Research on Thomas Woolley (abt 17011750)
The following information is built on research reported by Preston Woolley Parkinson, The Utah Woolley Family (Salt Lake City, 1967), pp. v-xv, who expressed the hope:
|that some interested kinsman will be led to further research in this area.|
William Woolley of
leanor, Derbyshire in 1685 (p. 143)|
Ezekial Woolley in London in 1670
John Woolley of Glamorganshire, Wales, imprisoned in 1660 (p. 746)
John Woolley held in gaol in Radnorshire for not swearing allegiance to the king in Jan 1663.
John Woolley in Elizabeth City, 1623|
Samuel Woole in Accomack County, 1635
William Woolley in Henrico County, 1636
William Woolley in 1638
William Woolley in lower Norfolk county, 1647
1) Christopher Woolley was living at Concord, Massachusetts, in 1646 (the subject of the article).|
2) Robert Woolley can be documented in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 16491653. He moved his family to Southampton, Long Island, before 1657. This family is treated briefly in Howells History of Southampton, L.I. (2nd ed., 1887), pp. 408f.
3) Emanuel Woolley was in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1655. He moved his family to Monmouth, New Jersey, after 1667, where he appears in the Quaker records. This family is treated extensively in John E. Stillwells New Jersey Historical and Genealogical Miscellany (1932), vol. 5, [80 pp].
|Pennsylvania (5), South Carolina (2), New York (15), Maryland (2), Massachusetts (1), North Carolina (1), New Hampshire (2), Vermont (10)|
Arrivals between 1682 and 1688|
28 Jan 1687/8 The Margaret from London, John Bowman, Commander. James Calypoole, merchant, and Helenah his wife, with 7 children and five servants, viz., Hugh Masland and his wife, to serve 4 years, Sissilla Wooley, 4 years and Edward Cole Jr., to serve 7 years.
|30 Mar 1688 Joshua Tittery had a certificate to marry Cicily Woolley, Abington meeting (Phila. meeting records show that Joshua Tittery was a Quaker in England).|
Will of Joshua Tittery of Philadelphia, potter, July 1709:|
Wife Cicily executor, her brother Edmund Woolley and his daughter Cicily.
Will of Edmund Woolley, wdd 1760, wpd 1771
Children and executors: Stephen, Mary and Sarah.
Witn: Jos. Galland, Nicholas Waln
(In 1729 Edmund Woolley witnessed the will of Richard Cummins.)
Dr. Stephen Woolley was witness to a codicil to the will of Geo. Maccullin of Philadelphia, 15 Oct 1772, who was nephew of William Parsons, brother of Rebecca Woolley and cousin of Elizabeth Cummins.
|INDEX TO WILLS & ADMINISTRATIONS|
Sebastian Woolley bought property from William Weaver, 115 L Frame house & lot S. side of Appletree alley near Arch Street, 47 ft. E. of 5th containing 13 x 16 bounded on the E. by Benj. Franklin, etc. (Book D 22, pp. 284ff., 16 Oct 1784).|
George Woolley witnessed the will of Wm. Jones, Oct 1797.
Edmund Woolley was executor of the will of John Barnes 1741.
Ann Woolley witnessed the will of Susannah Collins of Plum St. SW, Philadelphia, widow, 15 Feb 1789.
George Woolley witnessed the will of Hannah middleton, widow, of Nottingham, Burlington Co., N.J., wdd. 11 Mar 1820, wpd. 6 Feb 1824.
Children of George Justice: Elizabeth Woolley, Rebecca J. Mitchell, Mary J. Bartling, Jacob Justice, George M. Justice.
Edmund Woolley witness June 1711; witness John Goodson of North Liberty, physician to Cicily Tittery, wid. of Joshua of Philadelphia Meeting.
|First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia|
|Second Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia|
By some historians, Edmund Woolley has been given credit for hanging the Liberty Bell, and for the construction of Carpenters Hall in 1770. This latter building has since been dedicated as a patriotic shrine it having been the scene of the First Continental Congress in 1774.
In a booklet by the name of Philadelphia, a well-known architect, Edwin Bateman Morris, has this to say regarding Edmund Woolleys contribution to the construction of Independence Hall.
|Before I ever thought of going into architecture myself, I used to know an architect, Mellon Rogers, who was concerned with certain changes and restorations of Independence Hall. He told me something of the architectural history of this building, which intrigued me. He gave credit as architect to Andrew Hamilton, a lawyer, who was Speaker of the Assembly in 1730 and thereafter.|
|Later investigation shows that only a certain sterilized architectural credit can go to Hamilton. He did, while superintending its construction, have much to do with its form and arrangement, but the original design drawing seems to have been made by a master carpenter named Edmund Woolley. Yet Hamilton does seem to have been the dynamic force which pushed toward the idea of starting construction of the building and of continuing it. It was he who, after acrimonious debates in the Assembly, finally overcame all opposition to the project.|
|Edmund Woolley, city of Philadelphia, carpenter, and Mary his wife (said Edmund Woolley being the eldest son and heir at law of Edmund Woolley, last of said city, tailor, deceased, and also heir at law of his brother John Woolley, another son of said deceased Edmund Woolley)|
|William Wallace of said city, mariner, and Susannah his wife.|
|John Barnes of Horsham in county of Philadelphia in said province, yeoman, and Mary his Wife.|
|Amos Ashead of Hattonfield in West New Jersey, woolcomer, and Cicely his wife (the said Susannah, Mary and Cicely being the daughters of said deceased Edmund Woolley).|
|Convey to: William Parsons, of said city of Philadelphia, yeoman, (Whereas said Edmund Woolley, the father, being lawfully seized of Messuage and piece of ground, died intestate, leaving only issue said Edmund, his eldest son, the said John Woolley, who is since deceased intestate and without issue, and the said Susannah, Mary and Cicely).|
From this and other entries in the early records of Philadelphia, it appears that though this Edmund Woolley was a contemporary of the Thomas Woolley who married in Christ Church in 1729 to Sarah Coppock and was the progenitor of the Utah Woolley family, no relationship between them has been established. Edmund and his father lived in adjoining houses on Second Street between Sassafras (Race) and Vine Streets. The northernmost was that of Edmund Woolley, Jr., the next was where presumably the widow of Edmund Woolley, Sr., had lived until her death in 1732 (which her heirs deeded to William Parsons, brother-in-law of Edmund Woolley, Jr., and which he in turn sold in 1735 to William Wallace, a son-in-law of Edmund Woolley, Sr.) The third and southermost house was that of the widow Goodson, the same Cecily Woolley who had married Joshua Tittery in 1688.