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Deadra Woolbright, 1853-2001
Posted by: Jim Woolbright Date: January 09, 2001 at 21:29:55
In Reply to: Re: Woolbright Family History,10 generations by Georgia Ferry of 255

Dear Deadra Woolbright

The only Black Woolbright family I have been able to locate in detail is the one living here in Jacksonville, Fl. and it sharply parellels your family history of having an Indian parentage in your line. However, there is no report of anyone going to Texas. that I was aware of. If so, I would like to know about it..
In fact on further reflexion, I find that your father’s name rang a bell and I invite you to see Linda Woolbright’ s Chart below. I suspect you are a cousin and need to get in touch with her. Her number is a bit old and if so, you can call almost any Woolbright in Jacksonville Directory and get her number as they are all related.
Do you know Sonya Lymous. She had made inquires but I can’t tie her withanyone yet.

I would especially appraeciate your senting me dates and places of births and deaths , marriages and anyother detail regardless of how small on your self and family, parents and grandparents to It would halp a great deal in establishing your relationship for certain.

The vast majority of Black Woolbrights came from Alabama and particularily Georgia and came from a rather small number of plantations. Several Woolbright Brothers of English ancestry came to Itawamba Co. Miss. and to Franklin and Pickens Co. Alabama about 1840 from S. C. by way of Tenn. where about half of the family remained. During the Civil War the Alabama family freed their slaves and went to Centralia Ill and enlisted in the Union Army. Those that remained behind with the except on family had few slaves and they were marginal farmers at best themselves. The one brother is alledged to have 5000.00 tied up in slaves and when the war was over he was broke and went to Texas.

The principle group of Woolbright slaves and most of the Black = White mix comes from the Brother who settled in Georgia. Initially he was in Wilkes County but died in Cherokee Co. His sons around Dawson is where the principle current descendants [See Jesse below] originated.
They are found today in a fairly large nunber in and around Albany and Jessup Ga. a scatteraing around central Florida, and originally at Sanford. Also Washington DC and Broklyn, NY, Vallajo, Calif to name a few. Woolbrights in Columbus & Dawson, Greater Atlanta and and NW Georgia are all white as are those in Columbus, Miss. / Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Pickens Co.
Alabama. Same in Tenn. St. Louis Mo & Indiana

The best way to look up relatives in you circumstances is check out the 1870, and 1880 Census reports in Ga. and Alabama as whites, Indianss and Blacks are eneumerated seperately. Foound in most family history sections in larger main city libraries and the at the state archives. Check out the index and go to the appropriate pages.

I would apreciate any new information you come up with on your family. I was not aware that any of Jesse’s people went to Texas but it certainly is a possibillity. Can you state who and when? Would


1. Jesse Woolbright
Born: Mar1853, Dawson, Ga.

Husband’s Notes:
       The family oral history is that Jesse was a mulatto. His birthdate indicates that he was probably born on a Woolbright plantation in Lee, now Terrell County, Georgia. Daniel Woolbright (b. c1789 in Wilkes Co.), son of Jacob Woolbright, moved to Chichasauwatchee Village which was a few miles SE from the present city of Dawson and established a farm. He had several sons, who were also holders of slaves. It was common practice for freed slaves to take the name of their ex-owner and it was also not uncommon to have slave mothers bear off-spring of white fathers [the plantation owner, his sons or hired hands]. At any rate, following the Civil War, Jesse apparently migrated eventually to Jessup, Ga. according to oral family history.

The 1870 Ga. Census lists Jesse Woolbright, black, age 16, b. Dawson, Ga. - M593, Roll 176, p. 464. *The same 1870 black census lists a Mack, age 40 [1830]. The Florida Census of 1875 records Jesse as living in Sumner Co. In 1910 census, Jesse W. Woolbright, black, was living in Alachua Co., Fla. , age 57, born in Ga. with a son, Leonard Woolbright. He must have moved early in the year as he was also enemurated in Berrien Co. Ga. Military Dist. 518 in 1910 with wife, Eddie (M.? ) b. 1860 in Ga. with five sons listed. Did he have two marriages or was Moni a pet name?

Research notes: History of Lee Co., page 541, Woolbright family section.

Spouse: Moni, of Indian extraction, either Creek or Cherokeee, most likely.
Dates of birth & death unknown.

