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Mary Woolbright

Female 1797 - 1881  (84 years)


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  • Name Mary Woolbright 
    Born 6 May 1797  Union Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Jul 1881  Oconee Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Townville Baptist Church Cemetery, Anderson Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I683  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father Barnabas Woolbright,   b. 1752, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1828, Union Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Martha Adams,   b. 1775,   d. 1831  (Age 56 years) 
    Family ID F4865  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Father Unknown 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Catherine Woolbright,   b. 28 Sep 1818, Union Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Walker Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Samuel Woolbright,   b. 20 Nov 1820, Union Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1897, Townville, Anderson Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +3. Edward Woolbright,   b. Abt 1822, Union Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Elizabeth Woolbright,   b. 29 May 1824, Union Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Jesse F. Woolbright,   b. 3 Oct 1828, Lexington Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1879, Townville, Anderson Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    +6. James Posey Woolbright,   b. 26 Nov 1830, Townville, Anderson Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1894, Westminister, Oconee Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     7. Asa C. Woolbright,   b. 17 Apr 1834, Union Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. Millicent Ann Woolbright,   b. 27 Jan 1841, Union Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1928, Howe, Grayson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     9. John H. Woolbright,   b. 18 Mar 1845,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4864  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Notes: Daughter of Barnabas & probably his second wife, Martha
      Adams. Mary appears to have been a bit wayward, favoring seafaring
      gentlemen without benefit of clergy, according to Ben, who places her
      as born in 1797 ( by date on tombstone).
      (1) However, Wilbur's grandmother told him that his g.g. grandmother
      Mary ran an inn/tavern and a traveling saleman (men) was/were the
      father(s) of her children. At any rate, she has at least six
      children and never bothered to marry.
      (2) It is family history that she left West Virginia in a covered
      wagon in the mid-1800's and headed for Georgia with her family (others
      say Charleston). The family stopped to camp in Oconee Co, S. C. near
      the Anderson Co. line, liked what she saw and stayed.
      (3) Lived remainder of her life on the farm at north edge of
      Townville, S. C. (See William Samuel's notes on land grand of 1850 in
      Oconee Co. for more probable accounting of this move. )

      Her birthdate coincides with the date of birth of an unnamed daughter
      of Barnabas in 1800-1820 Census reports, (1795-1804). Some records
      indicate that at least William Samuel, and probably Jesse, were born
      in Union Co. and did not move to Townville area till 1850.

      If she was a daughter of Barnabas, she would have been born in Union
      County. If she was born in Virginia she would almost have to be a
      granddaughter of Samuel which seems unlikely given the poverty of any
      information about Woolbrights in the 1790-1800 records of Virginia
      other than that of Barnabas and Jacob till 1791; plus mention of
      Samuel's household being restricted to two males during the 1790s,
      they being under age 20 in 1799 and nothing after 1802, with no
      mention of a wife. All of Jacob's children are accounted for with
      good records. It seems more likely that she may have been traveling
      from Union Co. S. C. rather than Virginia and that the mention of her
      forebears being from Virginia was as mis-stated as her birthplace.

      If she was not Barnabas' daughter, one needs to consider that Samuel
      probably had either sons or grandsons in Union County, prior to the
      arrival of Barnabas in 1792-73, who could have been her father but
      here again there are no records to support or suggest this as a
      reasonable likelihood. As a daughter of Barnabas, there is a problem
      assigning her to a mother. She could have been the last chld of
      Elizabeth Saunders Woolbright, albeit being near the extreme of
      childbearing age.
      Otherwise, she is the first child of Barnabas' second wife, Martha
      Adams. The seven year interval between the births of Mary and Jesse,
      suggests the likelihood that Mary was Martha's first child and
      Elizabeth died sometime during or before 1795.

      The Gordon Co. Ga. Census of 25 June 1860 lists an Asa C. Woolbright,
      age 25, [c1835] farmer, born in S. C. as was his wife, Harriett, age
      23, a domestic. Children noted were Mary A. age 3 [1857] and William
      F. age 9 months, [1860] both born in Georgia. No other parent
      remotely likely
      either as Jacob or Barnabas's children. Assigned by Allie Mae
      Woolbright Earle as a child of Mary's. She also lists the following
      as Mary's children: Sarah C. (Sally) b. 28 Sept 1818;
      Elizabeth (Betty) Austin Chambers (she lost husband and son in the
      Civil War and married Billy Chambers), & John H. Woolbright, b. 18 Mar
      1845 (Apparently disappeared for years and was found by Will
      Woolbright, living in Ala.) John's birthdate (or parentage) is in
      error, or Mary is having children at a rather late age!

      (Some fanciful family accounts relate a trip by covered wagon from
      Virginia (some records say West Va.) to Oconee Co. with her children
      and stopping for the night to camp on Coneross Creek. While she
      appears to have been on her way to Georgia (?) (or Charleston by some
      reports) she
      apparently liked the local country she saw at the camp site and
      decided to stay. She had apparently ran an Inn/Tavern in Virginia
      (West Virginia) and the father of her children was a traveling
      salesman (probably of Irish decent). Why was she in Virginia and why
      was she going to Georgia?
      Every indication is that she was born in Union Co. S. C. There is
      every indication that all Woolbrights had left Virginia shortly after
      the turn of the nineteeth century. Most records suggest that she came
      with her son, William Samuel, in 1850 when he moved to Oconee Co. to
      take up claim
      to a land grant.

      The fact that she ran a boarding establishment of some type and had a
      number of children without benefit of Clergy is generally established.
      Travel by covered wagon was the common mode of getting about in those
      days as was the nightly need to establish a camp. However, her
      business site was most probably Union, S. C. and her move to the
      Townville area was a planned event. But it makes a good family yarn
      that the women folk would prefer to ignore, according to Ben and
      Wilbur Woolbright.

      Mary died in the Farm Home near Townville, Oconee Co., SC.