From the History of Clinton County, Ohio,

Its People, Industries and Institutions

With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens

And Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families

Albert J. Brown, A. M.  Supervising Editor

 Published  1915, B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.  Indianapolis, Indiana


The Haworth family have held an honorable place in the history of the state of Ohio for over one hundred years, since one branch of the family came to Clinton county, Ohio, as early as 1810. Charles L. Haworth, the son of James Haworth Jr., was born in Highland County, Ohio, on September 2, 1860. His parents, James, Jr., and Harriet Haworth, were born near Martinsville, in this county.

The paternal grandparents of Mr. Haworth were James and Amelia (West) Haworth, the former of whom was born in Tennessee and came to Clinton county when ten years of age with his parents, who were Absalom and Phoebe (Wright) Haworth. The paternal great-grandparents were born in Guilford County, North Carolina, marrying there and moving to Tennessee. When James Haworth was two weeks old his mother died and his Grandmother Wright reared him. Absalom Haworth was a first cousin (actually a second cousin - drh) of Mahlon Haworth, who was an early settler of this section of the state, and the founder of this branch of the Haworth family in Clinton County. He was a descendant of George Haworth of Pennsylvania, who was a Quaker.

In 1810 James Haworth, then only ten years old, came with his Grandmother Wright and his uncle, Isaac Wright, to this county. Some of the Wrights first settled near Martinsville, but Isaac Wright and wife located in the Dover neighborhood, in Union township, where James lived with his Grandmother Wright until he was of age, when he married and went to the farm of his father, Absalom Haworth, south of Wilmington. Their religious belief was that of the orthodox Quakers.

The parents of James Haworth's wife, Amelia West, were Owen and Elizabeth West, the former of whom was born in Virginia and the latter in Georgia. Amelia‘s father was a wealthy plantation owner in Virginia, who had fine ideals of human rights and determined to realize his ideals by freeing all slaves who belonged to him. Then he left his native state, loyal to his high principles, and came to Ohio, settling in this county, where he purchased one hundred acres of land for each of his children, including his son-in-law, James Haworth, who settled on his share, one mile north of Martinsville, in Clark township. There James Haworth became a prosperous farmer, finally owning eight hundred acres in the township, where he reared his children without moving until 1851, when he went to New London, Indiana. There he planned large interests, having bought a hotel and farm lands and started in the dry-goods business, but death stepped in and closed his active, honorable career in 1852, his wife also dying in the same year.

The children of James and Amelia (West) Haworth, eleven in all, are as follow: Morris; a farmer, who died in Howard County, Indiana; Phoebe, of Howard County, also deceased; May, who married William S. Easter of Howard County; Louisa, who married a second time after the death of her first husband, lives in Red Oak, Iowa, and is a Quaker preacher; John, who did not marry, died in this county; James, who was the father of Charles L., now living in Wilmington, this county; Gilbert, who died aged twenty, in Howard County. Indiana; Clarkson, who is dead, was a farmer in Howard County, Indiana; Amelia, who was eighty-four years old on December 22, 1914, lives in Wilmington, Ohio, the widow of Asa H. Jenkins; Sarah, who married Jesse Hiatt, who is now retired from business and lives in Washington, D. C., and Harriet, the widow of Marcus Pickering, who lives in Elwood, Indiana.

Charles L. Haworth’s father, James Haworth, Jr., spent his early years on a farm in this county until his father moved to Indiana, where he spent four years, after which he returned to Ohio, locating in Highland County. During the Civil War he was engaged in the dairy business in Cincinnati, but moved from there to Highland County and became a farmer. Later he farmed in Clinton County, where he remained for several years. After Charles L. Haworth's mother died, his father married a Mrs. Hawkins and resided in Richmond, Indiana, until his death at the age of sixty-nine. The brothers and sisters of Charles L. Haworth were: Thomas Clarkson, deceased, who was a farmer in Howard County, Indiana; Z. G. A., who is an attorney residing in Cincinnati; Jennie, who married John Bodkins, lives in Jeffersonville, Indiana; Harriet, who died in infancy; and, Harry Clinton, who works in the American car shops at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Charles L. Haworth received his education in the schools of Highland County, Burtonville, this county, and in Wilmington, and began his business career as a clerk in the dry-goods and clothing store owned by F. S. Broomhalls, in Wilmington, where he worked for eighteen years, after which he clerked in C. A. “Rannells" clothing store for a short time. In 1905, Mr. Haworth formed a partnership with Mr. Cast under the firm name of Haworth & Cast and conducted a men's clothing and furnishing store in Wilmington. In 1912 Mr. Haworth bought his partner's interest in the store, and has since been successfully conducting the store himself.

On August 24, 1888, Charles L. Haworth was married to Leona E. Barrett, who was born in Martinsville, this county, the daughter of Peter D. and Lydia Barrett.

Peter D. Barrett was born in Waynesboro, Ohio, on April 15, 1845, the son of Dr. William S. and Nancy (Walker) Barrett, the former of whom was born in Virginia in 1800 and died in 1857, and the latter of whom was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1820 and died in 1895. Peter D. Barrett’s father, who was a noted physician, stayed in Cincinnati, at his post of duty, during the scourge of cholera. Afterward he moved to Rainsboro, Highland County, Ohio, where he had an extensive practice until he died from exposure of severe weather.

In August, 1862, Peter D. Barrett and his brother, John, enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served two years and ten months in the Civil War, participating in twenty-three battles. At the close of the Civil War, Peter D. Barrett, who played the snare drum, took part in the Grand Review at Washington, D. C., in General Fuller’s First Brigade, First Division Seventeenth Army Corps. On November 27, 1867, Peter D. Barrett married and went to Martinsville, this county, where he lived until 1883, when he moved to Wilmington, where he is still living, being engaged in the shoe business. Mr. Barrett is a staunch Republican and a member of the city council, also secretary of the Soldiers’ relief commission of Clinton County. He is a charter member of the Morris McMillan post of the Grand Army of the Republic and also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the encampment and the Daughters of Rebekah, and is a loyal of the Christian church at Wilmington.

Charles L. Haworth is an active worker in the Republican Party and has served as treasurer of Union township for many years. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, including the encampment; the Royal Arcanum, the Knights of Pythias, in which he is a past chancellor commander; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of which he is a past exalted ruler, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, of which he is a past president.

He is a member of the Friends church at Wilmington and his wife is a member of the Christian church.

Note: (added by Donald R. Hayworth)

1.       Charles L. Haworth’s is descended from George Haworth the Emigrant through his son Absalom as follows: Charles Laurel Haworth,  à James Haworth & Nancy Harriet Hiatt, à   James Haworth & Amelia West, à   Absalom Haworth & Phoebe Wright, à   Nathaniel Haworth & Hannah Barrett, à Absalom Haworth & Elizabeth Payne, à and then  George Haworth & Sarah Scarborough.

2.       Charles L. Haworth is also descended from George Haworth the Emigrant through his son James Haworth as follows: Charles Laurel Haworth, à James Haworth & Nancy Harriet Hiatt, à  James Haworth & Amelia West,  à Absalom Haworth & Phoebe Wright, à  Sarah (Haworth) Wright & James Wright, à   James Haworth & Sarah Wood,  and then à  George Haworth & Sarah Scarborough.


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