Rev Charles Woodbury Giddings

Rev Charles Woodbury Giddings

Birth
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 23 Dec 1879 (aged 69)
Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 31056998 · View Source
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Portions of the following biography were written by Patricia St. Clair Ostwald (a descendant).

Charles Woodbury Giddings, Methodist minister and Nebraska pioneer, was born 10 May 1810 in Norwich, Connecticut, son of Capt. James Giddings and his wife Lucy Deming Giddings. In 1835, C. W. Giddings married Clarissa Griffing.

Early in his career, Giddings served as a circuit rider and stationed minister in the Methodist church in NY & PA along the Susquehanna River Valley. By the mid-1850's, however, Giddings envisioned a better life for himself and members of his parish. Through a brother-in-law in Kansas Territory, he learned of desirable land opening up for settlement in the southeast corner of Nebraska Territory, and on 2 October 1856, Giddings organized the Nebraska Settlement Company. He had spent the summer of 1856 in Nebraska as agent of the company and with R. V. Muir purchased the interest of the Table Rock Townsite Company in the south half of Section 32, Township 3, Range 12 east, on the Nemaha River in Pawnee County, Nebraska.

Giddings brought his own family to live permanently in Table Rock in 1857. As General Superintendent of the Nebraska Settlement Company, Giddings extolled the glories of southeast Nebraska Territory and succeeded in attracting as many as 150 families to the area by 1858. The town prospered for a time, despite natural disaster setbacks, but when it failed to become the county seat, it struggled economically. Despite this, Charles and Clarissa Giddings remained in Table Rock the rest of their lives, raising their four daughters and nourishing the Methodist community there. While he was not active in the ministry in the earliest settlement days, in 1865 Giddings was again called, serving the Nebraska Conference as Presiding Elder, an office he filled until retiring in 1871.







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  • Created by: Griff
  • Added: 1 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31056998
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Charles Woodbury Giddings (10 May 1810–23 Dec 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31056998, citing Table Rock Cemetery, Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Griff (contributor 47065558) .