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Witnessed by Henry C. Munger and Emma Nesbitt Marriage by A. A. Dunstan of Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo, Michigan
WILLIAM C. WOOLEY, farmer, section 33, Elba township, is the son of John
K. and Fanny (Crose) Wooley, Natives of New Jersey. Mrs. Wooley was the
first white settler of Elba Township, locating on section 34, Jan. 4,
1855. In March of the same year she removed across the line into Clinton
County where she still resides. William C. was born June 14,1840 in
Kalamazoo Co., Mich., and left home at the age of 14 to to care for
himself. He worked on a farm until 1867, when he married Martha Harrison
daughter of John S. and Louisa (Baker) Harrison natives of Ohio, where
they followed farming. Mr. and Mrs. Wooley have a family of three children;
John H., Claude D., and Cora P.
Mr. Wooley first purchased 80 acres in Elba Township, but he has added 160
acres to his nucleus. of his whole farm,180 acres are well improved. In
1873 he built his large barn. His was the first family to settle
permanently in the township and when he came he found a dense Wilderness.
He Enlisted in Co. H, 25th Mich Infantry, Aug. 27, 1862, and served his
country faithfully during the remainder of the war. His Company was
engaged under Col. Moore at Green River Bridge July 4, 1863 with the
notorious John Morgan's command and killed more men then there were in the
company engaged. He was mustered out at Salisbury, NC and finally
discharged at Jackson, Mich.
Mr. Wooley is a member of Elsie Lodge 238 F. & A. M. He was a deputy
Sheriff under George Patch. He is one of the representative citizens of
Personal Mention & Short Local Notes (column):
Mrs. Wm Young and Mrs. James Harrison, Who went to Bannister to attend the
funeral of Wm, Wooley, returned home the latter part of this week. They
spent Thursday at Perry With Mr. and Mr. S. F. Karchner.
William C. Wooley, eldest son of John K. and Fanny Wooley was born in
Prairie Ronde Township, Kalamazoo county, Michigan, June 14, 1840 and died
April 19, 1913, aged 72 years 10 months and 5 days.
He spent the greater part of his boyhood days with his grandparents until
the age of 14. In 1854 he moved to Elba township, Gratiot county with his
parents, remaining until 1859, when he returned to Kalamazoo.
When the cry for help in the days of the rebellion he was one of the first
to respond, joining the Twenty-fifth Michigan Infantry as a private,
returning as a Commissary Sergeant at the close of the war. On returning
from the war he took up farming with his uncle until 1867. He was united
in marriage to Martha Harrison of Schoolcraft\, removing to Elba Township
in 1870, where they have made their home. To them were born six children,
three dying in infancy. There are still living John H. of Highmore South
Dakota, who was not able to present and Claude D. and Cora Pearl Mead of
Bannister. Also one brother George of Elsie.
These with the sorrowing wife are left to mourn the loss of a kind and
loving husband and a very affectionate father with a host of other
relatives and friends.
Mr. Wooley belonged to the G. A. R. and Masonic societies, joining the
Masonic Order during his enlistment at Louisville, KY in 1862, becoming a
Royal Arch at Schoolcraft in 1877, and at his death was a member of Elsie