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Benjamin Woolman, sons C.M. C. Woolman, John Woolman, Granville, daughter Abbie (Woolman)(Stevenson)Carroll/strong>, Fleming, Julesburg, Holyoke and Sterling

In 1860 Clarke County, Iowa, Benj. Woolman is 41, L. 34, with C.M.C. 9, J.P. H. 8, H. M. 7, G.H. 4, H.B. 3, and G.B. 1.

Granville Woolman was the sixth child of Benjamin and Lydia (Hobaugh) Woolman. Benjamin and Lydia were born in Ohio. They had ten children in all. Granville Benesot Woolman was born in Osceola, Clark, Iowa on February 24, 1859. The family lived in Freemont, Iowa during the 1860 and 1870 census and Benjamin was a farmer. By the 1880 census they were living in York, Nebraska. This is where Granville and Amanda met and were married in 1884. Their first child, Bessie Leona, was born in 1885 in South Dakota so I can only imagine they moved there soon after their wedding to start a new life. But by 1886 when their second child, Clarence, was born they had moved to Julesburg, Sedgewick, Colorado. Granville’s parents were living here and his father, Benjamin, died in Julesburg, July 5, 1890. The Granville Woolman family continued to live in Julesburg until around 1908. Granville operated a successful meat market and hide trading business and later was mayor of Julesburg.

One of Granville’s brother’s was a merchant in Lake Charles, Louisiana and by 1910 Granville had moved his family to Lake Charles. He immediately opened a general store. They owned a home at 1030 Pujo Street which is still standing and part of the National Historic Registry in that area. I will write another post about this house. By 1920 they had moved into a home at 430 Hodge and they ran this home as a bed and breakfast. This house was featured in an earlier post. (insert post link) Granville and Amanda lived in this home until their deaths, hers in 1952 and his in 1955.

Granville and Amanda had five children: Bessie Leona (1885), Clarence G (1886), Jessie May (1890), Charles Warren (1894), and Lee Wesley (1898).

Bessie was born March 9, 1885 in South Dakota. She married George Pridgen and they had at least one son, Robert Woolman Pridgen born 1910. Bessie died July 26, 1934 in Lake Charles and is buried in Orange Grove Cemetery there.

Clarence G was born October 7, 1886 in Colorado, probably Julesburg. Clarence married Pearl Doan in Louisiana in 1908. Pearl was born 1889 in Alabama. They had three children: Elizabeth 1912, Roy Lee (1915), and Butch (1917). By the 1920 census the family had moved to Beaumont, Texas where Clarence was an automobile salesman. Clarence died January 12, 1953 and is buried in Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Jessie May Woolman was July 18, 1890 in Julesburg, Colorado. She married Ray F Harlan before 1920 but by 1930 they are divorced and Jessie lives with her parents. I don’t find that she ever married again. She died June 25, 1960 in Texas and is buried in Graceland Cemetery.

Charles Warren, born July 27, 1894 in Julesburg, Colorado was the fourth child of Granville and Amanda Tracy. By 1930 he is married to Effie C Trammel and they are living in his parents boarding house. Effie died March 6, 1933. Warren soon marries Gladys Dugas, born 1912, and they have a son, George. Charles Warren died in Lake Charles, August 25, 1969 but his wife Gladys is still alive (at least up to 2012).

The last child of Granville and Amanda was Lee Wesley, born in Julesburg, Colorado on December 13, 1898. By 1920 he is living in Jefferson County, Texas and working as a Chauffeur. In the 1929 directory he is a mechanic living in Beaumont, Texas and married to Hester Curry(1897). They have a daughter, Betty Lee. The family lived in Stockton, San Joaquin, California in 1935. The 1940 census lists Lee and his wife as proprietors of a tourist home in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The home is called “The Abbott” and is at 825 Broad. It seems Lee was following is his parents’ footsteps. Lee died April 30, 1970. Hester died October 1, 1975.

There are still a few Woolman descendants living in the Lake Charles, Louisiana and Beaumont, Texas areas. This family is mentioned in many records that talk about the history of Lake Charles as well as the history of Julesburg. They were instrumental in settling new towns and helping them grow.

July 1899 Julesburg "Mrs. Tracy of York, Nebraska, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. G. B. Woolman."

