Editor's Note: There were two printings of the proceedings of the 1899 and 1902 reunions. We do not know who printed the first issue; although it could have been done by Chas. Davis, of High Point NC,. It was printed sometime after the second reunion. The second printing was done by Old Time Publications, of Spokane WA, date unknown. The second printing contained an index and a page reference of every name in the booklet. We found, however, that there were many printing errors in the second printing, starting with a "Y" in our name on the title (the first printing did not contain the "y"). We have used the first printing as our source for transcribing the text. We previously made these proceedings available in another computer format, where we scanned the second version of the proceedings. That version of the proceedings was made available on a CD at the 300 year reunion celebration. We believe that the text shown below is easier to read. Signed, Ron Haworth, November 2000
Proceedings of the
at First and Second Reunions
September 21, 22, 1899
and at Kansas City, MO
August 26th to 28th, 1902
The present little volume is not intended to be at all a complete history of the Haworth family in America, but rather an account of a recent attempt to build up a history of the family since George the Emigrant came to America in 1699.
Family histories are always interesting if accurate. The peculiar conditions under which America was settled by the English seriously interfered with preserving family records, and our American laws preventing entailment of property tends to discourage accurate family genealogies, rather than to encourage them. It is only recently in our history that a study of the genealogy of American families has become popular. It is greatly to be hoped such studies may increase and that our family histories may become more generally popular.
As far as is now known, with but few exceptions, the HAWORTH family of America sprang from one ancestor, George, throughout this little volume called "George the Emigrant", who came to America in 1699. It seems that a sister Mary, who was married to one, John Myers, preceded him a year or two, and that a first cousin, named James Haworth also preceded him, but by how many years we cannot determine. Possibly other members of the family followed him in a few years, but, strangely, we can learn nothing of them if there were any. George the Emigrant was a young, unmarried man when he reached America. It seems he stopped about a week with his sister, Mary Myers, who was living at a place near the Maryland line called Hurbells, or Hurbills, after which he went on to Philadelphia and lived with his first cousin, James a short time, and later went to Bucks county, Pennsylvania, where he purchased four hundred and fifty acres of land, on which he seems to have lived the remainder of his life. In 1710, or eleven years after reaching America, he married a Quaker lady by the name of Scarbro. He died November 28, 1724, leaving a widow and six children, five sons and one daughter, namely: Stephanus, Absalom, John, James, Mary and George. Later, it seems three or four of the boys migrated to Virginia where at least two of them married. In a letter from England by Caleb Haworth, dated Halifax, Yorkshire, England, September 25th, 1826, it is stated that George the Emigrant wrote letters to England frequently until 1722, and that after his death a similar correspondence was kept up by his sister, Mary Myers, and her son John Myers, until 1745. In a letter of that year, John Myers states: "Uncle George’s children are all living. I heard from them all last spring by their uncle John Scarbro; three of them to-wit, Stephanus, Absalom and John, are removed into Virginia, to a place called Opeckon. The first two are married amongst Friends, the other three, named James, Mary and George lived in Bucks county," (Pennsylvania). In a paper on "The Haworth Family in America", read at the Plainfield meeting by R. M. Haworth, it is stated that Stephanus, Absalom, and James moved to Virginia. Also in a paper before the Kansas City meeting on the Tennessee branch of the family, Mahlon Haworth, of Maryville, Tennessee, says that his Grandfather Richard, a son of this James, was born in Virginia in 1745, or the year that the letter of John Myers was written. We know that he married Sarah Wood, probably in Virginia, and that other children were born and raised in that state. His third child, or second son, George was born and married in Virginia, and Richard, born in 1745, was also married in Virginia. These statements are slightly at variance with those made by Caleb Haworth, of England. This apparent discrepancy probably is explained by assuming that John Myers in his letter to England in 1745, quoting from John Scarbro, confused the two sons, John and James.
It seems that the greater proportion of the descendants of George the Emigrant passed southward from Pennsylvania into Virginia and North Carolina, and that some of them then traveled west into Tennessee, then north into Ohio, from which place they scattered throughout Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and the great West. Thus far we have been unable to gain any intelligence of the descendants of those left behind in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Stephanus and his family apparently found congenial conditions in North Carolina, where the greater part of them still remain, a large family. Absalom and James raised families in Virginia. Absalom's family consisted of four children, one of whom remained in Virginia, but the other three moved to Tennessee, where they raised families and died. The family of James principally moved to North Carolina and then to Tennessee, and later pushed on through Tennessee into Ohio and the great West. Strangely, as far as we have yet learned, a great majority of the entire family in America today are descendants of this one son of George the Emigrant. John, it seems, died without issue; but what became of the descendants of George and the daughter Mary is entirely unknown to the members of this Association.
The credit of the present revival of interest in the family history should be given to Rev. W. P. Haworth. He has expressed so well how this came about in his introductory remarks at the Plainfield meeting that no further explanation is here necessary. It seems he found the time ripe for such a movement. With one accord, members of the family from Ohio to Oregon and south into North Carolina responded to his call.
At the present time the family genealogical tree is well along toward completion, but not yet quite sufficiently so to warrant its publication. With a proper co-operation of others members of the family it is believed that by the time on our third reunion we may be able to construct a genealogical tree complete in all details up to the present date. It is earnestly hoped by all who have helped prepare this little volume that a special endeavor be made to locate descendants of George and his sister Mary, youngest son and daughter of George the Emigrant. It is further strongly desired that a particular effort be made to recall the history of his immediate children, where they went, how they occupied their time, and any and all others matters concerning their history. Each person should trace his ancestry back to one of these six children, and as much attention should be given to the women who change their names by marriage as to the descendants in the male line who retain the name of Haworth. (Signed) E.H.
Note. Some time since a call was made to the members of the Haworth Family of America to be present at a reunion to be held at Plainfield, Indiana, at the close of Western yearly Meeting. This call was made by Rev. W. P. Haworth, of Ottawa, I.T., with the statement that matters of vital interest to the whole family would come before the meeting. As a result of this call, the First Reunion of the Haworth Family in America was held as above indicated, and the following are the proceedings of said meeting.
The Meeting was called to order by the Temporary Chairman Wm. P. Haworth. Miss Mary Petty of North Carolina was appointed Secretary pro tem. A short devotional period was then entered into, led by Mrs. Milton Hanson, of Carmel Indiana. After the singing of "Crown Him Lord of All", the 90th Psalm was read, followed by a series of short prayers, and the singing of "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder." The business of the Association was then taken up.
Charles R. Haworth of Ridge Farm, Illinois, suggested that those who rose to speak should give their names and addresses so that they might be better known, and that the Secretary might have no trouble in getting the names.
Lewis Reynolds, of North Carolina, suggested that speakers should speak distinctly so that the older ones present who are dull of hearing would be able to hear as much as possible.
John F. Spear wanted to know the liberties that those present had in the business, as some were only connected with the Family by marriage.
President W. P. Haworth:--I would say that all members of the Family whether connected by birth or only by marriage, should have a part in the business of this Association. (consented to by Association).
A committee of five was then appointed on permanent organization, as follows:
Rees Haworth, Richland, IA
Martha Cross, Normal, IA
John T. Haworth, Quaker, IN
Maria Underhill, Green's Fork, IN
J. Elmore Haworth, Georgetown, IL
This committee was to suggest a name for the Association, and make nominations for officers and report to the afternoon session.
President W. P. Haworth:--It seems to me we will need a committee to take material that comes before us and get it in shape for use on a program for our sessions and let persons who have material or business that should come before the Association take it to that committee first.
The following committee was then appointed to constitute a committee on program and business:
Samuel Haworth, Thorntown, IN
Charles O. Newlin, Plainfield, IN
Milton Hanson, Gray, IN
Mahala (Haworth) Fletcher, Ridge Farm, IL
Carrie (Haworth) Henderson, Noblesville, IN
Victoria (Haworth) Petty, Archdale, N.C.
William Haworth, Griswold, IA
Samuel Haworth, of Thorntown, IN: - I am not selfish, but as this is a Haworth Reunion, it would look well on paper to have the name Haworth on our committees.
Charles 0. Newlin and Milton Hanson both agreed with these remarks, but were retained on the committee by the Association.
One of the lady members of the Association said, "I am a Haworth through and through, but I have had to change my name."
Samuel Haworth then suggested that to make the name appear in the Association the sisters who had borne the name Haworth should put it in when giving their name in anything that concerned the Association.
