|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1861|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 1927|
North Carolina, USA
Edgar Wilson Worth was born 1861 in Graham, Alamance County, NC the 2nd of 9 known surviving children (4 boys/5 girls) born to merchant Daniel Worth and his wife, Eunice Narcissus Henley.
He was the paternal grandson of Hiram Coffin Worth & Phebe Swain; and gr-grandson of William Worth & Phebe Barnard. The Worths family is from Nantucket, MA and the family name appear in the early records of the Nantucket island. William Worth was one of the earliest settlers, and prominent in the government of the island. As the island's population decreased, productive farm land and the whaling industry decreased, and a large number of people could not be supported thereupon. At that time two-thirds of the inhabitants of Nantucket were Quakers. Among their leaders were the Coffins, Starbucks, Folgers, Barnards, Husseys.
In about 1771, a considerable colony of Friends removed and settled at New Garden, in Guilford County. Edgar's gr-gr-grandparents, Job Worth (ca. 1756-1822) & Rhoda Macy, were among those early Quaker settlers. One of Job's sons, Daniel Worth (b.1795) was a noted abolitionist.
Many of Guilford County's residents were opposed to slavery before the Civil War. The county was a stop on the famous Underground Railroad, which provided escaped slaves with a route to freedom in the North. Levi Coffin, one of the founders of the "railroad", was a Guilford County native. He is credited with personally helping over 2,000 slaves escape to freedom before the war.
Edgar's parents removed to Alamance County in soon after their marriage in about 1858, opening a General Merchandise store. Just prior to the Civil War, the railroad purchased land in Alamance County and erected buildings to build, repair and do maintenance on its track. This spot is the genesis of what is today the town of Burlington, NC. The first building put up in Company Shops was a long, one-story frame structure operated as a lodging house by James Dixon. It stood near the present city tobacco warehouses and was called "The Boiling Brook." Shortly afterwards, in 1856, Jonathan Worth & Company (Edgar's cousin) erected a railroad commissary, the first business establishment, on the site now occupied by the Burlington freight depot. It was a two-story brick building. The first floor was divided into Daniel Worth's general store (Edgar's father), the railroad station, and the village post office, where Peter D. Swain was postmaster.
By the time the shops were completed in 1857, the railroad village had grown to twenty-seven buildings. Thirty-nine white men, twenty Negro slaves and two free Negroes were employed in or around the shops. The employees and their families needed to live within walking distance; hence, a town began to develop. The town was called "Company Shops". Sale of town lots soon started, but not surprisingly, the sale of lots was slow until after the Civil War. By 1864, Company Shops numbered about 300 persons. In 1886, the North Carolina Railroad Company transferred its operations to Manchester, Virginia. The railroad offices and shops at Company Shops were closed. With the railroad shops no longer operated there, the citizens of Company Shops decided a new name was needed. In February 1887 a committee of the town's leading citizens selected "Burlington".
Edgar was raised in Alamance County and attended schools of higher learning. In 1896, the 35-year old was Superintendent of one of the Cotton Mills in Burlington when he wed 23-year old Annie Barnes of Raleigh.
Edgar and Annie would become parents to 5 known children -- all sons: Daniel B. Worth (c. 1897), David Worth and Robert Worth (c.1903), Edgar Wilson Worth Jr. (c. 1905), and Eugene Worth (ca. 1907).
By the 1920's the Worths had removed to Wake County where they operated a dairy farm in St. Matthews. Edgar died there in 1927 at age 66. His wife of 31 years survived him another 33 years, passing in 1960 at age 87.
Edgar's parents, grandparents, and many relatives are buried in New Garden Friends Cemetery in Guilford County.
Daniel Worth (1829 - 1899)
Eunice Narcissa Henley Worth (1835 - 1913)
Annie Barnes Worth (1873 - 1960)*
Son Worth (1899 - 1900)*
David Crenshaw Worth (1901 - 1990)*
Edgar Wilson Worth (1861 - 1927)
Emilie Lelia Worth Butner (1862 - 1908)*
Lina Eunice Worth (1866 - 1954)*
Laura D. Worth (1869 - 1945)*
Adrian D Worth (1871 - 1930)*
Archibald S Worth (1873 - 1954)**
Percy Worth (1878 - 1956)*
North Carolina, USA
Created by: pbfries
Record added: Nov 01, 2009
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