She was 2 in 1850.
She was 12 in 1860.
She was 22 in 1870.
He was 25 in 1850 living in Dist #17, Cedar, Missouri.
He was 35 in 1860 living in Benton Twp, Cedar, Missouri.
He was 45 in 1870 living in Benton Twp, Cedar, Missouri.
She was 23 in 1850.
She was 32 in 1860.
She was 40 in 1870.
She was 9 in 1860.
He was 6 in 1860.
She was 4 in 1860.
She was 14 in 1870.
He was 4 in 1860.
He was 14 in 1870.
He was 3 in 1860.
He was 13 in 1870.
MARRIAGE RECORDS: Christian County, Kentucky
Joshua WOOSLEY to Margaret JOHNSON bond 27 Oct 1827, married 30 Oct 1827 by James HAGGARD, magistrate
CENSUS RECORDS: 13 Sep 1850 Western Division, Pike County, Illinois page #164, family #429/442
He was 45 in 1850 and his last name was spelled OUSLY.
HISTORY: From History of Pike County, Illinois
Joshua WOOSLEY was born in Wilson County, Tennessee 9 July 1805. In the year 1814 he moved with his father to the state of Kentucky, where he remained until the year 1828, when he emigrated with his father to the state of Illinois, and settled in Sangamon County, where he remained eighteen months. In 1830 he moved to Pike County, and made the first improvements in Hadley Township. He built a log cabin on section 19, where he settled, and where he has remained to the present time. After making many improvements on his land, he returned to the state of Kentucky and married Miss. Margaret JOHNSON. She was born in the state of Tennessee, in the year 1806. After his marriage he returned with his wife to his new home in Hadley Township, where they lived until the year 1868, when she departed this life. The fruits of their marriage were ten children. She had lived a long and useful life, a kind and true wife, an affectionate and good mother. She had experienced many hardships and privations in the first few years after their settlement in their new home, but through the kindness and affection of her good husband, and being possessed of a contented mind, she bore her many trials and privations with Christian fortitude, and did her full share to aid and assist her husband in making the extensive improvements where he now resides. Mr. WOOSLEY has had many hardships to endure in his pioneer life. Where he first settled in Pike County, the inhabitants were few and far between. He frequently found it difficult to procure breadstuff for himself and family, as there was but one mill within twenty miles of him, and that was run by horse power. He has had to remain at the mill for five days at a time, awaiting his turn to grind. The prices of groceries were so high that it was almost impossible for a poor man to obtain them. Produce was very low, wheat of the best quality bringing only twenty- five to forty cents per bushel. The best of pork was worth from $1.25 to $1.50 per hundred. Deer and turkeys were abundant; consequently, he experienced no difficulty in keeping a supply of meats. Clothing was rather hard to obtain, and in lieu of the broadcloth, fine cassimeres, and patent-leather boots of the present day, they then used buckskin for coats, pants, and moccasins. But notwithstanding these hardships and privations, Mr. WOOSLEY never became discouraged, but with good health and a contented mind he persevered, encouraged by the hope that better days would come — and they did come. When Mr. WOOSLEY first settled in Pike County there were but three post offices in it; but he has lived to see "Old Pike" one of the first counties in the great state of Illinois, and he has the satisfaction of knowing that he helped to make it what it is. Mr. WOOSLEY is one of the useful men of the county; he is a first class farmer and a competent business man. He has held many of the most prominent offices in the county, such as county commissioner, county judge, associate judge, sheriff, and collector, and in every station he has discharged his official duties with full satisfaction to the entire county. He is highly esteemed for his may virtues by all who know him. On 4 November 1869 Mr. WOOSLEY was married to Mrs. Augusta SIDNER, widow of John SIDNER, deceased. She was born in Franklin County, Ohio, in 1815, and emigrated to Illinois in 1843. Mr. and Mrs. WOOSLEY are now living a quiet life on the old homestead, in Hadley Township, enjoying all the comforts of a happy home, surrounded with warm friends and loving neighbors. Nathan WOOSLEY, the father of Joshua, was born in Halifax County, Virginia in the year 1770. He and his oldest son — John WOOSLEY — served through the whole of the war of 1812. They both served under General William CARROLL, of Tennessee, and were honorably discharged in 1815, when the father returned to his home and family. He was an honorable and useful member of society, and was warmly attached to his country and its institutions. He died in Missouri, in the year 1855. His wife's maiden name was Sarah KEESEE. She was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in the year 1771, and died in the state of Missouri in the year 1843.Hadley Township, Pike County, Illinois ---- Joshua WOOSLEY was the first white man to settle in this township, he settled on Section 19 in the year 1830, and cut the logs and built the first house that was built by any white man. There was a colored man by the name of Frank McWERTER, from Kentucky, that settled and made considerable improvement in this township in 1829, on Section 22. Reuben SHIPMAN, Anson GRAY, Isaac MOORE, James DUTTON, Wm. WILKINSON, Joseph SHELLEY, and William FARMER were the next to settle, and made good improvements. They were all from Kentucky and Tennessee, and were good farmers. Jane WOOSLEY daughter of Joshua WOOSLEY, was the first white child born in Hadley in 1834, she is now the wife of Milton DERAN. John WOOLINS was the first Justice of the Peace, and Joshua WOOSLEY was the second, the latter held the office for 12 years. Mr. WOOSLEY, B. A. PETTERSON and David FORD are all the first settlers that now remain, the rest are dead or have moved away.
HISTORY: Joshua WOOSLEY, farmer, section #19; PO Barry; was born in Wilson County, Tennessee 9 July 1805; when he was 9 years old his parents moved with him to Christian County, Kentucky. On 30 October 1827, he married Margaret JOHNSON, daughter of William JOHNSON, of that county; she died 8 September 1868, leaving 4 children; six of her children had died, and since her death her youngest daughter has died. In 1828 Mr. WOOSLEY settled on Sugar Creek, in Sangamon County, Illinois and after about 18 months he settled on the place where he now resides. On 4 November 1869, he married Mrs. Augusta Ann SIDNER, widow of John SIDNER, of this township who was born in Madison County, Ohio on 2 October 1815, and has one daughter by her previous marriage. Mr. WOOSLEY has been County Commissioner 3 years, Associate County Judge 4 years, Sheriff 2 years, Township Assessor and Collector several terms, Justice of the peace 12 years, Constable 8 years, etc. and is now Assessor and Collector. He has held more offices than any other man in the county. He is the oldest citizen of this township and is perhaps as well acquainted with the political history of Pike County as any other citizens.
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