Children: Benjamin, Leonard, John E., Jesse A., McKinley & Leola

Children of Jesse and Moni WOOLBRIGHT
(2).1. Benjamin (Bennie) b. July 1887, Ga.

(2) 2. Leonard, b. 01 April 1889, Ga. d. Feb 1970, Florida.

(2) 3 John E. b. April 1891, d. 1961
       Spouse:       Elizabeth, d. 1962, both buried in Sandersoon, Fla.

Children: Maeola, who married a Douglas
              Robert (Bob)Woolbright
              Carl Woolbright
              Chester Woolbright
              Damon Woolbright
              Alma Woolbright-Patrick
              Rose Woolbright

Notes: Only two of them are still living. My grandmother Maeola and Robert .
[per Sonya Lymous]

(2) 3.2 Robert Woolbright, b. 19 Jan 1912
Spouse:       Ellen, b. 28 Dec 1930
(3) 3.2.1 Alfred L. Woolbright
(4) Woolbright

(2) 4 Jesse A. Woolbright, b. 1897, probably at Jessup, Wayne Co. Ga. Later, moved eventually to Sanderson, Florida. Married Hallie Givens (black)

(3) 4. 1 Buster(deceased)

(3) 4. 2 Viola (deceased, never married)

(3) 4. 3 Beatrice (deceased, never married)

(3) 4. 4 Hayward (See below)
(2) 5. William McKinley, b. May 1896, Ga.
Spouse: Betty L.

(2) 6. Leola

Born 26 Aug 1927, Sanderson, Fl.

Spouse: Gwendolyn

Notes: Moved from Sanderson, Florida to New York City where all the children were born. Later, moved to Jacksonville, Fl.

(4) 4.4.1a Linda Woolbright
Born: 12 Aug 1949

Notes: Entrepreneur of ancient and modern African art, jewelry, exotic oils and ethnic merchandise at 28 W. Macclenny Ave, Macclenny Fla. 32063. (904) 259-9399

Father of children Charles McCray
Children: Wangavu Ameer, Juba Olujimi, Taifa Changa, Jaha.

(5) 4.4.1a. 1 Wangavu Ameer McCray
Born: 26 May 1969

(5) 4.4.1a. 2 Juba Olujimi McCray
Born: 13 Dec 1972

(5) 4.4.1a. 3 Taifa Changa McCray
Born: 16 July 1972

(5) 4.4.1a. 4 Jaha McCray

(4) Linda
Spouse: Gregory Videl
Died: June 1989

(5) 4.4.1b.1 Imani Rhubi Vidal
Born: 07 Feb 1985

(4) Gail
Born 30 Dec 1950

(4) 4.4.3 Carla
Born 23 Feb 1952

(4) 4.4.4 Robin
Born 05 July 1954

(4)4.4.5 Stacey
Born: 04 June 1955, married Charles Barker, NYC

(4)4.4.6 Pamala
Born: 10 Nov 1956

(4)4.4.7 Christopher
Born: 27 Oct 1957


*In the 1910 Terrel Co. Ga. Census there was listed a Matthew Woolbright, age 114, which would make his birthdate about 1796, if his age was accurately determined.
There are numerous black Woolbrights in Albany, Ga. down the road from Dawson, in Jessup and a family in Jacksonville, Florida that trace their roots to Dawson. It is not suprising that there are a number of black families with the family name, since not only Jacob Woolbright’s descendants but several of those of his brother Barnabas particularily those who lived in Franklin and Pickens Counties in Alabama and Itawamba Co. Mississippi were slave holders, primarily due to the fact that many slaves took their former owners name at the end of the Civil War. It is impossible to determine, in most cases, as to who actually may have been sired by white employees, Woolbrights or otherwise. Black Woolbright families are not uncommon in most of the large cities of the nation, particularily in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Dallas, Texas.

Posted by:       Alfred L. Woolbright
Message:       Hello my name is Alfred L. Woolbright, I
am related to Jesse Woolbright, born Mar1853, in Dawson Ga.

Jesse and Moni Woolbright I believe were my
Great Grand father/mother..
My Grandfather is John Woolbright, he died
in 1961 and is buried in Sanderson Florida,
my grandmother died in 1962 and is also
buried in Sanderson Florida at the family

Family Tree
Grand father --- John Woolbright
Grand mother --- Elizabeth Woolbright
Father --- Robert Woolbright
born (1-19-12)
Mother --- Ellen Woolbright
born (12-28-30)


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