ROYAL WOODWORTH, a retired farmer, now living in the village of Peterboro, has been a resident of Madison County ever since his birth, which took place in Smithfield, January 30, 1818. During the many years he has been here he has been prominently identified with the development of the agricultural resources of the place, and has made for himself a worthy record, winning the respect and good will of all with whom he has come in contact. He is of New England origin, being a grandson of Ichabod Woodworth, a native of Massachusetts, who emigrated from there to New York, and became a pioneer of Lenox in the very early days of its settlement. The land was then mostly in its primitive condition, with now and then a clearing in the woods.
Mr. Ichabod Woodworth first erected a log house, into which he moved with his family, then began cultivating a few acres, keeping the larder supplied with the products of the earth or the game to be found in the forest. He lived there several years, but spent his declining days in Fenner, where he died at the advanced age of eighty years. In politics he was a Whig. His wife, who proved an able helpmeet, preceded him to the better land, dying at the age of sixty-five years. They reared a family of seven children, all of whom are now deceased.
Ephraim Woodworth, father of Royal, was born in Smithfield, and there grew to manhood. He received the education commonly given to pioneer's sons, and assisted his father in redeeming a farm from the wilderness, living to see the primeval forest converted into smiling fields, rich with growing grain. In this gradual development he took an active part, aiding the growth of the township while improving his own homestead, which was situated in the towns of Fenner and Smithfield. When a young man, he married Alice Hill, who bore well her share of the burdens of life; and to them were born four children, all of whom grew to maturity, our subject being the only one now living. Both parents spent their last years in Smithfield, the father dying at the ripe old age of eighty-three years, while the mother departed this life when sixty-five years old. He was a firm supporter of the principles of the Democratic party.
Royal Woodworth was reared and educated in the town of Smithfield, attending the public schools and assisting his father in the labors of the farm. Deciding to devote himself to agriculture, he bought the old home farm when twenty-three years of age, and began life in earnest. Endowed with a good stock of energy, enterprise, and youthful vigor, he succeeded in his efforts, and added to his landed estate until his homestead comprised one hundred and twenty acres of arable land, all under good cultivation, which he devoted to general farming, stock-raising, and dairying, having twenty-seven fine cows of mixed breed.
Mr. Woodworth was united in marriage in 1839 with Cynthia Jane Sanders, a native of Smithfield, a daughter of Aaron and Cynthia Sanders, by whom he had three children Morris,. who resides on the old farm; Eliza, wife of Adelbert Rich, of Smithfield; and Mary, wife of Daniel Campbell, of Smithfield. Mrs. Woodworth's parents were among the original settlers of Smithfield, where they improved a farm, on which they spent the remainder of their lives, dying one at the age of seventy years and the other at sixty. Mr. Sanders was a Whig in politics. Having sold his farm to his son Morris in 1870, Mr. and Mrs. Woodworth are spending the sunset of life in their pleasant village home, surrounded by all necessary comforts, and enjoying to the utmost the fruits of their earlier years of toil. Mr. Woodworth is pleasant and social, a just man and good neighbor, and politically is a strong Democrat.
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