THOMAS WOOLSEY FAMILY TO UTAH
The Mormon Battalion volunteer, Thomas Woolsey (3 Nov 1805-5 Jan 1897), also a member of the Brigham Young Pioneer Company of 1847, was born at Fishing Creek, Lincoln (Pulaski) County, Kentucky, died at West Point, Sanpete County, Utah and buried in Wales Cemetery, Sanpete County, Utah, a son of Joseph Woolsey and Abigail Schaeffer, of Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois. It was his mother Abigail Schaeffer Woolsey who embraced the Gospel and eight of her twelve children joined the Church and came to Utah.
Thomas Woolsey married seven women and left a large, functioning posterity. After returning to Council Bluffs in the 1848 train of Brigham Young from the Salt Lake Valley, Thomas Woolsey moved his families to Summer Quarters [about thirteen miles north of Winter Quarters] where he worked with John D. Lee and about forty other families to raise garden produce and oats and corn to feed the migrating Saints. He worked here, with several of his Woolsey relatives, until 1852, when he brought his families to Utah in the David Wood Company (1852).
WIFE NUMBER ONE
His first wife was Mary Burrell (11 Apr 1813-1858), born near Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, and died at Provo, Utah County, Utah and is buried in the Provo City Cemetery but her gravesite has not been found. She is a daughter of Reuben B. Burrell and Lucinda Hanna, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Jackson County, Indiana. Thomas Woolsey and Mary Burrell were married 29 Apr 1829 at Salt Creek Township, Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana and were sealed together 2 Jan 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple. Mary Burrell Woolsey came to Utah in the David Wood Company (1852). They had the following children:
01. John Woolsey born about 1830 and died about 1840 at Salt Creek Township, Brownstown, Jackson County, IN.
02. Reuben Burrell Woolsey (11 May 1831-28 Dec 1898) born at Salt Creek Township and died at Kanosh, Millard County, Utah. He married 16 Sep 1858 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah to Elnora Jane Miles (5 Aug 1842-12 Sep 1911) born at Fayette County, Illinois and died at Kanosh, Millard County, Utah, a daughter of Sampson Miles (1814-1855) and Catherine Lucretia Hickerson (1816-1897), daughter of William Loving Hickerson and Melinda Amelia Luster and a sister of George Washington Hickerson who married Thomas Woolsey’s younger sister Sarah Woolsey. Reuben Burrell Woolsey was baptized into the LDS Church 1 Dec 1839 and he and Elnora Jane Miles had nine children. He came to Utah in the David Lewis Company (1851) with four people in his group.
03. Richard Woolsey (abt 1833-bef 1840) born Salt Creek Township, Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana and died at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois and is buried in the Old Nauvoo Burial Ground.
04. Thomas Andrew Woolsey (14 Mar 1834-15 May 1911) born at Salt Creek Township, Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana, died at Cardston, Alberta, Canada. He was baptized into the LDS Church 14 Jul 1847. He came to Utah in the David Wood Company of 1852. Thomas Andrew Woolsey married 11 May 1860 at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah to Sarah Ann Motley (31 Jan 1844-10 May 1935) born at Michael Church, Eskley, Hereford, England and died at Cardston, Alberta, Canada. They were the first of the Woolsey family to move to Canada (where they spelled their name Wolsey) and they had fourteen children.
05. Joseph H. Woolsey (abt 1836-bef 1850) born at Salt Creek Township, Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana, died at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
06. Bartholomew Burrell Woolsey (abt 1838-bef 1840) born at Fayette County, Illinois and died there.
07. Lucinda Woolsey (14 Mar 1841-aft 1885) born at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, died at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah. She came to Utah in the David Wood Company (1852). She married 17 Jun 1865 at Salt Lake City to Francis Marion Bemus and they had eight children.
08. Abigail Woolsey (22 Mar 1844-29 May 1884) born at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois and died at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah. She came to Utah in the David Wood Company (1852). She married 2 Jan 1863 at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah to Peter Jensen Marker. They had seven children.
09. Mary Elizabeth Woolsey (12 Jan 1848-29 Apr 1899) born at Council Bluff, Pottawattamie County, Iowa and died at Tuba City, Coconino County, Arizona. She came to Utah in the David Wood Company (1852). She married 2 Jan 1863 at Salt Lake City to Joseph Hyrum Lee, son of John Doyle Lee and Agatha Ann Woolsey. They had sixteen children.
10. Jane Woolsey (23 Apr 1851-18 Jun 1917) born at Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa and is buried in the Manti City Cemetery. She came to Utah in the David Wood Company (1852). She married about 1868 to George W. Robinson. They had two children that have been found.
11. Eliza Woolsey (11 Sep 1853-1 Oct 1895) born at Fort Weber, Weber County, Utah, died at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah. She married 1876 to Albert Taylor and they had five children.
