Friday, April 28, 2017

Week 12: George Haworth

In Week 11 I wrote about James Haworth, my 5th great grandfather. This week I'm going to write about his son George, my 4th great grandfather.

Individual Information
  • Birth: 28 Dec 1749 - Apple Pie Ridge, Hopewell, Frederick, Virginia, United States OR Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  • Death: 4 Jan 1837 - Quaker Point, Indiana, United States
  • Burial: in Haworth Cemetery, Quaker Point, Vermillion, Indiana, United States
  • Father: James Frederick HAWORTH (1719-1757)
  • Mother: Sarah WOOD (1720-1769) 4the was of James and Sarah (Wood) Haworth
Spouses and Children
1.Susannah DILLON (24 Nov 1755 - Jun 1804), Marriage: 1 Nov 1773 - Hopewell MM, Frederick, Virginia, United States      
               1. Mahlon HAWORTH (1775-1850)
               2. John B. HAWORTH (1778-1849)
               3. James B. HAWORTH (1781-1855)
               4. George I. HAWORTH (1783-1830)
               5. William Perry HAWORTH (1786-1867) 3
               6. Mary HAWORTH (1788-      )
               7. Sarah HAWORTH (1790-1850)
               8. Richard HAWORTH (1793-1852)
               9. Samuel Haworth HAWORTH (1797-1868)
               10. Dillon HAWORTH (1800-1882)

2. Joanna Van DEMOSS (1 Oct 1754 -       )
      Marriage: After 1804

George Haworth was a prominent pioneer of Clinton County, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1748; the son of James Haworth, a native of Pennsylvania; and the grandson of George Haworth, who came from Lancashire, England, with William Penn in 1699. George Haworth, the subject of this mention, moved with his parents to near Winchester, Virginia, where they lived on a mountain top range called Apple Pie ridge. Here he grew to manhood and married Susannah Dillon. They moved to North Carolina, settling on the Yadkin river near the home of Daniel Boone. Hearing Boone's fine description of Kentucky, Mr. and Mrs. Haworth joined his colony, and on September 25, 1771, left their home and started from that state. Upon crossing the Alleghenies [near Cumberland Mountain], the party was attacked by Indians and several of them slain [including Boone’s eldest son]. This so disheartened the remainder of the party that some of them sent back about forty miles and settled on Clinch river, but Mr. Haworth and his brother returned to North Carolina, where they remained for twelve years. They then made another attempt to settle in Kentucky, but, finding the Indians still troublesome, they went south into Tennessee and built a new house in what is now Greene county in that state.

George selected the place for his new home and returned home to North Carolina. Taking his two little sons, Mahlon and John with him, he returned to Tennessee, built a cabin and made other preparations for the reception of the other members of his family. When their work was done, George returned to North Carolina for his wife and other children, leaving the two little boys, aged ten and twelve years, alone in the new home, with provisions enough, as he supposed, to last them during his absence, which he expected would be two or three weeks duration. But high waters and other impediments to travel on packhorses detained them for six weeks. During the time, their provisions gave out, and the little boys were obliged to subsist on parched corn, roots and berries, such as they could gather in the woods. Added to this trouble, was the fear of an attack by the Indians, and when at last their parents arrived, the boys ran to meet them with outstretched arms, the mother sprang from her horse, clasped them in her arms and they all wept together for joy.

The family lived here until 1803, George became engaged in business as a merchant and cattle dealer, until they again left their home for a new one in the unopened forest. This time they moved to Ohio and settled on Todd's fork, on the farm known to the early residents of the county as the Stacey Bivan farm, not far from Centre Meeting House, where Mr. Haworth had purchased seventeen hundred and fifty acres of land in William Duval’s Survey, No. 523. Mr. Haworth is said to have been the second settler in Union township and here he built a grist-mill. Eight of his sons also cleared and opened up farms in this county. George Haworth continued to reside in this county until 1825, when several of his sons having moved to Illinois, he also sold out and moved to that state, having settled at Quaker Point, near Georgetown, in Vermillion county. Mr. Haworth was a member of the Society of Friends and, in the latter years of his life, a minister in this society. About 1807 or 1808, he went on horseback to Baltimore, as a representative from Miami quarterly meeting, to attend the yearly meeting."

