|WOODWORTH DESCENDANTS REUNION
LAKE GEORGE, NY
JUNE 7 -11, 2015
ORGANIZED BY DIANE (WOODWORTH) AND DALE LIEBERT
INTRODUCTION BY DIANE LIEBERT
First I'd like to say that these reunions are not created by just Dale and me. It is the credit to many Woodworth and Woodworth spouses that make our reunions so successful, and I want to thank you all. And thank all of you that provided these wonderful photographs.
The reason the Lake George NY area was chosen for this past reunion was because in the Woodworth families exodus west, probably 90% of the families traveled through this area with several of them spending one generation or so there.
In researching the area, I discovered Ephraim Woodworth's claim to fame during the Revolutionary War. Specifically, that Ephraim's house was commandeered by General Gates to use in the pivotal Revolutionary battle on October, 1777. He also had several brothers and cousins, sons and nephews who left their marks in the area.
Following the family progression west, it is evident that as the western part of the United States developed, Woodworth family members were not far behind.
The Woodworth family grew, from the one man,
Walter, in Scituate Massachusetts in the 1630's, to about 6500 families
listed in the 1940 census, and I for one, am very proud of my Woodworth
Photo by Roger Wood on Melanie Woodworth's camera
Click here for a MONSTER enlargement of the above pic
We have five great photo galleries of this event.
(1) The first series is by Roger Wood, a Walter Woodworth
(4) Melanie Woodworth took 20 photos. Click HERE
TO THE REUNION
This picture of Bill, Virginia and I represent a unique ending to our 2015 reunion. One week after the reunion I was driving from Wisconsin to Pittsburgh PA. I stopped for the night in Richmond, IN. I registered in the motel office and then drove to my room. As I was parking a man opened the door to the room next to mine. At first glance I thought "it can't be" but on second look, sure enough Bill was walking out the door.
After the reunion, Bill and Virginia Woodworth chose to drive back to Oklahoma the long way - via Vermont. And it just so happened that they chose the same motel in the same city as I did to spend the night.
We had a wonderful get-together and dinner at the local Olive Garden where this photo was taken.
Barbara Woodworth (left) of Buffalo, NY, wrote a very nice article about the reunion that was included in The Buffalo News
This year, however, things changed when we learned of a Woodworth genealogical family reunion to be held at Lake George in June. We signed up. Not knowing anyone, at first, seemed a bit awesome – but what the heck, nothing ventured, nothing gained. This was our time to be part of a mega-family reunion, even though we weren’t sure at first that we really were a part of this very extended family.
It turned out we were! My husband, Bill, we found out (validated by several knowledgeable and certified genealogists), is the 10th generation of the Woodworth family starting with Walter Woodworth, born in 1612, who arrived in America from England in 1633. That makes our children generation number 11.
Learning the intricacies of the Woodworth line was a fascinating experience as we sat in on a presentation by Diane Woodworth Liebert, a genealogist and distant cousin from Madison, Wis. There were good stories about many ancestors and some distant relatives who, presumably like many families, encountered various difficulties. Another evening we learned, from Sherrye Woodworth of Marquette, Mich., about a Woodworth DNA project and found that several of those seated around us – all wearing name tags bearing the surname Woodworth, claimed dual links to the Woodworth line. We learned of Bill’s line, beginning with Walter and followed by Joseph, Joseph, Jedediah, William, Alexander, George Washburn (Bill’s great-grandfather), Jerome Bonaparte (Bill’s grandfather), who served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and on to his dad, Clifford Jerome. It was truly a unique experience.
The approximately 40 Woodworths we met came from 15 states – from California to North Carolina – and from Canada as far north as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It was almost prophetic that the first person my husband met turned out to be his namesake – Bill Woodworth from Oklahoma.
During this five-day reunion the mix of history and fun was perfect. The fun part started with breakfast each day at the Lake George Wingate Hotel, bus trip lunches, dinners out and educational programs in the evening. During the day we toured such historical sites as the Grant Cottage, where President Grant spent his final days, the Saratoga Battlefield, a Woodworth excavation site, the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs and some stops along the Underground Railroad. The grand finale was a dining and dancing boat trip along beautiful Lake George aboard the Mohegan.
Although we started out not knowing anyone, by the time we left five days later, we had made new friends, presumably found new relatives, established lasting memories and are seriously considering attending the next Woodworth Genealogical Family Reunion to be held in 2017 in Springfield, Ill.