Worth Township

Worth township, which became a separate township in November, 1849, was named after the distinguished general William J. Worth, who died that year. A land company owned a large portion of this township and was active in promoting its settlement. Five brothers named Henderson were the first to locate here, selecting their lands in 1795 and returning to occupy them about two years later. The Henderson settlement in the north edge of the township in time grew to a village. A postoffice of that name was established in March, 1827, with Robert Henderson as first postmaster, and the office was conducted by someone of that name the greater part of its existence. Henderson  postoffice was discontinued several years ago and its mail supplied by rural carriers.  

Another pioneer family were the Perrines, after whom the settlement on the Franklin road west of Henderson was called Perrine’s Corners. William Perrine located there about the beginning of the century, and the family have been represented in this and in Sandy Lake township since that date. Perrine was established as a postoffice in February, 1833, William H. Perrine being the first postmaster, and other members of the family holding the official honor for many years.

Both of the above settlements were on the old post road from Mercer to Franklin. In the southern part of the township, on the banks of Wolf Creek, another settlement was formed about the close of the eighteenth century. A sawmill built by Nathaniel Coleman seems to have been the starting point. Later John F. Hogue  and brothers laid out a town here, called Millbrook, and various industries, including a carding mill, and stores combined to give the aspect of a village to this locality. A postoffice was established at Millbrook in March, 1872, with Calvin Matthews  as first postmaster, and was discontinued three or four years ago. The first teacher of the village school at Millbrook was J. G. White of Mercer. One of the early Methodist churches of the county was also organized in this vicinity, about 1816. The Wesleyan Methodists and the Cumberland Presbyterians also established churches in the township during the thirties and forties. Worth township has produced many able and worthy citizens of other localities who reflect honor on their place of birth.

Source: Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, page 156 - 157

Worth Twp. Cemeteries Worth Twp. Census Records Worth Twp. Towns & Villages
Carroll Cemetery
Henderson Cemetery
Millbrook Cemetery
Perrine Cemetery
Zion Cemetery
Perrine's Corners

Transformation of Worth Twp.
Formed in 1849
From Sandy Lake Twp.

Worth Geological Survey
Township Map
1873 Atlas
Worth Township Landowners Map

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