The Hayworth Family

by Donald D. Erwin




Originally the name was written “de Haworth,” in the Norman style. There was a Robert de Haworth in the 13th century in England. He was a monk of the Cisterian Order, and in 1272 he was elected Abbot of Stanlow. There are now several variations of the name: Haworth, Howarth, Howorth and Hayworth. Hazel Dell Hayworth's branch of the Haworth\Hayworth family (who married Odes H. Erwin) has been traced back to Henry Haworth, who was born about 1616 in Lancashire, England. He had three sons: James, Henry and William. James Haworth, who was born in 1642 and lived at Rockcliffe near Bacup in Lancashire, England, and was Hazel Hayworth's ancestor. James Haworth married Isabel and they had six children: Mary, Sarah, Susannah, an unknown daughter, James and George. George Haworth, who was Hazel's emigrant ancestor, was born in 1682 in Rockcliff, Rochdale Parish, Lancashire, England.

George emigrated to William Penn’s colony in 1699. He married Sarah Scarborough, daughter of John Scarborough, Jr. and Mary Pierson, September 28, 1710 in the village of Buckingham in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Their marriage certificate is recorded in the Friends’ Library, 142 No. 16th Street in Philadelphia. It reads:


“Whereas George Haworth of ye Township of Makefield in ye County of Bucks & Province of Pennsylvania, Weaver, and Sarah Scarborough, daughter of John Scarborough of ye township Solebury in ye county and province aforesaid, spinster, having intentions of taking each other in marriage did publish ye same before several monthly meetings of ye people called Quakers in ye county aforesaid according to ye good order used amonst ym, whose proceedings therein after a deliberate consideration thereof & having consent of relations and parties concerned nothing appearing to obstruct were approved of ye ad meetings.”


“Now these are to certify all whome it may concern yt for ye full accomplishment of their said intentions this 28th day of ye 9 mo/ anno 1710 they ye ad George Haworth and Sarah Scarborough appeared in a publick meeting of ye said people and other mett together at their usual meeting house in ye township of Buckingham and County aforesaid and ye sd George Haworth taking ye sd Sarah Scarborough by ye hand in solemn manner openly declare yt he took her to be his wife and did likewise promise to be to her a true and loving and faithfull husband untill should separate ym & yn and there in the said assembly she ye sd Sarah Scarborough did likewise declare yt she took ye sd George Haworth to be her husband  promising to be unto him a loving and faithfull and true wife untill death should separate them and moreover ye sd George Haworth & Sarah Scarborough , (she according to ye custom of marriage assuming ye name of her husband) as a further confirmation thereof did then and there to those psents sett their hands & ye names are hereunder subscribed being amongst others psent at ye solemnization of their sd marriage and subscription in aforesd as witnesses thereunto have also to these psent set our hands ye day & year above written.”


Next there followed a list of 38 witnesses…


George and Sarah had eight children, and lived the rest of their lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. George died November 28, 1724 and Sarah passed on March 4, 1748. Both are buried in Bucks County. Absolom Haworth, their fourth born, was the ancestor of Hazel Dell Hayworth Erwin. John Haworth, their fifth born, was the great-great-great-grandfather of Herbert Clark Hoover, the thirty-first President of the United States.


Then followed several generations: Absolom Haworth was born in 1715 in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died April 17, 1752 in Frederick County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Payne in 1738 in Frederick County, Virginia. She was born December 5, 1724 in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and was the daughter of Josiah Payne and Martha Sheppard.


Absolom and Elizabeth had four children: 

  1. Nathanial Haworth was born in 1740 in Opeckton River, Frederick County, Virginia. He married Hannah Barrett.

  2. Absolom Hawoth, Jr. was born in 1743 in Opeckton River, Frederick County, Virginia. He married Mary West.

  3. Mary Haworth was born in 1745 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. She married William White.

  4. Hannah Haworth was born about 1745 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. She married Benjamin Moreland.

Nathaniel Haworth was born in 1740 in Opeckton River, Frederick County, Virginia, and died there in 1790. He married Hannah Berrett November 3, 1766 in Frederick County. Little is known about Nathaniel and Hannah, other than that they moved Newberry County, South Carolina by 1770. Nathaniel Haworth died in South Carolina, but it is not known where, and it is not known where he was buried. There is no record of what happened to Hannah.


Nathaniel and Hannah had five children:

  1. Absolom Haworth was born in 1767. He married Phoebe Wright in Green County, Tennessee March 4, 1798, and died there September 3, 1798.

  2. John Haworth was born in 1770 in Newberry County, South Carolina, and died in Kentucky in 1831. He married Catherine Cartwright in South Carolina.

