|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1811|
|Death: ||Nov. 2, 1897|
Son of Nathaniel and Sarah Keesee Woosley.
From Halifax County, Virginia to Tennessee sometime before 1814. Then on to Illinois by 1817 settled around the counties of Pike and Sangamon until at least 1830. By 1840 moved over to Jackson and Caldwell Counties in Missouri. By 1860 Nathan had died and James was living in Arkansas around the counties of Crawford and Sebastian. James' son William was married in Nodaway County, Missouri in 1851 before going to Arkansas which is where the Bailey's were living when they came back from California. CENSUS RECORDS: 1830 Pike County, Illinois MILITARY RECORDS: Between 26 April and 30 September 1832, Enrolled Pike County, Illinois as a Corporal, Regiment 3, Whiteside Brigade, Company E, Petty Black Hawk War, Illinois and Wisconsin (Territory) ---- 1837 Osage Indian war in Missouri. ---- Between 1838 and 1839, Explusion of the Mormons in Caldwell County, Missouri. CENSUS RECORDS: 1840 Rockport, Caldwell, Missouri page #179 WOOSLEY, James 2 males under 5 (George & James), 2 males 5 to 10 (Nathan & William), 1 male 20 to 30 (James), 1 female 20 to 30 (Patience) In October of 1844 James is a security on the Will of an Elijah SHEPHERD in Andrew County, Missouri. CENSUS RECORDS: 10 Aug 1860 Jasper Twp, Crawford, Arkansas page #772, family #1106/1065 WOOSLY, James age 49, male, farmer, $1000 & $50,000 KY WOOSLY, Patience age 49, female, MO WOOSLY, Joseph P. age 13, male, attends school, MO WOOSLY, Thos. K. age 9, male, attends school, AR WOOSLY, Nathan age 28, male, farmer, $11,000 IL WOOSLY, Elizabeth age 25, female, AR WOOSLY, Mary E. age 1, female, AR BAILY, Mary age 45, female, MO MILITARY RECORDS: CSA --- Gunter's Cavalry Battalion - Organized in the early spring of 1864 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas M. GUNTER and Major James WOOSLEY. Assigned to Cabell's Brigade, Fagan's Cavalry Division, the battalion fought at Devils Backbone on September 1, 1863, throughout the Camden Expedition from March to May of 1864, including the battles of Poison Springs and Marks' Mills, and served during Price's Missouri Raid in September and October of 1864. Returned to southwestern Arkansas and northeast Texas after Price's Raid, and eventually surrendered with General Kirby Smith's forces on May 26, 1865. FIELD OFFICERS AND STAFF 34TH ARKANSAS INFANTRY REGIMENT CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA ---- WOOSLEY, James - Major - age 36 (His age is apparently wrong.), born in Kentucky, Paid as a Captain as early as 18 Jun 1862. Elected Major 16 Aug 1862. Was in Gunter's Battalion Cavalry 3 Jul 1863. ---- Between 1861 and 1865 Battalion Commander, CSA (from family notes), 18 June 1862 Paid as a Captain, 34th Arkansas Infantry Regiment aka Brook's Infantry Regiment, CSA ---- 16 August 1862 Elected Major, Company Field & Staff, 34th Arkansas Infantry Regiment aka Brook's Infantry Regiment, CSA ---- 3 July 1863 Gunter's Cavalry Battalion, Witherspoon's Battalion, Cabell's Brigade, Fagan's Cavalry Division, CSA HISTORY: History of Crawford County, Arkansas page #266, by Miss Clara B. Eno -- William WOOSL EY of the Dripping Springs neighborhood was Captain of Company "G" of the 34th Arkansas group. At the battle of Prairie Grove he was so badly wounded that he died soon after his arrival home and was buried in the Sara Grove cemetery, but search has failed to locate the grave or even the family lot. His father very likely organized the company as the war department reports the company organized by James WOOSLEY. He was afterwards Major of the 34th Arkansas but resigned after the battle of Prairie Grove. It is likely he returned home with his son and after his death went with his negroes south of the Arkansas river. Later he organized a battalion for service behind the lines and took an active part in the battle of Devil's Backbone Mountain and at Poison Spring. When the Federals on their march from Prairie Grove to Van Buren stopped a short time at Dripping Springs and while there destroyed all of the buildings on Major WOOSLEY's place. After the war Major WOOSLEY went to Texas and in 1887 was living in Lonoke, Texas. CENSUS RECORDS: 6 Sep 1870 Pct #3, Quitman PO, Wood, Texas page #544, family #98/98 WOOSLEY, James age 59, male, white, farmer, $5000 & $3700, TN WOOSLEY, Jacob age 12, male, black, MO BURTON, Peter age 12, male, black, AR CENSUS RECORDS: 1880 Pct#4, Rains County, Texas page #145C WOOSLEY, Jas. Head, age 69, married, Farmer, TN VA VA WOOSLEY, M. W. Wife, age 47, married, Keeping House, GA GA GA SWEPSTON, H. D. Other, age 22, Farm Laborer, OH OH OH (There is an A. J. WOOSLEY age 46 KY and his wife Mary age 27 KY and son L. age 1 TX listed right after James. Who are they and who do they belong to??) CEMETERY RECORD: The cemetery used to be known as Bryan's Mill Cemetery and was located in the town of Belden which is now known as Naples, Texas.
Note: Major James WOOSLEY, a resident of Campbell, died in that town Saturday of extreme old age. From the columns of the Evening Banner, we take the following biographical sketch of the deceased: "Major James WOOSLEY was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on the 26th day of March, 1811 and died on the 2nd day of November 1897 at 1:10 p. m. of old age. Major WOOSLEY was a man of push and pluck and in his manhood days was noted for his energy and unflagging exertions. From Christian County, Kentucky, he crossed the Ohio river and spent some time in Illinois, then over the Mississippi he passed into Missouri, where he followed his inclination for trading. From there he went to North Arkansas, and finally located in Texas. He was a Major in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He took an active part in the Black Hawk and Osage wars and he was in the Mormon troubles. Major WOOSLEY was by nature and training a trader. He was best pleased when he had a big trade on hand. He was of a warm temperament, generous, free and open hearted. He loved life for what was in it, and yet he was not a selfish man." The remains were carried to Belden, Cass County, Texas, for interment. From Greenville Messenger in Hunt County, Texas - November 5, 1897 (By Chuck Seel 8 AUG 2004
Kathy Robinson adds:
James Woosley also served in the Black Hawk War. He was a Corporal in Captain Elisha Petty's Pike County, Illinois, Company of the 3rd Regiment, commanded by Col. Abraham B. DeWitt, of the Brigade of Mounted Volunteers of Illinois Militia, commanded by Brig-General Samuel Whitesides. Mustered out of the service at the mouth of the Fox River May 27, 1832. Distance, 250 miles from place of enrollment.
2nd wife was Martha Washington Trimble, Find A Grave Memorial# 17164884
They married between 1870-1880 in Texas.
Martha Washington Trimble Woosley (1831 - 1910)*
Patience Baley Woosley (1810 - 1868)*
William W. Woosley (1830 - 1862)*
Nathan M Woosley (1832 - 1889)*
James Boulware Woosley (1838 - 1917)*
Thomas Keesee Woosley (1852 - 1924)*
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Created by: dianneh
Record added: Aug 26, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57738794