Charles Woodworth
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Charles Woodworth (1785 - 1852)

Charles Woodworth
Born in Lebanon, Windham, Connecticutmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1 Jan 1808 in Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Concord, Jackson, Michiganmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2014
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The Woodworth Family of America, Descendants of Walter Woodworth of 1630 Through Six Generations by Jeanette Woodworth Behan; Rainbow Press Torrington, CT. LCC-88-071561 page 241-242.

"Born Conn. 23 June 1785 and died St. Joseph Co. Michigan, 20 January 1852; buried next to his first wife in Concord, Michigan "He married (1) DESIRE [on probate record] born about 1791, who died Concord 8 September 1836 age 45..... "Charles lived in Conn; in 1813 resided Elba, Genesee Co., N.Y.; then to Concord, Mich.; and to Factoryville, St. Joseph Co., Mich. He left Elba in the early 1830's. Was a Justice of the Peace in N.Y. and Mich

Transcribed from: Elba, Genesee County, New York: Historical and Genealogical Notes compiled by Howard Elmer Staples; 1940 [Copy furnished by Joyce Belgake]. Page 17: "Woodworth, Charles First Justice of Peace and First Assessor." page 18 "The records for that year of 1820 show that there were 118 men in the town "of sufficient ability and understanding to serve as jurors," and that the vote for Governor of New York State gave DeWitt Clinton 138 votes and Daniel D. Tompkins 28. It was not until April 11, 1842 when the census of Elba shows a population of approximately 1,500 that Oakfield, which had been know as Caryville, was erected, leaving Elba about six miles square in size. Elba's village plot was taken from farming lands originally of Asa Babcock, John Willis, Charles Woodworth and Thomas Davis. Babcock and Davis settled in 1817 and the remaining portions were purchased from their descendants. The first settlement in the town was made at Daw's Corners in 1801 by Samuel and Amos Ranger who came from Vermont. Samuel Clark from Massachusetts and his son Samuel, settled in 1802, and Samuel Hall from Seneca County NY and John Young came soon after and located near Pine Hill. [Mr. Young and his wife arrived at the Pinery, or Pine Hill, in 1803 after a fairly excitable trip from their previous home in Virginia. Traveling on horseback, and so carrying but few provisions and little equipment, they had found no one to offer them cordial hospitality as was the wont in those days to every traveler. They had stopped in Stafford at the Transit storehouse where they obtained a large cotton bag of Mr. Brisbane, which they filled with cat-tail flag and used for a bed. James Brisbane was the first merchant on the Holland Purchase, having located in Stafford on the Transit in 1796. On arriving at Pine Hill, the Youngs fashioned a rude hut from saplings and hides and set about to clear a space for a garden. Mrs. Young, who survived her husband by many years related in a letter to relatives in Virginia of many of their experiences and some of the tribulations they encountered]. Most of the early settlers who arrived between 1800 and 1820 bought their land from the Holland Land Company. The first white child born there was Betsey White in 1802."

Transcribed from: Biographical Record of Genesee County, New York, edited by E. North. {The copy of this information was furnished by Joyce Belgake}. page 150 "(those who settled) in Elba the following located during this period: Chester Scott about 1817, Nathaniel Ford and Thomas Griffin, 1820; prior to 1822, Washington Gardner, James Fuller, John Wilson, Elisha Buck, Robert Irwin, Abraham Sleeper, James Harris, Richard Shotwell, Isaac Shotwell, Smith Lane, Wanton Aldrich, Israel Hoag, Miles Britton, about 1819 Samuel Laing; and the following years of whose coming are , though all were residing in the town in 1820; Lemuel Foster, Mason Turner, George Mills, Charles Woodworth, John Underhill, Erastus Wolcott, Isaac Benedict, Jeremiah Wilford, Mark Turner, Dudley Sawyer, Isaac Higley, Eleazur D. Davis, Ichabod Hinckley---"

Notes concerning burial submitted by Joyce Begalke, 2419 45th St., Two Rivers. WI 54241 (undated, transcribed 04 Feb 1993)

"Died: 20 Jan 1852, aged 66 yrs. 6 mo. 27 days (taken from tombstone) either in St. Joseph Co. or Jackson Co. Michigan. But I believe he died in St. Joseph Co. as his probate Record is on file in Centerville Courthouse. I was over in that area in the late 1970's and did read part of the Probate on Charles Woodworth, it is on microfilm and difficult to read, but can be read if one has time................