August 1899 Julesburg "G. B. Woolman is proprietor of the Julesburg meat market. He keeps constantly on hand a first class stock of fresh, salt, and smoked meats. He buys only the best of stock and his prices are as low as can he expected for the class of goods sold.
Mr. Woolman also deals in hides and pays the highest price for them.
He has been in business for a number of years and has built up a nice trade. For a number of years he was in the grocery business here, during which time, and subsequently, he formed a large acquaintance among the people in this section.
Mr. Woolman has the confidence of all classes; he is an energetic business man, a courteous and obliging gentleman and deserves the large patronage he receives. "

March 2, 1900 Julesburg
" Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Woolman entertained a large company of friends at their hospitable home on Saturday evening, the occasion being the sixteenth anniversary of their marriage. The gifts included a silver tea set, an elegant lamp, and two sets of silver spoons . Miss Bessie Woolman and Miss Pern Vaughan entertained the guests with piano duets. An elaborate supper was served, after which charades were played until midnight.
The gathering was one of the most delightful social functions of the season, and will long be remembered by those present. Mr. and Mrs. Woolman have a large circle of friends who extend their heartiest congratulations and hope to be remembered at their golden wedding."

The Julesburg Grit-Advocate", March 12, 1909.

Julesburg, Colorado Grit-Advocate
July 13, 1960. Page 6, Column 2


Mrs. H. (Abbie) Carroll was born Abigail Hannah Woolman October 6, 1867, in Osceola County, Ia. She was the youngest of 10 children born to Lydia Hobaugh and Benjamin Woolman. (Woolman was a pioneer farmer, author and a co-founder of the Republican Party.) Mrs. Carroll died July 6 at Sedgwick County Memorial Hospital following a week's illness.

She first came to Julesburg, (then Denver Junction), with her parents about 1878. Their home was on the north boundary of town property now owned by the Johnson family. She married Sherman E. Stevenson of Alma, Nebr., in 1886. They farmed in Kansas and Nebraska until around 1900 when the late Peter Peterson (first Julesburg mayor), persuaded them to move here. Stevenson died in 1913 after that many years as a merchant here. This left her with five children; Roy, Herman, Lloyd, Ben and Esther.

In later years she married Hugh Carroll of Iowa. He died in 1926. She lived the last nine years in an apartment at the George Jones home here. Three sons and the daughter preceded her in death; Ben (1951), Lloyd (1952), Roy (1938), and Esther (1923).

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lee Adams, San Antonio, Texas; a son, Herman Stevenson, Oroville, Calif.; a nephew, L.E. Petersen, Julesburg; two granddaughters, Mrs. John Healey, Little Rock, Ark., and Mrs. Walter T. Morrissey, Arlington, Calif., and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were July 8 at the Austin Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Barney officiating. Music was by Mrs. B.H. Achenbach. Pallbearers were Lester Mast, Edward Kontny, Walter Junge, John Krist, Charles Shaw and Charles Kinsman. Interment service was at Hillside Cemetery."

Note that Abbie married Hugh D. Carroll on June 17, 1915 in Julesburg.


It was no surprise, Sunday afternoon [March 7], when our people learned that Mr. Benjamin Woolman has passed to his final reward. He had been gradually sinking for several days, and had been unconscious since Thursday.

Mr. Woolman was born in Clark County, Ohio, April 4, 1819, making him 89 years 11 months and 3 days old. He was one of the pioneers in three states - Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado, coming to the latter state about twenty five years ago.

Mr. Woolman was a descendant of the noted Quaker preacher, John Woolman, and was a man who had always taken a prominent part in the affairs of the communities wherever he happened to reside. In fact, he was a student, well read, and a remarkably strong man in many ways. He was one of the founders of the republican party and was a delegate to the party convention in 1860 that nominated Abraham Lincoln for president, taking a prominent part in the stirring scenes of those troublesome times.

Since the death of his wife, about 18 years ago, he has made his home with his children. Coming to Julesburg last June he has been at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S.[Sherman] E. Stevenson [Abigail Hannah Woolman], who with her husband and family gave Father Woolman every care and attention possible, making his last days pleasant and comfortable. For several years he was with his daughter, the lamented Mrs. Peter Petersen. Other times at the home of his son Granville and with other sons and daughters living in the south. Several years ago he divided his property among the children.

