The Woolverton/Wolverton Family is one of the most interesting families to follow through history. My interest became piqued through the Woolverton family's intermarriage with the Hanks family and the kinship with Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of President Abraham Lincoln. But the Woolverton family history in and of itself is also worthy of study.
There are several branches of Woolvertons/Wolvertons in the U.S., almost all of which tie back to Charles Woolverton the immigrant, who was a Quaker and lived in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
One excellent researcher on the Woolvertons/Wolvertons in the U.S. is David Macdonald of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He began researching the Woolvertons around 1995 in an attempt to help a great-uncle of his to know more about that side of the family. (David himself is not blood descended from the Woolvertons.) David attempted to track down every Woolverton descendant from 1850 on back to Charles Woolverton the immigrant. He has found primary sources to prove his findings which will greatly enhance our knowledge of the Woolvertons and put to rest many of the false or incorrect lineages which have been perpetuated in earlier writings on the family. David has now published his findings in book form which is now off the press. Here is a note of introduction from me and also from Nancy N. McAdams, who is publishing and distributing the book through Picton Press:
Here is the information on David Macdonald's book which he has meticulously researched and documented. This is a must for any serious Woolverton/Wolverton researcher. It will clear up many of the myths and problems of earlier books and lineages which have been in print. I highly recommend this book.
--Glenn Gohr (Wolverton/Woolverton List Manager on Rootsweb)
If you have specific questions about the book or wish to order copies, please contact Nancy McAdams.
A New Publication
The Woolverton Family
1693 - 1850 and Beyond
Woolverton and Wolverton: Descendants of Charles Woolverton, New Jersey Immigrant
by David A. Macdonald and Nancy N. McAdams
Published by Picton Press, 2001.
All Woolvertons and Wolvertons born before 1850 in the United States and Canada, with few exceptions, are traced back here to Charles Woolverton, first found in 1693 in Burlington County, New Jersey, and his seven sons.
Some lines are carried forward well beyond 1850, even into the twentieth century. All members of the family born before 1850 who could not be traced to the main family are treated in appendices. Priority has been given to identifying the documentary basis of the lineages, which in most instances is woven into a narrative treatment of the individual families. It is expected that the book will serve as a basis on which descendants will extend it to their own branches. The numbering system has been designed to be extendible to later discoveries and later generations.
Numerous prior misattributions corrected
Sources cited in more than 4,700 footnotes
Bible records and other hard-to-find sources quoted in full
Appendix and map showing distribution of Charles Woolverton's lands
The Kallikak myth laid to rest
Some of the numerous allied families included: Adams, Allen, Aller, Anderson, Apgar, Barcroft, Bates, Beatts, Bell, Bennett, Blue, Brady, Brown, Buckley, Burroughs, Chamberlain, Combs, Cox, Cowdrick, Coyle, David, Dawson, Farnsworth, Foster, Frazee, Godown, Gray, Green, Harrison, Hoagland, Hoffman, Hoover, Hoppock, Hottel, Houseman, Johnson, Jones, King, Lambert, Lamerson, Lord, Matthews, McCool, McNeil, Mead, Miller, Moore, Murray, Opdycke, Pettit, Petty, Price, Quick, Reading, Reed, Rice, Robbins, Rockefeller, Rodenbough, Rogers, Scott, Smith, Snyder, Steadman, Stockton, Stout, Taylor, Thomas, Tomlinson, Vastine, Voorhees, Walker, Wallace, Watson, Wilcox, Wilkinson, Williams, Wilson, etc.
860 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, acid-free paper, hard-bound -- $49.00 - publication date July 2001. Postage and handling included.
Orders and information:
Nancy N. McAdams
1428 Pinnacle View Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
E-mail: Nancy McAdams
David Macdonald has recently made a listing of additions and corrections to The Woolverton Family 1693 - 1850 and Beyond.
To view these additions and corrections online, go to this page: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gohrpage/woolvertoncorrections.htm.
Some other books which have been written on the Woolvertons include:
Christ the Eternal Word by Charles Woolverton [the immigrant], 1738. 40 p. (This is a religious treatise. He was a Quaker.)
