When Joseph H. Woolsey was born in 1836, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, Thomas Ezra Woolsey, was 31 and his mother, Mary Burrell, was 23. He died before 1840, in Salt Creek Township, Jackson, Indiana, United States.
English (Norfolk): from the Middle English personal name Wulsy (Old English Wulfsige, from wulf ‘wolf’ + sige ‘victory’). The personal name was common in Suffolk, where it gave rise to the surname of Henry VIII's minister Cardinal Wolsey.
History: George Woolsey came to New Amsterdam in New Netherland (now New York City, NY) from England via the Netherlands in 1623.