A committee on finance was thought to be advisable and the following persons were appointed as such a committee:
Isaac Haworth, Noblesville, IN
William Haworth, Elwood, IN
Charles F. Haworth, Ridge Farm, IL
President W. P. Haworth:--It seems to me that we had better have a small committee, perhaps, to have charge of the Registration Book, as there is a certain plan that we would like to have followed in the registering of the names. I think we should have a small committee to assist in this, and it should be appointed at once so as to have the book in charge, that any persons who may have to leave the Association during the afternoon may have a chance to register during the noon intermission.
This was taken by consent and the following committee was appointed:
Jonathan Ellis, Quaker, IN
Lydia (Haworth) Mendenhall, Richmond, IN
The following committee on resolutions was also appointed:
Milton Hanson, Gray, IN
Carrie (Haworth) Henderson, Noblesville, IN
Francis Walthall, Raven, IL
At the suggestion of Charles 0. Newlin, the following committee on arrangements was appointed.
Amos Saunders, Noblesville, IN
Ella (Haworth) Broadway, Abington, IL
Richard M. Haworth, Liberty, IN
Jasper Haworth, Bridgeport, IN
Edwin Haworth, Aroma, IN
President W. P. Haworth:--Now, has our Committee on Photographs, appointed at an informal meeting previous to the Reunion, a report to make at this time?
Charles 0. Newlin then reported that the pictures could be had at $.45 each if mailed, and that the photographer would be on the ground about ten o'clock to arrange for taking the picture and that be would want from 15 to 30 minutes of the time of the Association in which to take the picture.
Charles F. Haworth volunteered to look after the taking of the picture, and the Association then proceeded with the program of the morning.
Origin of Reunion
President W. P. Haworth:--It might be of interest to the younger people, and perhaps to the older ones, to know something of how this Reunion originated. I always like in investigating anything to go back to the root of it as far as possible. Those of you who are acquainted with myself, know that I grew up at Vermilion, Illinois, surrounded by a good many Haworths. There were several families, and as I would be going about with my father, we would meet some one of the name of Haworth and I would say: "What is the relation of this Family to our own?" But the answer I usually got was, "This Family is a close connection" or, "That one is not very close." I must admit this was not very satisfactory to my boyish mind; but I put it away and passed on in the ordinary channels of boyhood life, and until I entered the ministry, when I became more and more interested in those bearing my name; until in the year 1886, I made a short visit over into Ohio. During my visit I had an anxiety to visit the home of my father, who died when I was a boy of ten years. I called at Wilmington and became acquainted with some of the Ohio members of the Family. I was visiting at the home of Caroline D. Harland. She showed me a number of papers relative to the Haworth Family, some letters written fifty years previous, and some other history of the Haworths of Clinton county, Ohio. I found that my interest was increasing very much. I learned there in reference to the emigration of George Haworth in 1699.
The old impression came upon me and I determined that if God should permit me to see 1899 I would take it upon myself to have a Reunion of the Family at that time. That was thirteen years ago last spring. I did not do very much for some time, but began to talk it. About six years ago I secured a number of printed slips and began in earnest. I had a number printed with questions as to the name of the individual, place of birth, ancestors, etc. I undertook to put these slips into the hands of every Haworth I could hear of. I knew a great many of the Haworths, and where they were located, and I solicited the assistance of others. These leaflets have gone all over the country. Some pigeon-holed them and never thought any more of it, while others carelessly threw them aside. But some answered them carefully and mailed them to me. Praise the Lord for the Haworths! (As a number came into the meeting).
In 1887, at Emporia, Kansas, I came into possession of some information in regard to the Tennessee Family. One of my slips came into the hands of Samuel Haworth, son of Mahlon Haworth, then residing in Tennessee, now a minister in Iowa, who wrote me a letter of inquiry asking who I was, my parent's name, line of ancestry, etc. I was glad to answer, and asked him to give me all the information he could of the Family. He gave the genealogy of four or five families of the Haworths. From the copy that he sent me, and from the information I have secured, I have arranged and prepared the diagram that hangs upon the wall here, which includes about 700 names. I do not claim the shadow of perfection in this chart, as I believe there are today two thousand and perhaps three thousand of the Family in the United States. That diagram is interesting to me more especially for the names and families of the ancestors. It is very imperfect for the present generations. We will discover when we go into the genealogy it will be a great deal of labor to make it complete, but that is a thing we must accomplish.
Here is a unique record prepared by the Iowa folks (referring to a family tree which was brought to the Association by the delegation from Iowa). But this record confines itself largely to the Iowa branch of the Family.
Our Secretary, Miss Mary Petty, brings to us quite a complete genealogical record of the North Carolina branch of the Family. I used to meet a great many people, and I would say, "Your name is Haworth and my name is Haworth, now what relation are we?" And they would say, "I came from North Carolina," and we would decide that we were no relation to each other. But I discovered that the great body of the Haworth Family are one people and have descended from the one Emigrant. (While I talk I would be glad to have any one who has a question to ask to rise to his feet and I will give him a chance.)
Object of Reunion
There were two objects in my mind in calling together this Association. The first object was to celebrate the event of the landing of the Emigrant, George Haworth, in 1699, who came to America with William Penn on his second voyage. The other object is to put on foot influences that shall be for the good of the Family out of which, to my mind, if properly managed, may grow great good, perhaps to unborn generations. This latter was the prime object of the Association. So we are here for these two purposes, for the celebration of the landing of the Emigrant, and to build up everything that is good and right in connection with our family.
Arthography of Name
I want to speak of the name. I find four names closely allied, I find one Haworth, which is probably the correct name, and according to the best authorities it should be pronounced Haw-orth. I find another name Hayworth, and another Howarth, the same as our name with the o and a reversed, and I find still another name Howorth, giving us four distinct spellings. These four names are being used and spelled throughout the country. Upon investigation we find that those spelling their name Hayworth belong to the same family as those, spelling the name Haworth. While I am on the point of the spelling of the name I am going to call on our Secretary, who is from North Carolina, where the spelling seems to have been changed, to give us a little account of how that 'y' ever got into the Haworth Family. We will hear from Miss Mary Petty.
Miss Petty:--I really cannot say how long since it was introduced. I see in looking over the deeds to my great grandfather's place there was no 'y' in it. My father and uncles all spelled it without the 'y'. I think the 'y' must have been introduced sometime in the last forty or fifty years, but the old deeds and grants are made out Haworth. One of my great uncles spelled his name with the 'Y'.
President W. P. Haworth:--Victoria Petty, did your father use the 'y'?
Victoria Petty:--my father did not use it. I remember of asking my uncle why he spelled his name that way and he said, "I thought that would spell it better." But my father never used it. I never knew but this one uncle who did use the 'Y'.
One of the Family who spelled the name Hayworth who was present said their name had been spelled that way ever since be could remember.
President W. P. Haworth:--I am not informed in regard to this branch of the North Carolina Family. We will not take time now to hunt that up, but will do that later. We are satisfied that it is the same family. We have evidence that Haworth is the original name.
We will confine ourselves for a little while to the Emigrant. I grew up under the impression that there were three brothers who emigrated, and that they came and settled in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. I do not find any genealogical record that gives but the one emigrant who came with William Penn in 1699. Has any one any information as to whether it was one, two or three brothers that emigrated? Our aged friend Richard M. Haworth, of Liberty, Indiana, is present, I will ask if he has any information on this point.
Richard M. Haworth:--My information is that there was one.
President W. P. Haworth:--Has any one any different information? If not, we will conclude for the present that there was but one.
The speaker then asked a number of questions of the members present in order to collaborate the chart which he had prepared, which seemed to be almost entirely correct so far as it had been filled out. Clarence Haworth, of New London, Indiana, was asked to give his line of descent, and it was found that he was the only person present who was a descendant of Absalom, the second son of George Haworth the Emigrant.
An amusing incident was related of the daughter of James, the fourth son of the Emigrant, in which it was stated that the daughter, Jemima, soon after her marriage to John Wright must have discovered that both their names begin with J and they decided that all their children's names should begin with the same letter, so they named them as follows: Jesse, James, Joseph, (John who died in infancy), John again, Judah, Jenab, Jane, Joshua, Jemima, Joab and Joel, and then, the story goes, they had an old dog and they called him Jewler.
It was also found that early in the history of the Haworth Family two sons had married Wrights and two had married Dillons, so that these families are closely connected with the name, Haworth.
