Josephus W. Woolsey

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Josephus W. Woolsey, son of William Price "William Porterfield" Woolsey and Eliza Jane Wheatley, was born at Pike Co., Indiana, 30 November 1851.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 He died at Oakland City, Gibson Co., Indiana, 25 April 1931,7,9,10,11 and was buried at New Liberty Cemetery, Monroe, Pike Co., Indiana, 28 April 1931.7

Josephus married (1) Sarah Agee, daughter of Jesse Agee and Elizabeth (---), at Pike Co., 15 February 1871;12,13 they later divorced, perhaps at Lawrence Co., Indiana, before 1900;14,15 he married (2) Lula Olive Carner, daughter of John Daniel Carner and Mary D. Wilson, at Caldwell Co., Kentucky, 8 May 1900.16,13,17 They were likely divorced at Gibson Co., Indiana, before 1930, as that census shows her as the wife of William Heironimus, and Josephus is listed separately with his son, Leonard.18,7,19

Josephus W. Woolsey originally had no middle initial. Said to have added the "W" while in Missouri to help identify his mail, but Kentucky Mason's records show him with the W well before moving to Missouri. He was in McLean Co., Kentucky by 1898 when he is shown as a Master Mason of the Livermore Lodge, No. 186.20 He was demitted from Livermore, 15 Dec 1900, and admitted to the Hurricane Lodge, No. 571 in Sheridan, Crittenden Co., Kentucky, 6 Jul 1901.21

He was on a lumber or timber buying trip when he met Lula. Thus far, a divorce record between himself and Sarah has not been found. His daughter Dora recalled that the family went to visit some of their half-siblings sometime between 1910-30, but the older Woolsey children would have nothing to do with the younger ones, essentially blaming Lula, and by extension, her children, for alienating their father's affection. In 1921, Boucher apparently knew his cousin Josephus. Protecting his privacy, Boucher simply wrote that Josephus "has a very interesting family and lives in the town of Arthur but the post office is Winslow, Pike County, Indiana. . . . Write Him for the history of family."22 To this writer, "interesting" is quite an understatement. To this point (Spring, 2012), no copy of any letter or document from Josephus recording his family has been located, except for his family bible, last seen in 1986.

Although born in Indiana, he related that he used to play in or near Mammoth Cave in Edmonson Co., Kentucky. He probably did so during visits to relatives who still remained in the area.

Josephus and Lula remained in Caldwell Co. for about five years, moving to Zalma, Bollinger Co., Missouri in 1905, though records of the Hurricane Lodge show he was not demitted until 27 Jul 1907.23 The family moved around the southeastern section of Missouri several more times before moving to southern Illinois.24,25

The 1880 census shows he was a school teacher, though it seems by 1900 he had left that profession.2

The 1900 Census shows Sarah as widowed, however, Josephus is alive and well with his second wife in Kentucky. A granddaughter thought the first wife (Sarah) had died before Josephus remarried.15,14

At his request, he was given a "Certificate of Dimit" from the Zalma Lodge, No. 545 of the M. W. Grand Lodge of the State of Missouri, 28 Nov 1919. It indicates he was a Master Mason of good and regular standing and all dues were paid and he was free of all charges. His daughter Dora later said he left the Masons because he joined the church, though this coincides very closely with his move to Illinois as he was there by the time of the census in 1920.26

So far, a divorce record has not been found for Josephus and Lula, but in 1930, Josephus was living with his son Leonard in Pike Co. and is shown as "widowed." Lula had married Wm Heironimous in February, 1930. The census was taken in April and Lula is shown in William's household as his wife.

Chronic Nephritis (kidney disease) is given as the cause of death, onset being in 1928.2728,7,19,6

Family 1

Sarah Agee b. Nov 1856, d. aft. 1910
Children
  • Ettie Woolsey9,29 b. 1873
  • Wilbur Woolsey9,29 b. Jul 1875
  • Ida Woolsey9,29 b. 1878
  • Garfield Woolsey9 b. Aug 1880

Family 2

Lula Olive Carner b. 24 Jan 1882, d. 16 Oct 1962
Children
  • Elbert Ellsworth Woolsey9 b. 18 May 1902, d. 1945
  • Leonard Arr Woolsey9 b. 9 Dec 1903, d. abt. 1968
  • William E. Woolsey9 b. 8 Dec 1904, d. 20 Apr 1990
  • Olney B. Woolsey9 b. 6 May 1907, d. 5 Jan 1908
  • Dora Myrtle Woolsey+9 b. 27 May 1908, d. 4 Feb 1995
  • (---) Woolsey9 b. 12 Sep 1912, d. 13 Sep 1912
  • Leona M Woolsey9 b. 1 Jul 1914, d. 4 Oct 1943
  • Mary Agnes Woolsey9 b. 14 Nov 1917