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 11: James Frederick Haworth

Several weeks ago, I told you about my 6th great grandfather, George E. HAWORTH. Today I’m going to tell you about his son, James Frederick HAWORTH, my 5th great grandfather.

Going back to George E., he had seven known children, including James Frederick HAWORTH. James was born in October 1719, in Solebury Township, Bucks County Pennsylvania. In 1739 he moved to Frederick County, Virginia with his brothers. This area, near Winchester, was on Smith Creek near Apple Pie Ridge. It was here he married Sarah Wood on March 11, 1743, at the Smith River Meeting. She was born in 1720 in Frederick County, Virginia and was the daughter of Richard WOOD and Susannah DILLON in Solebury Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania. They had six children, all born in Frederick County:

1.       Richard HAWORTH (1744-1813)
2.       Jemima HAWORTH (1747-1828)
3.       George H. HAWORTH (1749-1837)
4.       James HAWORTH (1751-1827)
5.       Elizabeth HAWORTH (1754-1832)
6.       Sarah HAWORTH (1756-1831)

In the 1750s, Indian raids instigated by the French terrorized the frontier settlements and many abandoned their farms. James was killed on October 10, 1757, while being driven off his farm by Indians. Sarah took her family, along with her in-laws to North Carolina. She married again, this time to Peter Ruble in 1759 and they had one son and three more daughters. They moved to Tennessee where Sarah died in 1769.

Richard H. HAWORTH, the eldest child, was born in 1744 and married his first cousin, Anna DILLON, in 1765 in Frederick County, Virginia. He died in 1813 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

Jemima HAWORTH, born in 1747 in Frederick County, Virginia, married John WRIGHT in 1768 at the Bush River MM in Newberry, South Carolina. They moved to Tennessee where John died in 1797. Jemima and her family then moved to Ohio in 1803 and she died at age 80 in Highland County, Ohio. They had twelve children, and all of the children’s names started with the letter J – kind of like a reality family on television a few years back.

You will have to wait until next week to learn more on George H. HAWORTH, my 4th great grandfather. I will tell you, though, that he married Susannah DILLON.

James M. HAWORTH was born in 1752 and moved with his family to North Carolina and then Tennessee. He eloped and married Mary Reece in 1784. She was born in Frederick County, Virginia and was the daughter of William Reece and Charity DILLON (the niece of the wives of Richard and George). In 1802, the family moved to the Northwest Territories, the area now known as Highland County, Ohio. In 1842, they then moved to Hendricks County, Indiana. James died in 1827 and was buried in Danville, Ohio. Mary then moved to Hamilton County, Indiana to live with her son Levi and died there in 1850.

Elizabeth HAWORTH was born in Virginia in 1754 and after moving to North Carolina married Peter DILLON. He was the son of Daniel DILLON and Lydia B. Hodgson. They stayed in North Carolina until after it became part of Tennessee.

Sarah HAWORTH was born in 1755 in Frederick County, Virginia. She married James WRIGHT, a brother of John who married her sister Jemima. They were the sons of John WRIGHT and Rachel WELLS.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Week 10: John Scarborough III

John Scarborough III, my 7th great-grandfather, was born in 1667. He married Mary Peirson at Middletown Monthly Meeting, Bucks, Pennsylvania in 1690. Mary was the daughter of Edward Pearson and Sarah Burgis. She died on January 23, 1751 at Solebury Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania.

Children of John Scarborough III and Mary Peirson:
  • William Scarborough b. 30 Oct 1691, d. April 1727
  • Sarah M. Scarborough b. 4 Feb 1694, d. 4 May 1748
  • Mary Scarborough b. 8 Aug 1695, d. 14 Jan 1787
  • Susannah Scarborough b. 19 May 1697, d. 14 Mar 1718/19
  • Elizabeth Scarborough b. 31 Aug 1704, d. bt 1742-1792
  • Hannah Scarborough b. 31 Aug 1704, d. 21 Feb 1742/43
  • John Scarborough IV b. 1706, d. 5 May 1769
  • Robert Scarborough b. 10 Aug 1708, d. 19 Mar 1805
John (III) and his father, John Scarborough II, were Quakers and came to America in 1682 from London, England, with other Quakers and settled in Pennsylvania. John Scarborough II's wife, Sarah, was not a Quaker, but their children were. In 1682 father and son accepted William Penn's invitation to come to America for religious freedom. Father purchased, while in England on July 4, 1682, 250 acres along the Neshaminy Creek near Langhorne in Bucks County for five pounds. Father and son, then about 15-years-old, arrived in Pennsylvania in October of 1682. They stayed in Bucks County, just north of Philadelphia for almost two years. John II returned in 1684 to England to bring the rest of his family to America, leaving his 17-year-old son, John III, in America. John II's wife Sarah was deathly afraid of the long sea voyage and they never came back to America. John II remained in London until his death on April 11, 1706, leaving John III alone in America.

