An American Family History

James Haworth


The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

James Haworth was born in 1719 in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

He married Sarah Wood on November 3, 1743 at Smith River Meeting, Frederick County, Virginia. Sarah was born on November 11, 1720.

Richard Haworth (1744, married Ann Dillon),
Jemima Haworth (1745, married John Wright),
George Haworth (1749, married Susannah Dillon),
James Haworth, Jr. (1752, married Mary Reece/Rees),
Elizabeth Haworth (1754),
Sarah Haworth (1755, married Peter Dillon).

They were members of Buckingham Monthly Meeting, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

In 1739 they moved to Frederick County, Virginia were they were members of Hopewell Monthly Meeting. In 1750 they signed Joseph Lupton's marriage certificate.

He settled near his brothers, Stephanus and Absalom, and his uncle, Robert Scarborough, on Apple Pie Ridge. In November, 1752 James had 227 acres on both sides of Great Spring Branch of Back Creek and North Mountain, in Frederick County.

James died on October 10 1757 about the time his family was driven off their farm by the indigenous people, near Hopewell, Frederick County, Virginia. The new widow Sarah Haworth, received 3 of the 35£ sent for relief by the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. James' estate was appraised on April 30, 1759.

Sarah married Peter Ruble in 1759 and was disowned at Hopewell on December 24, 1759.

In February, 1768 Sarah, Peter and the Haworth children moved to Bush River Monthly Meeting, Newberry County, South Carolina.

Sarah died on June 20, 1769.

On August 29, 1772, sons George and James were disowned by Bush River Friends Meeting.

In 1773 George and James went with Daniel Boone on an expedition across the mountains into western Virginia--now Kentucky.

Apple Pie Ridge Road is in Frederick County, Virginia. In 1751 Quaker families settled along Ridge Road. The road became known as Apple Pie Ridge Road when Hessian soldiers, captured during the revolution, would go to the ridge to eat the apple pies baked by the Quakers.

European and indiginous American fought fierce battles as the Europeans expanded their territory.



from Footprints "The Haworths, Scarbroughs, Dillons and Ruckmans" by  Robert G Lowry.

James Haworth, our ancestor, was born in 1719 in Pennsylvania and died at Hopewell in VA in 1757 at the age of 38. He died shortly after he and his wife Sarah Wood Haworth and their six small children were driven out of their home near Smith Creek meeting in Frederick County, VA., by the Indians during the French and Indian War. It was Sarah who was referred to as the "Widow Sarah Haworth" in the account of that period in an earlier chapter. She was "disowned" shortly afterward for some unknown reason, then reinstated after furnishing "satisfaction," married a Peter Ruble, and then moved first to North Carolina and then to Tennessee, where she died at the age of 49, June 20, 1769.


from Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley

Frederick County land records stated that James was a Virginia "Planter." After their marriage they settled in Back Creek Valley, where James Haworth bought land from Isaac Thomas in 1755. The farm was located near the fork of Isaac's Creek and Back Creek about two miles below Gainesboro. The land included a lovely meadow that is now owned by Mrs. Charles DeHaven. After James' death, Sarah married second to Peter Ruble, son of Ulrick and Jane Ruble. They moved to Newberry County, South Carolina in 1768.


from Scarborough/Haworth Volume 1

James was born 10/10/1719 on his father's farm, Solebury Township, Bucks Co, PA, died 10 Oct 1757 about the time his family was driven off their farm by Indians, near Hopewell, Frederick Co, VA. His estate was appraised 30 April 1759. James married Sarah Wood, on 3 Nov 1743 at Smith River Meeting, Frederick Co. (this meeting was mentioned in 1738 by James' uncle Robert Scarborough, but the records are lost.) Sarah was possibly a daughter of James Wood although her parentage has never been proven. She was born 11 Nov 1720, died 20 June 1769.

James was a member of Buckingham MM, Bucks Co, PA, and on 6/6/1739 removed to Hopewell MM, VA. He settled near his brothers Stephanus and Absalom and uncle Robert Scarborough, on Apple Pie Ridge about 5 miles north of Winchester. This was the area that suffered from Indian depredations in 1756/57; although no Friends were killed, many lost their livestock, including "Sarah Haworth widow" who received 3 of the 35 pounds sent for relief by the Philadelphia QM" (Hopewell Friends History). In Nov 1752 James had 227 acres on both sides of Great Spring Branch of Back Creek and North Mountain, in Frederick County. A widow with six young children, Sarah married Peter Ruble in 1759 and was disowned at Hopewell 24 Dec 1759. In Feb 1768 Sarah Ruble, with husband and Haworth children removed to Bush River MM, Newberry Co, S.C. where she died the next year.

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