George Woolsey (-1629)

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George Woolsey was born circa 1576 in Briston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom and died October 1629 in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands of unspecified causes. He married Frances Roberts (1585-1652) circa 1608 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom.


Offspring of George Woolsey and Frances Roberts (1585-1652)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Woolsey (1610-1698) 27 October 1610 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom 17 August 1698 Flushing, Queens County, New York, United States Rebecca Cornell (1629-1713)

John Woolsey (1611-) 1611 Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom
Robert Woolsey (1613-)
Francis Woolsey (1617-) 1617 Rotterdam, Holland Rotterdam, Holland Abraham Jansz Brouwer

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  • (written in Dutch); translation: George Woolsey, Sr. was born about 1584 in a small parish about 30 Kilometers northwest of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England. This parish is still known as Kirstead, but then included another neighboring smaller parish and the two were known as Langhale-cum-Kirstead. Langhale or langhall was once a parish church, but that church has long since been destroyed, as well as the early parish registers for both churches. Because these registers were destroyed, there are no baptism, marriage, or death records for this early period.

George Woolsey Sr. was apprenticed in 1604 to Nicholas Cuttinge, grocer, of Great yarmouth. George served out his apprenticeship and was enrolled as a Freeman of Great Yarmouth in 1611, at which time he took on his younter brother Philip Woolsey, as an apprentice. As George, Sr approached the end of his apprenticeship and anticipated his gaining his journeymans entry into the Guild of Grocers in Great Yarmouth, he married Frances Roberts, possibly of Great yarmouth. They must have been married in Langhale-cum-Kirstead as no record of their marriage has been found in Great yarmouth, probably in the latter part of 1610..

At this time, the Dutch were leaders in world trade, and George, Sr. took his family to Rotterdam, Holland, sometime before 1623, where in that year, he was called a tobacconist, indicating an importer and trader. He remained in Rotterdam, in South Holland, until he died sometime during the week of 21 October and 28 October 1629.

Wilford W. Whitaker: This individual had done extensive research on our Woolsey family and has proven that we are not on the line of Cardinal Woolsey as was originally thought!


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