William Jenner Worthington married Grace Amelia Legg of Speedville, NY in 1892 in Seattle. They had eight children: their daughters Grace and Mariette, and six sons Willie, Robert, Harold, Norman, John, and Kenneth. Grace’s father, born in 1850, was Edwin Emmet Legg, a school teacher in Speedsville, NY whose ancestor fought in the American Revolution.
Worthington Family History
Robert Worthington, son of William Jenner and Grace Amelia (Legg) Worthington, was born in Quilcene in 1900. A 1917 Quilcene High School graduate, he later graduated from the University of Washington in the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and obtained his MA in Forestry from the U of W in 1932. He also pursued a doctorate […]
Eilleen Worthington (1919- 2012) was from Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, WA. She was a charter member of the Quilcene Historical Museum, and donated the land for it. She was the second wife of Robert Worthington, who was divorced when he met Eilleen in 1973 when they were hiking in Norway. Eilleen Worthington lived in Quilcene […]
Edgar’s Worthington’s wife, Mabel L. Robertson, was from from El Paso, Texas. She had a daughter, Minnie, who Edgar adopted. By 1910 the family lived in Seattle, where Minnie, who adopted the Worthington family name, attended Queen Anne High School. Later in life, Edgar and Mabel moved to Los Angeles for retirement to be near […]
Ellen came with her family from Ohio in 1852. They took a ship to Panama, crossed the Isthmus of Panama by mule and canoe, and then took a ship up the Pacific coast to San Francisco. William Worthington and Ellen were married in 1861. Ellen’s father, Elijah Kirkham Jenner, born around 1812, was a dentist […]
Kenworth was officially established in 1923, named after the company’s two principle stockholders: Harry Kent and Edgar Worthington. However, neither was part of the company’s formal beginnings. In the beginning: The Gerlinger Motor Car Company Edgar Worthington and his mother, Ellen, had residences in both Seattle and Quilcene. The early 1900s brought dramatic change to […]