Woolard/ Willard Family History: 1766- 1958 Martin (b. 1747) bought land in Illinois on 30 JUL 1818. Martin brought his some of his children with him: Daniel (b. 1766) (who married Sarah Evans and secondly, Sarah Newby); Rebecca (who married Benjamin Evans); Margaret (who married Robert Holladay) and Rhoda (who married Chalkley Draper) also came; Joseph. They are all living in Crawford County, Illinois in 1818. In 1818, Daniel has one male (himself) that is 21 or above living with him. There are six other “white inhabitants” living in the household. There until Aug 25, 1819 (his own death) Martin Willard had moved most of his family and grandchildren to Illinois, where he died. They settled in Crawford County, Illinois. In 1830, Daniel Willard is listed in the census as still living in Crawford. Martin’s son, Daniel, who was a Quaker, came with him to Illinois and died in Mar 16 1834. Daniel’s son, John William Willard I, born on Jan 28, 1794 in Sutton Creek, North Carolina did not move with his father, grandfather, and brother’s and sisters to Illinois. Instead, he went in a different direction. He married a Tennessee girl named Susan McGuire. It was Tennessee that John William Willard I had his second home. In 1838, the Willard family is living in Tennessee and had a son named John William Woolard II. The spelling of his name changed likely because that is how he pronounced it to the census people and that he was not educated in reading and writing. John’s wife, Susan McGuire died between 1838 and 1840, John Jr. was still a toddler. In 1840, John William Willard I is living in Cannon, Tennessee. John William Willard I is fourtysix years old. His wife is dead and he has not remarried. He has one daughter between 10-15, five sons 5-10, one son 10-15; one son 15-20. At this time, Canon, TN had a population of about 100 people. John likely died between 1840- 1850, because there are no records of him after 1840. John William Woolard II was living in Washington, Ripley, Missouri in 1860 as a farmer. The value of personal property was $40. He had no land, and had been married within the year to Malissa Jane Adelaide Thompson. Four years later, John William David Woolard III was born in Ripley on Feb 22, 1864. Ripley County deed records show JWII and Malissa purchased land on 4 January 1869 from James K. Hill. Also John W. purchased land from Thos. O. Woolard on 9 Feb 1869 . In 1870, he was still in Missouri. Their children are John (6), Doly (4), and Mary Merettia (3). His land value is not stated, but had increased his personal property to the value of $500. They have another son, Joseph Elisha Newton Monroe Woolard in 1872. In 1876, the family is still recorded as being in Ripley County, Missouri. A year later, their last child is born, Rosa Belle Woolard. Unfortunately, John William Woolard II dies in 1880. Butler County, MO probate records show JWII died Feb 1880. The Inventory and Appraisement of the estate of JWII on 26 Feb 1880 shows the following property: 160 acres in Butler County, SW" NE" W SE", NW" Sect. lot 32, TP 23 Range 5E 160 acres in Ripley County, SE SE , , lot 24, Township Block 23 Range 3,E. NE, NE, Section 25 Township Block 23 Range 3,E. Lot 2 N.W. Sect lot 30 Township Block 4, E. A Note on J. D. Barton for $27.50 plus .21 interest. Other items besides land listed in the will are: Three horses, $52.00; One mule, $15.00; Two farm wagons, $30.00 ; Three head of horned cattle, $14.00; 33 head of stock hogs, $15.00 ; Three plows, $3.00 ; 250 bushels of corn, $37.50; Household and kitchen furniture, $10.00 ; One $15.00 note against the estate.The widow's name is spelled; Malissa A.Woolard. She made her mark (x) on the documents. The witnesses were; Mathew Urling, V. B. Simpson, David Hart and (undec). The official shown on the documents was; Y B. Walters, a Justice of the Peace for Neeley Township, Butler County. By 1880, Malissa is widowed. Her son, John Woolard III, is helping her on the farm as a laborer. She has a another unrelated farm laborer and a servant working for her to help her on the estate that her husband left her. She has lost her husband and one child named Doly. At thirty-eight, she can not write but can read. She is carrying for four children by herself. On Feb 24, 1881, Malissa marries V. B. Simpson in Ripley, Missouri. He was a witness to