James P. Woolsey


Personal and Family Information

James was born in DEC 1858 in Benton County, Arkansas, the son of James Woolsey and Nancy R Woods.

He died on 27 JAN 1919 in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

His wife was Sarah Belle Barr, who he married on 21 NOV 1880 in Benton County, Arkansas. Their five known children were Pearl Stella (1882-1964), Virgil Earl (1883-1954), William Wight (1885-1966), James Barr (1894-1983) and Juanita Loring (1898-1988).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


James P. Woolsey


James Woolsey


Nancy R Woods


Dysart Woods


John Woods


Charity Dysart


Sarah Holmes


Phineas Holmes


Rachel Stewert



BirthDEC 1858
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Death27 JAN 1919
Place: Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Census14 JUN 1860
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp, dwelling 167 family 167 James Woolsey 36 m, merchant $2000, $7000, Ark Nancy “ 30 f, born Tenn John “ 9 m born Ark William “ 7 m Ark Nannie “ 6 f Ark James “ 2 Ark Dysart 1 m Ark Moholn Woolsy 69 f Ky Lawrance 31 m Ark Evaline Caye 19 f, domestic, unkown
Census5 JUL 1870
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage, Bentonville PO dwelling 365 family 361 Woolsey , James 48 mw farmer $800, $800 born Ark Nancy 40 f w keeping house, Tennessee John 18, mw at home Ark William 16 mw at home Ark Nancy 15 fw at home Ark Sarah 13 fw Ark James 12 mw ark Disart 10 mw Ark Cephas 9 mw Ark Ella 7 fw Ark Short 5 mw Ark Alta 3 fw Ark dwelling 366 family 360 Woolsey Henry 40 mw farmer $700 $800 born Ark Margaret 36 fw keeping house Ark and 5 children
Census12 JUN 1880
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage twp, dwelling 185 family 185 Woolsey, James wm 56 married farmer born Ky f NC m SC Nancy wf 50 wife, married house keeper born Tenn, f&m Tenn Sarah wf 24 daughter single, house keeper born Ark, f KY, m Tenn James wm 22 son single, school teacher , born Ark, f KY, m Tenn Samuel wm 20 son single farmer born Ark, f KY, m Tenn Ellen wf 17 daughter single at school born Ark, f KY, m Tenn David wm 14 son single at school born Ark, f KY, m Tenn Albert wm 7 son single at school born Ark, f KY, m Tenn
Census5 JUN 1900
Place: Noble County, Oklahoma
Address: Auburn Twp, dwelling 31 family 31 Woolsey, James, head wm born Dec 1858, age 42 married 20 yrs born Ark, f Ark, m Tenn, Insurance Agent __ Belle S , wife, wf born Feb 1863 age 37, married 20 yrs, mother of 6, 5 living born Ark, f Alabama, m Ark __ Pearl S, daughter wf born Feb 1881, age 181 single, born Arl, f &m Ark __ Wight W, wm born Oct 1885 age 14 single born Ark f&m Ark __ Barr J, wm born Jan 1893, age 6 single born Ok, f&m Ark ___ Juanita wf born July 1898 age 1 single born OK f&m Ark
Census20 APR 1910
Place: Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Age: 52
Address: Oklahoma City, East 6th street, house 505, dwelling 164, family 183 Woolsey, James P, head, mw age 52 married1, 26 yrs, born Ark, f&m Ark, Banker, retired __ Sarah B wife, fw age 45 married 1 26 yrs, mother of 5, 5 living born Ark, f&m Ark __ Virgil E, son mw age 25 single born Ark f&m Ark, conductor on RR __ Bow J, son mw age 15 single born OK f&m Ark, __ Juanita, daughter fw age 11 single born OK, f&m Ark and seven unrelated roomers ages 21 to 18
BurialJAN 1919
Place: Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Address: Fairlawn Cemetery, Oklahoma City findagrave 46752374 links to wife and children


OccupationPresident of Arkansas Valley & Western Railroad per obit


Note 1

WOOLSEY, James P. - Major J.P. Woolsey, a former resident of Benton county, died in Oklahoma City on January 27th. He was born in Bentonville. He made his way through the Rogers academy and later taught there for some time. He moved to Oklahoma and was later made president of the Arkansas Valley & Western railroad. At the time of his death he was secretary and treasurer of the Armour Oil & Gas Company. [Benton County Record - Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas - February 7, 1919]

{from The Perry {Noble CO., Okla.} Sentinel} James P. Woolsey, a former resident of Perry, was born in Bentonville, Ark. and died at his home in Oklahoma City January 27, 1919. His funeral was conducted from the residence January 29, interment being made in the Fair Lawn cemetery. The services at the home were conducted by Rev. F. Hutchinson, pastor of the St. Luke's M.E. church of Oklahoma City. Major Woolsey was an example of what is termed a "self-made man." After completing the common school course, he worked his way through Rogers Academy and after his graduation taught for a time in that institution. Later he was prominent in politics in Noble county, having served a tern as mayor in Perry and two terms as senator from the district of which Noble county formed a part. **** Major Woolsey was well known by our older citizens, being born and raised in this county. He graduated from the Rogers Academy and was a member of the faculty. HE was a personal friend of the senior editor. [Rogers Democrat - Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas - February 6, 1919]

{from Droke} Word was received Wednesday a.m. by Mrs. S.H. Shelton of the death of her brother, Jas. Woolsey, in Oklahoma City. The friends in this community extend sympathy. [Rogers Democrat - Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas - January 30, 1919]


THE OKLAHOMAN (Oklahoma City, OK)

1/28/1919 OBITUARIES (Tuesday)

J.P. Woolsey, 61 years old, died at his home, 104 W. 36th street, late last night. He was stricken with paralysis last Tuesday night. Funeral announcement will be made later. [Thank you Emily Jordan for the The Oklahoman obit]

THE OKLAHOMAN (Oklahoma City, OK)

2/2/1919 OBITUARIES (Sunday)

We wish to thank our many friends for the beautiful floral offerings and many other acts of kindness and love during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father. Mrs. J.P. Woolsey, Mr. & Mrs. W.W. Woolsey, Mr. & Mrs. V.E.

Woolsey, Mr. & Mrs. W.F. Godlove, Mr. & Mrs. L.E. Eastwood, James Barr Woolsey. [Thank you Emily Jordan for the The Oklahoman obit]

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