Citations

  1. [S458] United States Census for 1860 [Eighth Census of the United States], Liberty Township, Stoddard County, Missouri, population schedule, sheet 4, dwelling 32, family 31, William P Woolsey household, age 8, born in Indiana, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication M653, 1438 rolls, roll #657.
  2. [S460] United States Census for 1880 [Tenth Census of the United States], Monroe Township, Pike County, Indiana, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 173, sheet 283/36, dwelling 312, family 317, Josephus Woolsey household, age 28, born in Indiana, a school teacher, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T9, 1454 rolls, roll #304.
  3. [S461] United States Census for 1900 [Twelfth Census of the United States], Donaldson Township, Caldwell County, Kentucky, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 9, sheet 6A, dwelling 95, family 98, John D Carner household, age 48, born November 1851 in Indiana, an inspector of railroad ties, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T623, 1854 rolls, roll #511.
  4. [S462] United States Census for 1910 [Thirteenth Census of the United States], Wayne Township, Bollinger County, Missouri, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 9, sheet 6A, dwelling 79, family 79, J. W. Woolsey household, age 59, born in Indiana, married 9 years, owned his farm., digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T624, 1784 rolls, roll #769.
  5. [S463] United States Census for 1920 [Fourteenth Census of the United States], Patoka Township, Pike County, Indiana, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 41, sheet 24A, dwelling 448, family 468, Josephus W. Woolsey household, age 68, born in Indiana, owned a mortgaged farm, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T625, 2076 rolls, roll #460.
  6. [S464] United States Census for 1930 [Fifteenth Census of the United States], Patoka Township, Pike Co., Indiana, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 63-11, sheet 5B, dwelling 113, family 116, Leonard Woolsey household, age 78, born in Indiana, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T626, 2668 rolls, roll #621.
  7. [S1025] Josephus W. Woolsey, Death Certificates, File No. 11863 (1931), Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  8. [S811] James W. Woolsey, The Wolsey-Woolsey Family of America, two parts, (Kansas City, Missouri: Heart of America Genealogical Society, 1981), microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #1276468, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 186, further cited as Woolsey, Wolsey-Woolsey Family.
  9. [S812] Josephus W. Woolsey Family, Notes from Family Bible, taken by the compiler in 1986, Compiler's genealogy files, West Jordan, Utah.
  10. [S805] Ronald G. Garland and Alta Rose Nemeth. Woolsey and Carner Families, Photocopy of Unpublished Research Notes & Letters, Compiler's genealogy files, West Jordan, Utah, Garland to Nemeth ltr, 3 Nov 78, p. 9.
  11. [S811] Woolsey, Wolsey-Woolsey Family, 186. states 1 Jan 1931.
  12. [S1791] Ruth M. Slevin and Opal Phillips, Pike County - Indiana: Marriage Record 1859 - 1905: Grooms (np: sp, [1973]), 172, further cited as Slevin and Phillips, Pike Co. Grooms.
  13. [S805] Garland and Nemeth, Woolsey and Carner Families, Garland to Nemeth ltr, 18 Nov 78: 5.
  14. [S461] US Census for 1900, Town of Mitchell in Marion Township, Lawrence County, Indiana, pop. sch., ED 69, sheet 16B, dwelling 385, family 401, Sarah Wolsey hshld.
  15. [S461] US Census for 1900, Donaldson Township, Caldwell County, Kentucky, pop. sch., ED 9, sheet 6A, dwelling 95, family 98, John D Carner hshld.
  16. [S820] Caldwell County, Kentucky, Marriage Records 1808-1968, 20:572-573, FHL microfilm 546384, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as Caldwell Co., KY Marriages.
  17. [S461] US Census for 1900, Donaldson Township, Caldwell County, Kentucky, pop. sch., ED 9, sheet 6A, dwelling 95, family 98, John D Carner hshld, married less than a year.
  18. [S464] US Census for 1930, Somerville Town, Gibson, Indiana, pop. sch., ED 26-1, sheet 3B, dwelling 75, family 75, William R. Heironimus hshld.
  19. [S805] Garland and Nemeth, Woolsey and Carner Families, FGS: Josephus Woolsey.
  20. [S1781] Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Free and Accepted Masons [title varies] (Louisville, Kentucky: Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1800 to the present), 1898:41, further cited as Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.
  21. [S1781] Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1901:44, 135.
  22. [S1879] Ephrates Boucher and Wilford W. Whitaker, transcriber, "Record of the Woolsey Family", Mount Vernon, Missouri: 1921, 12-13, further cited as Boucher and Whitaker, "Woolsey Family."
  23. [S1781] Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1907:163.
  24. [S805] Garland and Nemeth, Woolsey and Carner Families, Letters: Ron Garland to Rose Nemeth, 18 Nov 1978, p. 5-6.
  25. [S805] Garland and Nemeth, Woolsey and Carner Families, Research Paper:5-6.
  26. [S1106] Jean Seaton, Smith Family Notes, Photocopy of Unpublished Research Notes & Letters, Compiler's genealogy files, West Jordan, Utah, Zalma Masonic Lodge, copy of Masonic Dimit Certificate, 28 November 1919.
  27. [S1025] Josephus W. Woolsey, file no. 11863 (1931), Death Certificates.
  28. [S464] US Census for 1930, Somerville Town, Gibson Co., Indiana, pop. sch., ED 26-1, sheet 3B, dwelling 75, family 75, William R. Heironimus hshld.
  29. [S460] US Census for 1880, Monroe Township, Pike County, Indiana, pop. sch., ED 173, sheet 283/36, dwelling 312, family 317, Josephus Woolsey hshld.