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

 Published1915 B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana


The Haworth family in Clinton county dates from about the last year of the eighteenth century and for more than one hundred years, therefore, has been prominent in almost every phase of life in this county. Frank W. Haworth, a well-to-do farmer of Union township, is a representative probably of the fifth generation of the family in this county. He is recognized today as one of the leading citizens of Union township, and is a capable and skillful farmer. The founders of the Haworth family in America were members of the Society of Friends, who accompanied William Penn to this country, and the religion of the fathers has prevailed down to the latest generation.

Frank W. Haworth was born on the farm where he now lives, situated on the Prairie road in Union township, Clinton County, Ohio, May 6, 1864, the son of George D., Jr., and Rebecca L. (Hogue) Haworth, the former of whom was born on April 19, 1828, in Wilmington and who died on April 19, 1895, and the latter of whom was born in 1832, in the Dover neighborhood of Union township, and who died on May 15, 1903.

George Haworth, who established the Haworth family in Clinton County, was the grandson of another George Haworth, who came to America with William Penn from Lancashire, England, in 1699. George Haworth’s father was James Haworth, the son of the first George, a native of Pennsylvania, but who removed to Frederick County, Virginia, where the second George also removed as a lad. He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1748. He married Susannah Dillon. The family settled near Winchester, Virginia. Later they immigrated to the region of the Yadkin River, in North Carolina, near the home of Daniel Boone. On September 25, 1771, the family followed Boone into Kentucky. The first attempt to settle in Kentucky was repelled by the Indians, after which a temporary settlement was made in Tennessee. After numerous excursions to North Carolina from Greenville, Tennessee, they left their home in that state for Ohio, in 1803, and made a settlement on Todd’s fork not far from the Center meeting house. Mr. Haworth bought seventeen hundred and fifty acres of land. A year later his son, Mahlon, brought his family from Tennessee and settled on a nearby farm. After some years several members of the family immigrated to the state of Illinois and George Haworth himself sold out and removed with his two youngest sons to Quaker Point, near Georgetown, in Vermillion County. George Haworth was a member of the Society of Friends and in later years a minister. About 1807, or 1808, he traveled on horseback to Baltimore to attend the yearly meeting as a representative from the Miami quarterly meeting.

In 1800 Mahlon Haworth, the son of George Haworth, who settled on Todd's fork in 1803, visited Ohio on a prospecting tour and in 1804 he and his family, in company with John and James Wright and their families, made their way northward from Tennessee to the wilderness of southern Ohio. On the trip northward Mahlon Haworth rode the wheelhorse, carrying an infant in his arms. This child, then two years old, was his daughter, Susannah. There were also three other children older than she, Rebecca, George D., and Ezekiel.

George D. Haworth, the son of Mahlon Haworth, was the grandfather of Frank W., the subject of this sketch. His mother was Phebe Frazier. At the time the family came to Ohio he was seven years old, having been born in Greene County, Tennessee, May 29, 1797. He died in Wilmington, on June 27, 1881, at the age of eighty-four years and twenty-nine days. His early years were spent in assisting his father in the forest to open the land for cultivation. In 1815 he accompanied his grandfather, the first George, to Detroit to collect for a drove of hogs which he had sold in 1811. In 1817 George D. Haworth was married to Edith Hadley, the daughter of James and Ann Hadley of Newberry, Clinton County. They settled on a farm adjoining his father's on the east. In 1822 he was elected collector of state revenue and county levy and for the first year received for his compensation fifty-four dollars. The next year he received seventy dollars. He continued in the discharge of the duties of this office for a period of twenty years. In 1824 he sold his farm and settled in Wilmington, where he entered into partnership with a Mr. Fife under the firm name of Fife & Haworth. Later he entered into business on his own responsibility. He took great delight in raising cattle and was the first to import into the county the Shorthorn cattle, about 1835. For some time he was in partnership with Isaiah Morris in buying and selling land. His devoted wife died in April, 1851, and in 1858 he was married to Sarah Clark of Richmond, Indiana, the daughter of Samuel Stubbs, an early pioneer from the state of Georgia.

George D. and Edith (Hadley) Haworth had eight children, the three eldest of whom died in early childhood: Mary married Samuel R. Glass; Caroline E. married Robert D. Harland; George D. Jr. was the father of Frank W.; James Mahlon was a government inspector of Indian affairs; and Edith Emma married Laming R. Moody, of Wilmington. George D. Haworth survived his second wife but two days. After four days’ illness he died on June 29, 1881. His remains were laid at rest in the Dover cemetery.

George D. Haworth, Jr., grew up in Wilmington, but early in life immigrated to Ft. Scott, Kansas, where he made a great deal of money in trading with the Osage Indians. He inherited a part of the farm where his son, Frank W., now lives in Union township and added more to it until he owned one hundred and sixty acres. In 1874 he built a fine brick house on his place in which his son now lives. His wife, Rebecca L. Hogue, was the daughter of Asa Hogue, who came with his parents from Virginia to Clinton County in early days. Asa Hogue became a merchant in Wilmington and in 1846 operated a large store at the corner of Locust and South streets, where the Citizens National Bank is now situated. All of the members of his family were Quakers and he was the head of the Wilmington meeting for many years. His wife died when their daughter, Rebecca L. Hogue, was only one week old and he never remarried. Rebecca L. (Hogue) Haworth had one sister who died when small, but she was the only child who grew to maturity. George D. Haworth, Jr., was a prominent Republican in Clinton County and served as commissioner for some time, filling the office with rare credit and efficiency. He also was township trustee of Union township. Both he and his wife were elders in the Wilmington meeting of the Friends church and strict in their religious belief. He was a very successful farmer and made great progress with Poland China hogs. George D., Jr., and Rebecca L. (Hogue) Haworth had four children, of whom Frank W. was the third born. The others were: Laura, who married J. W. Sparks, a banker and merchant of Wilmington; James B., who is state agent for a plow company at Des Moines. Iowa; and George D., who is proprietor of Sparks Hardware Company of Wilmington.

Frank W. Haworth grew up on his father’s farm in Union township and after his father’s death purchased the home place, where he now lives.

Frank W. Haworth was married on April 28, 1898, to Emma Curl, a native of Union township, the daughter of Anthony and Mary Curl, both of whom are deceased. To this marriage three children have been born: Louise, born on October 30, 1899, is attending high school; Ruth Olive, February 18, 1900; and Helen, March 8, 1903. Mrs. Haworth died on April 25, 1912.

Frank W. Haworth is not only a prosperous farmer, but he is a well-known citizen. He and his family belong to the Friends church. His wife was also a member. He is a Republican, and is deeply interested in the educational progress of his county. Mr. Haworth is a worthy descendant of those noble men who had so much to do with the early development of this county.

Note: (added by Donald R. Hayworth)

1.        Frank White Haworth is descended from George Haworth the Emigrant through his son James Haworth as follows: Frank White Haworth   à George Dillon Haworth & Rebecca Lupton Hogue  à George Dillon Haworth & Edith Hadley   àMahlon Haworth & Phoebe Frazier   à George Haworth & Susannah Dillon   à James Haworth & Sarah Wood  à George Haworth & Sarah Scarborough.


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