Re: Abel, son of Benjamin, son of Constant
Given your interest in Abel Woodworth and descendants, I thought I'd offer the following, from pages 533-4 of the 1883 Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, published by the Chapman Brothers in Chicago:
L. H. Woodworth, farmer, section 27, Coloma Township, was born in Norwich, Vt., Oct. 20, 1806. His parents were Abel and Olive (Patridge) Woodworth, natives also of the Green Mountain State. His father was a carpenter by trade. He remained with his parents until of age, receiving a common-school education. He also attended the Military Academy at Middletown, Conn., for seven months, and the Military Academy of New Jersey 18 months, in 1828-9. After completing his studies, at the age of 17, he taught district school four winters. He then taught for a time in the Military School at Perth Amboy, N. J., and afterward as Assistant Professor of Mathematics, in Jefferson (Miss.) College. About this time he commenced the study of law; but his sight failing somewhat, he had to abandon the pursuit of his chosen calling, and for two years he was in the employment of the State of New York as Resident Engineer upon the Black River Canal.
In 1839 he emigrated to Illinois, settling on the Upper Rapids on the south side of Rock River, where he purchased of the Government a fractional [p. 534] quarter (91 acres) of section 9, Sterling Township. He afterward sold this, and in 1842 pre-empted 124 acres on section 27, where he still lives.
Mr. W. has been Justice of the Peace, Town Supervisor, County Surveyor of Whiteside, etc. In religion he is a Universalist, and in politics a Republican, taking a deep interest in the welfare of the community and of the nation.
May 14, 1834, in Saratoga Co., N. Y., Mr. Woodworth was married to Permelia Parks, who died Dec. 1, 1844, leaving two children, Leonard and George L. Mr. W. was married again, Oct. 24, 1845, to Mrs. Alice H. Goodell; and by this marriage there have also been two children, Clarence C. and Alice S.