The meeting then adjourned to have the picture taken, in which the four generations present are shown.
(Editor' note: A copy of this historic picture has NOT been found . We had thought that the picture now labled 1902 , was the picture. However, we have learned that the Meeting House shown in the 1902 picture is in Kansas City.)
The Meeting was called for order shortly after 2:00 o'clock.
President W. P. Haworth:--The first thing in order is the report of the Committee on Permanent organization.
The report was then read and after some discussion the name of "The Haworth Association of America" was agreed upon, and the following persons were elected as permanent officers:
President, William Perry Haworth, Ottawa, I.T.
Secretary, Miss Mary M. Petty, Greensboro, N.C.
Treasurer, Charles F. Haworth, Ridge Farm, IL
Vice Presidents for the different states, as follows:
For Indiana, John D. Haworth, West Newton, IN
For North Carolina, T.B.F. Haworth, High Point,N.C.
For Iowa, J. D. Haworth, Milo, IA
For Ohio, Hattie E. (Haworth) Hadley, Wilmington, OH
For Illinois, Charles F. Haworth, Ridge Farm, IL
For Oregon, J.L. Haworth, Springbrook, OR
For Kansas, Wm. Q. Elliott, Sterling, KS
For Missouri, A. Lindley Haworth, Albia, MO
For Tennessee, Mahlon Haworth, Maryville, TN
The Vice Presidents were instructed to act as Presidents of the different states in organizing State Associations. On motion of Charles 0. Newlin, of Plainfield, Indiana, the Executive Committee of this Association was empowered to act as organizers in states where no Vice Presidents were appointed.
The report of the Committee on Program was then read and adopted and the program was taken up as suggested by the Committee, commencing with a short devotional exercise led by the President, which consisted of the singing of the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," reading of the 100th Psalm, followed by prayer by Amos Saunders, of Noblesville, Indiana.
The Secretary, having been at the registration table during the intermission, had had no chance to get the minutes of the morning session arranged and their reading of the minutes was postponed until the morning session, September 22nd.
A Member:--Is it the purpose of this meeting to print the proceedings?
President W. P. Haworth:--That will be a matter for us to dispose of now.
After considerable discussion it was decided that at the present time it would be best for the Association to be satisfied with the report that would be furnished to the local paper (The Plainfield Progress), as the editor had made a proposition to send a copy of the paper to each member of the Family who would leave his name and address, with $.05 and it was suggested that those who wished a copy of the paper or the picture of the Association that was taken should leave their address and the money with Charles 0. Newlin, Plainfield, Indiana, and same would be forwarded to them.
Miss A. Maria Underhill was asked to take her seat at the registration table during the remainder of the session so that those who were compelled to leave before the adjournment might have a chance to register before leaving.
The question was asked: "How many Ministers of the Gospel have we in the Haworth Family present?" At a call to stand seven rose to their feet.
The report of the Committee on Resolutions was next called for and the following Resolutions were read and adopted:
At the First National Reunion of the Haworth Family of the United States of America, Assembled at Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana, September 21st 1899.
Gratefully acknowledging the Divine blessing in permitting so many of the descendants of our worthy ancestor, George Haworth, to meet together at this time, and discerning the hand of Providence in giving the American branch of the Family an origin under the hallowed influences of William Penn's Pennsylvania Colony, and hedging us about in ways that make for peace and righteousness for two hundred years, until our country has become great and powerful, and we a numerous progeny scattered in many states and territories, we therefore declare.
First:--That it is of primary importance that we strive to maintain the Christian standard set us by our fathers, and upheld by so many of our name through six successive generations, and we hereby vow to walk worthily of all that was good in our ancestors, to improve upon the experiences of the past and reach out towards a higher standard of excellence and usefulness in the future.
Second:--Among the Christian Virtues that we would enjoin upon ourselves are temperance and sobriety, industry and economy, purity of life, and liberality in sustaining and promoting the Lord's work, and every truly benevolent enterprise.
Third:--We hereby extend our thanks to William Perry Haworth, of the Indian Territory, for his zeal and industry in the initial work leading up to this meeting and organization. We also thank the Trustees of Western yearly Meeting of Friends for kindly furnishing the Yearly Meeting House to accommodate the Convention.
Fourth:--We urge upon all members of the Family to kindly assist in furnishing all necessary information for the perfection of our genealogical record.
CARRIE HAWORTH HENDERSON
The following letter of Greeting from Calvin Haworth, of Iowa, was then read:
Greeting to the Haworth Family:
Ever since I heard of the Reunion of our Family my desire has been that it might be to the glory of God and a blessing to us, believing we have been a God-fearing people, but have not let our lights fully shine. Let us now take a firm stand on the eternal principles of truth, and follow peace with all men according to the law of Christ and choose Him as our guide. Let these meetings be times of praising God. Just how He has blessed us in numbers to inhabit the earth and has filled many of us with His spirit calling us from darkness to light from the power of satan to God.
It is my desire that the Lord will direct all your deliberations to the glory of His ever blessed name. There is no other name given under heaven whereby we may be saved.
Some time was then spent in listening to incidents and matters of interest that had been brought to the Association by different members of the Family. Samuel Haworth, of Thorntown, Indiana, was asked to read a paper giving a short history of the Haworth Family, and responded as follows:
Samuel Haworth:--Before reading this I feel like I would like to say a few words here in regard to the Haworths. While my brother (Wm. Perry Haworth) has been looking after the spiritual interest of the Haworth Family, I have been inquiring into the way in which the Haworths have been going through life. I have visited a great many Haworth families from here on west, and I believe I am almost well enough acquainted to tell one anywhere. I have heard a tradition stating that a Haworth went with Daniel Boone to Kentucky, and I have a paper here stating that this is a fact. (Reads).
A Paper by Samuel Haworth, of Thorntown, Indiana
Mahlon Haworth was born in Frederic County, Virginia, Tenth Month, 23rd, 1775. His father, George Haworth, was the son of James, the son of George the Emigrant, who came from Lancashire, England, with William Penn, in 1699. His mother was Susannah Dillon. In the early married life of his parents they moved to North Carolina and settled on the Yadkin River, near the home of Daniel Boone. George Haworth, and his brother James accompanied Daniel Boone on his second visit to Kentucky, their families being two of the six families that made up the party that made the first attempt ever made to settle Kentucky. They were violently attacked by the Indians and were so discouraged that the Haworth brothers returned to North Carolina, and remained there twelve years. They then again went to Kentucky, but finding the Indians still hostile, they turned their course toward Greene County, Tennessee, where George selected the place for his new home. He then returned to North Carolina, and, taking with him his two little sons, Mahlon and John, aged twelve and ten years, he returned to Tennessee, built a cabin and made other preparations to receive his family. When their work was done the father returned to North Carolina for his wife and other children, leaving the two little boys alone in the new home, with provisions enough, as he supposed, to last them during his absence, which he supposed would be about three weeks. High waters, however, and other impediments to travel on pack-horses, detained them six weeks. During this time their provisions gave out and these boys were obliged to subsist on parched corn, roots and berries, such as they could gather in the woods. They were also afraid of an attack from the Indians, and when at last their parent's arrived, the boys ran to meet them with out-stretched arms. The mother sprang from her horse, clasped them in her arms, and they all wept together for joy.
In Green County, Tennessee, Mahlon Haworth married Phebe Frazier. Their home was on the Little Holson River. Fish was an important article of their food and they used a great many. In order to catch them they built a small dam across the Holson and below that they fixed slats so the fish could not get through. Each family had its morning to go and get fish and if they caught more than they needed, they divided with others.
They resided here near Greenville, until the pioneer spirit again impelled them to seek a new home in the up opened forest. In 1800 Mahlon Haworth made a prospecting tour in Ohio and pushed his explorations as far as the Little Miami and Mad Rivers. Some authorities say his father accompanied him at this time. Probably he would have moved to Ohio then had not his wife objected to doing so. His father removed to Ohio in the fall of 1803, and Mahlon and his family came the following year, with the families of John and James Wright, reaching the place they selected for their home early in November. They crossed the Ohio River at Cincinnati, then a town of eighteen houses. It is said that Mahlon Haworth had a very fine horse called "Major" and that at Cincinnati he was offered, some say 150 acres, some say 90, of the land where the city now stands for this horse, but felt he could not part with him. They moved in four-horse wagons, called the "Old Virginia wagon," and drove cattle and stock behind. Mahlon Haworth rode the "wheel-horse" and drove over Clinch Mountain, carrying his infant daughter, Susannah, in his arms. They had also with them three older children, Rebecca, George Dillon and Ezekiel.
