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Woosley Family of Butler County

Today I would like to share information about the Woosley family, originally of Edmonson County, later Butler County.  The Woosley Cemetery is in the most northeastern tip of Butler County, on Hwy 411, near the small community of Decker.  The two oldest graves for the Woosley family are those of Curtis and Elizabeth Jones Woosley.  And that is where we begin our story.

Curtis Woosley is the son of Samuel Woosley, 1802-1865, and Rebecca Blakley, 1808-1890.  In the 1850 census of Edmonson County Samuel and Rebecca are listed as 47 and 43, respectively.  Children listed were Curtis, 17; George, 15; Samuel, 12; Thomas J., 10; and Martha J., 8.  Another individual living in the household is David Woosley, 75, who was born in Virginia.  Quite possibly this is Samuel’s father.  Samuel and Rebecca Blakley Woosley are buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Edmonson County.

Curtis B., husband of Elizabeth Woosley, January 26, 1833 – June 13, 1906.  Woosley Cemetery, Butler County, Kentucky.  ‘He died as he lived – a Christian.’

Curtis Woosley must have been the first of his family to move to Butler County.  We find him there in 1880 with the following children – James S., 24; Winston D., 20; Rody K., 17; Joseph L., 17; Jacob D., 13; Arpy S., 11; and Reason A., 6.  Son John H. Woosley was listed next in the census, 26; with wife Kitty E., 20; and children Solomon, 1; and William B., 7/12.  Son Thomas Jefferson Woosley was listed next, 22, with wife Louisa, 19, and baby son William A., 8/12.  Unfortunately, Louisa A. Cummins Woosley, died the next year.

Elizabeth, wife of C. B. Woosley, October 4, 1830 – July 26, 1918.  ‘A tender mother and a faithful friend.’

Thomas Jefferson Woosley next married Dora Alice Wilson, daughter of Solomon and Polly Wilson, with whom he had Estella Pearl, 1885-1918; Rebecca, 1887-1891; Thomas, 1888-1889; McCary Fieldon, 1896-1983; and Janie Alice, 1898-1953.  The 1900 census of Butler County reveals two additional daughters – Willie C., 10; and Polly, 7.  I think one of the most confusing parts of the census is names – in one census the child was called by his first name, the next census he was called by his middle name – or sometimes a nickname!  I try to match ages – how old would that child be ten years from 1880?  That is not an exact science since parents could confuse ages and make the child a little older or a bit younger.  But we try!

Dora A., wife of T. J. Woosley, born April 24, 1862, died April 11, 1907.  ‘Come ye blessed.’

Dora Alice Wilson Woosley died April 11, 1907, age the age of 44, of pneumonia.  Thomas Woosley married Nancy Ann Bryant after her death.  He and Nancy had three children – a son named Goldie, a daughter, Edra, and a son, Clayton.

Nancy Ann Woosley, March 1, 1877 – September 17, 1964.  ‘The Lord is my shepherd.’

Thomas J. Woosley, September 25, 1857 – October 2, 1951.  ‘he was beloved by God and man.’

Thomas Jefferson Woosley lived a long life – 94 years!  He is buried in the Woosley Cemetery along with many other members of his family.  In addition to his gravestone, there is a sandstone stile block.  The plaque on the stone reads ‘Handmade by father and son, T. J. Woosley, 1857-1951, W. G. Woosley, 1900-1994.’

Sandstone stile block.

Sandstone stile block from back, between Thomas and Dora Woosley’s gravestones.

I thought this was so impressive – and such a wonderful place to put this stone in the cemetery – otherwise it may be lost and forgotten.  What a wonderful tribute to father and son.  And do you know which son this is?  The one named Goldie in the census!

Andrew Lovelace of Ballard County

The first white men in Ballard County came in 1780, when General George Rogers Clark came with about 200 soldiers to establish a military outpost at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, laying claim of the United States to the Mississippi River as its western boundary.  Fort Jefferson was established with about 200 soldiers, which was a mile and a half south of what is now the town of Wickliffe.  The Chickasaw Indians considered this their territory and were anything but happy that their land had been invaded by the white man.  A few settlers came down the river to the fort after it was established, but the Indians attacked and killed them mercilessly.  Soon the fort was abandoned and any remaining settlers left also.  Until the purchase of this area of Kentucky in 1819, there were no permanent settlers.

Of the settlers who came in around 1818/1819 were John Humphrey, Solomon Redferrin, Robert Crafton and William Crafton, Daniel Doolin, John Weaver, James Talbott, William Rush, William Holman, Samuel Wilson, Andrew Lovelace, the Ewell family, the Newman family, Benjamin Kimmell, Samuel Saruthers, Penuel Billington, James Ashley, Israel Linn, William Linn, the Stovall family, the Unsell family.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Ballard County, Kentucky

Andrew Lovelace

Upon the crest of a high hill overlooking the village of Lovelace, and commanding a magnificent view of the valley of the Mayfield Creek, rests a substantial brick residence, the home of a bright and sturdy old pioneer, the worthy subject of this sketch.  Andrew Lovelace was born February 12, 1811, in Butler County, Kentucky, and came with his parents, in 1822, to what is now Ballard County, where he has since resided.  His father, Captain Andrew Lovelace, Sr., a native of Rowan County, North Carolina, was born in 1776, removed to Kentucky in an early day, and died here in 1863.  He was the son of Elias, a soldier of the Revolution, who also died at this place about 1833.  He was the son of John, an Englishman.  Subject’s mother, Rebecca, daughter of William Holman, of North Carolina, died in 1834.  To her and husband were born:  Elizabeth (Hall), Nancy (Lynn), Elias, Archibald, subject, Rebecca (Humphrey), Isaac and William.  Subject was married November 5, 1833, to Miss Eleanor, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Shelton) Ashley, of Butler County (born May 15, 1815), and his union has been blessed by the birth of Virgil S., Martha J. (Howard), John H., Freeman B., James M., Mary E. (Elsey), William A., Eliza B. (Trice), and Susan V. (Henderson).  Subject is a farmer, has prospered in his business and now owns 400 acres of well improved and valuable land which is in a fine state of cultivation.  In politics he still clings to the tenets of the old line Whigs.

Andrew and Eleanor Lovelace are buried in the Lovelace Family Cemetery in the town of Lovelace.