Nathan I. Woodworth [RG1532.AM]


RG1532.AM:  Nathan I. Woodworth, 1824-1901

Letter/reminiscences:  1898

Size:  One folder


Born in Ohio on March 29, 1824, Nathan Woodworth was the son of John and Chloe (Bridgeman) Woodworth.  He married Jerusha Bidwell in 1848 and became an ordained Baptist minister in 1851.  Rev. Woodworth served various pastorates in Illinois and Wisconsin.  He also served as chaplain of the 31st Wisconsin Infantry.  Rev. Nathan Woodworth died on March 16, 1901, at Welaka, Florida.  He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Putnam County, Florida.


This collection consists of one folder containing a letter written by Nathan Woodworth to J.A. Barrett of the Nebraska State Historical Society.  In the letter, dated October 10, 1898, Woodworth describes a trip taken through Nebraska in 1860.  He discusses the introduction of the sunflower to Nebraska Territory by the Mormons traveling through.  Woodworth includes brief descriptions of Omaha and Council Bluffs, as well as the “Lone Tree” along the Platte River near the Mormon Trail.  The tree was a Cottonwood that was inscribed with names and dates of travelers passing by.

Also included is a typed transcript of the handwritten letter.


Letter, October 10, 1898


Subject headings:

Mormon Trail

Mormons — Nebraska

Nebraska — Description and travel

Omaha (Nebraska) — History

Overland journeys. Personal narratives



Woodworth, Nathan I., 1824-1901


Revised TMM      07-29-2020


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