The wife's unwillingness to come to Ohio has before been mentioned. It is said that one night she dreamed that a swarm of bees came past the house, and that she took after them and followed them until they finally settled by a large spring, and there she left them. When she awoke the next morning she told her husband that she was ready to move to Ohio. Upon coming to this state they drove right on through the woods, blazing the trees as they went, that they might be able to return, until they came to the spring, of which the wife had dreamed, and there they settled. The land selected was on Todd's Fork, two miles north of where Wilmington now stands. George and Mahlon Haworth and John and James Wright were among the earliest settlers north of Wilmington. They came too late to build comfortable houses before winter and Mahlon Haworth hastened to build a temporary cabin of round longs, the cracks filled in with moss, and they moved into it without waiting for a floor, fireplace, or shutter for the door. They built a fire in the middle of the cabin and let the smoke pass out through the openings in the roof. A bedquilt was hung up at the door and forked sticks driven into the ground, with poles laid across them, served to put their bed on. One night soon after their arrival, the horses were so restless, moving about and shaking their halter chains, that Mr. Haworth got up to see what was the matter. On looking out and seeing the prospect he called to his wife, "Phebe, hard times are at the door." A deep snow had fallen and continued to fall until it was two feet deep.
In the bottom, on the opposite side of Todd's Fork, was a camping ground of the Indians, and, in the season when they occupied the grounds, the lights of their camp were plainly seen from the cabin, and Indians were not unfrequent visitors there. They gave the children many frights but always seemed friendly. The well known Indian, Logan, was often at their house. One evening Indian meal mush had been prepared for supper and just as it was placed on the table an Indian came in. He was asked to sit down and eat, and did so, putting a spoonful of hot mush into his mouth without cooling it. He rose very angrey, thinking he was the victim of a practical joke, but when it was explained to him, and he was shown how to cool the mush in milk, be was appeased.
Once, when the father was from home, an Indian lifted the quilt that hung at the door, and looked in, then leaving his gun outside, he walked in, took a seat on a stool, took out a butcher knife and deliberately scraped the Spanish needles from his leggins. Then in broken English be asked for food, and upon being supplied with a hearty meal, he quietly departed. The same day three bears came within a few feet of the house.
At one time they had but one-half bushel of meal and four horses, two cows, and six people to feed. The nearest place to obtain provision was Waynesville, fifteen miles away. The father went on horseback to bring what he could, but was necessarily gone two days, and the mother and children were left at home with the Indian camp in plain view on the other side of the creek. They cut spice brush to feed the cows and wild rye for the horses. Such were some of the early experiences of that little family in their snow-bound home.
Soon after their arrival they exchanged with Timothy Bennett, a horse for one hundred bushels of corn, a small quantity of hog meat, and a small hog. This with wild turkey, bear meat and venison, was all the meat they had until they could raise it. For some time they ground corn for bread with a hand-mill. Aside from this their bread-stuffs were brought from the Little Miami, near Waynesville, and were brought on the backs of horses.
The next fall after they came to Ohio a man came along with a bunch of sheep. Phebe Haworth was anxious they should buy some, but her husband hesitated to do so on account of the wolves. Finally he bought two ewes for his wife and she kept them housed by the chimney all winter to keep them from the wolves. In the spring they had two lambs apiece, all ewe lambs, the next spring they all six had two lambs each. In four years, they had forty head of sheep from those two ewes. These Phebe Haworth always called the swarm of bees she followed to the spring.
In this rude cabin and during this cold winter weather, a daughter, Mary (or Poly as she was called), was born. She was a beautiful girl and was the admired of all the country round, but in her young womanhood in the midst of her lowliness, she died. On this farm were also born to Mahlon and Phebe Haworth their children, Phebe, Mahlon, John, Elijah, James and Richard. Rebecca, the eldest child, died in early womanhood, John and James in infancy. The remaining eight children lived to be respected and influential citizens of Clinton County.
At the close of the War of 1812, there came to Mahlon Haworth's house a company of "Light Horse," as they were called which had been in the service during the war. The horses were nearly dead, were poor, with sore backs, and their legs terribly swollen with "the scratches." He took them all in, fed and helped to doctor them for weeks, until they were well and able to travel. One only of these horses died and was hauled out into the woods. The howling of the wolves around its carcass was terrible, and so terrified the children that they could not sleep. Many interesting stories are related of Mahlon Haworth's killing wild animals. He had a firm, steady nerve and was a good shot.
He was a man of strong intellectual powers, had an extraordinary memory that is said never lost aught that he had seen or heard, or read. He was an active, useful man in everything that related to the advancement of the people and the good of the country. High official positions in the state were urged upon him by influential friends, but were declined because of the conscientious scruples of his wife, who was a Friend of the strictest type. He was a kind, affectionate husband, father, and grandfather, esteemed by all his neighbors and he enjoyed the confidence of his fellow-citizens, having filled for many years after the organization of the County a very responsible county office, the duties of which he discharged with the strictest fidelity and approbation of the people. He lived to enjoy the development of the country which he had done so much to advance, and from his old Todd's Fork home, he was called to his glorious heavenly home. At the end of his earthy life he suffered great bodily affliction, but he enjoyed rare peace of mind and the deepest consolation. His spirit was wonderfully filled with the presence of Christ. He spoke to those with him of many remarkably favored seasons he had experience in his life, but said he had never enjoyed anything that would compare with what he had experienced upon that sick bed. His life on earth came to it close Third Month 23rd, 1850, and went with rejoicing to be with Christ. Signed, Samuel Haworth
Samuel Haworth, of Thorntown, Indiana, and Rees Haworth, of Richland, Iowa, were asked to repeat a little dialogue that had occurred between them on first meeting at the Reunion when trying to find each other out. It ran about as follows:
Samuel Haworth:--Rees Haworth, who was your father?
Rees Haworth:--Eli Haworth.
Samuel Haworth:--My, so was mine! Who was your mother?
Rees Haworth:--Lydia Dillon
Samuel Haworth:--So was mine. Who was your grandfather!
Rees Haworth:--James Haworth
Samuel Haworth:--So was mine.
Yet these men had never met before and were only very distant relations.
President W. P. Haworth:--Is there any other written information to come before the Association?
Richard M. Haworth, Liberty, Indiana:--I copied some forty years ago, I think at the home of Caroline Harland (George D. Haworth's daughter), a letter which was written by Caleb Haworth, of England, in 1826, and written to Uncle George Haworth, at Quaker Point (now Quaker), Indiana. I will give a little history of the letter before reading it. In 1826 Elizabeth Robson, a Minister, was visiting here and in her travels she called at Quaker Point, Indiana. There in attending a meeting, I do not know about that, she noticed an old man in the congregation whose face looked very familiar to her, and she recognized in his face the Family of Haworths in England, and she sought an interview and found that his name was George Haworth (my father's uncle). After she had gotten all the information from him that she could, on her return she gave the information to Caleb Haworth, and he writes this letter to know whether the people of that name in this country were a part of the English Family. (Reads the following letter:)
Letter of Caleb Haworth of England, to George Haworth, Quaker Point, Indiana, 1826:
To George Haworth, Quaker Point, Indiana,
on the Border of Illinois North America
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
9th Month, 25th, 1826
Dear Friend:--It was with much pleasure, the intelligence of thee through our much valued Friend, Elizabeth Robson, who has been visiting the Churches in your Land. From her account I am inclined to think thou art a descendant of my Grandfather's Uncle George Haworth, who emigrated to America in 1699, and respecting whose descendants our Family has heard nothing since 1745. A letter from his nephew, John Myers, of that date addressed to my Great Grandfather, James Haworth, contains the following account: "Uncle George's children are all living. I heard from them all last Spring by their Uncle John Scarbro, three of them, to-wit, Stephanus, Absalom and John, are removed into Virginia to a place called Opeckan; the two first are married amongst Friends, the other three named James, Mary and George live in Bucks County amongst their friends and their mother is married to one Hall." From this thou wilt be able to judge whether thou art related to our Family or not.