her dead husband’s estate and likely a friend of the family. Her son, John William David Woolard III, a twenty-one year old blacksmith, married fourteen year old Nancy Ann Oglin ( also known as Susan Alwilda Ogden) in Missouri of May 3 1885. In Nov of 1886, the couple have a child name Priscilla Belle in Doniphan, Ripley, Missouri. In 1888, Melissa Ellen is born to John and Nancy. By Dec 1889, the family has made their way to Poplar Bluffs, Butler , Missouri. Here they have Minnie Melvina Jane. Here, they suffer the loss of their daughter, Melissa Ellen, who died at age two. They remained there and had John William Thomas Woolard in December of 1891 before moving to Oklahoma. The family including mother, Malissa, and J.W.'s siblings moved to OK in March of 1893. According to their daughter Prescilla Belle Woolard, "When we left Missouri we left in a covered wagon. It was drawn by a yoke of oxen. We got as far as Fort Smith, Arkansas and the oxen died. Papa had to buy a team of horses to finish our trip.” “We got as far a Wewoka, Oklahoma which was then Indian Territory. Wewoka meant “barking waters” to the Seminole Indians because of some tiny falls on the Wewoka Creek just north of the city. Here lived Seminole “Freedmen”. The Wewoka Trading Company was one of the pioneer business concerns of the Indian Territory. It was established, in the 1880's and rose in importance until it was rated one of the greatest commercial undertakings of the southwest. The big store carried everything from knitting needles to threshing machines. The company made it's own paper money, called "Choka Sodka." by the Seminoles. It was redeemable at the company store. This is likely the place that the Woolards resupplied themselves since this is the first stop in Oklahoma that they made. The family would pass by a place in the middle of the where trials took place before the Council and if found guilty, the convicted was either seated at the foot of the "Execution Tree" and shot to death or tied to the "Whipping Tree" and whipped according to the sentence. The culprit had his hands and feet tied together, the hands tied over the lower branch of the tree and between his feet was placed a pole. The whipping was done by a Lighthorseman, and the groans and cries could be heard for many blocks. It would have been a gruesome sight and a bad first impression of Oklahoma. “The Woolard Family was the third white family to settle in Indian Creek Territory." On Sept. 7, 1893, Bessie Woolard was born in Oklahoma. It wasn't too long before Susan Alwidla Ogden, A.K.A. Nancy Oglin, passed away on April 14, 1894. It is said that she died in the attempt to homestead the Cherokee Strip during the land rush in Oklahoma. Priscilla Belle stated, "It was there Mother took very ill and passed away. There was no white Preacher for the funeral, so an Indian Preacher, preached her funeral. The Indian people (Creek Indians) sang two songs, neither of which we could understand. Mother was buried in Oklahoma." Sometime between her birth in Indian Territory in 1893 and 1900, Bessie Woolard, J W III’s daughter, is lost during the homestead rush of the Cherokee Strip and found and taken by the Indians and lived and raised by the chief of the Indian tribe and playing with the chief’s son. She fit right in with them because of her beautiful black hair. Bessie Woolard was only a few years old when she became lost in the lively action and chaos of the landrush. Thankfully the Cherokee Indians took her in to live with them for several years in Hamon, Oklahoma, until her family found her sister named Rosa or Priscilla Belle found her and took her in between 1900 and 1910. [Rosa (Priscilla Bell Woolard) was married to Emmett Colliers; they had two children : Everett Collier and Myrtle Sellers. Priscilla Belle is the daughter of JW III. Rosa also married Herschel Kidwell who died without giving her any children and Ross (John Ross) Arnett.] The Woolards had a history of attaching long names to their children that they never actually used, but memorized. Prescilla Belle stated, "When Oklahoma came into statehood, Dad filed a claim and there was where I grew up. Dad's mother took care of us for four years." On 22 September 1898 at the Land Office at Kingfisher, Oklahoma Territory, J.W. III applied for homestead of 160 acres under