  3. James Wade Haworth was born February 6, 1775 and died in 1831.

  4. Sampson Haworth was born April 13, 1779 in South Carolina, and died September 22, 1843. He married Kezia Longshore.

  5. Sarah Haworth was born in South Carolina about 1782. She married John Wright.

James Wade Haworth was born February 6, 1775 in Newberry County, South Carolina, and died in Miami County, Ohio December 1, 1829. He married Anna Emily Coppock, the daughter of John Coppock and Abigail Skillorn, on July 26, 1797 in Newberry County. She was born March 18, 1781, and died September 11, 1870 in Miami County, Ohio.


The children of James and Anna were:

  1. Sarah Haworth was born May 18, 1798 in Newberry County, South Carolina. She married Elisha McCool May 28, 1817 in Miami County, Ohio.

  2. Elizabeth Haworth was born June 18, 1800 in Newberry County, South Carolina. She married David Ellemon May 4, 1817 in Miami County, Ohio.

  3. Hannah Haworth was born September 20, 1801 in Newberry County, South Carolina and died July 19, 1904.

  4. Nathaniel Haworth was born February 12, 1803 and died February 10, 1871.

  5. James Haworth was born August 24, 1804 and died July 31, 1864 in Newton County, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Clary October 4, 1824 in Miami County, Ohio.

  6. Abigail Haworth was born January 29, 1804 in Newberry County, South Carolina and died November 11, 1804.

  7. John Haworth was born May 5, 1807 in Newberry County, South Carolina, and married Sarah Penry in 1826 in Maimi County, Ohio.

  8. Anna Haworth was born January 29, 1809 and died July 12, 1849. She married Issac C. Hall.

  9. David Haworth was born June 14, 1810 in Miami County, Ohio.

  10. Susannah Haworth was born February 14, 1812 in Miami County, Ohio, and died December 5, 1865. She married Thomas Penry February 9, 1831.

  11. Phoebe Haworth was born December 20, 1813 in Miami County, Ohio and died May 15, 1865. She married Benjamin Coate December 30, 1830.

  12. Wade Haworth was born December 5, 1815 in Miami County, Ohio, and died in McLean County, Illinois. He married Margaret Ogden.

  13. Joseph C. Haworth was January 18, 1817 in Miami County, Ohio. He married (1) Elizabeth Coate and (2) Victoria Gall.

  14. Sampson Haworth was born July 21,1819 in Miami County, Ohio. He married Hetty Penry.

  15. Samuel Haworth was born October 7, 1821 in Miami County, Ohio and died in 1803 in Ludlow Creek, Miami County, Ohio. He married Roseanna Frank.

  16. Mary Haworth was born January 14, 1825 in Miami County, Ohio. She married Jessie Jones in Miami County on February 17, 1842.

Nathaniel Hayworth was born February 12, 1803 in Newberry County, South Carolina, and died February 10, 1871 in Jasper County, Indiana. He married Deborah Furguson April 6, 1824 in Newton Miami County, Ohio. She was born February 24, 1805 in Virginia and died July 16, 1871 in Jasper County, Indiana. Nathaniel and Deborah were both living with their son David near Star City in Pulaski County, Indiana when they died. Both are buried in the Star City Cemetery.

A biography in Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, published in 1899, describes Nathaniel Haworth as being five feet three inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He was characterized as being “…quick and active in mind and action.” He was further described as “… a Whig and a Republican, and religiously connected to the Christian Church.”

It should be noted that, as an adult, Nathaniel added a “Y” to his surname, and his descendants have continued the practice.


The children of Nathaniel and Deborah were:

  1. Sarah Ann Hayworth was born in 1835 in Miami County, Ohio, and died in 1890 in Jasper County, Indiana. She married John A. Benson January 27, 1847 in Cass County, Indiana.

  2. James Nathaniel Hayworth was born October 17, 1826 and died January 24, 1901.

  3. William Haworth was born about 1828 in Miami County, Ohio. He married Melissa Randall.

  4. Elizabeth Hayworth was born in 1829 in Miami County, Ohio and died in Longton, Elk County, Kansas, in 1901. She married (1) Alexander Sturgeon, (2) Banson McConahay, (3) Cyres Stires, and (4) Lewis Parkinson.

  5. Malinda Hayworth was born in Miami County, Ohio.

  6. David Wade Hayworth was born December 11, 1835 in Miami County, Ohio and died in March 1898 in Elk County, Kansas. He married Mary Ann Shuler December 10, 1868 in Pulaski County, Indiana.

