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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Capt. William Wheeler Woodworth

When William Wheeler Woodworth was born on October 21, 1820, in Rushford, New York, his father, Luther, was 21 and his mother, Lucy, was 18. He married Caroline Jewell on September 22, 1846. They had three children during their marriage. He died on December 28, 1862, in Falmouth, Virginia, at the age of 42, and was buried in his hometown.

 He was a Captain in the Civil War - Company D, 64th regiment. This regiment was present at a greater number of engagements than any other regiment in the service during the Civil War.



WOODWORTH , WM . H - Age, 41 years. Enrolled at Elmira ,
to serve three years, and mustered i n as first lieutenant, Oo. D ,
December 10, 1861; promoted captain, February 26, 1862;
died of disease, December 28, 1862, near Ealmouth, Ya .
Commissioned first lieutenant, December 2, '1861, witb rank
from November 27, 1861, original; captain, March 6, 1862,
with rank from February 26, 1862, vice Phipps Lake resigned

From an undated newspaper clipping:

ANOTHER GOOD MAN FALLEN - We have to announce the death, this week, of Capt. William Woodworth, Company D, 64th Regiment.
Capt. Woodworth was a native and resident of Rushford, in this County. He went into the service in the fall of 1861, and has been through some of the severest conflicts that have occurred in Virginia and Maryland, since that time. He was in the battle of Fredericksburg, and under fire eleven hours, but never received a scratch or mark, though the Regiment and his Company suffered severely. He returned to Falmouth, was immediately taken sick with fever and died on the 28th of December. His remains were brought to Rushford, and interred last week. He leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn the death of a true and brave man - one who never failed to do his duty as a soldier, and has left no blemish upon his name.

Taken from Final Report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg (New York at Gettysburg) by the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1902.


The Board of Supervisors of Cattaraugus County presented the 64th Regiment with their Regimental Color and allegedly with this national color as well. At Gettysburg, Corporal Thomas Zibble and Corporal Albert Empy were wounded while carrying this color. At some point during its use in the war, a skilled seamstress repaired damage to the upper hoist corner by using a piece of blue silk cloth to replace the original upper staff sleeve. She then stitched the dark blue silk of the upper hoist to the replacement along the top edge. The stars were pieced in with white silk fabric. (02.127)

Here we see the Fifth New Hampshire Infantry, reenforced by details from the Sixty-fourth New York and from the Irish Brigade, at work in the swamp strengthening the upper bridge across the Chickahominy so as to enable Sumner's troops to cross. The bridge had been completed on the night of May 29, 1862, and Colonel Cross of the Fifth New Hampshire Infantry was the first man to ride over it. The heavy rains on the night of May 30th had so loosened the supports that when Sumner led his troops across on the afternoon of May 31st only the weight of the cautiously marching column kept the logs in place. Sumner named it the Grapevine Bridge because of its tortuous course. It enabled his troops to turn the tide at Fair Oaks and ward off Federal defeat on the first day. After they had crossed much of the Grapevine Bridge was submerged by the rising flood of the Chickahominy.

Taken from Photographic History of the Civil War Volume I The Opening Battles, Francis Trevelyan Miller, editor-in-chief.


William Wheeler Woodworth married Caroline Jewell on September 22, 1846, when he was 25 years old.

Caroline Jewell


They had four children:
Marion Woodworth b. 2 Oct 1847  Rushford, Allegany, NY
                                 d. 8 Feb 1927 GAlesburg, Knox, IL
                                            M. Samuel Kirk White

Marion Woodworth

Marion Woodworth White. Paul E White,, Wiliam M Jewell White , Caroline Jewell

Adelaide Woodworth b. 1853
                         (No further information known at this time)

Emma Woodworth b. abt 1854 in New York
                           (No further information known at this time)

Frances Adlin Woodworth M. James H. E. Clark
                             (No further information known at this time)


When Caroline Jewell was born in 1827 in Franklinville, New York, her father, Pardon, was 32, and her mother, Harriet, was 18. She married William Wheeler Woodworth on September 22, 1846. They had three children during their marriage. She died in 1906 in Topeka, Kansas, having lived a long life of 79 years, and was buried in Rushford, New York.

In 1870, Caroline Jewell may have witnessed or experienced political discrimination while living in Rushford, New York after ratification of the 15th Amendment.

Caroline Jewell may have lived near a state-run “poorhouse” and witnessed what it was like to slip into poverty during the 19th century.
    Caroline Jewell died in 1906 in Topeka, Kansas, when she was 79 years old.


    Photo Added by: Joel Farringer on Findagrave

    White Cemetery 
    Allegany County
    New York, USA

    I get such a sense of pride when I find an ancestor like this one. 

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