This classic Italianate-style house was built c. 1869 for James C. and Martha Woodworth. James was born in Worchester, Massachusetts on May 10, 1839, and was educated in Worcester and Boston. In 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army, becoming a first lieutenant with Company H of the Twenty-fifth Massachusetts regiment. In 1863, he was wounded in the arm in the battle of Cold Harbor, resulting in his retiring from the service. He came to Fort Wayne at the invitation of his uncle, Dr. Benjamin S. Woodworth, who also lived in the neighborhood.
On December 19, 1866 James married Martha Morris. Between the years of 1866 and approximately 1872, James was a bookkeeper with Fort Wayne National Bank (which later became Old National Bank). In approximately 1873, he became the assistant cashier of the Fort Wayne National Bank, a position he held until the time of his death. James, a member of First Presbyterian Church, “was quiet, of a nature and disposition kindly and agreeable, and to know him was but to respect and like him. He was precise and punctual in all matters of business and was never known to court desire or notoriety or public notice.”
James and Martha had five children of which son John and daughter Theresa died in infancy. Son Charles A., died at the age of 20 in 1893. James died at his home of tuberculosis on January 18, 1900. He was survived by Martha, daughter Alice Woodworth, and son Edward J. Woodworth.