Services were held at the residence Sunday evening. The body was taken to York, Nebraska, accompanied by the grandson, Mr. Charley Petersen. The burial was beside his wife in the family burying ground."

Fleming school district number 69 was organized July 5, 1889, and among the voters was W. Woolman.

In 1880 York County, Nebraska, John Woolman is running a hardware store, with Mary 28, Manda 6, and Claude 4.
James Tillison is an apprentice tinner, 21, born in Wisconsin.

In November 1889, W.M. Woolman and John Woolman a Democrat of Fleming, Colorado signed a petition saying that they knew E.E. Armour in York County, Nebraska for years and that E.E. had a good reputation.

John cash-claimed 169 acres in 2, 8N 49W in 1891.
He had a record of a homestead entry in that township, but it wasn't completed.

In 1900 San Diego, J. H. is a plumber, born Aug 1851 in Indiana, with Mary Aug 1857 Iowa. Claude is also a plumber born Feb 1876 in Iowa. Mary's father J. M. Estes Aug 1821 Kentucky is with them.

In 1910 Los Angeles, Mary is 58, married, but no spouse, livin gwtih daughter Maud Deeble, William 35, Douglas 13, and John 6.
In 1910 Spokane Washington , John H. Woolman is married but no spouse, a real estate proprietor, 58, born in Indiana.

John is buried in San Diego # 38590390
The San Diego Union Saturday, July 5, 1919, page 5.
"WOOLMAN - In this city, July 4, 1919, John H. Woolman, father of Claude Woolman and Mrs. Maude Deeble; a native of Iowa, aged 68 years. Strictly private funeral services will be held at Bradley & Woolman's chapel, C street, corner of Seventh. Saturday July 5, 1919, at 4 o'clock p.m. Rev. H. E. Clowes officiating. Interment Masonic cemetery. Please omit flowers.""

Mary (Estes) Woolman 1851-1917 is also buried in San Diego.
In 1930 Los Angeles, Mary J. (Wid J H.S( is at 424 N. Gower.

Claude is a funeral director in San Diego when registering for WWI. Mr.s Edna B. Woolman is at the same address.
He's still a funeral director there in 1940, with Edna 56, living with Edna's mother Lila Bradley 78.

Ida M. Deeble born July 1874 in Iowa, is in Los Angeles in 1900, marrie 5 years to William D. Deeble March 1871 California. They have Douglas August 1897 Californiia.

Ida Maude Deeble was with William, a musician, in 1900 Los Angeles and in 1920 i s in San Diego. William D. is 48, Maud 46, Douglas R. 23, John S 16, and Wiliam W. 8.

1899 Perkins County, Nebraska "Al Woolman was here the first of the week from Sterling, Colo., visiting his brother H.B. Woolman."

1900 Sterling "A.B. Woolman expects to enter the employ of the Rio Grande railway about the 1st of February."

Lucinda "Joseph" Sanderson married Cassius Marcus C. Woolman in 1874 in Nebraska.

In 1880 York County, Nebraska, C.M.C. Woolman is farming, 30, Josie 24 born in Iowa, Albert 4, Harold 3, and Mabel four months.

In 1885 York County, C.M.C. is 36, L. I. 28, A.R. C. 9, H.B. 8, and Mabel 5.

1888 Holyoke Colorado ""Mr. C. M. C. Woolman, formerly of the Grant Enterprise, was in our city the first of the week. By the way the Enterprise has been leased to Tracy and Baker, who are thoroughly capable of running a good paper."
April 1889 Holyoke "C. M. C. Woolman moved his office furniture up from Grant and will office for the present with P. C. Westover. We will be glad to see Mr. Woolman move his family here ."

May 10, 1889 "DIED - Lucinda J., wife of C. M. C. Woolman, of Grant, Neb., Thursday, May 2, 1889. age 32 years, after an illness of about six weeks. She leaves four children, the oldest being about 13 and the youngest less than 2 years old. Mr. Woolman is the town agent for Holyoke, and was preparing to move his family here when his wife took sick. His many friends, here, the Herald among that number, deeply sympathize with Mr. Woolman in his sad bereavement, and trust that the Giver of all good will cast a halo of comforting light around his broken hearthstone in this dark hour of trial."