12. Louisa Woolsey (3 Aug 1855- ) born at Fort Weber, Weber County, Utah.
13. Cynthia Woolsey (1857 - ) born at Provo, Utah County, Utah.
14. Peter Burrell Woolsey (11 Apr 1858-15 Jan 1937) born at Provo, Utah County, lived at Payson, Utah County, Utah. He married 1888 the widow Clara Shaw and they had at least one child.
WIFE NUMBER TWO
Thomas Woolsey was sealed 26 Jan 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple to his second wife Julia Ann Mitchell (18 Feb 1828 – 10 Jan 1896) born at Medina, Medina County, Ohio and died at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, where she is buried. She is the daughter of Abraham Mitchell and Anna Colpetzer. She came to Utah in the David Wood Company (1852). Thomas Woolsey and Julia Ann Mitchell had the following children:
01. Margaret Woolsey (19 Apr 1847-bef 1850) born at Summer Quarters, Douglas County, Nebraska and died there.
02. Nancy A. Woolsey (3 Mar 1849-23 Oct 1927) born at Summer Quarters, Douglas County, Nebraska and died
03. Ephraim Thomas Woolsey (21 Feb 1852-1883) born at Summer Quarters, Douglas County, Nebraska and died at
04. Abraham Mitchell Woolsey (23 Jul 1854-11 Feb 1926) born at Provo, Utah County, Utah, died at Cascade, Cascade County, Montana. He married 21 Feb 1874 to Susan Black, who had one child and then Susan Black died. He married (2) 8 Sep 1878 to Dianna Rebecca Radford and they had eight children.
05. William Don Carlos Woolsey (3 Feb 1856-12 Apr 1914) born at Provo, Utah County, Utah, died at Centerfield, Sanpete County, Utah. He married at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah 21 Mar 1890 to Mary Dorthea Sophia Jensen. They had eight children.
06. James Woolsey (abt 1857 - ) born at Provo, Utah County, Utah.
07. Joseph Woolsey (24 Jul 1859-22 Jan 1928) born at Provo, Utah County, Utah. He married 1888 to Lucy Roberts.
08. Sarah Emily Woolsey (6 Mar 1861-17 Nov 1920) born at Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah and died at New Harmony, Washington County, Utah. She married at St. George, Washington County, Utah 6 Nov 1878 (Divorced) to Jacob Deuel. They had six children. She then married 31 Oct 1886 to (2) Martin Owen Woolsey (son of Richard Woolsey and Clarissa Cole) and had three children. (Richard Woolsey, a younger brother of the Mormon Battalion member Thomas Woolsey, was also at Summer Quarters and will be featured in a later letter.)
09. John Doyle (Henry) Woolsey (4 Jul 1863-1924) born Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah died Uintah County, Utah. He married 26 Dec 1887 to Harriet Ellen Turner and they had seven children.
10. Catherine Clarissa Woolsey (15 Feb 1864-17 Oct 1934) born at Cedar City, Iron County, Utah, died at Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. She marred 15 Feb 1881 at Loa, Wayne County, Utah to Jedediah Taylor and they had ten children.
11. Richard Mitchell Woolsey (2 May 1868-17 Apr 1920) born Scipio, Millard County, Utah died at Provo, Utah County, Utah. He married 8 Nov 1892 to Christina (Christiane) Sanders and they had nine children.
WIFE NUMBER THREE
Thomas Woolsey was sealed in the Nauvoo Temple 28 Jan 1846 to Elizabeth Ann Holdaway (14 Jul 1829-14 Jan 1905) born in Rochester, Hawkins County, Tennessee, daughter of Timothy Holdaway and Mary Elizabeth Trent. Thomas and Elizabeth Ann had one daughter Mary Melvina Woolsey born 1 Sep 1847 at Summer Quarters and she must have died before 1850, possibly at Summer Quarters. This marriage did not last very long, as Elizabeth Ann Holdaway was married 8 Oct 1849 at St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, to Henry Godfutz Rabel of Germany. This couple was traveling to Utah in the James Pace Company (1850) when they had a “baby girl” born 30 Jul 1850 on the Mormon Trail, which was named Mary Melvina Rabel. Elizabeth Ann Holdaway and Henry Godfutz Rabel were living in Eldorado County and San Bernardino County, California and they had six children.
WIFE NUMBER FOUR
Thomas Woolsey was given permission by Brigham Young to marry Mary Lane born about 1805 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. They were married 13 Mar 1847 at Winter Quarters. Nothing further has been found about Mary Lane nor any children.
WIFE NUMBER FIVE
Thomas Woolsey married at Winter Quarters 18 Apr 1847 to Lucretia Willis, born about 1818 at Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee, daughter of John Willis, b 1782 of Newbern, Craven County, North Carolina, and Jane Kirkpatrick born 1788. No children have been found for Lucretia Willis and Thomas Woolsey.