I shall be glad to find this to be the case, and if so I suppose thou wilt be a Grandson of George Haworth above mentioned who emigrated to America. We have several letters from him, from 1699 to 1720 and after his death the correspondence was continued by his sister Mary Myers and her son John, to 1745. In one letter George mentions his cousin James Haworth and wife who lived near him in Bucks County and that they had a daughter. I purpose sending thee a copy of these letters at a future time as they contain many interesting particulars relating to George's passage " settlement and family. He had a sister who emigrated before himself and whose descendants are some of them resident in and about Philadelphia, and one who resides in England. Samuel Bowland Fisher of Philadelphia, the late Myers Fisher, of the same place, and the late Joshua Bowland, who is mentioned in Robert Sutcliffes Travels in American, are amongst the number of her descendants, but I have not yet got sufficient information to connect the present generation with the preceding. They are therefore left out of the Pedigree sent thee herewith, which is only a rough sketch, but sufficient for the present purposes as I can furnish thee with letter hereafter.
From it thou wilt see that we have several near relatives in and about Philadelphia and with whom we are in correspondence. I don't know how thou spells thy name, but from George Haworth's letters I find he used to spell his name sometimes Haworth, sometimes Howarth, and at other time Heyworth. The first I believe is the correct mode, the two last are corruptions.
Our Family has always been remarkable (with the single exception of myself) for tall person, many of them measuring six feet and upwards; in my Great Grandfather's days that branch of the family living at Bentleywood Green were distinguished (in Lancashire brogue) by the name of the Poull (pole) Haworths, from their being so tall, and another branch living at Childrens Green were for the same reason ironically called the Little-On's. Indeed, irony and wit are very characteristic of the family and the present generation displays no small share of both talents and several of them have a talent for Poetry. But it will be more agreeable to thee to know that some of them possess talent a higher nature. I have been concerned to dedicate them to the service of the Great Master. My dear father was early called into the vineyard and has for a long series of years been a faithful and deeply exercised labourer therein.
I shall be glad to receive an account of thy Family and Ancestors as far back as thou canst trace them with the Births, marriages and Deaths, places of Residence and business whether Members of Society or not, as far as may be in thy power and I shall be glad to know what means of communication you have with Philadelphia or New York. I have been wondering how thou got into Indiana but it has just occurred to me that if thou art one of the descendants of Stephanus, Absalom or John Haworth who removed into Virginia, thou mayst have gone with a body of Friends from that state who we heard of removing to Ohio or thereabouts.
I purpose sending this to Cousin George Robinson, currier, of Philadelphia, 109 Chestnut Street, for him to forward to thee. I hope thou wilt take an early opportunity of acknowledging the receipt of this and if there appears to be any relationship between us I hope the correspondence will be kept up. All our Relations in England live near together and we are generally much united.
My wife joins me in love to thee and thine, and remain, Thy sincere friend,
President W. P. Haworth:--We have on the table synopsis of the North Carolina branch of the Family. I am sure we would be very glad to hear it. (The Secretary, Miss Petty, then read the following paper:)
Stephanus Haworth, one of the six children of George the Emigrant is said to have left his home in Virginia on the banks of the Opekan and settled in North Carolina--the place being unknown.
On their journey, as the story has been handed down the party was attacked by Indians. They were so closely pursued by their foe that they were forced to resort to stratagem in order to throw the Indians off their trail. They were camping near a stream when the little dog which they were taking with them gave warning of the approach of the foe. They immediately gathered up their bundles and waded down the stream for several miles. In so doing their bedding, clothing, etc. which they were carrying on their backs fell into the stream and became very wet. As soon as they thought themselves in safety, they pitched their camp again, and proceeded to spread out their clothing to dry. But again the Indians appeared on the scene and our unfortunate ancestors were forced to flee, leaving all their worldly possessions behind them except the clothing they wore, and the aforesaid little dog, whose mouth was tightly tied with hickory bark in order that its bark might not betray them to their exceedingly vigilant foe.
Stephanus Haworth had three sons and four daughters, but only two sons settled in North Carolina--Micajah and George, with whose descendants this narrative deals. The other children were Stephanus, Charity, Phoebe, Wilmot and Rachel.
Micajah Haworth, the oldest son, settled on the South fork of Rich Fork: a tributary of Abbott's Creek, in what was then Rowan, but now known as Davidson County, North Carolina, three and one half miles from High Point, and twenty miles from Salem, in Forsyth County.
His land was granted to him by Governors Caswell and Martin October 25th 1786 and also a second grant 1791. The original grant is now in the possession of Miriam and Rebecca Wright, granddaughter of Micajah. They also have the old family Bible containing a record of the births of these children.
The old house in which he lived and died is still standing, having been slightly repaired, and moved perhaps forty yards from the spot where it originally stood. One poplar log in the wall of the house was uses a bow and arrow target by the boys, and today shows the effect of the arrows.
Micajah Haworth erected a mill on Abbott's Creek, which is still in use and belongs to some of his descendants.
Micajah Haworth had eleven children:
John, born May 27, 1765; died April 6, 1814
Stephanus, born January 1, 1767; died.
Samuel, born March 18, 1769
Micajah, Jr., born October 25, 1771
Elijah, born May 25, 1774
George, born August 24, 1776
Josiah, born February 8, 1779
Jeremiah, born May 14, 1781
Rachel, born January 25, 1784
Mary, born November 5, 1787
Ruth, born December 3, 1790
George Haworth, brother of Micajah--being the third son of Stephanus, settled in the County of Guilford, adjoining Rowan on the south, and while they were not more than ten or twelve miles apart, there seems to have been very little communication between the two families. So separated have they been that today their descendants are almost perfect strangers--or at least were, until the call for a Haworth Reunion made them known to each other. This George Haworth of the third generation (counting the Emigrant as the first generation) also located near a creek and later on built a mill, his son Henry making the millstones for the same. This mill passed out of the Haworth family many years ago, was repaired and practically rebuilt by John Carter, well known in North Carolina and also in Kansas, where he died a few years ago. It is still known as "Carter's Mill," and is now owned by two of his daughters.
The house in which George Haworth lived is no longer standing, and an aged pear tree alone remains to mark the spot. Another house was erected near this place and was occupied at one time by Clarkson Haworth, a grandson of George, and later by another grandson, English Haworth.
George Haworth married Margaret Thornbury a sister to the first wife of Nathan Hunt a famous minister among Friends. He reared a family of seven children, Eli, Henry, John, Stephanus, Rachel and Wilmot. The daughters never married. John and Stephanus went west and then the record stops as far as they are concerned. The Great West seems to have swallowed them up, and the silence has never been broken. Somewhere, without doubt, there are Haworths who are descended from them, be we in North Carolina know nothing of them. The other three sons married and settled in North Carolina, near their Father's plantation.
George Haworth (3) lived to be 94 years old and was probably buried at Springfield though nothing marks his grave now.
Turning now to the history of the three sons who remained in North Carolina--Eli, Henry and George of the fourth generation -- we find that Eli, born in 1782, married to 1806 Mary Boyd, the great aunt of Col. James E. Boyd, now Assistant Attorney General of the United States. His father gave him a small farm joining the home plantation, and by industry and hard labor he soon found himself in possession of a large tract of land. The house in which he lived and died is still standing, being occupied by one of his daughters, while his son Franklin lives near and has charge of the farm.
Eli and Mary Boyd Haworth reared a family of fourteen children, the largest in the entire connection, namely: George, James, Eli, Elizabeth, Margaret, Abigail, Hannah, Mary, Doctor Henry, Rachel, Katherine, Franklin, Sarah and Minerva.
Of these Elizabeth, familiarly called "Aunt Betsy" by everybody who knew her, Rachel and Sarah never married. Franklin, although married, has no children. George, James, Hannah, Abigail, Mary, Katherine, Margaret, Elizabeth, Doctor Henry and Rachel are dead.
Eli Haworth, fourth generation, was a hard working, industrious man. Always a man of his word, he was much trusted by his neighbors. He was a farmer, and was considered well-to-do for his day. He always kept six or eight fine horses, and in the fall, he used these to great advantage in aiding emigrants going West. He sometimes went as far away as Pasquotank County in the extreme eastern part of the state and helped Friends in the general exodus.