November 1890 Holyoke, Colorado " C.M.C. Woolman has been appointed statistical correspondent from Phillips County to the United States Department of Agriculture. "

C.M.C. Woolman married Lena E. Propst on September 9, 1891, recorded in Logan County.

State Herald, Holyoke, CO, 25 Jun 1897

MARRIED - At the home of the bride’s parents in Holyoke, Colorado, Monday, June 21, Rev. Father Brinker of Wray officiating, H.B. Woolman of Grant, Nebraska, and Miss Helena Cavanaugh of Holyoke. This young couple are both well and favorably known in Holyoke. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. Cavanaugh of Holyoke, a bright, intelligent young lady who is quite popular in social circles. H.B. Woolman is a son of C.M.C. Woolman, editor of the Sterling News and for several years resided at Holyoke. A few years ago, while residing at Holyoke, he secured the position as messenger boy for the Holyoke B. & M. office and so faithfully and carefully did he perform the work assigned him that for some time now he has held the position of station agent for the B. & M. He is now located at Grant, Nebraska. The Herald joins their many friends in Holyoke in wishing them a prosperous and happy life. They took the Monday night train for Denver. They will make their home at Grant, Nebraska.

In 1900 Miss Mabel Woolman was in a party going to Steamboat Springs for about three weeks.

Mabel Edna Woolman married Thomas A. Whiteley on August 21, 1901, recorded in Logan County.

In 1900 Sterling, Cassius M. Wolman born Oct 1849 in Indiana, has been married nine years to Lena E. Dec 1866 Alabama. They have Mabel E. Jan 1880 Nebraska, Louis S. Nov 1887 Nebraska, L Ruth Jan 1893 COlorado, Marcus P. Feb 1894 Colorado, and Milo H. a nephew born October 1881 Nebraska.

Cassius M.C. Woolman, one of the very oldest newspaper men in northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska, editor and founder of the Grant, Neb., Enterprise, and Holoyke, Colo., Overland Mail, the editor of the Eastern Slope, The Sterling News, city editor of the Logan County Advocate, and for the last fifteen years special correspondent of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Times, died at his home in the suburbs of Sterling at 10:45 a.m. on June 3, 1904, of a complication of la gripped and other diseases.

Mr. Woolman was born near Marion, Indiana, on October 16, 1849, and whille yet a small child moved with his parents to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he resided until he reached manhood. At that place he received a thorough common school education and taught school in that vicinity successfully for some time. He then emmigrated to York, Nebraska, where he resided for several years, engaged in farming. Here he was married on October 11, 1874, to Miss Josle Sanderson. Four children were born from this union, all of whom survive him.

In the year 1886 he moved to Grant, Neb., and established himself in the real estate business and launched the Grant Enterprise, which businesses he conducted successfully until the year 1889 when he moved to the then flourishing little city of Holyoke, Colo., after disposing of his Grant interests. Here he again engaged in the newspaper field by throwing the mast heard of the Overland Mail to the breeze with his name as it editor and founder, and this also proved a paying proposition for several years.

In the year 1895 he moved to Sterling, Colo., and in connection with W.L. Hays merged the Sterling Populist into the Eastern Slope, which they ran for a year, after which H.C. Sherman purchased the interests of W. L. Hays, renaming it the Sterling News, and while still editor of the News he was appointed deputy county clerk of Logan county, which psoition he held for four years; disposing of his intersts in the News to H.C. Sherman. As a county official he made and established a record that stands today as bright shining examples of accuracy and freedom of mistakes.

After four years a deputy county clerk of this county he took up a position as book-keeper for the Henderson & Goddard Lumber Co., of this city where he work faithfully until the disolution of the company when he accepted of a place in the newspaper arena by appearing as city editor of this, The Logan County Advocate, which position he held at the time of his death.

While yet a deputy clerk he was elected and re-elected as an alderman of the city of Sterling until he refused to serve any longer and today he is known as one of the very best alderman this city has ever had. This enviable reputation had proceeded him from Holyoke, to a certain extent, being likewise a member for years of the Holyoke town board where he was a power in helping to build up and establish the magnificent water works system now in use there and which is a credit to the town and a monument to his name and untiring effort as a public servant.

