Rash's Surname Index
Notes for Charles E. WOODWARD
From the 'Biographical and Portrait Cycopedia of Chester County, Pennsylvania,
comprising A Historical Sketch of the County' by Samuel T. Wiley, revised and
edited by Winfield Scott Garner, published by the Gresham Publishing Company,
Philadelphia, PA, 1893, pp. 238-239:
"Charles E. Woodward, M.D., an active, skilled and popular physician of West
Chester, is a son of William P. and Rachel (England) Woodward. He was born at
Marshallton, in West Bradford township, Chester county, Pennsylvania, January 8,
1846. His paternal grandfather, Eli Woodward, was born and reared in Chester
county, where he followed farming during all the years of his active life. He
owned a good farm near Marshallton, in West Bradford township, where he died.
His son, William P. Woodward (father), was born in 1817 on the homestead, where
he passed his boyhood days. He died in the summer of 1863, on his farm near
Marshallton, Chester county, Pennsylvania, in the forty-sixth year of his age.
He was actively engaged in farming and merchandising at the time of his death.
He was one of the early abolitionists of Eastern Pennsylvania, who so
determinedly and persistently opposed human servitude, and lived to see slavery
pass from the institutions of the American Republic. During the latter years of
his life he was identified with the republican party and served for some time as
a member of the school-board of his township. He was a consistent member of the
Society of Friends, and married Rachel England, a daughter of Thomas England, a
native of England, who came with his father and settled near Eli Woodwa
(paternal grandfather), in West Bradford township. To Mr. and Mrs. Woodward
were born five children, two sons and three daughters: Dr. Charles E., Lydia D.,
wife of Paschal Worth, a farmer of Chester county; Mary E., who married John M.
Sager, and is dead; Lindley and Anna, who died in infancy.
Charles E. Woodward was reared in his native county, received his education at
Westtown Boarding school, and then attended the college of pharmacy of
Philadelphia, from which he graduated in 1867. In a short time after this he
commenced the study of medicine, and 1872 entered the medical department of the
university of Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in the class of 1874.
Immediately after graduation he came to West Chester, where he has been engaged
ever since in the active and successful practice of his profession.
On June 7, 1876, Dr. Woodward was united in marriage with Ellen L. James, a
daughter of Wellington C. James, now a retired busines man of West Chester. Dr.
and Mrs. Woodward have two children, a son and a daughter: Florence and
Dr. Woodward is a republican in politics. He is a member of West Chester Lodge,
No. 322, Free and Accepted Masons, and West Chester Lodge, No. 42, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. Dr. Woodward has ever taken a deep interest in t
profession of his choice and has never failed to improve any offering
opportunity within his reach in the field of medical progress and advancement.
He is a member of the West Chester, Chester county, and Pennsylvania State
medical societies, and of the pension examining board of Chester county, and
amember of the college of Physicians of Philadelphia, attending physician to
Chester county prison, and lately elected to the medical staff of the West
Chester hospital. To his profession he has given nearly a quarter of a century
of close application and hard labor, and while allowing nothing to command much
of his time from his professional labors, yet he has taken such interest always
in the welfare and progress of his borough, that he is highly esteemed as a
citizen as well as deservedly popular as a physician."
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