Burial: Red brick Cemetery on Highway 60 or also called Homer road, about two miles South West of Concord, Jackson Co. Michigan. I have been to the cemetery (a farmer across from the cemetery has been keeping it up as much as he can on his own, otherwise it would all be overgrown with brush, etc.) and found Charles and his 1st wife Desire's tombstones, which were in very good condition. Charles according to land records, had this place set aside for a burying place when he sold his land. Desire his wife used to look out on that spot from her window in their house and told her husband that she wanted to be buried there when she died, and she was." "Died 08 Sep, 1836 aged 45 years. The first burial in the Red Brick Cemetery. The date of her death also appears in Jackson Co. Mich. Cemetery Records, Lansing State Library."

"State of Michigan } "I Charles Woodworth Of the Said County of Jackson being County of Jackson} duly Sworn Do Dispose and say that I am well acquainted with Swift Woodworth the person named in the foregoing application and that he is the identical Swift Woodworth therein mentioned and further that I have been personally acquainted with the said Swift Woodworth and have known him for the Space of a term of Forty five Years last March(?), and that the facts and Statements by him made in the foregoing application as to his residence are true according to the best of my Knowledge and belief. Charles Woodworth Sworn and subscribed before me this Thirteenth Day of May A.D. 1837 Isaac Vanderpol Justice of the Peace"

Roll: M432_362; Page: 323 1850 US Census, State of Michigan, County of St. Joseph, Township of Leonidas, Household 58 Family 59 Woodworth, Ashbell 41 Male Farmer Born NY Woodworth, Mercy 28 Female Born Mass Woodworth, Sally D. 16 Female Born Mich Woodworth, Harriet L, 13 Female Born NY Woodworth, Almon 6 Male Born Mich Household 59 Family 60 Woodworth, Charles, age 65 Male Farmer Valuation 1700 Born CN Woodworth, Esther age 47 Born MA

Household 60 Family 61 Woodworth, Bradley 39 Male Farmer 450 Born Conn Woodworth, Almira 39 Female Born NY Woodworth, Sophrona 14 Female Born NY Woodworth, Charles 11 Male Born Mich Woodworth, Lewis H.. 8 Male Born Mich Woodworth, John N. 6 Male Born Mich Woodworth, Eugene 3 Male Born Mich

Household 61 Family 62 Woodworth, Norman 37 Male Farmer 450 Born NY Woodworth, Eliza Ann 34 Female Born NY Woodworth, Olive 13 Female Born Mich Woodworth, Lanford 9 Male Born Mich Woodworth Chancy 7 Male Born Mich Woodworth, Edwin 5 Male Born Mich Woodworth, Leonard 2 Male Born Mich

Burial: Notes concerning burial submitted by Joyce Begalke, 2419 45th St., Two Rivers. WI 54241 (undated; transcribed 04 Feb 1993, shared by another Woodworth descendant, Dana Neindorf).

Find A Grave: Memorial #9258416

Notes extracted from letter received from Joyce Begalke dated 31 Jan 1993 and transcribed by Judith A. Ancell 10 Feb 1993, common ancestors: Charles and Desire Woodworth):

"The first time we visited the cemetery on Homer road it was very difficult to walk into it with all the under growth, but we found Charles Woodworth's grave but did not find Desire's stone. The next time we went to Michigan we figured it would be a whole lot worse, but it really was being cleaned up, a lot of the under growth was gone and one could walk around good. We talked to a Mr. Grundeman a neighbor, (my Aunt had been writing him for a couple of years) he told us that he had been working and cleaning up the cemetery all on his own and that he would like to see a cyclone fence all around it eventually. While cleaning the cemetery he found Desire's stone face down in the under growth, my husband helped him lift it up so I could get a picture, then laid it down to protect the face of the stone until he could put it where it belonged. He showed us the farm house that is still standing where Charles and Desire lived...... I think I will enclose the copy of a letter that Grundeman wrote to my Aunt..."

