These four books are all copies of the same content and trace the ancestry of the Woodworth family from Walter Woodworth who
emigrated with the first settlers of Plymouth to Selim Woodworth. The ancestry begins in 1633 and ends in 1883. This ancestry
includes a detailed and elegant print of a family tree, includes names of all family members, their place of residence, and
other basic information on each family member. It is entitled “The Woodworth Family in America”. Two of the copies clearly
belong to Selim Woodworth and Lydia Woodworth. Lydia’s copy has notes in the margins about each family member.
Walter Woodworth was the first member of the Woodworth family to immigrate to America in 1633. He is the ancestor of Samuel
Woodworth (1784-1842), a poet and literary journalist, who was best known for the popular poem “The Old Oaken Bucket,” which
was later set to music and became a popular song for schoolchildren. He was born in Massachusetts and died in New York City,
but his ashes were moved by his sons to Laurel Hill Cemetery (in Philadelphia) to be in the Woodworth Mausoleum. Frederick
Woodworth was one of his sons and a member of the state senate. His second son was Selim E. Woodworth (1815-1871), who left
for San Francisco in 1847. Soon after arriving and hearing the plight on the Donner Party he tried to bring support to the
group, but missed rescue groups and was criticized by members of the Party who believed him a braggart. He took a prominent
role in the development of the State of California alongside his brother. At the outbreak of the Civil War he returned to
the Navy where he had spent much of his youth and was given the title of Lieutenant Commander. In 1941 the boat USS Woodworth
was named for him, sponsored by Mrs. Selim E. Woodworth, the daughter-in-law of the commander.
(4 bound volumes)
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