John the III spent some ten years in the wilds of Bucks County living with the Indians. It was said in "The Friend" Vol. 29, p. 244, that "John Jr. being somewhat irked by the strictness of the friends in whose care he had been left ran away and lived with the Indians for a number of years." A statement in the Evening Bulletin of Philadelphia said that John Scarborough was the interpreter for William Penn when the latter met with the Indians. Samuel Preston, a great-grandson born in 1756, said that John Scarborough III was once instrumental in preventing an Indian war. He was said to have often visited the Indians on religious missions for the Quakers. He was the first white man to actually settle in Solebury/Buckingham Valley.

John was a very active member of the "friends" faith. He became a well-known and highly esteemed Quaker preacher. He also became active in the Quaker faith in England, and in 1724 was recommended as a minister in the church.

John died on January 27, 1725 or 26 at Solebury Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania. His will, proven October 2, 1727, disposed of the remainder of his real estate and personal property as follows:

"To my son Wm. Scarborough, 60 acres of land with the Little Meadow therein which he hath now in his Poss(ess)ion...." to "my loving wife Mary Scarborough my Plantation containing 200 acres of land having the lake meadow therein for and during her natural life and at her Decease I will it to my son Wm enjoy the same for and during his natural life and after his Decease to ye Male Heirs of his Body lawfully Begotten And if there be none such at the Death of my son Wm. Then my will is that the Said Plantation goes to the next Male heir of Law of the Scarborough's."

According to the Bucks County Historical Society in Doyelstown, Pennsylvania, the 60-are farm that was part of Scarborough's first tract of 510 acres later belonged to the Paxson family for several generations. They called the place "Rolling Green" and as of 1988, the house on the corner of Old York Road and Aquetong Road is still known by that name. This is recorded in the book "Along the Old York Road" by James and Margaret Cawley. The house was built in 1748. The farm owned by Isaac Scarborough was not the same Rolling Green, but was on a different part of the 510-acr tract.

Some building lots in Philadelphia were also divided by John Scarborough's will among his sons and daughters. Some of the most valuable of is personal property was to be disposed of at the time of his death or remarriage of his wife as follows: "To my Son  Wm. my Bible and my brass mortar. To my Son Robert my Silver Dram Cup and my Pewter Salt Seller to my daughter Sarah Haworth (my 6th-great grandmother) my brass warming pan To my daughter Mary Oickring my Great Iron Pottage Pott to my daughter Elizth Fisher my Silver Spoon and a Pinquishin with a Drawer for it and a Pewter Still To my Daughter Hannah one brass  Candlestick and a pair of Iron Snuffers and a Joint Stool." President Herbert Hoover also descends from his daughter Sarah Scarborough and George Haworth.

Children of John Scarborough III and Mary Peirson:
  • William Scarborough b. 30 Oct 1691, d. April 1727
  • Sarah M. Scarborough b. 4 Feb 1694, d. 4 May 1748
  • Mary Scarborough b. 8 Aug 1695, d. 14 Jan 1787
  • Susannah Scarborough b. 19 May 1697, d. 14 Mar 1718/19
  • Elizabeth Scarborough b. 31 Aug 1704, d. bt 1742-1792
  • Hannah Scarborough b. 31 Aug 1704, d. 21 Feb 1742/43
  • John Scarborough IV b. 1706, d. 5 May 1769
  • Robert Scarborough b. 10 Aug 1708, d. 19 Mar 1805
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week 9: John See, My Patriot

Today I'm going to tell you a little bit about John See, my 4th great-grandfather, whom I was able to prove my lineage to and join The Daughters of the American Revolution under.

