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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!

John A. Buttram Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Edmonson County

John A. Buttram, son of William and Jenny (Parker) Buttram, was born January 27, 1849, in Scott County, Tennessee.  His parents, also natives of Scott County, had a family of seven boys and three girls, of whom John A. is the fourth son.  William Buttram was a farmer, and a son of James and Gillie (Keetin) Buttram), who were of Irish and Dutch descent respectively.  John A. was reared on a farm, and at the age of fourteen enlisted in Company H, Fifty-Second Kentucky Federal Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war.  He then engaged in farming about one and a half miles from his present place, in Edmonson County.  February 20, 1865, he married Sarah A. Johnson, daughter of John and Mary (Wells) Johnson, and to their union have been born Laura J., Mary E., William D., Edward V., Benjamin C., Marcellus A., Jesse A. and Junietta (deceased).  Mrs. Buttram is a member of the Baptist Church.  Mr. Buttram has held the offices of marshal, constable and deputy sheriff of Edmonson County, and is now serving as assessor.  He owns 140 acres of land, seventy of which are under cultivation, and conducts a saw and grist-mill.  He cast his first presidential vote for General Grant.

John W. Dycus Biography

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

Marshall County

John W. Dycus is a native of Edmonson County, this state, and was born May 16, 1830, and is a son of John and Nancy (Isaacs) Dycus, who were from South Carolina.  They were among the early settlers of Edmonson County, but in 1831 came to Calloway, now Marshall County, where his father died in 1844, his widow surviving him until 1876.  The father was a farmer, but served in Edmonson County as sheriff.  Our subject worked on the farm until nineteen years of age; he then left home and learned the cabinetmaker’s trade, and was enabled thereafter to make sufficient means to supplement a common school education, by an attendance of over two years, at the Bethlehem Academy, near Princeton, Kentucky.  After teaching school twenty months in Yazoo County, Mississippi, he returned to this county in 1858, and began the study of law under Judge Philander Palmer.  In August the same year he was elected to the position of clerk of the county court for a term of four years, and was subsequently twice elected to the same position.  He had been admitted to the bar in 1860, but continued his law studies during his long service as county clerk.  In 1870 he was elected county judge for a period of four years, at the expiration of which he accepted the office of county attorney, but after serving a year in that capacity, he resigned and has since devoted his time to the private practice of his profession.  In 1879 he was elected to the State Legislature and served two years.  He has given to the temperance cause his unqualified support.  April 2, 1861, he was united in marriage to Miss Greenville Ford, of Benton.  Walter G. is the only child of this union.  Mrs. Dycus died in January, 1862, and the Judge was subsequently married to Amanda A. (Whittemore) Leigh.