Benjamin Woolsey

Male 1687 - 1759  (71 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Woolsey  [1, 2
    Born 19 Nov 1687  Oyster Bay, Livingston, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Buried Aug 1759  Glen Cove, Livingston, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 15 Aug 1759  Dosoris, Nassau, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • bBenjamin
      /bHe graduated from Yale College in 1707 and after preparation for the Ministry, preached in several places until 1720 when he succeeded Rev. Josuin Hobart as Pastor of the First Church in Southhold, New York. Sacred is the memory of Rev. Benjamin Woolsey, who in the united character of the Gentleman, the Christian and the Devine, shows distinquished luster and endeavor in ever station of public and private life with dignity and usefullness. Early, he was devoted to the work of the Gospel Ministry and was endowed with the Faith of the United Grace in the service of his Devine Master. After a shining course of labor to promote the cause of the true Christian religion, he exchanged the Ministry of the Church Militant on Earth for the refuge of the Churce Tribunal in Heaven.
      In Hugh Diunes Mercury of August 1796, it is stated of the Rev. Mr. Woolsey among other things, that his intelligence was much abouve the common level and was improved by a liberal education. His universal acquaintance with sacred literature rendered his public performances peculiarly edifying and instructive. His sentiments were noble and in great humility; his reasoning was clear and conclusive; and his pulpit eloquence strong. The zeal and pathoe that animated his clear voice added peculiar grace and dignity to his ministry; and at the same time, it engaged the attention of his hearers. They discovered the sincere piety and fervant devotion that warmed and governed his own heart. He loved good men of every profession and admired sincere piety under whatever form or denomination it appeared. Justice, Charity, Condescension, Hospitality and public spirit were virtues to which he paid the most sacred regard. In the discharge of the various duties which constitutes the tender and affectionate husband, he was the mild and gentle friend. He had few equals and no superiour.
      It is assumed that Woolsey Hall on the Campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. which houses The Great Organ, was so named in honor of the Rev. Mr. Woolsey's family.

      bWill
      /b20 April 1755
      Will of Rev. Benjamin Woolsey
      Abstracts of Wills Vol V 1754-1760
      Page 205.--In the name of God, Amen, April 20, 1755. I, BENJAMIN Woolsey, of Dosoris, in Oyster Bay, in Queens County, "Clerk," being somewhat disordered in body. I yield and surrender my immortal Soul to God, hoping for a favorable reception through the merits of a Glorious Redeemer." I leave to my two sons, Melancthon Taylor Woolsey and Benjamin Woolsey, all my wearing apparell and farming implements, and four large Folios, viz., "Poole's Annotations," "Berket upon the New Testament," and Willard's "Body of Divinity," to be divided or used in common, at their discretion. I leave to my wife Abigail the use of all the rest of my movable estate for life. My five negroes are to be sold, and the money used for my wife. My sister, Hannah Bayles, to have And if my wife inclines to live where she now is, she shall have the use of the wainscot room and the bed room. After the death of my wife all my movable estate is to be divided into three lots. Out of the first 1/3, are to be paid to my grand daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail Smith, and the rest to my daughter Muirson, the mother of my said grand children. The second 1/3 is left to my daughter, Sarah Lloyd. The remaining 1/3 to my daughter, Abigail Welles. I make my wife, and my son, Melancthon Taylor Woolsey, and my son in law, John Lloyd, executors.
      Witnesses, Jacob Carpenter, John Weeks, Abigail Caverley. Proved, March 1, 1757.
    Person ID I21059  McKenzie Genealogy
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2011 

    Father George Woolsey,   b. 10 Oct 1652, New Amsterdam, New Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1740, Dosoris, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Hannah Van Zandt,   b. 1654, Jamaica, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1729, Long Island City, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1679  Jamaica, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F09320  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail Taylor,   b. 1695, Oyster Bay, Livingston, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1771, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 11 Aug 1710  Newtown, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Mary Woolsey,   b. 1715, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1767  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
     2. Melancthon Taylor Woolsey,   b. 8 Jun 1717, Dosoris, Nassau, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1758, Dosoris, Nassau, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)  [natural]
     3. Sarah Woolsey,   b. 17 Apr 1719, Southold, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1760, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)  [natural]
     4. Benjamin Woolsey,   b. 1722, Southold, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1771, Dosoris, Nassau, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [natural]
     5. Abigail Woolsey,   b. 1723, Southold, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1723, Southold, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     6. Hannah Woolsey,   b. 1724, Southold, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1792  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     7. Mary Woolsey,   b. 1725, Southold, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1756, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)  [natural]
     8. Abigail Woolsey,   b. 31 Oct 1730, Long Island City, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1811, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     9. Theodosia Woolsey,   b. Nov 1731, Southold, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1747, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 15 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2011 
    Family ID F09333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S006082] FindAGrave.com.

    2. [S014093] WOODLAND Family Tree, Josephine650.


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