Dunworth is usually a variation of Dungworth. Sometimes it is probably down to a parish clerk being unfamiliar with the name and just writing it down as he hears it but sometimes it has been deliberate, maybe people don't like the "dung" connotation. My maternal grandmother was a Dungworth and she told me that she always hated the name as she was teased about it at school . . . you can imgine kids saying "you're only worth dung!"
Anyway, Dungworth is a small hamlet just north of Sheffield and the name is quite restricted geographically as a surname. I am gathering all the Dungworth data I can and am putting together a website at www.dungworth.com or www.mars-hall.cco.uk/dungworth. (I've gathered far more than is on the site, it's just a matter of getting the time)
This query has prompted me to look at some of the Dunworth links and I have come up with the following:
Children of Sarah Dungworth and Unknown were:
+2 i. Mary Dungworth.
3 ii. Martha Dungworth was born about 1732She was christened in Sep 1732 in Hemsworth, near Wakefield, Yorkshire
2.Mary Dungworth was born about 1732See notes re son JosephShe was christened on 30 Sep 1732 in Hemsworth, near Wakefield, Yorkshire
Children of Mary Dungworth and Unknown were:
+4 i. Joseph Dunworth.
4.Joseph Dunworth was born about 1747I'm making some deductions here. Firstly, I see Dunworth as a variant of Dungworth, either deliberate or otherwise, i.e. parish clerks not being familiar with the usual spelling as would be the case of someone christened or married in a place somewhat remote from the Sheffield area, Dungworth being a hamlet just north of Sheffield. Secondly there doesn't seem to be an earlier history of Dunworths around Wakefield. Thirdly the christening at Sprotborough is a one-off. I reckon he was illegitimate and his mother was only about 15 years old. She was probably sent out of her own parish to minimise scandal or some other reason. I think his mother may also have been illegitimate and from Hemsworth, which is nearer Wakefield. Mind you, there are only two IGI entries for Hemsworth, looks like maybe illegitimate twins?He was christened on 29 Jun 1747 in Sprotborough, Yorkshire
He was married to Rachel Parker on 16 Dec 1770 in Horbury, Yorkshire, EnglandRachel Parker was born about 1750She was christened on 4 Jun 1750 in Horbury, Yorkshire, EnglandChildren of Joseph Dunworth and Rachel Parker were:
5 i. Ann Dunworth was born about 1775She was christened on 8 Jan 1775 in Warmfield, Yorkshire, England
6 ii. Martha Dunworth was born about 1780She was christened on 11 Jun 1780 in Warmfield, Yorkshire, England
7 iii. Joseph Dunworth was born about 1783He was christened on 25 Dec 1783 in Warmfield, Yorkshire, England
8 iv. Frances Dunworth was born about 1787She was christened on 15 Apr 1787 in Warmfield, Yorkshire, England
+9 v. George Dunworth.
9.George Dunworth was probably born about 1792, although the 1850 census shows him being born about 1785. This is possible, but why should his christening be delayed so much?He was christened on 17 Jun 1792 in Warmfield, Yorkshire, England
He was married to Betty Farrah on 19 Jun 1815 in Wakefield. They seem to have emigrated to New York sometime between 1820 and 1829.Betty Farrah was born about 1792.She was christened on 19 Oct 1792 in Fishlake, Yorkshire.Most likely the correct one, but could possibly be Elizabeth Farrah c 2/10/1792 at Pannal, Yorkshire. This is further from the Wakefield area and the name is not Betty.She was also known as Elizabeth.She was also known as Betsey.Children of George Dunworth and Betty Farrah were:
10 i. Frances Dunworth was born about 1816.She was christened on 17 Jan 1816 in West Parade Wesleyan, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.
11 ii. George Dunworth was born about 1817.He was christened on 21 Dec 1817 in West Parade Wesleyan, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.
12 iii. William Dunworth was born about 1820.He was christened on 30 Jan 1820 in West Parade Wesleyan, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.
+13 iv. Aaron Washington Dunworth.
14 v. Joseph Henry Dunworth was born about 1831.He was christened on 17 Apr 1831 in All Saints Church, New York
13.Aaron Washington Dunworth was born about 1829.He was christened on 28 Feb 1829 in All Saints Church, New York.
He was married to Susan Porter about 1850.Susan Porter was born about 1832.Children of Aaron Washington Dunworth and Susan Porter were:
15 i. Adaline E Dunworth was born about 1851 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
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