Application No. 15316. J.W. paid a $14.00 fee. The property was the South half of the NW quarter and the North half of the SE quarter of Section 8, Township 15 North, Range 20 West. At the time of application J.W.'s address was shown as Arlington, OK. On the Homestead Affidavit J.W. stated he was a widower. The 1900 US census of Barnitz Township, Custer County, Oklahoma Territory has J.W.'s family in dwelling 319 and as family 321, last name is spelled "Willard". J.W. is listed as a widower with two daughters, Prescilla and Minnie, and a son, Tommy. They are living next door to Rosa Belle Woolard (JWII’s Aunt). That family is in dwelling 320 and includes Rosa Belle, her husband Emmitt Collier, adopted daughter Bessie Bert (Burt) as family 322. In the next house over is Malissa A. Williard (Woolard), mother-in-law, as family 323. The family was very close-nit and spent much time together. That year, he made improvements to his house which consisted of an 12 by 14 & 12 by 16 area, a Crib, a Barn, a Hog lot, a Well, 50 acres in cultivation, an Orchard, and a Fence on 3 sides of the yard. Value of house and improvements are listed as $400.00. JW III remarried around 1902 to a woman named Minnie. They had a daughter named Dora in 1903. JW III lived in Deer Creek, Custer, Oklahoma in 1910. The fourty-six year old man is living with his daughter Priscilla Belle and her husband Art Bailey in dwelling 68, family 69. Art Bailey. Their son, Llyod, and daughter Ivy live with them. They have just recently moved from Nebraska where they had Avril who is a son that is 15 months old in the census. JW’s second wife, twenty-two year old Minnie is still alive and so is their seven year old daughter Dora. They are living in the household, as well. There is also a nineteen year old Tom, relation unknown, living there. By 1910, Bessie Woolard was not living on the Indian Tribal ground anymore. Though, for the rest of her life she would be mistaken for one by her long braided hair and her clothing. She married John William Fine on August 28, 1910 in Rogers Mill, Oklahoma. According to a marriage certificate, "John W. Fine and Bessie Woolard were united in Holy Matrimony on the 28th day of Aug. in the year of out Lord 1910 at Cheyenne Oklahoma, Rogers Mills County by Judge Frasy. Witness: Minnie Willard. Witness: J. W. Willard." Sometime between 1900 and 1910, Bessie is reunited with her family. Her father and stepmother are witnesses at her wedding to John William Fine. On 10 November 1915, JWIII purchased property in Cooperton, Kiowa County, OK. In 1919, JWIII was living in Hobard (Hobart), OK. Bessie’s white husband, John William Fine, was born Nov. 14, 1885 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He spent most of his life retired, but was a carpenter. The couple had nine children: Esther Melissa Josephine (Dec. 14 1911), William Carl (March 8, 1912), Rosa Viola Pearl John W. Woolard III and his second wife (Dec. 30, 1914), Hershel H. Henry (Dec. 27, Minnie. This picture was taken between 1916), Minnie Bill (Nov. 27, 1918), Everett 1910- 1920. Lee (Oct 16, 1920), Virginia Imogue (Nov. 18 1922), Earnest Eugene (Dec. 15, 1923), and Mottie L. (Oct 27, 1926). In 1920, Malissa Woolard is living with her granddaughter Bessie Woolard and Bessie’s husband John W. Fine. They reside in Hitchcock, Blaine, OK. John William Woolard III, in 1920 is living alone, using last name Williard in Barnitz, Custer, Oklahoma Barnitz. He is a farmer on a general farm. In 1930, Bessie Woolard and John W. Fine have two homes. One in Hitchcock and one in Lawton. Both were in the same county, Blaine, OK. In 1932, John William Woolard III passed away in Oklahoma on Nov. 6 and was buried in Choctaw, Oklahoma Co., OK. Family albums state Bessie Woolard's death as April 16, 1958, age 55. She was buried at Enid Park Cemetery, Enid, Oklahoma. Within the last three years of her life, she was living in Leedy, OK and she took her a trip to Hamon, OK to see her childhood playmate, the Indian Chief’s son. He still recognized her voice after 50 years. During her one to two hour visit with the Cherokee Indian Chief, her son Ernest Fine witnessed her praying with the man. John William Fine died in 1975 on Jan. 6 in Enid, Garfield Co., Oklahoma at St. Mary's Hospital at 8:30 P.M. He was buried January 12, 1975 in Enid Cemetery.