The George Washington
Liverpool to New York, arriving 15 Jun 1833.
Infant born at sea/M/England
William Woodward, second son of John and Ann Broderick Woodward, lived with his wife, Nancy Calvert, whom he married May 26, 1807, at Spring End, until 1833 when they decided to emigrate to America with their family. Three of the children were married, the son, John and his wife.Ruth Watters, with three children, Nancy, Mary and William decided to come with them, also the eldest daughter, Ann, wife of Joseph Daykin and their two children, John and William. One other daughter, Betsey, bride of a few weeks of Joseph Brunskill cast their lot with the rest.
After bidding good friends good-bye and taking a farewell look at Spring End, where they had lived for twenty six years, they started for Liverpool, arriving there the last of April. They embarked on the sailboat George Washington and in a short time were ready for the long voyage. After a tiresome journey of six weeks they landed in New York on June 11, 1833. The change to a canal boat was most welcome, for they could see something besides water. At Buffalo they took a Lake Erie boat plying between Buffalo and Cleveland, Ohio. Arriving at Cleveland they once more took their weary way on the Ohio Canal to Akron. Here they loaded their household goods on an ox-cart. This was more than filled, so the whole party was obliged to walk, each carrying his bundle, with the exception of the mothers with young babies who took turns riding.
At last, unexpected, they reached the home of John Bell, situated in Sharon, Medina County, Ohio in July, 1833. What must have been the feeling of William Woodward upon arriving to find that his sister, Ann Woodward Bell, had gome to her home above. In a short time time each of four men, William Woodward, his son John, and his sons-in-law, Joseph Daykin and Joseph Brunskill, had bought twenty five acres of land and built their log homes. This is the beginning of the Woodwards in America.