  7. John Hayworth was born December 11, 1835 in Miami County, Ohio and died April 21, 1910 in Lafayette, Montgomery County, Indiana. He married Melissa McCnahay September 16, 1835 in White County, Indiana.

  8. Sampson Hayworth

  9. Mary Jane Hayworth was born March 4, 1846 in Indiana, and died September 4, 1884. She married Anthony Swayzee March 5, 1863 in Pulaski County, Indiana.

Text Box: James & Susannah Hayworth
James Nathaniel Hayworth was born October 17, 1826 in Newton, Miami County, Ohio. He moved with his parents to Cass County, Indiana in 1845, and later lived for a time in Grant County, and about 1848 the family moved to Pulaski County, Indiana. He was living near Star City in Pulaski County when he married Susannah D. Miller in January 24, 1850, daughter of Captain John Miller.

James and Susannah Hayworth lived first on a 120-acre homestead in Harrison Township in Pulaski County. After seventeen years they moved to Jasper County, Indiana where they bought a 250-acre farm near Hanging Grove. In 1880 James and Susannah moved again, this time to Elk County, Kansas, where they lived the rest of their lives. Susannah died November 4, 1894, and James Hayworth died January 24, 1901while living with his son Charles. Both are buried in the Longton Cemetery in Elk County, Kansas.

As early as 1850 James Hayworth augmented his farming income by trading in furs. It was his practice to drive through the countryside with his horses and light wagon buying furs, and then periodically go by rail to Detroit, where the main market was, to sell them to wholesale dealers. Alpha, my mother’s sister, recalled in a letter to Bonnie Speer, that he did this even after he moved to Kansas.


James and Susannah had the following children:

  1.  John Ransom Hayworth, born November 6, 1850 in Star City, Pulaski County, Indiana. He died May 5, 1912 in Francisville, Jasper County, Indiana, and is buried in Roseland Cemetery in Francisville. He married Canzada Hullinger November 18, 1874 in Jasper County.

  2. Sarah Elizabeth Hayworth, born January 18, 1852. She died October 12, 1905 in Longton, Elk County, Kansas, and is buried in the Longton Cemetery. Sarah had some type of physical deformity that made it difficult for her to walk, and never married. She was reportedly known as “Aunt Sat,” because she “sat a lot.”

  3. David Allen Hayworth, was born February 4, 1853, and died November 9, 1878.

  4. Melissa Jane Hayworth, born September 20, 1854. She died August 2, 1881 in Longton, Elk County, Kansas, and is buried in the Longton Cemetery.

  5. Nancy Ellen Hayworth, my mother’s “Aunt Ellen,” was born December 5, 1856, and died March 12, 1940 in Longton, Elk County, Kansas. She married Thomas Stillwell and had one son, James Fay Stillwell, who died in France during WW1. Nancy Ellen and Thomas Stillwell are both buried in the Longton Cemetery. James Fay Stillwell is buried in Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas.

  6. William Riley Hayworth, was born May 12, 1858, and died September 10, 1913 in Valpariso, Porter County, Indiana. He married Edith Mattingly in 1885.

  7. Mary Mirenda Hayworth, born October 11, 1859, and died July 1, 1881 in Longton, Elk County, Kansas, and is buried in the Longton Cemetery.

  8. James Nathaniel Hayworth, was born February 3, 1863 in Pulaski County, Indiana, and died April 6, 1933 in Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana. He married (1) Anna Bledsoe, (2) Clara Andrus.

  9. Charles Ellis Hayworth, born March 1, 1866, and died April 12, 1941.

  10. Edwin Day Hayworth, a twin, was born April 29, 1871in Jasper County, Indiana, and died October 1, 1941.

  11. Evelyn May Hayworth, a twin, was born April 29, 1871 in Jasper County, Indiana, and died October 28, 1949. She married James M. Work in 1900 in Valpariso, Porter County, Indiana.  

Text Box: Charles & Melissa Hayworth, ca.1885
Charles Ellis Hayworth was born March 1, 1866 in Francisville, Jasper Co., Indiana and died April 12, 1941 in Fargo, Oklahoma. On the 13th of November 1885, he applied for a license to marry Melissa E. Stowe, aged 15, also of Longton, and on November 15 they were married. According to the marriage certificate Melissa was born in Chilhowec, Missouri to Joseph and Belinda Hilda Stowe.

The following March their first child was born. As Helen Erwin Campbell observes in her book The Grass is Always Greener…, ”…A little counting on the fingers tells another story, and in 1886 this was much more of a reason for gossip and finger pointing than is in our 1980s more permissive society. This was a shakey beginning for a never-very-solid marriage.”


