WORDEN, JAMES H., was born in Luzerne county, October 9, 1855, son of Hiram B. and Mary A. (Lockwood) Miller Worden. Hiram B. Worden was born in Luzerne county, Pa., November 8, 1826. His early life was spent in the coal business in the Wyoming Valley. He was at that time one of the most prominent coal operators in the valley. He continued in the businessuntil 1861. He was first married to Miss Vangelia C. Lockwood, daughter of William and Hester Travis Lockwood. There was no issue of this marriage. Mrs. Worden died in 1853, aged twenty-four years. In his second marriage Mr. Worden was united to Mrs. Mary A. (Lockwood) Miller. She was born February 5, 1821. The children by this marriage are James H., H.M.F., Vangelia C., Carrie K., who died September 27, 1886, aged twenty-seven years; Hiram B., and Annie M. The mother died February 26, 1878, aged fifty-seven years. Mr. Worden was married the third time, April 21, 1880, to Mrs. Almira Walker Geer, daughter of Marshall K. and Anna M. Walker. After leaving the coal business in 1861, Mr. Worden went into farming and stock raising, to which he gave his attention until 1878, after which he was in the milling business until 1882, then he engaged in the hay business, in which he is still engaged. Mr. Worden is prominent in the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities. He is a member of the Methodist church, in which he has filled all church offices.
James H. Worden received a good education in the public schools, finishing at the Keystone Academy at Factoryville, Pa., and at a very early age began teaching school in Wyoming county, where he was employed during three winter terms; in the summer he assisted his father on the farm. During the year 1875 Mr. Worden was clerk in the Chenango Valley Savings Bank, Binghamton, N.Y.; during 1876 he had charge of the books of his uncle, George Worden, at Pittston, Pa., in the meantime teaching school three months of an unexpired term. He also taught six weeks of another term in 1878 at Yatesville, Pa., in May of which year he resigned and entered the employ of the Lochiel Rolling Mill Company at Harrisburg, Pa., which position he held for one year when the mill was closed down. In 1879 he took charge of the books of D.W. Gross & Son, 119 Market street, Harrisburg, and remained with them until 1882, when he connected himself with C.E.H. Brelsford & Co., of Harrisburg, having charge of the accounts of this company until January, 1892, when it was reorganized and incorporated in the name of the Brelsford Packing Company, and Mr. Worden was made secretary and treasurer of the corporation, which position he still holds. He is also connected with and is the president of the Columbia Packing Company of Columbia, Pa. He is also president of the Pennsylvania State Sportsmenís Association, and president of the Harrisburg Shooting Association. Among the fraternities, Mr. Worden is past master of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F.&A.M., of Harrisburg; past councillor of Capitol City Council, No. 327, Jr. O.U.A.M., and for twenty years has been an Odd Fellow. In politics he is and always has been a Republican. The family are Episcopalians.
James H. Worden was married January 17, 1883, at Carbondale, Pa., to Elizabeth I. Joyce, daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Hartley) Joyce. They have two children: Lockwood Brelsford, born July 4, 1886, and Margaret Hartley, born October 14, 1892.
Mrs. James H. Worden was born at Carbondale, Pa., May 1, 1857. Her father, Thomas Joyce, was born in the north of Ireland, June 27, 1809, and emigrated to America in 1844. He was a farmer and sheep raiser. He first married Anna, daughter of John and Anna Adams. Their childre were: Emily, who resides near Scranton, Pa., and Robert, who died June 17, 1859, aged twenty-one years. In his second marriage, Mr. Joyce was united to Margaret, daughter of Henry and Margaret Hartley, by whom he had four children: Thomas H., Annie M., wife of William Kelley, of Oneonta, N.Y., Elizabeth Isabella, wife of Mr. Worden, and John, who died June 12, 1860, aged sixteen. Mrs.Margaret Joyce died August 23, 1869, aged fifty-six. Mr. Joyce was married the third time December 24, 1872, to Eliza, daughter of Robert Reynolds. Of this marriage there is no issue. Mr. Joyce entered the services of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Company in the capacity of engineer, assisting in the building of the first railroad in Luzerne county, and remained in the employment of this company until 1868, when he retired. He was an active member of the Episcopal church until his death, June 13, 1881, in the seventy-second year of his age. Mrs. Eliza Joyce survives him and resides at Factoryville, Pa., where she holds membership in the Methodist church.