The following is a transcription of the letter from: Concord, Michigan November 10, 1977 9:10 PM EST Temp: 22 degrees "Dear Miss Nokes, Your letter regarding the little 9/10 acre burial ground immediately adjacent to the land which I own and the Grundemann family has owned since 1895 was most welcome. I have not been able to enlist but very little interest in maintaining the dignity of this little burial ground which is to me a part of the heritage of the community. Although not far adVanced in years I am the last to know about the history and legend of this small parcel of land. I am going to start out and tell you what I know about the history and legend of this little burial ground. There is no other written material about this little parcel of land. Maybe you can pass this information along to some of the descendants of the people buried in the cemetery. The cemetery is known and has been know as the West Brick School Cemetery. It was named after a little red brick school built in the northeast corner of the parcel, the foundation of this school still remains. The land in this area was first surveyed in Feb 1826. The land grants in the area were first patented in 1835. However, Concord and the area in discussion was settled in 1831. The school was built of red clay brick shortly thereafter and the history indicates that the school was built in the 1830's (early) prior to the time that Michigan became a state in 1837. The brick was brought to this area by the only man who had a team of horses from Leonidas, St. Joseph Co., MIch. This little town still exists west of us on Michigan Route 60. The teamsters name was George Drake. His descendants still live in the neighborhood Your great, great grandfather and great great grandmother had established the homestead 80 rods west of the burial ground by the spring of 1836. Their names were Charles and Desire Woodworth. In the spring of 1836 Desire Woodworth then 45 yrs of age and in poor health looked out the east window of their house , which still stands, and pointed to the burial ground site and asked her husband to be buried there when she passed away. She passed away on Sept. 8, 1836 and her wishes were fulfilled. She was the first person to be buried on the burial site. Her husband Chas Woodworth, passed away on Jan 20, 1852 at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 27 days. Charles Woodworth was buried to the right of his wife in the south end of the family lot. The cemetery although very small was divided into two sections - east and west. The Woodworth's are buried in lot 1 of the west section. The Woodworths lot is 9 feet by 100 feet. Chas Woodworth has a white sandstone marker and foot stone. Desire Woodworth has a white sandstone foot stone with the initials D.W. on it. I believe there are other Woodworth relatives buried on the same lot. If you have other information regarding your early ancestors and wish to have me make a search in the cemetery I will do it. All of the evidence points to the fact that the east plot was first used as a school ground and the west plot used as a burial ground for the neighborhood residents. People buried in the east plot adjacent to the old school died in later years. There were no burials between 1896 and 1926. A lady of Indian origin was buried in the drive (buggy drive) in 1926. She was the last person buried in the cemetery. Her name was Minnie Lamb. My father dug the grave for the lady. Only the son, my father and the minister were present. Two Civil War veterans and a veteran of the War of 1812 were buried in the cemetery. The Veterans of Foreign Wars used to visit the cemetery each year and put a flag on the grave of the veteran of the War of 1812. I would show them where the grave was located. As years passed, however, it was necessary for me to leave and make my own place in life and there was no one to tell them where the grave was located. The cemetery has not been cleaned since 1931. At that time I cleaned the area. I planted some walnut and hickory trees in the cemetery, preserved the flowers planted by the descendants prior to 1900. The area is covered by flowering myrtle's, lilacs, tame roses (a few) that became wild and other perennials not native to the area. In the meantime, crab apple trees, bushes and weeds have grown upon the area. Senator Townsend, the first senator from Michigan, George Malawen, the first Supreme Court Justice in the Phillipines attended the early West Brick School. Incidentally, Mrs. Flora Drake Hathaway, a great, great granddaughter of Desire Woodworth also attended the school. She is still living at the age of 96 yrs, in a rest home. She is in the twilight of her life, blind and very deaf but very alert. I frequently go to see her and she recognizes me. It has been very difficult to preserve the dignity of this burial ground, during the past years, from the encroachments of the State Highway, marauding children and indecent hunters. Tombstones have been broken but all of the originals seem to be on the grounds. I am a land surveyor by trade and a farmer. My future objectives are to survey each family plot and mark it accordingly. Clear the burial ground of excess wood, brush, and trees, restore and repair each tombstone placing them in the proper location, and preserve all of the original flowering plant life, Identify the family plots, prepare a historical record of the cemetery and school and place it in the cemetery, make an off road parking lot for the visitors on my property-in general preserve the dignity of the burial ground of these early settlers. I would like to open the area to the historical and heritage societies as well as to the interested, dignified members of the public. I hope that you will write and ask me for further information. Perhaps someday our paths will cross and I will be glad to show you the grave of your great-great grandfather. Best Personal regards. Time 11:15 P.M. EST Leon E. Gundemann, 13946 Homer Rd., Concord, Michigan 49237."


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Woodworth-1749 and Woodworth-763 appear to represent the same person because: same name, same dates, similar father, similar son
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