At one time there was a party of thirty families under his care. He would bring them to his home, in the central part of the state, where they would camp for a week or two, making preparations for the long journey to the far West. The writer of this paper has heard Eli Haworth’s daughter speak of the great weight of the boxes, owing to the quantity of pewter ware they contained. He made seven such trips to Indiana and Illinois, each trip occupying from three to six months. His oldest son George was his companion on several trips, and once his daughter Polly was allowed to go. When his sons George and James were old enough they were permitted to go alone with a party of emigrants. The route lay through Virginia, West Virginia, etc., crossing New River, Virginia, and the Ohio. Among the numerous families thus piloted to the Far West were the Truebloods, Bonds, Harlans, and Hodsons. On the return trip they often brought down loads of apples and chestnuts from the mountains through which they passed. Eli Haworth died in 1866 and was buried in the old Springfield Burying Ground by the side of his wife, who preceded him only a few years.
Henry Haworth, (4) brother of Eli, settled on a plantation near his brother, and not very far from his father's place, also is Guilford County. He married Elizabeth Boyd, a sister to his brother's wife. Besides his farm work, he carried on a blacksmith and wagon shop where he taught his sons a trade. He was a man of his word at all times. If he ever set a price on a piece of work, no fluctuations in market value, could ever change his price; and if he ever told his customers anything in regard to his work for them, they could always depend on it. The products of the shop were as substantial and honest as the man who made them. His wife was a notable woman. Had she lived today, she might have been a doctor in name, as she then was in deed. In case of illness she was sent for first and if she said "Send for the doctor," he was sent for, otherwise he was not summoned. Their family consisted of eleven children: Ann, Margaret, Henry, Rachel, Eli, John, Asenath, Clemmans, Adam, Marmaduke Nathan, and Lindley.
Of these only one is living today--Nathan who resides somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The oldest child married Edward Bond and moved West. Her brother John settled in Moore County, North Carolina, and established a mill which I am told is now called Howard's Mill and the larger number of his descendants are known as Howards. Eli went West, and his descendants are unknown. Adam ran away from home when quite young and nothing has ever been heard of him since. Clemmans Haworth settled in Randolph County near the Guilford line, having married Mary Wheeler. They had five children, all of whom are married and living except Oliver, who died when a child. Clemmans Haworth was a farmer, and his father had also taught him the wagon makers trade. He was a magistrate and deputy sheriff of his county. A quiet, unassuming, honest and upright man, he was respected by all who knew him. His other children are Nereus Haworth, Amanda Haworth Hinshaw, Elwood Haworth, superintendent in a cotton mill in Salisbury, N. C., and Phoebe Haworth Swaim.
Marmaduke Haworth was a very successful physician in Franklinsville, N. C., and was greatly loved and respected by his neighbors and associates. He had three daughters--only one of whom is living, Mrs. Pandora Frazier, High Point, N.C.
Lindley Haworth had five daughters--four of whom are living - names unknown.
George Haworth, fourth generation, settled on a farm south west of his father's place and later on built a house near the Model Farm on what is now called the Emmeline Mendenhall place. He staked his land on one night by the North Star, and so place his house that at 12 o'clock the sun would shine directly in the porch. He owned about 200 acres. He married Margaret English, a sister to Rachel Tomlinson. He carried on his farm and also ran teams from Fayetteville and Wilmington into Tennessee, taking spun cotton and factory woven cloth and bring back iron, bacon, feathers, basswood, etc. He usually kept eight horses, using six to his wagon and leaving two for the farm work. His children attended school at Springfield. There were eleven of them, namely: Solomon, Lindsay, English, Marmaduke, Clarkson, John Allen, William, Eliza, Cynthia, Delphina and George B.
Of these only three are living, William, Allen and Cynthia; Allen at Danville, Indiana; Cynthia in Missouri and William in the West. They all went West but English and their families are living there now. English's family lived in Guilford and Randolph Counties, North Carolina. Two sons, Marmaduke and Oliver, keep up the Haworth name, the three daughters all being married.
Going back now to the children of Eli Haworth of the fourth generation, George, the eldest son, married Elvira Tomlinson. They settled just on the border of Randolph and Guilford Counties near Bush Hill--now called Archdale. He was a tall, well formed man, always clean shaven, a fine horseman, fond of horses, as were all the Haworths, sheriff of his county, farmer, and also engaged in the carrying trade between Fayetteville, N.C., and Salem, N. C. He lived on the once famous "Plank Road" between the above mentioned points, and his hospitality was such that his house was a general stopping place for travelers. He was an exceedingly upright man, and was well and favorably known throughout his county. He had only one son, Alvin, who is living in High Point, N.C., and his son Charles is the only grandson who bears the Haworth name. Victoria, his eldest, married W. C. Petty. She has seven children all living. Martha is unmarried, remaining at the old home. Emmeline married--McMillian, having first married Alec Wray, by whom she had three children. Margaret married Amos Kersy. She is not living. Four children were born to her. Maria married John Freeman and has six children.
Doctor Henry Haworth married Hannah Moffit and had nine children. Six of his boys went to Texas. Five of them live in Mineral Wells, Texas, and all follow the example of the first one who settled there and are known as Howards. The eldest son, Judge Emory Haworth, is a successful lawyer in Gainesville, Texas. He has two sons to perpetuate the name. The other children of "Uncle Doctor" live in Randolph County, North Carolina. For further particulars concerning the present generation, consult the genealogy now being prepared.
Of the Haworths descended from Micajah--as was previously stated, very little is known to the writer, and that has been learned only in the last year. They are chiefly farmers, and in church preference seem to be Baptists--while those descended from George are generally found to adhere to the faith of the Emigrant--and are members of the Society of Friends.
Note--This has been written solely for the purpose of recording all the information the writer has concerning the Haworths--most of which has been picked up through conversations with the older members of the family in North Carolina. It may be of interest to some, but will doubtless be of no interest to others.
read by Miss Mary Petty
Charles 0. Newlin, Plainfield, Indiana:--I want to refer to one item in the paper in regard to the residence in Tennessee. I would say that the farm on the Holson River is in Jefferson County instead of Green County. When I was there in 1865, the old fish dams were still there, and old Uncle David Haworth, who was then living there, was talking of his 1,557 acres of land.
President W. P. Haworth:--Has any one else any reminiscence that would be of interest?
Thomas Henderson, Noblesville, Indiana:--I am glad to be here. I was puzzled for a while. I was a little like the man who traced his ancestry back to his father, but couldn't get any farther. He said his father was a hero, his mother was a she-ro and he was a hobo. I am of a better stock. My grandmother was Sarah Haworth, her father was Richard H. Haworth. I am from that line. I am connected with the Family in two ways, I married a Haworth. I noticed in the letter that my mother was born in Tennessee, near Maryville. I am especially interested in the Haworth line because I did not understand it until I came here. My mother died when I was six years of age. I feel like saying this, that keeping up this history is a good thing, and I want to encourage it because I believe we ought to teach our children differently from the way in which we have been taught. I believe they ought to know something of the genealogy of the family; and I want to praise the Lord for being here and knowing that I have good relations.
John Henderson, Quaker, Indiana:--my mother was a Haworth, and I have heard her tell some incidents of the Family that were interesting, and some things that were little diverting sometimes. I want to say in regard to the early settling of that country and the starting of a meeting, I have heard my mother tell some rather peculiar incidents. When they first commenced the first summer, they would hold a meeting at Vermilion, which is about ten miles away from where I live. There was no road, just a trackless prairie. My mother said they would then come from Vermilion to Hopewell (the name of my meeting) the next Firstday and they held their meeting at Uncle John Haworth's. They would go sometimes with ox teams, and they would go that distance back and forth and hold their meetings. We do not often have silent meetings at Hopewell; but occasionally I have been in a silent meeting. But they nearly always had something to say in these meetings and I think the enemy sometimes took advantage, as he does now. While they no doubt had good ministers who preached the Gospel, they had some others who only imitated and got in some things that were not always the very best. I will tell you one thing that I heard her say. Some woman there got very much displease because they had so many dogs at meeting (they most all had dogs and many of them would take them along), and one day she spoke about it and said, "There is one fellow; nearly always I see him lying there." But some one answered: "That is a very sure sign that his master is present." One woman got up one day and said: "Calico! Calico! who'd have thought that Aunt Betty's girls would ever wear calico!" It was thought strange when they first began to wear calico that any one should wear it. But with all these peculiarities I do not doubt for a moment but that they had true worship in those meetings. They were closely allied to each other and they soon established meetings at both of these places. That was about 1822 that I speak of.
A Member:--I do not call in question the statement of our brother that there was just as true worship then as now.
The matter of perfecting the genealogical records was brought up and after some discussion it was left in the hands of the Executive, Committee.
It was decided that the evening session should be of a devotional character.
