Re: To all the Woodworth's of Illinois
I haven't seen the names of Jack Allen Woodworth or Jessie Woodworth before, but if you're talking about the Campbell's Island that is in the Mississippi river near East Moline, then you're in my neck of the woods. I've been tracking my great grandfather, Roy Quincy Woodworth (1878-1950), and his father, Matthew Woodworth (no birth/death dates), all over western Illinois and eastern Iowa. Matthew married Fannie N. Biggs in Henry County, Illinois, in 1867 (I have the marriage license), and Roy was born in Reynolds, Illinois, in 1878, according to his death certificate, but there is no record in either Rock Island county or Mercer county of the birth.
Roy was married in 1912, and was then divorced from his wife, Grace Elizabeth Lane, in 1915. He remarried, since Mrs. Ellen Woodworth, his wife, was the informant for Roy's death certificate. Ellen and Roy's address was in Rock Island, but Roy died in Moline, Illinois, in 1950.
There are a number of Woodworths buried in a small cemetery in Whiteside county, at the Leon Methodist church. This cemetery has quite a few Lanes buried there, including Roy's first wife, Grace, and her family. It would seem natural to connect Roy with these Woodworths but nothing has turned up. Does anyone have a clue?
Given that Reynolds is close to Biggsville township in Mercer county, I've been exploring the possibility that Fannie Biggs is descended from the engineer John Biggs for whom Biggsville is named.
Hope this helps, and best to you in your research.