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Finding aid of the Woodworth Family Genealogy C058794.C058795.C058796.C058797
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Woodworth Family Genealogy
    Identifier/Call Number: C058794.C058795.C058796.C058797
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Storage Unit: B001651
    Physical Description: 4.0 folders (4 bound volumes)
    Date: ca. 1888
    Abstract: 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.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Preferred Citation note

    Woodworth Family Genealogy. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Donor

    Gift of Selim E. Woodworth, date unknown.

    Biographical/Historical note

    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.

    Scope and Contents note

    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.
    The title page reads: "Dear Abby, I have made some enquiries lately into the origin of our ancestors, and finding that not one of them was ever hanged or disgraced I have concluded to let you enjoy the result of my investigation. - "
    C058794: Copy 1. Leather bound, embossed front "Woodworth", belonged to Selim E. Woodworth ca. 1888. Loose paper removed from diary. C058795: Copy 2. Handwritten notes in margin. Belonged to Lydia Woodworth ca. 1884. C058796: Copy 3. Physically smaller than the other 3 copies. Entitled "The Woodworth Family in America" C058797: Copy 4. Leather bound. Color ink used. Illustration of family tree inside.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Biographical Files: John Joseph Woodworth, Samuel Woodworth- Author of the “Old Oaken Bucket”, Woodworth Genealogy- Book 1855, Selim Woodworth- Lieutenant Commander of Navy (2 folders).
    C004530 - Woodworth Family Papers. C005036 - Silhouette portrait of Selim E. Woodworth.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Woodworth, Frederick Augustus, 1818-1865
    Woodworth, Selim Edwin, 1815-1871
    Woodworth, Walter, approximately 1612-1686
    Donner Party
    Genealogy
    Laurel Hill Cemetery (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Society of California Pioneers
    Woodworth (Ship)