Margaret Stafford Worth

Margaret Stafford Worth

Margaret Stafford Worth

Margaret Stafford Worth was the widow of Major General William Jenkins Worth.  He is credited with ending the Second Seminole War in Florida and took Mexico City in the Mexican-American War.  Later, he commanded the Department of Texas where he died of cholera in 1849.  In 1857, his remains were reinterred in a monument dedicated to him at Worth Square in New York City.

Margaret Stafford was born 16 January 1799, the daughter of John Stafford and Margaret Denniston. Margaret and William were married 18 September 1818. They had four children: Mary, Margaret, Josephine and William S. (He also served in the U.S. Army.)

After her husband’s death, she returned to St. Augustine, Florida, where she died 21 June 1869. She is buried at the St. Augustine National Cemetery, which at the time of her death was the post cemetery for St. Francis Barracks. Her will was probated here on 30 June 1869, leaving all her property to her unmarried daughter, Margaret S. Worth. The younger Margaret bought a house in St. Augustine which she owned until 1904. Oldest daughter, Mary, married John T. Sprague who served General Worth as his adjutant during the Seminole War and later served as the Military Governor of Florida during Reconstruction. Mary Worth Sprague died in 1876 and is also buried here – not far from her mother’s grave.

Mary Worth Sprague, daugher of Margaret Stafford Sprague

Mary Worth Sprague, daugher of Margaret Stafford Sprague

References:

    • The Handbook of Texas Online. “Worth, William Jenkins“, accessed 2 November 2008.
    • The Handbook of Texas Online. “Sprague, John Titcomb“, accessed 2 November 2008.
    • Edward S. Wallace, General William Jenkins Worth, Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1933.
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