The Woolvertons by Emma Ten Broeck Runk. Philadelphia: Press of Harris & Partridge Incorporated, 1932. 91 p. (This book has been transcribed into digital format by Jo Garzelloni. To view this transcription online, go to this page: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gohrpage/runk.html)
History, Origin and Heritage of the Wolverton & Woolverton Families in Part by Charles Evans Wolverton. 2nd ed. Clarksburg, WV: Privately Published, 139 p. (I am hoping to reprint this book and plan to have copies for sale.)
Descendants of Andrew Woolverton by Royal Allen Wolverton. Sun Lakes, AZ: Privately published, 1985. 165 p. (This book is out of print.)
Ancestors and Descendants of Benjamin G. Woolverton, Sr. by Bonnie Woolverton. Palestine, TX: Palestine Reprographics, 1983. 164 p. (This book is out of print.)
To see a sample copy of the newsletter view the December 1996 issue which was scanned and placed on the web by Perry "Bo" Graham, who is well versed in computer technology and a subscriber to Wolvertons Unlimited.
For those who are wondering, the Wolvertons Unlimited newsletter, for all practical purposes, has been discontinued. I became so far behind on printing issues that I just couldn’t keep up. The last issue that was mailed out was the Jan./Feb. 1998 issue. I had intended to at least finish out the year for 1998, and I did get parts of several issues started, but I've had so many irons in the fire, I just never got them completed. Sorry for any inconvenience.
The newsletter has been mailed out on a donation basis. It was issued bi-monthly or every 2 months. There are approximately 10 pages in each issue. Back issues are available:
Send orders for back copies to:
Recently I also made copies of Charles Woolverton’s treatise (booklet) called Christ The Eternal Word. It was printed in 1738 by Benjamin Franklin’s press in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is an interesting booklet which outlines some of Charles Woolverton’s Quaker beliefs. Charles Woolverton authored at least two other such tracts or booklets. However, this is the only booklet of his still in existence. This copy was found at the Friends Library at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was filmed by the American Antiquarian Society and is available in a special microcard series called American Imprints.
I am willing to send you a photocopy of this booklet for $4.00 which includes postage. Provide your mailing address and send your money to my address listed above.
If you have queries concerning the Wolverton/Woolverton surname, you may post these at the Wolverton Family Genealogy List that I manage.
Wolverton Family Genealogy List is a part of the Rootsweb e-mail discussion lists. It offers free queries and discussion on the Wolverton/Woolverton surname and variant spellings.
Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: WOLVERTON-L@rootsweb.com
If you have queries concerning the WOOLVERTON surname, you may post these at the Woolverton Family Genealogy List which I manage.
Woolverton Genealogy List is a part of the Rootsweb e-mail discussion lists. It offers free queries and discussion on the Woolverton surname and variant spellings.
To subscribe, send an e-mail to: WOOLVERTON-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org
Leave subject line blank (This will be ignored).
In the body of the message type: subscribe
Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: WOOLVERTON-L@rootsweb.com
Archived postings to the Woolverton e-mail list can be found on the WEB at:
Post a query (or information from any one of the above categories) on any WOLVERTON name or related family. Please give dates, and locations they lived. Try to give as much information as possible.
Post a query (or information from any one of the above categories) on any WOOLVERTON name or related family. Please give dates, and locations they lived. Try to give as much information as possible.
An online genealogy forum for posting queries has also been set up specifically for the WOLVERTON family on GenForum. It can be found at the following address:
An online genealogy forum for posting queries has also been set up specifically for the WOOLVERTON family on GenForum. It can be found at the following address:
***Note***During the Fall of 1998, GenForum combined with Family Tree Maker, which means that all queries and information posted to that site becomes the property of Family Tree Maker. This is still a good site to look up information and get contact names for the WOOLVERTON/WOLVERTON lines you are searching, but be advised that if you now post a new query or a response to something on that site, chances are that sometime in the future Family Tree Maker will include that information on a CD-ROM which they will sell for profit to anyone who is interested. I do not like the idea of someone else using my hard researched information and ideas and selling them for a profit without my knowledge. This same practice is evident on all of the Family Tree Maker pages which are found on the internet, if you will read the disclaimer notices on those pages. I recommend the Family Tree Maker pages as good look up pages, but I don't recommend posting information there. Similar things can be said for Ancestry.com and MyFamily.com which are connected to each other and seek to make a profit from genealogical materials on the internet.
