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William W. Woodworth, deceased, was born in Essex, England, in 1819, and died in Doniphan county, Kansas, July 20, 1899. In his native land Mr. Woodworth spent the first seventeen years of his life, receiving there a common-school education. At seventeen, thinking to better his condition in life and find broader opportunities for advancement, he emigrated to the United States landing at New York city after an ocean voyage of eight weeks. From there he went direct to Syracuse and thence to Utica, New York, at the latter place finding employment, on a farm, where he worked by the month. While there he formed the acquaintance of and subsequently married Miss Lucy Stephens, their marriage occurring in 1850. Mrs. Woodworth is a daughter of Warren and Lucy (Bump) Stephens, was born in New York state in 1836, and was at the age of ten years left an orphan by the death of her mother. She was educated at Utica.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Woodworth moved to Delaware county, Iowa, where they remained until the spring of 1862 and whence at that time they moved to Doniphan county, Kansas. Here Mr. Woodworth purchased forty acres of land located one mile east of the village of Troy, and engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He erected a comfortable dwelling, good barns and other farm btiildings, planted a small orchard, and here spent the rest of his days. He was a well posted man, broad and liberal in his views; politically, was a Republican and religiously an Episcopalian, being a member of the church of England. For years he was identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was buried with all the honors of that order. Mrs. Woodworth is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Troy. She still resides at the farm above referred to and with hired help carries on its operations. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. One of the daughters, Martha, is the wife of John Maquilan and resides in Colorado; the other, Emma, married Benjamin Tool and is a resident of Billings, Montana.