Biography of Jonathan Woodworth
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Woodworth, Jonathan, a native of Wales, seeking a home on the new continent, finally made a settlement in New London, Conn. By education he was a surveyor and navigator. Previous to his settlement in Connecticut he was a sea captain and came to America in that capacity. The first attempt of immigration and settlement of Tompkins county, of which we have any authentic record, was in the year 1788. In June of that year a party of explorers, with the flats at the head of Cayuga Lake as an objective point, headed by Jonathan Woodworth and accompanied by his two sons, Nehemiah and Charles, left their home, and finding the present site of Ithaca a desirable location, made a settlement there. Mr. Woodworth with his two sons surveyed Tompkins and a few adjacent counties, and he also surveyed a portion of the western part of Pennsylvania. His son, Jonathan Parker Woodworth, born June 15, 1775, was a Baptist clergyman, and preached for many years in different parts of Tompkins county, especially in Enfield and Newfield. He purchased land in Ulysses, near Willow Creek, about 1824, which was afterward owned by his son, David Woodworth, and which constitutes the farm now owned by Alfred B. Woodworth. He died July 7, 1860. David Woodworth was born in the town of Covert, August 22, 1801, and was married to Betsey J. Bates, September 6, 1827. Betsey J. Bates was born January 25, 1806, in Stamford, Conn., and removed with her parents to the town of Ulysses in 1816.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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