Wolvertons Unlimited, Vol. 4, No. 6 (December 1996) can be viewed at:
http://cust2.iamerica.net/pgrah/wu/ or at: http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/eltonjohn/453/wu/index.htm. This site was set up by Perry "Bo" Graham
Robin Evert's Wolverton History. (She is a descendant of Osila Wolverton Foy, b. ca. 1779 Hunterdon Co., NJ, d. 1851 Northumberland Co., PA; dau. of Charles Wolverton md. Mary Drake; son of Roger Woolverton md. Mary Fox; son of Charles Woolverton md. Mary Chadwick.)
She also has these sites related to Woolverton history and families that intermarried: Chadwick History and Scholefield History
Other sites she maintains are Our Family Surnames (Has links to her surnames of Wolverton, Chadwick, Scholefield, Drake, Fox, and Foy) and Our Genealogy History (Has links to other genealogy related sites). These are all maintained by Robin Evert
Family of John Samuel Green. (has info. on Green-Wolverton connection), maintained by Bruce Johnson
George and Sheila's Genealogy Page and Sheila's Wolverton Listing. (Lists descendants of William Wolverton, b. ca. 1789; md. unknown; had son James Anderson Wolverton, ca. ca. 1815 LA, d. April 1885 Scott Co., MS, md. Sarah Parker.), both maintained by George and Sheila Mitchell
Family Group Sheet of Thomas Pettit (Lists descendants of Thomas Pettit, b. ca. 1610, Essex, England, d. 1690, Newtown, Long Island, New York; md. in England to Christian Mallows and who left descendants in Hunterdon Co., NJ who intermarried with the Woolverton family.) and
Family Group Sheet of Charles Wolverton. (has descendants of Charles and Mary Wolverton/Woolverton through son Dennis Wolverton who md. Elizabeth Pettit & through daughter Dinah Wolverton who md. Andrew Pettit), both maintained by Teri Pettit
Russ Pickett's Home Page on Geocitiesand Woolverton Family History by Russell S. Pickett. (Russ descends through Charles Woolverton-1; Joel-2; Gabriel-3), both maintained by Russ Pickett
The Selzle/Fullmer Family Home Page and Woolverton Ancestors (Kelly descends through Charles Woolverton-1; Thomas-2; John-3; John-4; Cyrus-5; Edwin-6, b. 1834 Parke County, IN; Nancy Ellen Wolverton-7, b. 1876, md. Marshall Barnhouse), both maintained by Kelly Selzle
Wayne Stafford's Home Page (He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, National Huguenot Society, and the Anderson County Genealogical Society; the site includes ancestral charts for both him and his wife.) and Ancestors of Charles Wayne Stafford. (He descends through John Bird Woolverton, b. 1780 Henry Co., VA, d. 1863 Anderson Co., TX; md. Anna Jane Hanks, b. 1785 VA, d. 1863 Anderson Co., TX. From John Bird Woolverton the lineage goes back through Andrew-3, Joel-2, Charles-1 Woolverton), both maintained by Wayne Stafford
Bonnie Woolverton's Web Page (Includes personal information about Bonnie; her many genealogical and professional affiliations; her family tree which includes surnames of Woolverton, Faires, Hanks (2 lines), Hudson (2 lines), Ritchey, Scarbrough, Tisdale, Tucker, and Webb; and her genealogical publications which includes information on Tennessee Colony and Anderson County, Texas where her line of Woolvertons settled while Texas was still a Republic.)
and Bonnie Woolverton's Pedigree Chart #1. (Includes Woolverton lineage back to John Nelson Woolverton, b. 1834 Maury Co., TN, d. 1872 Anderson Co., TX; md. Albina Mary Harris, b. 1840 Maury Co., TN, d. 1908 Tennessee Colony, TX)
and Bonnie Woolverton's Pedigree Chart #2. (Includes Woolverton lineage back to Andrew Woolverton, b. 1750 Hunterdon Co., NJ, d. 1812 Maury Co., TN; md. Sarah Ann Stone), all maintained by Bonnie Woolverton
Last updated August 28, 2006.
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