During the time he resided at Holyoke he was actively employed as an agent for the Lincoln Land Co., a part of the B. & M. R.R. land department, where he established an excellent reputation as a business man. While still a resident of Holyoke, Phillips county was cut off from Logan county, and by his efforts he succeeded in establishing its now name - Phillips - in honor of R.O. Phillips, a high B. & M. R.R. official, now dead, which gave him an excellent business standing with the officials of the road at the present time.

Just before leaving Grant, Neb., Mr. Woolman sustained the misfortune of losing his wife, leaving him with four small children. On September 9, 1891, he was united in marriage a second time, to Miss Lena Propst, of Sterling, Colo., who, with three children survives him.

Mr. Woolman was a true American, typical in every respect, loved his family and his home and loved to be always beautifying the place on the outskirts of our town known as "Cherry Farm" which to-day has a wide reputation for its beautiful flowers, growing shrubbery and numerous clusters bushes - he some times being known as the currant king.

His always pleasant disposition won for him a host of friends, and it was with the deepest regret that all learned of his somewhat sudden death. The funeral services held at the family residence found the building filled to its capacity, all endeavoring to pay their last respects to a loving husband and father, a good christian man and ideal citizen, honored and respected by all.

Besides his widow and the seven children, Mr. Woolman is survived by a father, four sisters and four brothers.

He was laid to rest at Riverside cemetery, from the family residence, 2 p.m. Saturday, Rev. Ragatz, his pastor, conducting the services."

H.B. Woolman married Lena Cavanaugh on June 21, 1897, recorded in Phillips County.

1898 Sterling " Mrs. H.B. Woolman of Grant, Neb., is visiting C.M. C. Woolman and family."
1899 Sterling "H.B. Woolman, the popular passenger and freight agent at Grant, Neb., accompanied by his wife, came up this morning to visit his parents and many friends in this city."

Harold Bertram Woolman 1877-1950 is buried in Spokane, Washington.

Lena Elizabeth Woolman married Thos Sherman Emery on October 29, 1908, recorded in Logan County.
In 1910 Sterling, Thomas and Lena are both 42, his first marriage, her second. Ruth Woolman is 17, Marcus 16, and William 7. Lena S. Propst, 83, widowed, mother-in-law is with them.

Marcus Propst Woolman was born at Holyoke, Colorado Feb 27 1894, and was an auto mechanic in Sterling when registering for WWI>

Shirley Lee WOOLMAN Age 89, of Farmington, was born May 2, 1918, in Sterling, Colorado, to Marcus and Jennie (Kimler) Woolman. He passed away on April 5, 2008. Shirley was preceded in death by his parents; twin sister, Shelley Wiley; brother, Douglas; sister, Carralena; first wife, Neva; and second wife, Estella. Shirley came with his parents to LaPlata in 1920 and moved to Farmington in 1924 to begin first grade. Shirley graduated from Farmington High School in 1937. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the 743rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion as a Tech fourth Grade Sergeant. He retired from Mountain Bell with over 31 years of service Throughout his life, Shirley spent much of his time hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, and woodworking. He enjoyed making wooden puzzles. Shirely was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ. Shirley is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lone; sisters: Rose Neidigh, Mary Garrison, Martha (Jack) Morrison; sons: Neal (Judy) Woolman, and Don (Linda) Woolman; daughter, Ellen Woolman; stepsons: Jim Darnell, Lonnie (Hazel) Darnell, Jerry D. (Vivian) Darnell, Wayne Darnell; and stepdaughter, LaVeta Hawk; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren and friends. The family will receive friends and loved ones from 6 to 8 PM at Cope Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 AM on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at the Eastside Church of Christ, 2012 Huntzinger Ave. in Farmington. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Leroy Woolman, Jerry Lee Darnell, Mark Darnell, Brett Darnell, Montana Woolman and Kris Woolman. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/santafenewmexican/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-lee-woolman&pid=107241529#sthash.8LNQLJ9k.dpuf

Albert 1872-1948 is buried in Lincoln County, Nevada, with Sally Ann Graham Woolman 1880-1955.

1984 Haxtun, Colorado - Clarkville- Wages items
Al was the pastor of the Pleasant Valley (Yuma County) United Methodist Church, and simultaneously was probably a pastor of the Haxtun Methodist Church.

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