John and Zephaniah Woolsey
John and Zephaniah were the sons of John Woolsey, Jr. and Mary Sammis of Long Island, New York. Their individual migration paths to Tennessee is not known; however, both arrived in Greene Co NC (now TN) in the 1780s. The two Woolsey brothers settled in Greene Co TN, John north of the Nolichucky River near Jearoldstown TN and Zephaniah south of the river on Camp Creek.
In addition to these two Woolsey brothers, a bevy of Woolsey cousins also migrated to Greene Co TN. Two of Zephaniah's children married siblings who were 2nd Cousins from another branch of the Woolsey family. Additionally, other Woolsey cousins, who were Baptist preachers, migrated from Virginia to Greene Co TN and are recorded having performed several marriages within the extended family.
Stephen, son of Zephaniah, is connected to the Wilkinson Family through his marriage to Catherine Wilkinson, daughter of Samuel Wilkinson of County Antrim, Ireland, and his 1797 purchase of Wilkinson family lands from the heirs of Francis Wilkinson of Russell Co VA.
1. John Woolsey III
1783 Greene Co NC Tax List: John Woolsey
|John Woolsey lived on the north side of the Nolichucky River, near Jearoldstown TN. Evidences found in jury duty, grand jury etc.|
|1787 John Woolsey purchased a Land Grant #1952 for 100 acres adj Nathaniel Davis' Line, which was on Lick Creek (third district) (Greene County).|
1796 Greene Co TN Tax List: John Wolsey
Greene Co. TN Wills (1783-1890) Pg 63-67
2. Zephaniah Woolsey
|Zephaniah settled on the south side of the Nolichucky River [vic Camp Creek TN].|
|Will of Zephaniah Woolsey, May 9, 1801, Greene County, Tennessee:
To wife Sarah, Dwelling, peach, apple and cherry orchards; daughter Sarah Brauser, $5.00; son Stephen, 50 acres; son William, 170 acres; and son Nehemiah, 170 acres.
Executors: sons William and Nehemiah.
Test; Wm. Mott, James Huston and James Williams.
Signed by Zephaniah Woolsey.
1. Stephen Woolsey
1798 Russell Co VA Land Transaction
|RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEED BOOK 3 (1798 - 1806), p. 416:
November 30, 1798 between Stephen Woolsey of Green Co TN and Nathan Wilkinson, adm. William Wilkinson, Enoch Carter, Henry Grey & Thomas Wilkinson, heirs of Francis Wilkinson, decd...125 ac in the New Garden on Whitesides fork of Thompsons Creek, the waters of Clinch River...Beginning on the east side of a ridge near a spring...gap of a ridge...Signed: Nathan Wilkinson, Enoch Carter, William Wilkinson, Henry Grey, Thomas Wilkinson by his atty William Wilkinson. Witnesses: John Wear, Sr. & John Wear, Jr.
7. William Woolsey
10. Abigail Mackey Woolsey
1796 Tennessee Statehood
|1850 Federal Census: Atchison County, Missouri
HN FN LAST FIRST AGE Sex Occup. BIRTH
201 203 Wolsey Gilbert 64 M Farmer Tennessee
Abigil 63 F Tennessee
Mary C 24 F Tennessee
Lafayette 14 M Missouri
Susan 11 F Missouri
Granville 9 M Missouri
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