John Spencer WOODWORTH, NY, KY, ILLINOIS
"History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois", edited by William Henry Perrin; Chicago:O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building.1883
Chap X., p109 Settlement of Robinson Twp.
Thomas Gill and family, and John S. Woodworth, [portrait and signature reproduced on p136] came in the fall of 1814, and were from Mt. Sterling, Ky.Mr. Gill settled on a farm some four miles northwest of Palestine, where he lived, and where he died about 1840.He had a numerous family, but none of them are now in the township;James, the only one left, lives in Cumberland County.Mr. Gill served in the Revolutionary War, and was a highly respected citizen of the country.John S. Woodworth,married a daughter of Gill's, and raised a large family of children.But three of them are living, viz.:Martin and Leander of Palestine, and A. P. Woodworth, cashier of the Robinson bank.The first purchase of land made by Mr. Woodworth, was the squatter's claim of Thos. Kennedy to 160 acres.When it came in market he purchased it, and had to pay $6.10 per acre for it, a heavy price for the time.Mr. Woodworth was the second sheriff of Crawford County.He was not an office seeker, but devoted his time and attention chiefly to agriculture.He accumulated a large estate in landed property.