Work History - Overview
Spratt - Work
Elizabeth Spratt age 17 =============
age 26 Henry Work
d. age 46)
Southwestern Pennsylvania: Fayette County
Then Clark County, Indiana, northeast of Charlestown
-- across from Louisville, Kentucky --
Later in life: Elizabeth: to Scott County, Iowa, north of Davenport
1784 May 4, Fayette County, Pennsylvania: Marriage of Henry Work (age 25) & Elizabeth Sproal (age 17) From Henry Francis Work's 1902 Account of Early Work Family History : "Henry Work
was born Nov 5, 1758. Elizabeth Sproal was born Aug 10, 1767. Were Married May 4, 1784."
1785-1803 (18 years' time), Fayette County, Pennsylvania: Elizabeth Sproal & Henry Work had 9 children,
from Elizabeth & Henry's ages 18 & 27 to 36 &
Dates from Henry Francis Work's 1902 Account of Early Work Family History
(1) 1785, Oct 25: John Work
(2) 1787, Oct 18: Samuel Work
See Elizabeth Henley & Samuel Work.
(3) 1789, Sep 07: Joseph Work
(4) 1792, Feb 29: Andrew Work
(5) 1794, Apr 26: Henry Work
(6) 1797, Feb 08: Elizabeth Work
(7) 1799, Jun 03: Martha Work
(8) 1801, Sep 11: Rebeckah Work
(9) 1803, July 18: Ann Work
The following story was compiled from information from our family's personal papers, and the webpages Welcome to Historic
Tunnel Mill & The Story of Tunnel Mill
1803: The two Work brothers Henry Work & John Work & their families
left Fayette County, Pennsylvania and went west in search of a better life, which included a suitable milling stream.
These families consisted of:
- Older brother, Henry Work, age 44
- Henry Work's wife Elizabeth Sproul, age 36
- Elizabeth Sproul & Henry Work's 9 children, ages 18 down to newborn:
(1) John Work, age 18 (1810: m. Elizabeth Owens)
(2) Samuel Work, age 16
See Elizabeth Henley & Samuel Work.
(3) Joseph Work, age 14 [m. Elva Dunn. Their son Samuel Work (1818): 1841: moved to Birmingham, Van Buren Co, Iowa. ]
(4) Andrew Work, age 11
(5) Henry Work, age 9
(6) Elizabeth Work, age 6 (m. Anderson)
(7) Martha Work, age 4
(8) Rebeckah Work, age 2 (m. Stephen Henley -- brother of Samuel's wife, Elizabeth Henley)
(9) Ann Work, new-born
- Younger brother, John Work, age 43 (b. 1760)
- John's wife, Sarah Jackson, age __
- Sarah Jackson & John Work's __ children:
First they went to the Louisville, Kentucky area, but did not find a good place for their venture.
1804, Louisville, Kentucky area: Death of the older, brother Henry Work, age 46
During their short stay in Kentucky, the older brother, Henry Work (age mid-late 40's) died of a fever. His younger brother John Work was left to care
for both his and his brother's families.
Burial place: ??????
The Two Work families crossed the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky into southern Indiana Territory
the Work families crossed the Ohio River north of
Louisville, Kentucky into the southern part of the Illinois
Grant area of Indiana territory in what is now Clark County, northeast of Charlestown. There John
Work explored land along 14-Mile Creek -- so named because it was 14
miles above the falls on the Ohio River. From John and James
Bates, John Work bought 100 acres of
land -- at a dollar per acre. Along this creek oon this land he
built a water-powered gristmill,
later built another mill -- the famous "Tunnel Mill" -- and became
known as "Tunnel Mill John." For the rest of his story, see "Tunnel Mill John" Work.
The children of those two Work brothers grew up along 14-Mile Creek, and married and raised families in that vicinity. See Elizabeth Henley & Samuel Work. Many of their offspring stayed, as, in turn, did their offspring, including Henry Francis ("Frank") Work - - author of the 1902 account of the early Work Family History. Some of the later generations went to other parts of the U.S.
1810: Martha Spratt & Samuel Work's oldest son, John Work
(b.1785), married Elizabeth Owens. In 1836, this son John
(then-age 51) sold
his Clark County, Indiana farm and moved with his family to Scott
County, Iowa, 6 miles north of Davenport. His mother,
Martha Spratt Work (then-age 69) went along with, and lived 9 more
1845, Scott County, Iowa:
Death of Martha Spratt Work, age 78, then-living with her son, John
Work & wife Elizabeth Owens.
Webpage by Lindberg-Work Family
2011/1/10: First created -- extracted from page "Scotland to America"