Charles and Melissa eventually had four children:

  1. Cora Ruth Hayworth, b. February 12. 1986, Longton, Elk Co., KS; d. February 15, 1886

  2. Alpha Mae Hayworth, b. September 24, 1888, Longton, Elk Co., KS; d. January 6, 1966, Fargo, Ellis Co., OK

  3. Hazel Dell Hayworth, b. November 27, 1889, Longton, Elk Co., KS; d. February 16, 1976, Neodesha, Wilson Co., KS

  4. Text Box: Alpha & Hazel Hayworth, ca. 1891
Charles Raymond Hayworth, b. September 12, 1892, Longton, Elk Co., KS; d. September 5, 1918, as a Pvt. in France in WWI. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Cherokee Strip - Charles Ellis Hayworth made the run into the Cherokee Strip on September 16, 1893 and staked a claim near the little town of Cleveland. Alpha recalled those early days: “The very first I can remember was when we arrived at Cleveland, Oklahoma. My mother and us three children were helped out of a covered wagon and went into a long store. It was a general store, hardware, post office combined. My next remembrance was when we were living in a little board house on the claim…” “…Dad had made the run and had staked his claim near there (Cleveland). I was too little to remember if the house was built before we got there. It was rough, the walls were thin, and it was cold.” An Indian later challenged the validity of the claim. He apparently proved that he had gotten there first because Charles eventually gave it up. He then moved his family into Cleveland where he operated a saloon.

Cleveland, Oklahoma, in the 1890s, was a new pioneer town, and an article in the Cleveland Leader, September 17, 1914, page 1, illustrates what is was like:

“…Although Cleveland was in the Cherokee country, the Pawnee reservation lay not far to the west, the Creek to the south and the Osage to the north and east, making it the center of a triangle. Few Pawnees traded there, as their big town was Pawnee, but ‘going to town’ for thousands of Osages meant going to Cleveland, and the muddy streets of the little village were usually lined with Osage ponies in the old days. The Osages well knew the trail down to the old fort from their hills to the northeast, …”


Text Box: Hayworth’s Saloon:
         …Keeps First Class Goods and
           …Treats Everybody Right.
                         Cleveland, Oklahoma

Hayworth’s Saloon - To the right is an ad that ran in The Jordan Valley Journal (Cleveland, Q County, Oklahoma Territory) from March 2, 1894 until April 13, 1894. Following is a story that ran July 6, 1894 in the same paper, and seems to be tongue-in-cheek critical of the saloons in Cleveland.


“The three saloons seems to be right in the push of late. They keep music both day and night, and from abroad might think, from appearance and sounds, that this is a fast town for its size and age. The “4th” was an extensive one here in Cleveland this year, it seems to have lasted over a week, or a period of four days before the 4th and four days after the 4th. Will Mack says they took in $46.75 (sic) over the bar at the Coyote Saloon on the day of the 4th not withstanding the fact that it was apparently a dull day in the saloons.”  


Items in the Cleveland Bee:


§         February 8, 1895:

“Chas. Hayworth has his icehouse completed and filled with ice. He is now as happy as the dealer in a ‘big jackpot’.”


§         May 24, 1895:

“Chas. Hayworth is having his well drilled deeper.”


§         June 7, 1895:

“Chas. Hayworth is building an addition to the saloon, Rouse and Jackson are doing the work.”


§         September 13, 1895: “Pop on ice at Hayworth’s saloon.”


“Budweiser bottled beer is now available at Hayworth’s saloon.”


§         November 22, 1895:

“Chas. Hayworth was acquitted before United States Commissioner Wrightman on a charge of selling spiritous liquor to an Osage Indian.”


§         May 1, 1896:

“Chas Hayworth was arrested Wednesday on the charge of selling some Indian squaws whiskey. He was taken into police court and tried before a jury of six men, and the verdict was not guilty.”


§         November 6, 1896: “We are informed that Chas. Hayworth will reopen his saloon in a few days.”


§         April 12, 1897: “Chas. Hayworth and Bob Robinett Sundayed at Home  returning to court Monday.”


Hardtime - In 1897 Charles Ellis Hayworth was convicted of selling whiskey to an Indian and was sentenced to three years in jail. In the meantime his wife Melissa became ill, and members of her family from Longton, in Elk County, Kansas, came and took her and the children back to Longton, where her widowed mother took care of them all. Family friends and neighbors in Longton collected signatures on a petition for a hardship release for Charles. After having served about one year Charles was released from jail in Oklahoma with a full pardon. He returned to Longton where he moved his family into a rented house. Melissa was bedridden, so his sister, “Aunt Sat” (so nicknamed because she was lame and “sat a lot”), kept house for Charles.

