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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."


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