Elijah Myers WOOLEY Howard Arthur WOOLEY Mary Ann BRICKEY Enoch WOOLEY William W WOOLEY Sarah Elizabeth HOWARD Mini tree diagram

Thomas Howard WOOLEY1,2

20th Apr 18452,3 - 1st Dec 19382

Life History

20th Apr 1845

Born in Missouri.2,3

21st Mar 1879

Married Mary Ann BRICKEY in Alvarado, Parker, Texas.2

15th Feb 1880

Birth of son Howard Arthur WOOLEY in Texas.3,4,5,6,7

15th Oct 1933

Death of Mary Ann BRICKEY.2,2

1st Dec 1938


after 1st Dec 1938

Buried in Oakland Cemetery, Weatherford, Parker County, Texas.1,2


  • "I am kin to the Wooley family.  Howard Arthur Wooley is the son ofThomas Howard Wooley and Mary Ann Brickey.  Thomas Howard Wooley isthe brother to my great grandfather Enoch Wooley.  Thomas HowardWooley was a buffalo hunter.  There is a photo of him in a book withMary Ann Brickey.  Mary Ann Brinkley was from England. ... Also,Elijah Myers Wooley and his wife Sarah Howard Wooley are buried at theHarmony Cemetery and it is on the Internet.  Thomas Howard  Wooley andhis wife Mary Brickey Wooley are buried at Greenwood, I believe.  Theyare on the Internet as well."
    --  Wanda Cox, from her research, Facebook Message to Orville BoydJenkins, 24 July 2015

    (Her name is found spelled as Brickey, Brickley and other ways.  Itappears the proper family name was Brickey.

    1880 Federal Census, Young County, Texas, 30 June, Precinct 1,District 167, page 50 (scan 400B), Hse/Fam #475
    Wooley, Thomas H  W M 24 Husband Farmer MO IL IL [b abt 1856]
    Wooley, Mary A  W F 24 Wife Housekeeping AR MS MS [abt 1856]
    Wooley, Howard A  W M 4mos born Feb 1880 Son At Home TX MO MO

    Thomas Howard Wooley
    Birth Apr. 20, 1845
    Death Dec. 1, 1938

    Thomas Howard Wooley, buffalo hunter, trail driver, pioneer cattleman,and frontier postmaster, was born April 20, 1845, a son of E.M.[Elijah Myers] Wooley [and Sarah Elizabeth Howard] of Tennessee, whogained pioneer honors in both Missouri and Texas. His originalAmerican ancestors came to the States from Ireland.

    The elder Wooley owned three of the twenty wagons which left Missourifor Texas in 1849, when Tom Wooley was four years old. Those threewagons led the caravan and were the only ones of the group which cameas far west as Parker County. The remaining seventeen wagons stoppedin East Texas, but E.M. Wooley pushed on toward the frontier,preempted land five miles south of Weatherford on Sanchez Creek, andbuilt a house which was to become a Parker County landmark. People formiles around came to see the new dwelling, for it had pine floors andreal glass windows -- the first glass windows in the whole county.Unlike the typical two-room cabin of that day, the Wooley house was astory and a half high, and the lumber and shingles for itsconstruction were hauled from saw-mills in East Texas.

    Tom Wooley's first real farm task was breaking sixty acres of groundwith a bull-tongue plow. Breaking the ground wasn't so difficult, butthe small boy found it a real task to shoulder a shotgun and carry asix-shooter in his belt while the plowing was being done. It wasnecessary, however, to go armed, for one never knew when the Indianswere going to make an attack.

    Mr. Wooley was too young for enlistment at the outbreak of the CivilWar, but in 1862, at the age of 17 years, he became a private inCompany E., Nineteenth Texas Cavalry, which served with the Twelfthand Twenty-First Regiment, Morgan's Battalion and Pratt's Battery offour guns in Parson's Texas Cavalry Brigade, in the command of Gen.Nat M. Burford of Dallas. Mr. Wooley is the last surviving man of the800 who enlisted in the Confederate Army from Parker County.

    Following the war, Mr. Wooley and W.H. Eddelman, who at one time waspresident of fourteen Texas banks, began freighting with ox teams, andin 1870, sold their business for $8,000 in gold. It was next that Mr.Wooley located in Young County, bought a ranch, and branded hundredsof cattle with "W.O.L.Y." He drove one herd to Shreveport, Louisiana,and another of 1,400 steers up the trail to Abilene, Kansas. In 1877,the H.&T.C. Railroad reached Ennis, and he shipped four carloads offed steers to Kansas City, which are believed to have been the firstcattle ever fattened in Texas for an outside market.

    Mr. Wooley spent his Christmas holidays hunting buffalo with hisfather and a group of neighborhood boys, at one time salting down7,000 pounds of prime buffalo rump, which later sold in Alvarado fortwenty-five cents a pound.

    On March 21, 1879, Mr. Wooley married Miss Mary Ann Brickley atAlvarado, whose paternal grandfather was a native of England. To thisunion five children were born: Arthur Wooley, Mrs. Josie (Edward)Gower, both deceased; Mrs. Fairy (H.R.) English of Dallas; Kline B.[Brickey] Wooley of Dallas; and Mrs. Fornia (Floyd) Bowden ofWeatherford. Mr. Wooley has eight grandchildren: Glenn and DarrellWooley; Aubra and Eddie Lee Gower; and DeVere, Netholyn, and W.H.(Kelfra) Bowden.

    In 1882, Mr. & Mrs. Wooley returned to Parker County, settling atMillsap, where Mr. Wooley operated a general merchandising businessand served the community as postmaster. Twenty-two years ago, theymoved to Weatherford, and since Mrs. Wooley's death, October 15, 1933,Mr. Wooley has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. [Fornia] FloydBowden, in Weatherford.

    The things Mr. Wooley remembers with fondest memories of pioneer daysare how he and his wife picked wild geese for pillow feathers, shotwild turkey and deer from the front door of their cabin, started firewith flint and steel, molded bullets and folded rags for gun-wadding,roasted unpeeled potatoes and unshucked roasting-ears in hot ashes,and made biscuits and cakes without the aid of soda or baking powder.
    --  (from Holland, Gustavus Adolphus; "The History of Parker Countyand the Double Log Cabin;" Weatherford, Texas, Herald, 1931 & rpt.1937; pp. 228-229.)

    Spouse Mary Ann Brickey Wooley (1860 - 1933)
    Fairy Belle Wooley English (1890 - 1985)
    Kline Brickey Wooley (1892 - 1979)
    Fornia Mae Wooley Bowden (1895 - 1951)

    Burial Oakland Cemetery, Weatherford, Parker  County, Texas

    Maintained by John Bauer, Originally Created by timcdfw Jul 19, 2008
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #28388078,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28388077


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