Cordelia Woolsey

9 September 1882–12 September 1953 (Age 71)
Missouri, United States

The Life of Cordelia

When Cordelia Woolsey was born on 9 September 1882, in Missouri, United States, her father, Franklin Joseph Woolsey, was 27 and her mother, Emma Ashby, was 27. She married Hans Christofferson on 2 March 1898, in Onawa, Monona, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota, United States in 1920 and Oakland, Alameda, California, United States in 1930. She died on 12 September 1953, in Olympia, Thurston, Washington, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Tumwater, Thurston, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

Hans Christofferson
Cordelia Woolsey
Marriage: 2 March 1898
Bonnie F. Christofferson
Frank Jacobs Christofferson
Emma Jean Christopherson
Roy Christopherson

Spouse and Children

    Hans Christofferson



2 March 1898
Onawa, Monona, Iowa, United States


    Bonnie F. Christofferson


    Frank Jacobs Christofferson


    Emma Jean Christopherson


    Roy Christopherson


Parents and Siblings

    Franklin Joseph Woolsey


    Emma Ashby




    Roy R. Woolsey


    Lula B. Woolsey





    Pearl E Woolsey


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World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 2

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 22

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.

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)

  • Cordelia Woolsey in household of Franklin Woolsey, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Cordelia Woolsey in household of Frank J Woolsey, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Corda Christofferson in household of Hans Christofferson, "United States Census, 1910"

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