William Wesley Haworth

Family history line is as follows:

William Wesley Haworth's, his father and mother were:

John A Haworth and Lucy C Wynn (or Winn)

Samuel Haworth and Elizabeth (Farrabe) Paine

Micajah Haworth and Mary McCurry

Stephanus Haworth and Rachael Beeson

George Haworth and Sarah Scarborough

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(Grandfather of Ival E. Haworth)

One of the earliest pioneer families around Okeene, Oklahoma, was the William Wesley Haworth family. William and four of his children obtained claims northeast of Okeene when the Cheyenne-Arapaho country was opened for settlement.

William, the youngest son of John A. and Lucy (Winn) Haworth, was born near Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana, September 19, 1847. His parents died within a week of each other with Black Erysipelas in August of 1848, leaving eight children (according to The Haworth Record, Vol. Nos. 8, 9, 10 published by Chas B. Davis, High Point, North Carolina), His aunt, Pherabah, made the trip by oxcart and took young William home with her to Henry County, Iowa.

He was not given a formal school education. In 1863 he went to northern Missouri. He was united in marriage to Rachael Mariah Britton on December 6, 1863, at Princeton, Mercer County, Missouri, by Vincent Cooksey. Rachael taught him to read and write.

On September 2, 1864, he joined the Union Army by falsifying the date and place of his birth. He served in Company I, 49th Missouri Infantry until the end of the war. He participated in the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee in November 1864, where he was wounded by a piece of slab roof striking him, breaking his back. He was left for dead. When he regained consciousness, and under cover of darkness, he crawled through the Rebel line back to his unit.

After the war, William lived in Missouri until 1882, then to Washington County, Kansas, until the opening of the Cheyenne-Arapaho country (Oklahoma). William made the run and secured a claim six miles east and one mile north of Okeene. An epidemic killed the horses that summer, so he farmed with oxen for several years.

He quit farming about 1916 and moved to town. Rachael died July 22, 1923, at Guthrie, Oklahoma and is buried in the Collins Cemetery near Okeene.

William died July 1, 1933, at his home in Okeene. His memorial service was held in the high school auditorium the morning of July 4, 1933, and he was buried in the Collins Cemetery.

They had eight children:

(1) James Wesley, September 3, 1864, in Mercer County, Missouri,

(2) Margaret Lucy, August 21, 1866, in Linn County, Kansas,

(3) Lewis Nathan, November 30, 1868, and (4) Pherabah Minerva, September 16, 1870, both born in Henry County, Iowa,

(5) Zebulon William, October 8, 1872,

(6) John Arthur, July 15, 1875,

(7) Jesse Arvin, November 22, 1877, and

(8) Lawrence Eli (Ival's father), September 7, 1881, all born in Grundy County, Missouri.


(source: Janice Haworth Green)

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