John was born 10 October 1757 in Hardy, West Virginia. He was the son of Michael Frederick Zeh and Catherine Vanderpool. Last week I wrote about his father, Michael Frederick Zeh. Today I will tell more of John's story.

John was taken hostage around age six by Shawnee Indians during the Muddy Creek Massacre. (See Week 8: Federick Zeh.) (To learn more on the Muddy Creek Massacre, visit*). Accounts related by James Olson, also told by a descendant, was that Frederick See's children held up for two to three days.The smallest, John, was quite weak and his mother feared for his life. Seeing a warrior riding their horse, she indicated to him that she wanted it. When he refused, she picked up a club and attempted to knock him off the horse. 

Catharine See and her children were taken to Old Town and kept there by the Shawnees until there was a treaty and an exchange of prisoners about a year later. A document written by Colonel Henry Bouquet to William Penn, Governor of Pennsylvania, on November 15, 1764, stated all Indian tribes led by Chief Cornstalk had at last agreed to release the prisoners, not only from the incident at the See home but a number of other similar incidents at other family homes on the South Branch.

Catherine and at least some of her children must have been separated during their captivity, because her youngest child, John, was adopted by an Indian family who had lost their son. The couple repeatedly told John that he would be burned alive if retaken by the whites. John became very fond of his new Indian parents, and the year with the Shawnees apparently did much to erase from his mind the memory of his natural family and his former life.

After being released from the Indians the party traveled about nine miles before darkness overtook them, and made camp for the night. Young John made his bed between two of his sisters, but he did not sleep. He lay awake until he was certain everyone else was asleep, then crept out of camp and hurried back to his adopted Indian family.

When the time arrived for the Indians to release their prisoners, all of the See family except the twin, nine-year-old Elizabeth, were freed. Cornstalk would not agree to let her go, but kept her for nine more years during which time his young son took her as his squaw and, according to family tradition, she had an Indian child by him. Later she escaped or was ransomed, because she eventually left the Indians, and married a white man named Peter Shoemaker. 
Here he stayed for some time. One version indicates one year, while another says four years, and yet another source says seven years. (LIST F   BOUQUET to GAGE, March 4, 1765, GAGE  Papers, CLEMENTS Library, University of Michigan.  List of Prisoner's delivered up by the Shawanese  I.) Eventually his uncle, Michael Adam See ransomed his nephew John and took him back to Hampshire County, Virginia where the rest of the See family was then living. Tradition is that John's behavior caused his aunt to throw up her hands in despair during her attempts to civilize him.
Reaching manhood, he fought in and around Greenbrier County in 1775-76 against the Indians. In August 1776, he enlisted in the regular army for a term of one year. He was a dedicated Revolutionary soldier. After he had served his year, he re-enlisted again. This time he began serving three years under Capt. Lapsely in the 12th Regiment of General Scott's troop which was later to join General Washington's army. General George Washington met the forces of the British led by a general named "Howe" who had the Americans far outnumbered. This was known as the famous Battle of Brandywine. During this battle, John See was wounded in the chest. Even though injured, he remained with the troops while recovering. When Washington took his 11,000 men, ragged and tired, to make winter quarters at Valley Forge, John was with him and he and many fellow soldiers remained loyal to Washington in spite of the many hardships. There were only about 1,000 blankets for 11,000 men to keep warm. Half the troops were without shoes, and the supply of food was always scarce. Malnutrition, pneumonia, inadequate clothing, and lack of the medical supplies needed for the wounded killed hundreds of men. John Survived through such difficulties and went on to fight in the "Battle of Germantown" near Philadelphia; he was in the "Battle of Stony Point" near Monmouth, New Jersey; and the last battle he served in, "Battle of Camden." These were very important engagements of the war.
After Canden he was discharged after fighting for five years for his country. Returning from the war, John married Margaret Jarrett. They settled down in Greenbrier County where they began raising their family. They had nine known children. John and Margaret left Virginia going to Indiana in 1814. Where he died is a mystery.A document on file at the War Office Department states that John See of Koscuiski County, Indiana, appointed John Nugen to be his lawful attorney. Pension papers state that he received his last pension payment in January 1837. This is, in most cases, an indication the pensioner has died. A letter to the Henry County Genealogy Association stated he was buried on a farm once his in Henry County, Indiana.