|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1890|
Prince William County
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1916|
Prince William County
Born in Kopp, Virginia on April 26, 1890, Raymond was the last of five children by Thomas and Isabelle to reach adulthood. Raymond was raised in Kopp, attended church at Belle Haven Missionary Baptist Church, and went to school at the Holmes school which was located at Kopp, across the street from the church. It was in this setting that he met his future wife, Hattie Mae Abel. She also attended Holmes School and Belle Haven Missionary Baptist Church.
Raymond became a member of Belle Haven Missionary Baptist Church at Kopp, Virginia in September of 1909. He was a charter member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Highland Lodge #252, at Independent Hill, Virginia on December 7, 1911. His name last appeared in the 1915 annual report. He served as a Nobel Grand.
On the 26th of April 1911, Raymond attended the following event, as recorded in the local newspaper. "A most enjoyable event took place on Wednesday evening, April 26, in the form of a surprise party for Raymond Woolfenden, the occasion being his 21st birthday. Games and music whiled away the time until a late hour, when the guests were instructed to choose partners and march to the dining room, where a dainty lunch was served by Mrs. Woolfenden. Among other gifts Raymond received $21 from a few of 'those who love him best'. Those present besides a host of relatives were: Misses Linnie Liming, Kate Liming, Lula Arrington, Maud Norman, Harriet Downs, Olive Lynn, Leah Wright, Lizzie Lynn, Mesdames Annie Bowns, Katie Cornwell, Pearl Sullivan, Messrs. Arthur Storke, Grag Arrington, Harry Tubbs, Elmer Dewitt, Arthur Luck, Arthur Carter, Clifton Storke, Bryan Norman, Paul Keys, Edgar Carney."
On May 5, 1912 "I Surrender All" was sung as a duet by Miss Elsie Harvey and Raymond Woolfenden at Belle Haven Church.
Marriage and Family
Hattie Abel and Raymond Woolfenden were married in Midland, Virginia. They traveled by buggy to Manassas, VA. Fred Liming, who had one of only five automobles in all of Prince William County at that time, then drove them to Midland, VA., along with Rev. A.J. Cummings of Belle Haven Church. There, at the courthouse, they got a license and were married. The marriage was performed there because Hattie was only 17. on Thursday, September 2, 1915. After the wedding, they caught the train at Quantico and went to Atlantic City for their honeymoon. Note the postcard included in the photos on this memorial which references their honeymoon.
Their only child, Raymond Wilson Woolfenden, was born September 5, 1916 at Kopp.
On October 8, 1916, Raymond passed away. It is believed that he was struck in the chest while changing a wagon wheel, causing internal bleeding. His passing was mentioned in the Belle Haven Missionary Baptist Church records, one of less than a half dozen so mentioned. His passing was approximately six months after the passing of his mother Isabelle. Interment was made at Belle Haven on Sunday, October 15, 1916. Rev. A. J. Cummings, a former pastor of Belle Haven Baptist Church and the minister who married Raymond and Hattie, conducted the funeral service. The Independent Hill Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, held services at the grave.
One of three known obituaries is included in the pictures that are included on this memorial page. A list of heirs is on file at the Prince William County Courthouse, Manassas, Virginia, dated October 11, 1916. At his death Raymond owned both a truck and a car. Motor vehicle ownership in Prince William County at this time was still quite rare. Reference the photo on this memorial regarding the value of his estate.
Thomas Woolfenden (1843 - 1926)
Isabelle Jones Woolfenden (1846 - 1916)
Hattie May Abel Hinton (1898 - 1980)
Raymond Wilson Woolfenden (1916 - 2000)*
Infant Woolfenden (1873 - 1873)*
Lizze Woolfenden (1874 - 1875)*
Bertha H Woolfenden (1875 - 1948)*
Thomas Jefferson Woolfenden (1877 - 1952)*
Sarah Catherine Woolfenden Luck (1880 - 1956)*
Walter Milton Woolfenden (1886 - 1951)*
Raymond Marsden Woolfenden (1890 - 1916)
Belle Haven Baptist Church Cemetery
Prince William County
Plot: South west corner of the church cemetery
Maintained by: Raynee Woolfenden
Originally Created by: Marie & Dale V.
Record added: Jan 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17277488