1876 Mary Grunendike Haworth CDV Photo, Decatur, Macon County Illinois
#563 Mrs. George Haworth:
On reverse: "Mrs. Geo D. Haworth, March 30th, 1871. Married Dec. 27th, 1876" is handwritten. Photo Type: Original Vintage Victorian CDV Carte de Visite Photograph. Photographer: T.H. Butler, Over Smith, Hammer & Co's Bank, Decatur, Illinois, Macon County. (known to be photographer Thomas H. Butler, Thomas Butler)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Mrs. George D. Haworth's maiden name was Mary E. Grunendike 1845-1927. She was the first president of the Decatur's Women's Club, and founded that organization in 1887. Her husband, George D. Haworth (1833-1903), also of Decatur, helped invent the corn planter and in 1869 he invented the check rower, which revolutionized the production of corn.
Mary was born in Chili, Monroe County, New York, near Rochester NY, daughter of Reuben Grunendike and Mary Ann Grunendike. According to 1870 census, George D. Haworth's first wife was Kezia Haworth, her maiden name McCandless. (Kezia McCandless) By the 1880 census he is husband to Mary E. Haworth, married in 1876. It seems George Haworth, his father Mahlon Haworth and two brothers invented the Haworth Check Rower and made millions of dollars. He is very prominent in Decatur IL history. He was an inventor and engineer.
GEORGE D. HAWORTH
Born in Clinton County Ohio 1833 to an English Quaker family. As a child he lived on a farm in Fort William, Clinton County. His Parents were Mahlon Haworth 1809-1893 born in Ohio and Sarah Jane Woolman Haworth 1812-1891.
1. Kizzie McCandless Haworth (1841-1870) Daughter OF Robert McCandless. Sadly, she and their new baby Emma Haworth died in the summer of 1870, soon after childbirth. (Kizzie Haworth, Keziah Haworth)
2. Mary E. Grunendike Haworth (1845-1927) daughter of Captain Reuben A. Grunendike
Children: His only child was baby Emma Haworth, who died 1870 as a newborn, a month before her mother Kizzie's death.
Lysander L. Haworth 1831-1918 (also known as Lysaner Haworth, L.L. Haworth)
Uriah Haworth 1832-1852
George D. Haworth 1833-1903
James W. Haworth 1836-1892
John W. Haworth 1838-1880
Annie Maria Haworth Roby 1839-1914, wife of K.H. Roby of Decatur, Illinois
Mary Phoebe Haworth Simpson 1841-1923 of Moweaqua, Illinois
Mahlon Frank Haworth 1845-1864
Their Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
Book Title: History of Macon County Illinois from its organization to 1876 Publisher: Whipporwill Publications: "GEORGE D. HAWORTH. Was born in Clinton County, Ohio, on the 29th of November, 1833. His ancestors were English Quakers. James and Thomas Haworth came to America early in the eighteenth century. One settled in Pennsylvania, the other in Virginia. Both his grandfather and great grandfather were born in Virginia. The former, whose name was Mahlon Haworth, was one of the pioneer settlers of East Tennessee, and about the year 1800 removed to Clinton county, Ohio. His father, also named Mahlon Haworth, was born in that part of Ohio. His mother, Sarah J. Woolman, was a native of Clark county, Ohio, and related to John Woolman, the early Quaker preacher and active opponent of slavery. Her grandmother was a Newton, a daughter of Samuel Newton, who was a cousin of Sir Isaac Newton. The part of Ohio in which he was born and raised was well-settled and abounded in good schools. His boyhood was spent on a farm near Port William in Clinton county. In the public schools of the neighborhood he studied the branches usually taught, though his education is principally the result of much reading and habits of close observation in later years. At eighteen he made his first important venture in life on his own account. The discovery of gold in California had drawn great numbers of enterprising young men to the Pacific slope, and in the spring of 1852, in company with his next oldest brother, Uriah E. Haworth (Uriah Haworth), he set out to try his fortune in the gold regions of the new El Dorado. They went by boat from Cincinnati to St. Joseph, Missouri, and from the latter place started with a wagon train across the plains. All went well till they had traveled westward several hundred miles when his brother was taken seriously ill and he was obliged to return with him to St. Joseph, where he died. This unfortunate incident put an end to his California trip, and he returned to Ohio. On his journey homeward through Illinois, the favorable impressions he received of the country induced his father to remove with his family to this state the following autumn, that of the year 1853. They settled on a farm near Mechanicsburg in Sangamon county. Mr. Haworth was then nearly twenty. Two citizens of Mechanicsburg had been experimenting for some time with the purpose of constructing a corn-planting machine, the need of which was greatly felt by farmers. From his early boyhood Mr. Haworth had manifested a taste for mechanical pursuits. He had made himself familiar with the working of various pieces of machinery, and, though he had never regularly learned the trade, was a good workman at the lighter kinds of blacksmithing. The gentlemen interested in getting up