The Association then adjourned until 8:00 o'clock on the morning of the 22nd.
The Association was called to order by the President. The audience then joined in singing "Jesus Lover of My Soul."
President W. P. Haworth:-- The first thing to decide this morning is whether or not we are going to have to rush through so as to dismiss in time for those who are compelled to leave this morning on the 9:20 train, or proceed more leisurely and close about 11:00 o'clock .
Samuel Haworth Thorntown, Ind., suggested that those who were compelled to go on the morning train should leave at the proper time and allow those who remain to fix up the business.
Consented to by the Association. The Minutes of the preceding sessions, were then read and adopted.
Richard M. Haworth, Liberty, Ind., then read the following paper: which appears to have been originally written by Caleb Haworth of England.
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE FAMILY OF HAWORTH
GIVING PROBABLE ORIGIN OF THE NAME
By Caleb Haworth, England
It is often difficult to ascertain precisely the origin of name either local or personal, as from the mixed state of our language, and the repeated variations in its orthography, the etymology of many words is rendered dubious. The higher we ascend towards the origin of local names the less they are modified, and the greater is the probability that any person was really born at the place whose name he bore. Many persons, after the introduction of the feudal system into England, dropt their family names, and secured local ones, which was the case with Monks of several centuries. WHITAKER’S HISTORY of Whalley. The name of Haworth is supposed to have been originally local, but afterwards assumed as a family name with the word "de" before it, which in process of time was discontinued. There is reason to believe it originated in the Saxon word, haeg, which signifies merely a hedge, which was softened down into the old French haie, or haye. The word is of great extent and frequently appears in the composition of local names amongst us under its dialectical varieties of hey, hay, hawe, hag, haigh. All its other varieties are to be traced to two sources, according as places happened to be more strongly tinctured with the old language of the country, or that which succeeded it. Thus the Hawthorn is the Hedge Thorn and the Hagber. Hence the boundaries of the King's Forests were formerly denominated Haiee Dominicales, but by an easy metonymy the word was transferred from the enclosing fence to the area enclosed by it. These were sometimes woods, pastures, or parks, as Haza de Burchenwoods, the Hawe Park of Skipton Castle, etc., WHITAKERS'S HISTORY of Whalley. The word Hawe implies a close or parcel of land, and Worth signifies a way, a street, a farm, a court, a field, etc., from which no doubt the word Haworth has been formed.
A family of this name appears to have resided for several centuries at Great Haworth, near Rockdale which ended about fifty years ago in Radcliff Haworth, L.L.D., fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. One of this family was Robert de Haworth, a monk of the cistertian order who, in 1272, was elected Abbott of Stanian, in Cheshire, which office he held several years, but afterwards resigned it. After the translation of this abbey to Whalley, in 1296, it seems to have subsisted only as a small cell, or hermitage, down to the general disolution, and was occupied by six or seven of the fraternity who remained there under the government of their old Abbott, Robert de Haworth, who died, according to a M.B. in the Cotton Library, 10 Kal, Mail 1304, WHITAKERS' HISTORY of Whalley.
It appears from the Parish registers that about the latter end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, several families of this name resided in the neighborhood of Haslingden, and still greater number in the Parish of Rockdale, and forest of Rossen dale, where many of their numerous descendants remain to this day. Amongst a multitude of families of the same name, and residing at the same parish, and the imperfect state of the Parochial registers for the first century after their commencement, and with little or no other guide, I have found it difficult to trace the true line of our ancestry further back than the middle of the 17th century, about which time it appears from some written documents, as also from the testimony of John Collins, John Rawcliffe and other aged persons attended with other corroborating circumstances, that our ancestors were James and Isabelle his wife, who resided at Rockcliffe, near Bacup, in the Parish of Rockdale, at which place he died about 1684, leaving six children, viz., Mary, Sarah, Susannah, George, James, and another daughter whose name cannot be ascertained. For an account of their descendants see the pedigree. The said Isabelle Haworth, after her said husband's death, married one John Ormerod, but had not issue by him. The first mentioned James Haworth had two brothers, Henry and William, both of whom were married. Henry had two children, Elizabeth and Henry, hereafter more particularly mentioned, and William had one son names James, who emigrated to America about the latter end of the 17th Century, and resided in Philadelphia. He was married and had one daughter, but nothing further is known of the family.
Mary, the daughter of the said James and Isabelle Haworth married one John Myers, and both emigrated to America about the year 1697 or 1698. They at first resided on the sea coast bordering on the State of Maryland at a place called Harbills, where he followed the business of a Hatter. It is not known how long they remained here. But, in 1725, Mary resided at Lewistown in Pennsylvania, her husband having been then dead about five years, and left four children, viz., John, James, Mary and Sarah, two others having died in infancy. For an account of their descendants see the pedigree. Mary appears to have joined Friends many years before her husband’s death. He seemed more inclined to the Church of England. She died about the year 1728 and was buried at Lewistown in a piece of ground given by her for a Friends' Burial Ground.
George Haworth (George the Emigrant), son of the said James and Isabelle Haworth, also emigrated to America, in the year 1699, in company with one of his sisters and her husband, who both died on their passage, she having borne a child which died a few days after. And the ship in which they went being so extremely crowded with people and the weather hot caused a great mortality among them, there dying in the ship about 56 persons and at shore about 20 more, after a hard passage of 14 weeks. The said George Haworth on his arrival in America lived a short time in Philadelphia, with his cousin James Haworth, son of William Haworth before mentioned, but soon after went to reside in the County of Bucks, where he purchased about 450 acres of land in the woods which employed a part of his time in clearing. He also followed linen weaving. About the year 1710 he married a Friend of the name of Scarbro, a native of Pennsylvania, but her parents were natives of London. George died the 28th of the Eleventh month 1724 leaving a widow and six children, viz., Stephanus, Absalom, John, James, Mary and George. The three first, after their father deceased, removed to Apeckon, in Virginia, the other three settled among their friends in Bucks County, and their mother afterwards married a Friend of the name of Hall. No further accounts of their descendants have been received.
Sarah Haworth, another daughter of the said James and Isabelle Haworth, married Isaac Collins, of Hampton, and her descendants are many of them now living in that neighborhood.
Susannah, another daughter of said James and Isabelle Haworth, married a person of the name of Shaw and had one son named James, of whom nothing further is known than that he was living in 1705 and was one of the heirs in the lease of Hapton Halls estate.
James Haworth, my great grandfather, and his brother George were both convinced of the principles of Friends when young men and probably, while they lived at Rockcliffe from which place James removed with his mother to Patron Grove, in Hapton, originally I should suppose Porters Gate, and if so probably one of the ancient Gates into Hapton Park, as there is another place yet bearing the name of Park Gate. In 1704 he lived at Rileys, in Haberghan Eaves and in 1705 he leased the estate called Hapton Hall for 37 pounds and 24 days rent service and several Boons during the lives of himself and his two nephews James Shaw and John Collins. His mother died in 1707, was buried in Friend's Burial Ground at Marsden. In 1709 be married Ellen Blakey, of Marsden Meeting, who died the year following, leaving no children. In 1712 he married his cousin Elizabeth, daughter of his Uncle Henry Haworth before mentioned, by whom he had four children, viz; James, Elizabeth, George and Henry. James died an infant. Elizabeth married Richard Fort of Hard and had several children, and many of their descendants are now living. George married Martha Rawcliffe, sister of John Rawcliffe before mentioned, by whom he had nine children, viz; James, John, Elizabeth, Martha, Mary, George, Henry, Jonathan and Susannah.
Henry Haworth (my grandfather, Caleb Haworth), married Elizabeth, daughter of James and Ellen Tapper, of Northwood, by whom be had three children, viz; Elizabeth, James and George. Elizabeth and George are both deceased. James is living. Henry, the son of Henry Haworth before mentioned, married Mary, and by her had four children, viz; Elizabeth, Mary, George and John. The two latter died infants. Elizabeth married Robert Foular, of Hapton, by whom she had three children. After her death the said Robert Foular married his former wife's sister, but she bad no issue.
by Caleb Haworth, England
The Financial Committee then made the following report:
Plainfield, Ind., Sept, 22, 1899
We the Finance Committee beg leave to make the following report:
That an assessment be made of $.25 for gentlemen and $.10 for ladies on all in attendance at this Association, to meet the expenses of the Association.
by C. F. HAWORTH, Chairman,
ISAAC E. HAWORTH
The following report of the Treasurer was also read and adopted:
Report of Charles F. Haworth, Treasurer,
Cash received from badges $ 8.75
Cash received from assessment 15.00
Total receipts $23.75
Cash paid out for printing $ 1.25
Cash paid out for registration book .40
Cash paid out for badges 3.90
Cash paid out for janitor 2.50
Cash paid out for water privileges 1.00
Cash paid out for stenographers report 2.50
Cash paid W. P. Haworth, postage,
stationery, and money advanced 12.20
C. F. HAWORTH, Treasurer
The matter of the care of the documents of interest to the Family, such as letters, matters of history, genealogies, etc., was discussed and it was decided that the Executive Committee was the proper ones to have charge of these documents.
