FIFTH GENERATION


18. George W. Woolsey was born on 11 Mar 1842 in LaFayette Twp., Onondaga, NY. He died on 20 Jul 1903 in Shopiere, Rock, WI. He was buried on 22 Jul 1903 in Shopiere Cemetery, Shopiere, Rock, WI. He was a Farmer.
Notes for George Henry WOOLSEY
December 16, 1992 - I received the book "The Many Branches" about the WOOLSEY's from Lois Mildred WOOLSEY ARD this date. Learned where George is buried and who his parents were!
March 20, 1993 - Talked with Phebe May FELLOWS ELLSWORTH today. Said that when he married LaBelle, she had 7 children from a previous marriage. This however, is not reflected in the 1885 Iowa state census. She said that after he married LaBelle he went to Missouri before returning to Wisconsin.
He was married to Elizabeth "Libby" Baker on 15 Sep 1866 in Janesville, Rock, WI.

19. Elizabeth "Libby" Baker (photo) was born on 15 Sep 1847 in Elba, Genesee, NY.(101) She died on 22 Sep 1879 in Auburn Township, Fayette, IA.(102) She was buried on 24 Sep 1879 in Oak Ridge Cem., Auburn Twp., Fayette, IA.(103) Lois Woolsey Ard told me that great grandmother Elizabeth used to work in a sorghum mill and that the women were required to wear long dresses. Somehow while walking past some of this machinery her dress became entangled and it pulled her into itself and killed her.
July 17, 1992 - The acounting of Great-Grandmother's death from the Woolsey files at the genealogical files at West Union tell the following story:
"A Terrible Accident"
On Monday last between the hours of 5 and 6 o'clock in the evening, occured one of the most terrible accidents it has ever been our duty to record.
George Woolsey lives near Falling Springs, about a mile north of the residence of Nathan Shaw, in Windsor. He had a cane mill in operation and while absent at Auburn his wife was feeding the mill alone. At about the time mentioned the children at the house, a few rods away, heard their mother scream, and when they reached the mill she was hanging by the flesh, in the cog wheels, above the cylinders. One of them started toward Auburn for their father, while the other, a little girl, was kept busy supplying the demands of her mother for water. It was twenty minutes at least before Mr. Woolsey arrived, and realizing the condition of his wife, he knocked the gearing apart with an axe, and took her in his arms to the house. She died before the house was reached. There is no positive means of knowing how the accident occured, but it is supposed that while the mill was in motion she undertook to tighten a loosened wedge, the sleeve of her dress caught in the gearing drawing in the arm, her screaming increasing the motion of the horse, until her side was literally crushed to a pulp. After the horse was stopped, she was compelled to hang suspended , in what must have been terrible agony, her feet just touching the ground, until her husband's return. She leaves five little children, the youngest but ten months old.

July 6, 1992 - Found Elizabeth's grave under 7 feet of brush, sumac bushes, and tiger lillies. It was extremely sad to see anyone's grave look so neglected. Also found Oren's grave inside the brush and a little baby's that no one knew about. Stone says "DeWitt Woolsey", son of George W. & L Woolsey.

July 7, 1992 - Went back and cleaned her grave to ground level. Took before and after photos. Photos in file. Set DeWitt's stone between Elizabeth's and Oren's so the cemetery yard crew wouldn't knock it over and break it.

He's probably buried to the right of Elizabeth. We (Debbie Harriman) & I cleaned it because I just couldn't come back to Texas knowing that one of my ancestors graves was so neglected and forgotten.

July 10, 1995 - Grave is still neat and ground level. Children were:

child i. Lilla May Woolsey was born on 9 Jun 1867 in Bloomington, Grant, WI. (104) She died on 13 Feb 1951 in Hebron, McHenry, IL. She was buried on 17 Feb 1951 in Lyons Cemetery, Lyons, Walworth, WI. She married Fred Winslow Fellows.
child ii. Oren Henry Woolsey (photo) was born on 5 May 1869 in Bloomington, Grant, WI. (105) He died on 27 Dec 1916 in Freemont Township, Fayette, IA. He was buried on 29 Dec 1916 in Oak Ridge Cem., Auburn Twp., Fayette, IA.(106) He was a Farmer. He married Rose Emeline Mott Keegan.

July 17, 1992 - Oren is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery with his mother and his little brother DeWitt. I have an etching of his headstone in file. I also have a copy of his marriage certificate to Rose Mott Keegan.

Oren Henry Woolsey died from heart disease. This information copied directly from death register in Fayette County, Iowa records.

October 20, 1992 - Learned of the descendents of this man. Called and talked to grandson George Woolsey. George is my second cousin. Great Day!

July 8, 1993 - Found Oren's death entry in the Fayette County Death Register, he is recorded as 47y,6d,28d. That would make his birthdate 28 May 1869.
child iii. Clarence Eugene "Gene" Woolsey was born on 14 May 1872 in Falling Spgs., Windsor Twp., Fayette, IA. He died on 15 Feb 1953 in Delavan, Walworth, WI.(107) He was buried on 17 Feb 1953 in Spring Grove Cem., Delavan, Walworth, WI. He married Jennie May Palmer.(108)
child iv. DeWitt Woolsey was born on 28 Sep 1874 in Falling Spgs., Windsor Twp., Fayette, IA. He died on 21 Sep 1875 in (Near) Auburn, Fayette, IA. He was buried on 23 Sep 1875 in Oak Ridge Cem., Auburn Twp., Fayette, IA. (109)
Notes for DeWitt WOOLSEY
The following is the inscription, written on DeWitt's headstone:

"Lovely Babe how brief thy stay
Short and hasty was thy day.
Ending soon thy journey here
Pain and grief no more to bear.
Hard it is from thee to part
For it rends the aching heart.
But an heir of glories gone
Let the will of God be done.
Pillow on a Saviors breast
Sweetly sleep and softly rest.
Soon the morning shall restore
The buried babe we now deplore."
child9 v. Agnes Ida Woolsey.
child vi. William James Woolsey was born on 23 Nov 1878 in Falling Spgs., Windsor Twp., Fayette, IA. He died in 1961 in Lake Geneva, Walworth, WI ??. He was buried in 1961 in Spring Grove Cem., Delavan, Walworth, WI. He married Thankful LaVina (Viney) Featherstone. (110)

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