The W. in the name is probably William & named after mother Sarah Fowlers father William Fowler;
Thomas Woolsey may have had (1) wife before he married to Sarah Pierce. She, the unknown wife, could be the mother of his children. This problem is still un-resolved at this writing: of Nov 2005;
Source 1: Woolsey by Brewer;Rev. Thomas Woolsey was burried in the River Bend Cenetery;
Source 2: Family Group Sheet submitted by Mrs Ethel J. Woolsey of Salt Lake;
Source 3. Ancestrat File;
Source 4: Westchester Patriarchs; Book: 974.7227 D3d Pg: 271; States Thomas removed to Virginia;
Source 5. Virginia Wills & Administrations 1632-1800 (Index) See source 8;
Source 6. Washington County Personal Property Tax list for 1787; Thomas Woolsey is listed.
Source 7. Film: 0034364, pg: 281; Land Transaction dated: 5 Dec 1792; Thomas Woolsey & Sarah, Pierce John Pierce & Sarah, both of Washington Co. are selling a tract of land; Patient date: 5 May 1787; Thomas & John hold the patient & are selling to Richard Woolsey, wife Nancy; I believe this John Pierce could be Sarahs brother John or a son-in-law married to the daughter Sarah.
Source 8. Film: 0034364: pg: 283; Thomas Woolsey & Sarah of Washington Co. Va. are selling land to Nathaniel Hill of Ulster Co. N.Y., a tract of land with patient date of 7 Dec 1787; The patient is held by Thomas Woolsey; 300 acres on waters of South Fork of the Holston River.
Source 9. Nov 1792: Thomas Woolsey & Sarah his wife are selling land to Joseph Cole, both are of Washington County, Va. Zachariah Woolsey is witness; (Joseph Cole is grandfather of Clarissa Cole.)
Source 10: Annals Of Southwest Virginia pg: 1350 lists Will of Thomas Woolsey; Will Probated 17 Dec 1794; Proved 26 Feb 1794; I leve my wife Sary Wolsey all that I have but Sevenieer Wolsey five shillings. Witnesses: Frederick Ickis, Richard Woolsey, Nancy Wolsey;
Source 11: 3 May 1774, Thomas Woolsey is in Then called Fincastle, later called Washington county), involved in a court case with Ross & Trigg verses Francis Whitney & Thomas Woolsey; Thomas may have been born in Boltons, Westchester, New York or Queens, New York; He is buried at Maiden Burying Ground, River Bend Cemetery in Smythe Co. His original Birthdate was 1716, but is improbable because of marriage date of parents (1718)
Source 12: Fincastle Plot Book A: Book: 976.9Hacc vol. 1: Lists: Thomas Woolsey owned 612 acres of land, a part of the Loyd Co. Tract in 1776; The land located on the South Fork of Holsten River;
Source 13: Annals of Southwest Virginia, Book: 975.5 H2 sl; Ordered that Reverend Thomas Wolsey a regular Baptist Minister as certified by Jonathan Bishop, John Pierce and Henels Dungins have license to Solemnize the Rights of Matrimony according to law.
Source 14. Annals of Southwest Virginia, Dated: 17 June 1783: Ordered that Colonel William Edmondson, Daniel Reamy, Thomas Wolsey, Senior, and William McCutchen view the plantation whereon Hugh Cole deceased lived and value the yearly income and consider the expences of the Maintenance of the five Orphan children of said Hugh Cole and make report to August Court agreeable to the Will of said Cole;
Source 15. Annals of Southwest Virginia, Book: 975.5 H2sl: Dated: 5 Dec 1792; Thomas Woolsey to Richard Woolsey. 10 pounds. 300 Acres on the waters of the South Fork of the Holston River;
Source 16: Smyth County Virginia Cemeteries Volume 1: Woolsey, Thomas W. Rev. B: 1719; D: 1794; Pioneer Baptist Minister (Modern memorial stone);
Source 17: Smyth County History And Traditions:
A John Woolsey and Richard Holliett has land surveyed in thier name in Washington County in the same time frame that Reverend Woolsey and his son George is buying land: The land survey date was 1 August 1781: I dont know who this John Woolsey is, but he must be related to our Woolsey line here in Washington County; Maybe Reverend Woolseys sons Simeon or David of whom I know nothing had a middle name of John and went by the middle name!
Source 18: Virginia Valley Records: In 1772 received into the (Baptist) Church by letters was Thomas Woolsey, from a churcn in New York Government, and now ordained for the Ministry by Order of this Chuch, by the Rev. Mr. Jon Alderson.
Two other possible daughters for Reverend Thomas Woolsey enclude: Sarah Woolsey B: about 1762 & Ms: John Pierce? Lucinda Woolsey B: about 1768; (These children are not proven and are not listed on Reverend Thomas Woolseys family group sheet.
Source 19: Book: 929.273 W887: Family of George Wood Woolsey & Sarah Nelson by Hester Woolsey Brewer, 1939: (Lista a good history of Thomas Woolsey of which I have added to his chronology;
Source 20: Autor Gordon Aronhime: Thomas Wolsey, All But Forgotten Is The Man Who Brought First Church to Holston, Clinch Valleys (Another good history of Reverend Thomas Woolsey of which I have added to his chronology;