The Haworth Association of America

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Sarah Wood Haworth (wife of James Haworth)

(Note - there has never been any documentation found that indicates James had  middle name)

Lynn  writes:

Dear Ron,

James Haworth married Sarah Wood on 03 Nov. 1743. They lived in Frederick County, the Virginia Colony until his death in 1757.

I'm descended from Daniel and Lydia (her grandson said "Wright") Dillon, brother and sister-in-law of William Dillon. Two of James Haworth's sons married daughters of William Dillon, and a third married a granddaughter of William Dillon. A daughter of James Haworth married a son of William Dillon's brother, Daniel Dillon, and two other daughters married Wrights - possibly related to Daniel's wife, Lydia (reportedly) Wright Dillon.

Richard Haworth married Ann Dillon out of union, having been married in something other than a Quaker ceremony. I don't have the dates, but it could have been he'd already been dismissed for training with the militia and scouting Indians. His brother, George Haworth, in marrying Susannah Dillon was dismissed for "marrying contrary to doctrine".

An unverified internet report, the source of which I haven't been able to identify, says Sarah Wood, wife of James Haworth, was the daughter of Richard and Susannah Dillon Wood.

Since the Dillons and Haworths are so often connected, identifying the parents of Sarah Wood Haworth would certainly be of interest to many Haworth descendents, and perhaps also to the Dillons.

Has anyone you know of identified Sarah Wood Haworth's parents? Also, do you know what Quaker doctrine James and Sarah Wood Haworth's son, George, violated in marrying Susannah Dillon?

I'd be very grateful for any help you might be able to give


I looked for proof the of the marriage of James Haworth and Sarah Wood, which is reported in several places to have been at the Smith River Meeting House. I've found no record of a meeting House by that name. Could they have meant the South River Meeting House?

Also, there's a full birth date for Sarah Wood Haworth, as well as a full marriage date. Either there are Quaker records somewhere, or else someone perhaps has old family records.

I'll get you the information on Richard Wood as soon as possible. I seem to remember having found it on the library of Virginia site.

In 1909, Henry Dillon typed fifty-seven pages of information on several families from which he descended, including that of Daniel Dillon. His information seems to have been taken mostly from living family members in those few lines of descent with which he had contact. A James Rees told him Mary Hester, a great granddaughter through three female lines, had told him Daniel was married to Lydia Hodgson, and a son of Luke, the drunken weaver, and Susannah Garrett, the disinherited heiress. Another family member reported the same story.

Conflicting stories come down through other lines. A grandson of Daniel Dillon reported he was born at sea, and married to Lydia Wright. A grandson of Daniel's brother, William Dillon, reported William came to the colonies in 1724 at the age of nine. And, of course, there are legends of the Dillons having been wealthy, and of being connected to the nobility.

North Carolina records identify Peter Dillon as a brother of Daniel, and as the son of Peter and Susannah Dillon. Virginia records, it's said, (I've seen only transcripts and need to check the originals) prove William was also a brother. If so, until or unless it's proven otherwise, we'd have to conclude Daniel was also a son of Peter and Susannah Dillon, not Luke and Susannah.

I believe I told you the widow Dillon living on property adjoining that of Daniel and William Dillon in Frederick county, was named Hannah, and was the mother of a Luke Dillon. Just a few years before these Dillons appeared on record, a John Dillon had property in exactly the same area. I suspect, but haven't proven, Hannah was John's widow, and they were related to Peter and Susannah Dillon.

I'm trying to find out what happened to John's land; Hannah had only a fraction, and how Daniel and William happened to be on adjoining land. I'm wondering if Susannah Dillon Wood might not have been their mother, but haven't been able to pinpoint exactly where Richard Wood's land was located, or to learn anything at all about him.

Are you sure there's record of a Luke and Susannah Dillon in Pennsylvania? If so, I haven't found it.


According to HOPEWELL FRIENDS HISTORY 1734 - 1934, Benjamin Borden had 850 acres on Apple Pie Ridge.  According to Chalkeley, in his CHRONICLES OF SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT, Richard, Samuel, and William Wood, acquired land from Benjamin Borden in 1742.  According to MY McDOWELL FAMILY, the Woods were in the Opeckon Creek area, sheltering with Jost Hite when Indian attacks threatened.

On 04 Dec. 1788, a Richard Wood acquired land in Frederick County from John Boggs. It was "between John Boggs place and Back Creek Mountain on the waters of the said creek". (Northern Neck Surveys, #1, 1786-89, Pp. 469, Reel 312. Northern Neck Grants, 1788-89, Pp. 93, Reel 299)

The Richard Wood, married to Susannah Dillon, would have been living close to the Haworths when James Haworth married his daughter Sarah Wood. (This was supposedly in the Smith River Meeting House, and I haven't been able to locate it.)

The Richard Wood who acquired land on Back Creek in Frederick County, the general area where the Haworths and Dillons lived earlier, would have been an old man by then. It's possible though, this Richard Wood is related to him.

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