Buried Danville Cemetery

Willis, Texas

(Originally Danville, Texas)


Our Mother
Elizabeth Ann Hoy
Dec. 14, 1800
April 26, 1867

Scroll down to read letter telling of Elizabeth's death

Biography by F. Carlton Cranor

As submitted for publication in the future revision of the Montgomery Co., Texas, History Book

Elizabeth Ann McDaniel, the third of eleven children of Collin McDaniel and Elizabeth Mosley was born December 14, 1800, in Williamson County, TN.

On December 5, 1819, at the age of nineteen, she married Samuel C. Wooldridge who was soon to become the first treasurer of the state of Mississippi. However, all did not go well for the Wooldridge family of Hinds County, Mississippi, and in early 1828, Elizabeth Ann sued for divorce.

By this time she had borne five children, to wit, Ann Eliza, Henry Clay, Samuel Dunbar, Edmund Colin and Narcissa Texas Wooldridge. These were to be her only offspring.

Immediately after her divorce from Samuel Wooldridge, Elizabeth Ann was remarried to Major Hiram Coffee on June 5, 1828. It is presumed that they remained in Hinds County with her children until Hiram Coffee died in June of 1836. According to Mississippi court records, Elizabeth was to receive the sum of $20,000 from Hiram Coffee’s estate.

A few months later, Thomas Hoy must have appeared in Hinds County and become acquainted with the widow Elizabeth Ann Coffee. They were married there in March of 1837. Although Elizabeth’s husband, Thomas Hoy, established residency in Texas in 1836 and appears on several documents, as well as the census enumeration for 1850, all in Montgomery County, there is no documentation for Elizabeth Ann living in either Mississippi or Texas until the 1860 census, which shows them residing in Danville, Texas, just a house away from her son, Dr. Samuel D. Wooldridge.

Our best guess is that, from the time of their marriage in 1837 until some time in the 1850s, they traveled back and forth between Hinds County, MS, and Montgomery County, TX, possibly living in both places, as Elizabeth Ann still had the responsibility of young children.

William C. Wooldridge writes in his book The Wooldridge Family: “After Coffee’s death, perhaps to preserve her property for the benefit of her children before her marriage to Hoy, Elizabeth Coffee gave her daughter Ann Elizabeth $10,000 plus $5,000 from her father to take care of her two younger brothers and her sister, payable on her eighteenth birthday, October 24, 1838.”

From sometime in the late 1840s, Elizabeth Ann Hoy and her husband Thomas probably made their home in the small village of Danville, Montgomery County, Texas. This speculation is predicated on the knowledge that Thomas Hoy was quite visible in the area, as he purchased land there in the 1840s and served as Notary Public and School Master during the 1850s. Our only records of Elizabeth, other than the 1860 census, are petitions that she signed as “E.A. Hoy” during the Civil War that were sent to the governor asking for relief from military service for various citizens of Montgomery County.

The fact that she signed these petitions shows that she was literate at a time when few frontier women were.

Elizabeth Ann McDaniel Hoy died May 26, 1867 and is buried in the Shepard Hill Cemetery at Old Danville, Montgomery County, near two of her grandchildren who died at an early age. Upon her death, her son Samuel wrote a letter to inform his brother, Edmund, of her last days. The transcript of the letter follows this section.

Elizabeth Ann Hoy was a true Montgomery County pioneer and matriarch of the Wooldridge family.

Children of Elizabeth Ann McDaniel and Samuel C. Wooldridge:

Ann Eliza Wooldridge, born October 24, 1820, Hinds County, MS. Henry Clay Wooldridge, born 1821, Hinds County, MS, died September 13, 1833, Jackson, MS.
Dr. Samuel Dunbar Wooldridge, born September 21, 1823, Hinds County, MS, died Willis, TX, May 18, 1890
Edmund Collin Wooldridge, born 1825, Hinds County, MS, died after 1900, Caldwell, County, TX.
Narcissa Texas Wooldridge, born ca. 1827, Hinds County, MS, died Caldwell County, TX, ca. 1867.

Aug. 12, 2008

When Elizabeth Ann died, her son, Dr. Samuel D. Wooldridge, wrote a poignant letter to his brother, Edmund, telling of their mother's death.

The letter was saved by a descendant of Edmund, and a copy and transcription were provided by a great-granddaughter, Marge Spitzemgel.

Following are images of a photocopy of the original letter:


Submitted by Karen McCann Hett, August, 2008

Karen McCann Hett

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