by Wilford Whitaker
This website is devoted to generally cited "facts" about the WOOLSEY family throughout the United States, that remain "facts" despite evidence to the contrary. Not all of these MYTHS can be proven wrong, but in all cases the preponderance of the latest evidence indicates an alternative explanation. Of course, evidence is often discovered after the myths were originally formed that leads us to correct the myth. - Wilford Whitaker
The Woolseys are descended from and/or are related to Thomas Wolsey, Lord Cardinal.
The name Woolsey (Wolsey), Woosley and Wolseley are interchangeable & related.
The Woolsey family is entitled to a coat-of-arms.
The Woolseys are from Ireland. (and) The Woolseys are from Wales.
The parents of George Woolsey are Rev. Benjamin Wolsey & ___ Hooks, of Rotterdam and America.
George Woolsey was baptized in the St. Lawrence Church in Yarmouth, Norfolk.
George Woolsey came to Plymouth Colony in America in 1623.
George Woolsey was an apprentice to Isaac Allerton, of the first Mayflower.
George Woolsey & Family Land Records in and around Jamaica, Queens County, Long Island, NY
George Woolsey and Rebecca Cornell only had seven children.
Captain George Woolsey, (Jr.), son of George & Rebecca had two wives.
Amos Woolsey (about 1784-1860), is said to have first married a Phebe Briggs
To all interested Woolsey descendants:
Over the years, there have been hard-working, dedicated researchers who have freely shared their research and family lines with the family. Some of the results of this research we have put on the Woolsey Website in order to make them more available to others. As I have studied the Woolsey files, I am struck with the notion that this family history research is much like studying forensics files. We are trying to find the truth.
My wife enjoys "Forensic Files" and that program with a female Medical Examiner. She enjoys watching the facts emerge and how they relate to one another. Those programs are a little too mundane for me and I like something with more "pizazz" and excitement. My taste runs to "CSI" and "NCIS" for forensic drama.
I believe the Woolsey Family Researchers fit into these dramas very well. They are assiduous in collecting data, from multiple sources, then meticuously examine each bit and process it accordingly, then postulate a certain outcome, based on the facts they have examined.
So, although we do not have a highly skilled forensic scientist like Abby, (who my daughter dressed up as for Halloween, not the "Marilyn Monroe" character, but as the "forensic scientist") with all her delightful quirks, we do have highly skilled ladies who painstakingly search out the census records, marriages and births of their ancestors and add to the general knowledge, such as the late, lamented Val Buchanan (God Rest Her Soul) who took on the task of bringing her Woolsey line to fruition, which she did over a period of several years and then shared her findings with us.
And we do not have a geeky (read hacker) Agent Timothy, we are blessed with several men who are working hard to complete their Woolsey connections, for example, Jeff Miller and Gary Putnam, who have taken on the task of identifying all the Richard Woolseys and Daniel Woolseys in New York State before 1800, a daunting task, and one in which they are making considerable headway.
I have not run across a young man with arrested development and powerful hormones that has trapped a grown man within the confines of a teenage mindset, such as special agent De Nozzo, but every once in a while, we hear from teenagers who are working on such projects as Woolseys in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War and other family projects.
And we like to think we have found several older gentlemen, with a great deal of knowledge and the willingness to share it, along with the ability to verbalize that knowledge and experience, such as the delightful Dr. Ducky. So, on the Internet we can all come together in our own "laboratory" and share insights, discoveries, and ideas.
One thing we all have in common is the desire to discover the TRUTH regarding the lives of our Woolsey (and related) ancestors. And also the desire to find where our family fits into the mainspring of American Life. Where were they when some of the momentuous decisions were made in the passage of time? What was their role in the colonization of America? The settlement of the frontiers? What was their role in the events leading up to the Revolutionary War? Some responded with the Patriots and Revolutionaries and supported the break-up with Great Britain, while others responded with new loyalty to the British Crown and became known as Loyalists.
What did they think of the dire consequences preceeding the Civil War? How did they respond when the call to arms was made? Again, some responded to the call of the South and fought for the right of states to seceed and to keep slavery a state's issue, while others responded to the call of the Union and fought to maintain the Union and to abolish slavery. But each responded according to the dictates of their own conscience.
And Woolseys and their descendants have responded to every call since for militia and military service. And part of our task has been to know where each fit into the overall grand scheme of things. So, may we suggest that you continue to research and look for all the "good things" you can find. And continue to share them with all of us. Thank you for your great help and continued interest. Best wishes.
Sincerely, Wilford W. Whitaker
"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. - Alex Haley.
Articles of Interest
by Wilford Whitaker
Momma - A short story of Abigail Schaeffer Woolsey by Wilford W Whitaker - submitted to Sons of the Utah Pioneers
Thomas Woolsey, Pioneer by Wilford W Whitaker - submitted to Sons of the Utah Pioneers
Records of Interest
by Wilford Whitaker
On A Personal Note
Woolsey Coat of Arms
Woolsey, George Sr.
1616 - 1698 (George "Joris" Woolsey)
George Wolsey Records
Woolsey Burying Grounds
John Woolsey of England, Maryland, and Hempstead, Long Island, New York
Woolsey Manor, Maryland
Thomas Woolsey (1805-1897)
Abigail Schaeffer Woolsey (1786-1848)
Woolsey First Names
What's In A Name - Derivation of Surnames and of the Woolsey name.