WIFE NUMBER SIX
Thomas Woolsey married at Kanosh, Millard County, Utah, before 1859, to Catherine Lucretia Hickerson (2 Feb 1816 – 2 Apr 1897), (divorced), the widow of Sampson Miles of Fayette County, Illinois. She was born in Bond County, Illinois, the daughter of William Loving Hickerson and Melinda Amelia Luster. She is a younger sister of George Washington Hickerson who married Thomas Woolsey’s younger sister Sarah Woolsey. Catherine Lucretia Hickerson Miles had nine children by Sampson Miles, all born in Fayette County, Illinois. Five of these children died young and four traveled with their widowed mother and their uncle George Washington Hickerson to Utah in the Benjamin L. Clapp Company (1856).
!BIO: Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) "History of Catherine Lukitis Hickerson Miles Woolsey" Born 3 Feb 1816 - Smith Co. TN. Died 2 Apr 1897
Kanosh, Millard, UT Came to UT 1856 Benj Clapp Co. md. 1st Sampson Miles of KY 2nd Thomas Woolsey 1863 History written by Grand-daughter Emma Avery Christensen, Richfield, UT 1948, History submitted by Agnes Pautsch, great granddaughter Wilford Camp, South Center Salt Lake Co, UT Oct 1968
Nothing could be found of her life history until she was about 21 years of age, when she married Sampson Miles, of Perch, Kentucky, The young couple settled in Fayette, Polk Co, IL or Fayette Co, IL, secured land and began to till the soil.
Eight [nine] children were born to them but four of these, including a pair of twin boys, passed away during childhood. In 1855 the father, too, was called home, and she was left with four [five] children. The oldest was a boy of 18, [and another boy], the other 3 were girls. [Including Susan Maria Miles, who would become the seventh wife of Thomas Woolsey, see below.]
One year after the father's death, Grandmother's brother [George Washington Hickerson] who had migrated to Utah in 1849, called at his sister’s home on his return from a mission to his old home in Tennessee, and persuaded her to take her family and go to Utah with him.
She had not received the Gospel, and although her husband had favored going west with the Mormons, she would not consent, (being a staunch Methodist) “to follow those wicked Mormons”. She was very fond of her brother and probably the thoughts of being left without any kin, caused her to change her mind and accompany him to his new home.
On 15 Jun 1856 they left their all to overtake the first covered wagon train of Mormons, to cross the plains that year. The oldest daughter was sick with chills and fever when the journey began, and had to be carried from the house to the wagon. Her father's brother who did not belong to the LDS church and was opposed to their leaving their home, predicted she would not live to go far, but Elder Hickerson promised her she would not have another chill, and she never did.
27 Jun 1856, they crossed the Missouri River and were met by a squad of 25 U.S. armed soldiers, who searched their wagon for fire arms and ammunition, but not finding any allowed them to proceed unmolested.
Four days later they approached a wagon train camped for the night; it was dark, Elder Hickerson thought it best to camp at a safe distance from the company while he did some scouting. Imagine his joy when he found it to be, not only the train he was expecting, but led by a former missionary companion of his, Elder Benjamin Clapp, as captain who made them very welcome. Their journey seemed much more safe now, for one boy and man could not have been much protection against a band of Indians if attacked.
WIFE NUMBER SEVEN
Thomas Woolsey married as his seventh wife a daughter of his sixth wife [Catherine Lucretia Hickerson Miles] Susan Maria Miles (28 Oct 1851-5 Oct 1916) born at Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois and died at Kanosh, Millard County, Utah. THIS GIRL SUSAN MARIA MILES SHOULD BE ENTERED ONTO THE BENJAMIN L. CLAPP COMPANY (1856)
Thomas Woolsey and Susan Maria Miles were married Jun 1865 in Kanosh, Millard County, Utah, but this marriage ended in divorce, but not before three children were born to them. They were:
01. Catherine Miranda Woolsey (18 Dec 1867-26 Aug 1905) born and died in Kanosh, Millard County, Utah. She married 4 May 1879 at Kanosh to James Henry Barrow. They had eight children.
02. Aaron Lee Woolsey (4 Mar 1870-1 Nov 1879) at Kanosh.
03. Lenora Malinda Woolsey (20 Feb 1873-13 Nov 1883) at Kanosh.
These three children were raised as Miles’ children. Susan Sarah Miles married 12 Sep 1875 at Kanosh to Noah Summers Buckley Avery (14 Dec 1838-11 Jan 1912) born Granville township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and died at Kanosh, Millard County, Utah. They had twelve children. Noah Summers Buckley Avery married sometime before 1880 his wife’s mother Catherine Lucretia Hickerson Miles Woolsey.
So there we have it. We have found fourteen children by his first wife; eleven by his second wife; one by his third wife; and three by his seventh wife, for a total of twenty-nine children. Thomas Woolsey, at one point, said he had twenty-seven children. At another point, he said he had thirty-one children. At which point I threw up my hands and exclaimed “This will have to wait to be unscrambled until the Millenium!”