylva Goodnight.
1B.6.2.4. Bill Worsham b. 14 Feb 1924 Woodward,
Woodward, OK, d. 4 Apr 1996 San Diego, San Diego, CA md. 1 Aug 1948 Ft.
Collins, CO, Patricia Dorcas Sabin.
[ Addenda pp 593-610 ]