President W. P. Haworth:--The matter of future Reunions should claim our attention before adjourning, both as to the National and State Reunions.
On motion of Hattie E. (Haworth) Hadley, of Wilmington, OH, it was decided that the National reunion should meet again in three years, and that each state should be recommended to hold a Reunion each year.
The time and place of holding the next National Reunion was left with the Executive Committee. Miss Mary M. Petty, on behalf of the North Carolina Association, extended an invitation to the Association to hold its next Reunion in North Carolina; and an invitation was also given to hold it in Warren County, Iowa.
Dillon H. Williams, Centreville, Indiana:--I would like to know whether there is in existence any coat of arms in the Haworth Family?
Some thought there was, but no definite information in regard to it could be given.
President W. P. Haworth:--There is another paper in the hands of our friend Richard M. Haworth, of Liberty, Ind., which we will have read for the benefit of the Association. The secretary will please read this paper.
George Haworth, the Emigrant, came to America in 1699. He had six children, five of whom were boys. They were named Stephanus, Absalom, John, James, George and Mary. Stephanus, Absalom and James moved to Virginia and settled on the Opeckon. Stephanus and wife had seven children. They left Virginia and removed to North Carolina. Their children were named as follows, Micajah, Stephanus, George, Charity, Phebe, Wilmot and Rachel. Charity married John Chambles. Phebe married Joseph Hockett. Wilmot married ----- Camp. Rachel married John Hunt.
Absalom, the second son of George Haworth the Emigrant, had three children that we know of, (he died in Virginia). Their names were Nathaniel, Absalom and Mary. Nathaniel married Hannah Barrett. Absalom married Mary West in Tennessee, and died there. Mary married William White. There are but few of Nathaniel’s children living and they mostly live in Ohio. Absalom's children mostly live in Tennessee, and so do the children of Mary White.
John, the third son of George the Emigrant, died without issue.
James, the fourth son of George the Emigrant, lived in Frederick County, Virginia. He married Sarah Wood. He had six children, Jemima. Richard (my Grandfather, R. M. Haworth), George (George D. Haworth's grandfather), James, Elizabeth and Sarah. Jemima, the eldest child of James the fourth son of George the Emigrant, married John Wright in South Carolina. Richard, my grandfather, married Ann Dillon, of Frederick County, Virginia, George married Susannah Dillon, of Frederick Count, Virginia. James married Mary Rees, of Green County, Tennessee. Elizabeth married Peter Dillon, Sarah married James Wright, a brother to John Wright, Jemima’s husband. James Haworth, the fourth son of George the Emigrant, died and left a widow and the above six children. His widow Sarah married again to Peter Rubie and had one son and three daughters.
George Haworth, (the fifth child of George) the Emigrant, died leaving a widow named Mary and six children. His widow afterwards married a man by the name of Hall, had two children, David and Mahlon, who lived about Delaware or Philadelphia.
Jemima Wright, the first child of James the fourth son of the Emigrant, had twelve children, to-wit: Jesse, James, Joseph, (John who died in infancy), John again, Judah, Jonah, Jane, Joshua (father of Isaac T. Wright, of Wilmington), Jemima, Joab and Joel.
Richard, the second child of James the fourth son of George the Emigrant, had eleven children, named as follows: Susannah, William, James, Mary, Sarah, John, Charity, Richard, Joe (my father), and Jonathan and David, twins.
George, the third child of James the fourth son of the Emigrant, had twelve children. Two died in infancy. The following lived: Mahlon (George D. Haworth's father), John, James, George, William, Mary, Sarah, Richard, Samuel and Dillon.
James, a son of James the fourth son of George the Emigrant, had William, James, George, Sarah, Jonathan, Charity, Eli, Margaret and Levi.
Elizabeth (Haworth) Dillon, daughter, of James the fourth son of the Emigrant, had the following children: Sarah, Garrett, James, William, Lydia, Phebe, Susannah, Jemima, Elizabeth and Peter.
Sarah (Haworth) Wright had the following children: John, Phebe, Sarah, Rachel, James, Elizabeth, Charity, Isaac, William and Susannah.
By R. M. Haworth
Charles 0. Newlin, Plainfield, Indiana:--I would like to make a few remarks on the work of the Executive Committee. We see that what has been done has cost a good deal and we are thankful for what has been done. But there is yet a great deal to be done before it is made perfect as it can be, so that the Executive Committee has a great deal on their hands. I think that we ought to help them all that we can and do all that we can towards bringing out and perfecting this history.
President W. P. Haworth:--Miss Petty has some suggestions to make.
Miss Mary M. Petty:--It is just about the points of which we might keep records. There are certain things we might just as well get and save trouble hereafter. For example, when you have a chance to look up any person as record, you might take these points: Where the person was born, names of parents, when and to whom married, who the husband's or wife's father and mother were, when the person died and where, or, if living, the number and names of children, etc.
President W. P. Haworth:--I think the Executive Committee will find it necessary to print a new set of blanks and that they will be placed in the hands of the State Organizations to perfect. We will get them just as perfect as possible and hope to have some comparatively perfect genealogy by the time of our next Reunion.
If there is nothing else we will spend some time in devotion and close under the covering of the Divine Spirit, and with a feeling of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Lord for the blessings we have received in our thus meeting together. While we recognize the blessings of God attending this Reunion let us remember the entire Family. The Lord bless us in our closing moments together! Let us pray!
Calvin Hollingsworth then made some remarks. In regard to the badge worn by the members during the Association he said: "It makes us feel acquainted whether we have ever met before or not." He was glad that at the evening devotional meeting when the Christians were asked to rise nearly all arose. He said that while it was hardly possible that we would all meet together again this side of eternity his prayer was that we should all meet in that other land.
Mrs. Hadley, of Wilmington, OH:--I think that one reason we have enjoyed ourselves so well during the reunion is that we are all interested in the same Jesus. Hardly anyone with whom I have spoken had not said something of the prospects of a home in Heaven.
James Haworth, of Amo, Indiana, the oldest Haworth in attendance at the Reunion, made some very touching remarks and sang a song entitled, "Tarry With Me 0 My Savior." Others spoke of their thankfulness for having been able to be at the Reunion; followed by prayer by Dillon H. Williams, of Centerville, Indiana.
After the reading of the Minutes of the closing session the Association adjourned to meet again in three years. The audience then joined hands forming an unbroken chain and sang, "Bless Be The Tie That Binds."
Note.--With the consent of the author, Edwin P. Haworth, the following poem, together with two other selections appearing in the book, have been taken from his little volume of poems entitled "Making' Rymes and other Rhymes."
The author, a great grandson of John Haworth, who emigrated from Tennessee to Vermilion County, Illinois, in the first settling of that state, is himself a native of said state and county, a graduate of Earlham College at Richmond, Indiana, and at this time doing business in Kansas City, Missouri.
Away back east in Illynoy,
Where corn grows tall as apple-trees
N'pumpkins big enough for a boy
To make a cart of, if be please--
Back there in Illynoy, I say,
Is where they raised me, as a boy.
N' now't I'm old 'n' far away,
My mem'ry wanders back each day--
Away back east in Illnoy.
Away back east in Illynoy,
Where rabbits 'n' prairie chickens thrive
It used to fill my heart with joy
To go out on a rabbit-drive,
N' hem hem in on ev'ry side--
0, how my heart leaped up in joy
To come home with my game-sack tied
About my neck 'n' filled--ah, pride!--
Away back east in Illynoy.
Away back east in Illynoy,
Whre a man can easy earn his bread--
Not all this trouble to alloy
His pleasures and be-frost his head!--
Away back there I wish my friend--
Beyond these troubles that annoy--
That you would lay me at the end,
On any spot that they will lend--
Away back east in Illynoy.
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