William Homer Woolsey

15 June 1848–10 March 1923 (Age 74)
Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Homer

When William Homer Woolsey was born on 15 June 1848, in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States, his father, Wright Woolsey, was 27 and his mother, Rebecca Yeager, was 23. He married Martha Ann Curry on 15 March 1870, in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Todd Creek Township, Johnson, Nebraska, United States for about 5 years and Nemaha Election Precinct, Johnson, Nebraska, United States in 1900. He died on 10 March 1923, in Tecumseh, Johnson, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Tecumseh, Johnson, Nebraska, United States.

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William Homer Woolsey
Martha Ann Curry
Marriage: 15 March 1870
Charles Wright Woolsey
Curry Blystone Woolsey
Myrtle Lorena Woolsey
Lenah Mabel Woolsey
Roy Ulysses Woolsey
Carrie Ethel Woolsey
Hazel Beatrice Woolsey

Spouse and Children

15 March 1870
Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States


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Parents and Siblings


    Rebecca Yeager




    Prudence Jane Woolsey


    Hannah Sophia Woolsey


    Mary C Woolsey


    George Wright Woolsey



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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 8

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 20

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Wulsi, Old English Wulfsige, composed of the elements wulf ‘wolf’ + sige ‘victory’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William H Woolsey, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Wm Woolsy, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William Eiker in household of Lorenzo M Manley, "United States Census, 1880"

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