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Woodworth-Etter, Maria Beulahlocked

(22 July 1844–16 September 1924)
  • Michael Thomas Girolimon

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Woodworth-Etter, Maria Beulah (22 July 1844–16 September 1924), Holiness-Pentecostal evangelist and pastor, was born in New Lisbon (later Lisbon), Ohio, the daughter of Samuel Underwood, a farmer, and Matilda (maiden name unknown). Woodworth-Etter’s early years were marked by personal struggle. One of eight children, she received no formal education. Her family joined the Disciples of Christ in 1854, and her father died two years later. In 1857, she professed conversion and expressed a call into church ministry. After a one-month courtship during or shortly after the Civil War, she married Philo Harrison Woodworth, an injured veteran. Settling near Lisbon, the couple farmed unsuccessfully. Five of their six children died by early childhood....

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