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Unlisted In Anderson 1780 Revolutionary War 6 Percent INTEREST BEARING Maryland Army Provisions Receipt Fully Issued & Signed for Continental Army Provisions

January 20, 1780-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Fully Issued and Signed, Partially-Printed Receipt for Continental Army Provisions, Bearing SIX PERCENT INTEREST, Per ACT of ASSEMBLY, Ann Arund County, Maryland, Choice Extremely Fine.

Unique & Unlisted in the reference book, "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY - The Public Debt of the American Revolution" by William Anderson, 6% INTEREST BEARING, Partially-Printed State of Maryland, Continental Army Provisions Receipt Form. Original, Partially-Printed receipt, 1 page, measuring 8.25" x 4". The column for "Bush. rye" it reads, "two hundred Bushels at Eleven pounds per Bushel - (200)". Docket noted on its blank reverse side reads: "John Worthington - 2200" (The math is correct). At the right, printed and completed in manuscript is the text, it reads:

"Ann Arundel County, to wit. --- I Hereby certify, that I have taken into my possession, in virtue of the act of Assembly, entitled, An act for the immediate supply of flour and other provisions for the army, the articles expressed in the margin, and the bearer hereof is entitled to receive from the State of Maryland the current market price on this day, with Six per cent. interest thereon. - Witness my hand, this, twentieth day of January 1780. - (Signed) Edwd. Gaither Jr., one of the Comte (Committee) of S. (Said) County -- (Signed) John Worthington".

There is no mention or listing of this printed form in "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY - The Public Debt of the American Revolution" by William Anderson, although there are several other Partially-Printed forms of different size and signature listed. This "discovery" piece is extremely clean and boldly completed in deep brown ink and printed in vivid black on nice quality laid period paper. It has an uncommon design and choice eye appeal. A remarkable specialized Fiscal item for serious collectors relating to the Debt and Financing of the American Revolutionary War and the founding of our nation.

Additional Information:

Anne Arundel County Maryland Colonial Families records Captain John Worthington, Senior, father of the signer of this Interest Bearing Receipt:


Captain John Worthington, who was born in England in the year 1650, emigrated to Maryland in company with his brother Samuel in the year 1670. The latter settled in Somerset County and left numerous descendants. Captain John Worthington quickly rose to prominence in the Province, both in military and civil affairs. As captain of the Anne Arundel County militia he led his company in many engagements against the Indians.

He was a member of the House of Burgesses, and also a Judge of the Provincial Court and member of the Quorum.

Captain John Worthington married Sarah Howard, the daughter of Matthew Howard and Sarah Dorsey, his wife. At the death of the gallant captain his widow, Sarah, married Captain John Brice.

A fact of interest which has larely been noted in the English family of Brice is the name of "Worthington Brice" in several successive generations; showing probable intermarriages of these families in England as well as in Maryland.

The senior Captain John Worthington died in the year 1701, at the age of fifty-one years. His tomb is still preserved in Anne Arundel County.

The land devised in his will included Greenberry Forest, 450 arces, Lowe's addition, 550 acres, Howard's inheritance, 150 acres, and Hopkins' plantation. He left four sons and one daughter, who intermarried with the Ridgelys, Homewoods, Chews and Hammonds.

Thomas Worthington, the second son of Captain John, the original settler, was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1753 and an influential man in his community. His son, Brice Thomas Beale Worthington, served in the Assembly or Legislature in the year 1776.

Major Samuel Worthington, the seventh child of John Worthington, Jr., and Helen Hammond, was a member of the Committee of Observation (1774), of the convention of 1775 and a Delegate to the General Assembly in the year 1781, serving his country in these several representative bodies with ability. Another one of this notable family whose name became distinguished in his country's service was Major Nichols Worthington, who, in the Colonial Period, filled the important office of Justice of Anne Arundel County and later was raised to the higher honor of Judge of the Orphan's Court in 1778, after rendering Revolutionary service on the Committee of Safety in the year 1775 and member of the Assembly a few years later.

The children and grandchildren of the first Worthington, of Greenberry Forest, married into the families of Ridgely, Hammond, Dorsey, Chew, Homewood, Davis, Warfield, Hood, Merriweather, Tolly, Griffith, Gist, Cockey, Waters, Beall and others of prominence.

William Worthington, the only son of William Worthington, Jr., and his wife Ida Hammond, had land surveyed in 1773 called Worthington's Courtesy. He married Jane Contee, of Prince George's County.

Sarah Worthington, the daughter of Colonel Nicholas Worthington, of Anne Arundel County, married William Goldsborough, of Cambridge, while his brother, Dr. Richard Goldsborough, of the same town, married her sister, Achsah Worthington. There seems to be scarcely a prominent family on either the Eastern or Western Shore to which the Worthingtons have not become allied.

From the many intermarriages with the Ridgelys and Dorseys they have left a genealogical puzzle intricate enough to please the most zealous unraveler of family lines. Not only are these numerous descendants of the original Worthington brothers in Maryland, but in Washington, D. C., Kentucky, Missouri and throughout the South and West; while tradition claims that the New England Worthingtons are of the same original stock as those of Anne Arundel county.

Many members of this Maryland family have been distinguished in public life in their native State and elsewhere.

During the Revolutionary War many were commissioned in their country's service. Three have been member of Congress. One emigrated to Ohio, where he was elected Governor and United States Senator. Another of the name and blood was Territorial Governor of Florida, while a third became Lieutenant-Governor of Kentucky.

Three of the Anne Arundel County Worthingtons were in the Maryland Legislature at the same time. One has been an Episcopal bishop.

Thomas C. Worthington was Brigadier-General during the War of 1812-14, and also a member of Congress.

(Side-lights on Maryland History, Volume II, With Sketches of Early Maryland Families, by Hester Dorsey Richardson, 1913; Transcribed by Sally H)
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