Melissa Hayworth died April 5, 1899 of tuberculosis, or consumption as it was known then. Alpha recalls that “…Mother died in the spring,”, and many years later described the funeral in a letter to granddaughter Bonnie Speer: “…I was 11 years old so I remember her death and the day of the burial. I remember my sister Hazel brought her a hand full of early wood lilies a few days before, but it was so cold and stormy on the day of the funeral. I don’t think any of her folks were there excepting her mother who was a widow and lived in Longton. I don’t remember any, if there were. I met some of her brothers once but I don’t know where they lived and still don’t. After Mother’s death, Grandmother left Longton and was living with a son in Missouri until her death.”

James Hayworth, Charles’ widower father, came to live with the family after Melissa died, but after he passed away January 24, 1901 Charles soon got itchy feet. Charles and his sister Sarah Elizabeth (Aunt Sat), with children Alpha and Raymond, moved back to Oklahoma. Hazel Dell, who was about eleven, was left in Longton with Nancy Ellen, another sister, and her husband Thomas Stillwell (Aunt Ellen & Uncle Tom).

Charles filed on 160acres near Fargo, Oklahoma, and Sarah filed on an adjacent 160 acres. It is not clear how long Charles remained in Oklahoma, but it is thought that he was still there when Hazel married Odes H. Erwin in 1907. Sarah Elizabeth had returned to Elk County by 1905, for she was living with Ellen and Tom Stillwell when she died October 12, 1905. It is known that Charles had returned to Longton by the middle 1910s, because that was when he was involved in the theater business.

Mary Erwin Plog recalls Charles Ellis Hayworth in a letter dated October 15, 1986: “I saw Grandpa Hayworth only one time that I really remember. Flossie had just had a baby (I think it was Bobbie). Mamma knew Grandpa was coming and she was very pleased and excited that she was going to see her “Papa” after so many years. He had spent more time in Oklahoma with Alpha and Mamma was understandably jealous. I can’t remember how Grandpa Hayworth arrived or left, but I assume that he had a car. I remember a quiet, bald-headed man who didn’t talk a lot, but seemed to do a lot of observing. The reason I remember the incident so clearly is that Dad was so unpleasant that the visit was cut short. Mamma was in tears for a day or so after he left.”

Text Box: Tom Stillwell, James Hayworth, Charles Ellis Hayworth, Edwin D. Hayworth & Fay Stillwell, January 1920


Hayworth’s Theater - The Hayworths and the Stillwells (Tom Stillwell was married to Charles’ sister Ellen) were very musically inclined. They played together at family gatherings and at local dances as well as other social gatherings. Charles Hayworth, my grandfather, had his own band for a time. In the early 1920s Charles operated a theater in Longton where early silent films were shown. It was also available for local dances, traveling stage shows and “musical revues.” In a letter to Helen Erwin Campbell, dated October 15, 1986, my sister Flossie recalls visiting the theater with Goldie during the summer of 1923. “…Yes, I remember Grandpa Hayworth’s picture show in Longton – the seats could be pushed against the wall – leaving a dance floor in the middle. I remember being there one night in particular when he was having a dance – it seems only Goldie and I went with Grandpa Hayworth. I had to be in grade school – too young to dance – Goldie more of a young lady. Two or three young men asked her to dance, but she just shook her head. We just sat in seats along the wall and watched.”

Mary Erwin Plog recalls the theater also: “When Clifford showed us the theater still standing in Severy (about 1985) I remembered being there to see a silent movie once, and to hear Grandpa and other musicians playing in front of the screen before the show began. There were about four players besides Grandpa. I remember there were ordinary chairs for the audience, all placed on the same level.”

Alpha Alpha Hayworth Stoner

Text Box: Alpha Alpha Hayworth Stoner


Hazel Hazel Hayworth Erwin

Text Box: Hazel Hazel Hayworth Erwin

Daphne Stoner Wilson recalls, in a book entitled Hayworth and Stoner Families, edited by Bonnie Speer, that “…He (Grandpa Charles Ellis Hayworth) played mostly classical music. My Dad, now he played more of the old-time dance music and stuff. But Grandpa Hayworth, he was classical. He had sheets and sheets of music he played. He also had a horn, one of those long straight ones…a clarinet…Edna Fay Hutchinson got that.” (Note: Actually, an alto clarinet was sent to my mother in California when Charles Ellis Hayworth died, and I used it for a time in the Arcola School band. It is possible, of course, that Charles owned two clarinets when he passed away. Don Erwin)