|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1797|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 1879|
Abigail Woodward, dau. of Asahel Woodward and Lucy Washburn, b. Aug. 22, 1797 at Randolph, VT. She d. Apr. 19, 1879 at the family homestead at Norristown, now part of Russellville, AR.
On Oct. 6, 1818 at Randolph, VT Abigail m. her first cousin, Rev. Cephas Washburn, s. of Josiah Washburn and Phebe Cushman, the s. of Abigail's maternal uncle, Josiah Washburn. He was b. July 25, 1793 at Randolph, VT and d. Mar. 17, 1860 at Little Rock, AR. Abigail and Cephas were both descendants of Jane (Cooke) Mitchell and her parents, Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu, passengers of the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower to Plymouth, Mass. Separately through his mother Phebe, Cephas was a descendant of Isaac Allerton of the 1620 Mayflower voyage.
Prior to 1820 a group of Cherokee Indians voluntarily separated from the main body of the Cherokee Tribe east of the Mississippi River and relocated to north of the Arkansas River in the north central portion of present-day Arkansas. At Arkansas these Cherokee were known as the Western, or Arkansas, Cherokee. In 1820 on behalf of the Boston, Mass. based American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Rev. Washburn founded Dwight Mission to the Arkansas Cherokee. By treaty in 1828 with the Osage Indians, the U.S. established the western boundary of Arkansas Territory and created Indian Territory to its immediate west, now Oklahoma. In 1828 the Arkansas Cherokee relocated west into the newly-designated Indian Territory. At the same time, Dwight Mission relocated to north of present day Sallisaw, OK and took possession of existing improvements that had been built by Lovely during the short existence of Lovely's Purchase in Indian Territory. In 1838-39 when the main body of the Cherokee in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee were removed and consolidated in Indian Territory, the former Arkansas Cherokee became the "Cherokee Old Settlers."
The children of Abigail Woodward and Rev. Cephus Washburn are:
• i. Josiah Woodward Washburn, b. July 15, 1819 at Savannah, GA, d. Dec. 27, 1871; m. Jan 27, 1847 Susan Catherine Ridge, dau. of Major Ridge (Cherokee) and Sarah Bird Northrup. As an adult, Josiah insisted on spelling his last name as Washbourne, the ancient form of the family name and carried forward for multiple generations in his family line.
• ii. Corine Elizabeth Washburn, b. Nov. 1821 at Dwight Mission to the Arkansas Cherokee near Russellville, AR d. Oct. 8, 1894; m. as his 1st wife, John Martin Thompson (Cherokee), by whom she had one child, Herbert Wm. Thompson who was twice married. Corrine never remarried.
• iii. Henry Earl Washburn, b. July 21, 1824 at Dwight Mission near Russellville, AR; d. there in infancy, Sept. 3, 1827.
• iv. Abigail Maria Washburn, b. Jan. 4, 1828 at Dwight Mission near Russellville, AR, d. Jan. 18, 1881 at Yell County, AR; m. Oct 28, 1858 at Pope County, AR, Edward H. Langford, who died before 1869. Three known daughters of the family who were living in June 1880.
• v. Henry Earl Alfred Washburn, b. August 30, 1829 at Dwight Mission near Sallisaw, OK; m. 1857 Margaret Ann "Maggie" Lilly.
• vi. Edward Payson Washburn, b. November 17, 1831 at Dwight Mission near Sallisaw, OK; d. unmarried, Mar. 27, 1860, at Little Rock, AR. He was the artist of "The Arkansas Traveler" made famous by Currier & Ives.
Asahel Woodward (1766 - 1844)
Lucy Washburn Woodward (1769 - 1823)
Cephas Washburn (1793 - 1860)*
Corrine Elizabeth Washburn Thompson*
Abigail Maria Washburn Langford (1828 - 1881)*
Edward Payson Washburn (1831 - 1860)*
In Memory of
Rev. Cephas Washburn
Born, Randolph, VT.
Aug. 22, 1797
Died, Norristown, Ark.
April 19, 1879
Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
Originally Created by: Nancy Kennedy
Record added: Mar 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18377356