the corn-planter, Cyrus Correll and Dr. A.J. Randall, accordingly called on him for assistance. The experiments were carried on during the winter of 1853–4, and by the next spring two hundred corn-planters were ready for sale, the main features of which were Mr. Haworth's invention. The machine was drawn by one horse, and the corn was dropped by means of a trigger. These were the first corn-planters ever placed on the market. Though crude and imperfecting comparison with those now made they worked successfully and were largely sold till finally superseded by the two horse planters. His attention having been attracted to the manufacture of labor-saving agricultural implements, he began to consider the feasibility of constructing corn harvesters and reaping machines. On account of the greater facilities for the manufacture of new machinery then existing in Ohio, he went to that State in 1857, and began work at Xenia. In July 1857, he invented a corn harvester to be used for shucking corn. This machine had many excellent points about it, but its great expense prevented it from going into general use. From Xenia he went to Dayton. In 1858, he invented a combined reaper and corn harvester, a number and each succeeding year the demand has been greater. He manufactured these machines at Decatur, to which place his father had removed in 1857, and then went to Springfield, where he was engaged in their manufacture till 1870, with John C. Lamb (John Lamb) as his partner. The patents which he obtained are still used by other makers of corn-planters. While manufacturing the corn planters, he had seen the necessity for some invention to regulate by machinery the dropping of the corn from the planter, and in 1866, began experimenting with a view of meeting this difficulty. These experiments resulted in the Haworth Check Rower, completed in 1869. This was the first Check Rower ever invented, and at once gave great satisfaction. In the fall of 1869, he formed a partnership with his father, Mahlon Haworth, and his brothers, L.L. Haworth and James W. Haworth, and began the manufacture of the check rowers. Three hundred (300) were sold during the season of 1870. The next year the sales increased to two thousand, The Haworth manufacturing establishment is one of the features of Decatur, and has contributed largely to its celebrity as a manufacturing centre. Both wire and rope Check Rowers are manufactured. Various improvements have been made since their first invention, and great care is taken in their construction in which only simple principles are involved. The great saving of time, labor and expense to the farmer has made their use very popular and during the last few seasons the number sold has been limited only by the capacity to manufacture them. His first marriage occurred at Springfield, in June, 1863, to Miss Kizzie McCandless, daughter of Robert McCandless. She was born near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Her death took place in 1870. His present wife, to whom he was married on the 27th of December, 1876, was formerly Miss Mary E. Grunendike (Mary Grunendike). She was born in Monroe county, New York, near the city of Rochester. Her father, Capt. Reuben A. Grunendike (Reuben Grunendike), was a native of the same county, and removed to Illinois in 1861. Mrs. Haworth, previous to her marriage, was a very successful teacher in the schools of Decatur. Mr. Haworth has led the quiet life of a private citizen, and has never taken any active part in public affairs. He is, however, known as a man of the highest personal character and as a liberal and public-spirited citizen. While his genius for invention has brought him wealth he has used it with no illiberal hand. He has done his part toward giving Decatur a reputation as a city of fine residences, and both to private charities and public enterprises he has been a generous contributor. His views on religious subjects are liberal and progressive, and differ somewhat from the doctrines maintained by the orthodox denominations. From his father, who was an early anti-slavery man, and was called an “abolitionist” in the days when that term was a synonym of unpopularity, he inherited views in opposition to slavery which attached him to the Republican party from its first foundation. Amid the cares of a busy life he has found time to indulge his natural tastes for literature. While he has never sought distinction nor cared to come into public prominence, his name deserves mention as one of that class who have been of the greatest benefit to the West in revolutionizing agriculture and placing in the hands of the tiller of the soil, instead of the slow and laborious implements of fifty years ago, machinery which enables one man to do the work of ten."
An image of a beautiful 19th c. Victorian woman with cross and much jewelry has braided hair, a very clean and crisp family photograph. Mary is dressed in black with black velvet jewelry and wears a large black onyx cross at her throat. This may be mourning attire. Found in Rochester, Monroe County, New York.
Size: 2.5 by 4 inches
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