The Wortman Family Tree



Wortman Genealogy Map

The map to the left shows my Wortman line through time. Just put your mouse on a date or red dot and you can learn more about the family at that location. There are other Wortman lines that stem from places such as New Brunswick, New Jersey and Ohio. It's too soon to know if any of these lines connect. If you want to learn more about all Wortmans (not just my line), view the Wortman newsletter, The Wortman Word, visit the Wortman Exchange or if you want to share information, contact me. Reach me via e:mail or good old fashioned mail:
Warren Wortman
P.O. Box 522
Columbia, MD 21045-0522



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Valparaiso, Indiana (1840)

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Milton Lad Wortman

b. 1800-1810 d. 1847 Oskaloosa, Iowa - Do you know more about Milton? Please e-mail
m. 1830 Rush County, IN - Mary Corey
m. 9 Feb 1839 Porter County, IN - Lucinda Doud b. 1811 NY

Children

Oskaloosa (1847) and Winterset, Iowa (1872)

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Milton Lad Wortman

died in Oskaloosa in 1847, possibly from cholera. He left behind 5 children, Wallace, Sarah, John Murray, Melissa and Daniel D. Those children were put in foster homes. In 1850, John Murray was in the Samuel Cox household and Laura Melissa was in the Samual Ruby household.

John Murray Wortman

b. 10 May 1842 Valpariaso, IN d. 6 April 1926 Wallowa, OR
m. 5 May 1872 Winterset, IA to Lydia Ann Etchison b. 25 Aug 1851 Putnam Co.,IN d. 6 April 1926 Wallowa, OR

John Murray's father, Milton Lad Wortman, died when John was 5 years old. He spent time in the Samuel Cox household in his youth. He was a farmer and beekeeper of a large apiary. He walked from Nebraska to Oregon, over 900 miles to find his Oregon farm!

Children

Daniel D. Wortman

b. 9 Nov 1846 Oskaloosa, IA d. 13 April 1926 Bremerton, WA
m. Jul 1872 ? Lucinda H. Williamson div. 12 Mar 1880 Hardin Co., IA
m.1 Jul 1883 Edna Yale McIntyre Ord, NE

Daniel D. Wortman's father, Milton Lad Wortman died when he was only 6 months old. He was raised by a foster family. He served in the Civil War where he became disabled. He lost most of the use of his eyes due the the poor diet of hard tacks and coffee during the war - no vegetables.

Children of Edna and Dan Wortman

Nebraska (1880s)

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Life was hard for the Wortman's in Nebraska. They lived in sod houses and endured harsh winters. Many of Daniel and John Wortman's children were born there. The weather was so harsh that John Murray Wortman actually walked from Nebraska to Oregon. His brother Daniel followed, probably by a much saner mode of transportation.

Enterprise, Oregon (1892)

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Each year, descendants of John Murray Wortman and Lydia Ann Etchison get together for the Wortman Cousins Picnic. Often they camp for the week at Lostine River

Union, Oregon (1925)

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John Murray Wortman, Jr.

b. 20 Sep 1883 d. 11 Feb 1946
m. 30 Jun 1910 Katherine Dufur b. 1882 Waupaca, WI d. Jan 1927 Enterprise, MD

Despite being the third son, John Murray Wortman was named after his father. He was born in a sod house in remote Ord, Nebraska. He attended school in a one room "soddie" school house. He had a scar on his leg - a milk leg. As a result of scarlet fever, his blond fell out and came back in, straight black. He stood 5'10" and weighed 165 pounds. His many jobs included: 6 months in the Oregon Home Guard as a Corporal, school teacher and principal, clerk, surveyor, and pipe fitter. Katherine and John were school teachers in Union at the time of her death.

Children

Portland, Oregon (1946)

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John Murray Wortman

This was John Murray Wortman's final home, although he was buried in Enterprise,OR.

Havre de Grace, Maryland (1953)

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John Dufur Wortman

b. 12 Sep 1925 Union, OR
m. 14 Jun Wilsonville, OR 1953 Lorna May Elligsen b. 17 Mar 1929 Oregon City, OR
d. 5 Mar 2001 Havre de Grace, MD

John Dufur Wortman was born at home. His mother died 2 years later of appendicitis. His early years were spent moving from place to place with his father during the depression. He notes that he had lived in over 20 places before he had reached 1st grade. At the age of 13, he began living at the Miller's ranch in Union, OR, earning his keep by performing odd jobs. John Murray Wortman, Jr. died when John Dufur was 20, leaving him without a living nuclear family member. John Dufur was drafted at age 18 and served in the Army Air Force during World War II. In 1953, he took a job in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD as a mathematician. He worked there for the next 38 years. Lorna and John met in college.

Children

Columbia, MD (1985)

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Warren John Wortman

b. 26 Feb 1956 Havre de Grace, MD
m. 26 Oct 1985 Marblehead, MA Amy Dayle Lyons b. 20 May 1959 Glen Falls, NY

Warren's father John Dufur Wortman, lived in Havre de Grace, MD. Warren met his wife, Amy, while playing soccer.

Children

Odin David Wortman

b. 15 Dec 1959 Havre de Grace, MD
m. 3 Aug 1980 Havre de Grace, MD Margaret Joann Jackson b. 12 Apr 1960 Baltimore, MD

Odin is the son of John Dufur Wortman. He owns and operates Internet Marketing Solutions, a web marketing firm.  Margaret (Peggy) was a comptroller of the Elkridge National Bank for over 10 years. The Wortmans currently live in Elkridge, MD

Children

Adel Kathryn Wortman

b. 12 Mar 1960 Havre de Grace, MD

Adel is the daughter of John Dufur Wortman.  She is a budget analyst for the US Army.  She lives in Laurel, MD.

Last revised: 12/05/2002
Web Master: Warren Wortman

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