By 1767 when Rinda was about five years old, the Lippett family left their home in Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island, and moved to Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. Her father John and his brother Hezekiah opened the first general store in North Adams.
Several years later Peter Worden joined the community as the Elder of the Baptist Church in New Providence (later changed to Cheshire) and his large family included his 11-year-old son Richmond.
Elder Peter Worden strongly supported the Revolution and probably encouraged Richmond's original three-month enlistment in the local militia in January of 1776 and subsequent periods of active duty.* At the end of 1780 Richmond received his final discharge in Vermont and lived there for several years. Sometime around 1782 Rinda and Richmond were married, probably in Cheshire; their first child, a son named Welcome, was born the following year.
[Berkshire County, detail of Map of Massachusetts Proper Compiled from Actual Surveys, made by Order of the General Court, and under the inspection of Agents of their appointment, By Osgood Carleton. Engraved by Joseph Callender and Samuel Hill, Boston, 1801. Vignette Drawn by G. Graham. Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection.]
From Richmond's 1832 and 1833 pension applications we know where and when Richmond, Rinda and their children moved over the years and we can follow them through census records, although since only the head of household is named, Rinda is accounted for only in the appropriate column for her age group in each census.
"That he lived in Shaftsbury [Vermont] Two Years, moved back to Cheshire Massachusetts lived there about thirteen Years, then moved to Schuyler Herkimer County where he lived thirteen Years, he then moved to Cayuga and lived in the Town of Brutus in said county Twelve Years, when he removed to his present place of residence where he has resided ever since..."**
So we find them in Schuyler Township in Herkimer County, New York, in the 1800 U.S. Census.
[Year: 1800; Census Place: Frankfort, Herkimer, New York; Series: M32; Roll: 21; Page: 416,417; Image: 415; Family History Library Film: 193709. Ancestry.com. 1800 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Second Census of the United States, 1800. NARA microfilm publication M32 (52 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]
And in the 1810 U.S. Census the Wordens were in Aurelius, Cayuga County in New York.
[Ancestry.com. 1810 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Third Census of the United States, 1810. (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls). Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]
In the 1820 U.S. Census enumeration the Worden household is in the Township of Oswego in Oswego County, New York.
[1820 U S Census; Census Place: Oswego, Oswego, New York; Page: 10; NARA Roll: M33_79; Image: 21. Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]
Orinda and Richmond had at least nine children, including twin boys Lippett and Lymond*** who were born in 1791.
Unfortunately when Richmond didn't mention his wife or children in his pension applications. He stated that he was still living in Oswego but there's no census record in his name in 1830 so we don't know when Orinda died. She's undoubtedly buried in Oswego County but the location of her grave is unknown.
* You can read about Richmond Worden's military service here.
**The direct quotes above is a transcription I made of a document in his file at the National Archives and viewed through fold3.com.
***Lymond is my fourth great grandfather.
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