Dutch Naming Patterns
Researching Woolsey Wills in Norfolk England
Places in Norfolk, England
Extracts from the Journal & Diary of Richard I. Woolsey, of Milton, Ulster, NY
Woolsey's Lost in Ohio
Forty-Niners - Woolsey's & The Rush for Gold
Lighten your load with a smile
Dutch Humor & Music
My Friend Saul
The Census Taker
Behind the Scenes
Click on the stars to see the photos
AFRICAN AMERICANS in the WOOLSEY FAMILY
DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK ANCIENT DOCUMENTS 1721-1862
RECORDS OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND, 1723-1779
Burial Places George "Joris" Woolsey and Immediate Family
Cemetery - burial places for the family & descendants of Joseph Woolsey (1771-1839)
Crawford County, Missouri, Cemetery
Herkimer County, New York, Cemeteries
Monroe County, New York, Cemeteries
Old Town Cemetery, Newburgh, New York
South Perinton Cemetery, New York
Suffork County, New York, Cemeteries
Ulster County, New York, Old Gravestones and Cemetery Inscriptions
Caney Branch Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee
Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Wisconsin
Fayette County, Iowa
Rock County, Wisconsin
Walworth County, Wisconsin
Deeds Research - Wilford Whitaker
Sharon, Litchfield, Connecticut, Deeds
Fayette County, Iowa, Deeds
Franklin County, Illinois, Deeds
Morgan County, Illinois, Deeds
Crawford County, Missouri, Deeds & Probates
Bedford, Westchester County, New York, Deeds
Cayuga County, New York, Deeds
Columbia County, New York, Deeds & Probates
Delaware County, New York, Deeds
Dutchess County, New York - Abstracts of Deeds
Dutchess County, New York Probate Packets - Loose Papers Files From Surrocate Office
Herkimer County, New York, Deeds
Macomb County, New York, Deeds
New York City, New York, Conveyances/Deeds
New York Province Deeds
Onondaga County, New York Deeds
Orange County, New York Deeds
Putnam County, New York Deeds
Saratoga County, New York Deeds
Suffolk County, New York Deeds
Ulster County, New York Deeds
Ulster County, New York Deeds (1685-1850) Ancient Roads, Patents & Land Grants
Westchester County, New York, Deeds
Wyoming County, New York, Deeds
Rock County, Wisconsin, Deeds and Probates
Walworth County, Wisconsin, Deeds
Land Records of the Woolsey Family in and around Jamaica, Queens County, Long Island, New York
Allotment of Meadow to the Early Families of Jamaica, Long Island
Greene County, TN, Real Estate Conveyances
South Carolina Land Records
New York City, New York, Mortgages
George Woolsey - First Fireman and Militia Man of New Amsterdam
George "Joris" Woolsey - Military Service
Smyth County, VA, - Revolutionary Patriots
Woolsey's in New York Military Service
Woolsey's in Andersonville Prison
Dutchess County, New York, Woolseys
Genealogical Data From Inventories of New York Estates 1666-1825
Herkimer County, New York, Probates
New York Province Probates
Orange County, New York, Probates
Ulster County, New York, Probates
Westchester County, New York, Probates
TAX ASSESSMENT LISTS
Tax Assessment List for the County of Ulster, 1716/7
Suffolk County, New York Session Book
Norfolk County, England Wills [from 1360 to 1650]
Early Long Island, New York, Wills
New York State Will - Testors Index
New York City Wills
Kings County, New York Wills
Orange County, New York, Wills
Rhode Island Wills
Ulster County, New York, Probates and Wills
Ulster County, NY, Will Testators
Westchester County, New York, Wills
Woolsey Bible Records
References to Woolsey Family Bibles & Bibles with Woolsey References
Family Bible Records of John "Sweet Hollow Giant" Woolsey (1761-1850)
Family Bible Records of Samuel Woolsey (1776-1845) Bible Records
The Woolsey, Teed and Brisco Bible of Colechester
Bible records of Henry Woolsey 1796 - 1870
The family Bible of Lyda and Vola Padgett
God, A Hundred Years and A Free Will Baptist Family
Three Weeks at Gettysburg
Reminiscence of a Civil War Nurse
Supernumerary, or the Lights and Shadows of the Itinerancy
To Young To Travel Abroad
Moving On by Elmo M Woolsey
Library of Wilford Whitaker
Greene County, Tennesse Record Books
Greeneville, Greene, TN - T Elmer Cox, Historical & Genealogical Collection
DO YOU KNOW THESE WOOLSEY'S??
Postcards by Lillian Woolsey Hunter - Artist
Bottle-Cap World by Clarence and Grace Woolsey - Artists
Doctor Clinton N Woolsey
Photos by R P Whitaker - Photographer
Reverends and Ministers in the Woolsey Family
Woolseys and Ships
Woolsey's of Sonoma, California
Woolsey's of Ione, Armador, California
Help - Finding Woolsey's in California
Places with the Woolsey Name
CENSUS - ODDS & ENDS
Institution for the Blind, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois - 1860 June 18
Sacramento Diety 4th Ward
Utah State Prison, Sugar Precint, Salt Lake City, Utah - 1900 June 4
Morgan County Jail, Jacksonville, IL - 1860 June 18
Sapulpa, Creek, Oklahoma, Children's Home
They Signed the Declaration of Independence
Ol Glory Reigns
Freedom, A Treasure - by Wilford Whitaker
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