Genealogy of President Woodrow Wilson

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  • ID: I00262
  • Name: James Wilson Woodrow
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 JUN 1865 in Chillicothe, Ross Co, Ohio
  • Burial: 29 MAY 1947 Fairmount Cem, Denver, Colorado
  • ALIA: Jimmie
  • Death: MAY 1947
  • Note:
    1882 CITY DIRECTORY: Chillicothe City Directory 1882-83, p. 203:
    Woodrow Miss Hattie, res. south west cor, Fourth and Paint
    Woodrow Henry W., attorney and notary public, south east cor. Main and Paint; res. south side Douglas bet. Paint and Mulberry
    Woodrow James W., salesman, Thomas Woodrow, jr.; res. south west cor. Fourth and Paint
    Woodrow Thomas, Jr., Dry Goods and Domestic Paper Fashions, 26 Paint, west side bet. Water and Second

    He attended Princeton, leaving in 1885 due to the illness of his father. Although in the senior class, his degree was not conferred. After inquiry to Woodrow Wilson, who was President of Princeton University at the time, the Science Faculty agreed to conferr the degree on James Wilson Woodrow in June 1901 due to extenuating circumstances. He was considered a graduate in the class of 1886.

    At the time of his marriage in 1897, he was living in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    On March 10, 1901 he was a mining engineer living in Mapimi, Estafo de Durango, Mexico. He was still in Mexico in 1902. He may have been in Denver, Colorado by about 1911.

    1913 Denver, Colorado City Directory, p. 1852:
    Woodrow Elizabeth Miss, r 3416 Alcott
    Woodrow, Martha G Mrs, r 3416 Alcott
    Woodrow, Thomas R, atty C & S Ry 817 Cooper Bldg, r 2337 Ash
    Woodrow, Wilson J. mining eng. b 1730 Sherman

    Containing Portraits and Biographies of many well known Citizens of the Past and Present Together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States. (CHAPMAN PUBLISHING COMPANY, CHICAGO, 1898) (p. 1166)
    JAMES W. WOODROW, mayor of Empire, Clear Creek County, was the only man elected on the People's ticket in the spring of 1898, a fact which attests his great popularity among his fellow townsmen. He is a young man of superior business talent and unusually extensive experience for one of his years, and by travel and education has become broad-minded, liberal and public-spirited. He graduated from Princeton College in 1886 with the degree of civil engineer, after a four years' course of training, and is now an honored member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers and of the Colorado Mining Association. In May, 1896, he came to Empire to take charge of the Conqueror Gold Mining and Milling Company's plant, as manager and vice-president of the concern. He acted in those capacities up to 1898, when he was made secretary and general manager of the company. The general offices of the same are in the Equitable building, in Denver, and E. F. Welles is president of the company, which is capitalized at $600,000.
    (p. 1167)
    The Conqueror group of mines includes seventy-two patented acres, with shafts and tunnels, and four veins of ore crossed by the tunnels. A first-class mill and concentrator with a capacity of fifty tons, situated about two miles north of Empire, was erected by the company, which thus handles its own ores.
    The Woodrow family can be traced back to the eleventh century, the progenitor of the same having accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy. The name at that time was spelled Wodrow. The great-great-grandfather of our subject, Rev. Robert Woodrow, a native of Scotland, was the leading historian of the Presbyterian Church. James Woodrow, uncle of our subject, was appointed to the scientific congress in Russia, and is now president of the University of South Carolina, and Dr. Woodrow Wilson, now of Princeton, is a cousin. The grandfather, Thomas Woodrow, B. D., was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and graduated from the University of Edinborough. Coming to America, he was pastor of a Presbyterian Church in Rockford, Canada, later preached in Chillicothe, Ohio, for years, and died in Columbus at the ripe age of eighty-four years.
    The parents of our subject were Thomas and Helen (Sill) Woodrow, the former born in Carlisle, England, in 1825, and the latter in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1843. The father graduated from the University of Glasgow, and accompanied his parents to this country. Going to Chillicothe, he became one of its pioneer merchants, and was interested in the construction of the old Dayton & Southeastern Railroad. He died in 1886, aged sixty-two years. His wife was the daughter of Joseph Sill, an attorney, and one of the first settlers of Chillicothe. He lived to the extreme age of ninety-one. His family, which had a crest and coat-of-arms, was one of the oldest in England, as it dates back to 1323. In 1637, Capt. John Sill, the founder of the family on these shores, came to Massachusetts with his wife and settled in Newtown, later Cambridge. Some of the Sills were active participants in King Philip's war and in the Revolution there were no less than nineteen of the name who served honorably in defense of the rights of the colonies, several of the number having ranks of lieutenant-colonel, major, etc. The grandfather of our subject's mother, Rev. Richard Sill, was a minister, and his brother Zachariah was a hero of Dorchester Heights, in the Revolutionary war. Mrs. Helen Woodrow is now living in Ann Arbor, Mich., where her three younger children, Thomas, Helen and Herbert, are students. Thomas will graduate from the University of Michigan in the class of '99, with the degree of Doctor of Laws. The elder sister, Hattie, Mrs. E. F. Welles, resides in Denver.
    James W. Woodrow was born June 26, 1865, and was reared in Chillicothe, Ohio, there receiving his elementary education. Upon finishing his high-school course he entered Princeton in 1882. In 1886 he went to Fort Wayne, Ind., and was in the employ of the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railway, in the engineering department, up to June, 1888. The following months he worked for the Smith Bridge Company, of Toledo, Ohio, and in February, 1829, he went to Venezuela, South America, on a four months' contract. There he remained, however, until June, 1891, being occupied in locating and constructing railroad lines for a Paris and London Company. The Tehauntepec Railway Company, of Mexico, next commanded his services, after which he operated for time Mexican Central, laying out a line from the City of Mexico to Tanipico. Two years and a-half he was "engineer of maintenance of way" for the Mexican Northern Railroad. In the spring of 1895 he was employed by the Kansas City Consolidated Smelting and Refining Company at Sierra Mojada, Mexico, but he continued there only until the close of the year, then coming to Colorado.
    August 4, 1897, Mr. Woodrow married in Chilicothe, Ohio, Miss Nancy Mann Waddle, whose name is familiar in all parts of this country as that of a writer of great ability. For some three years she was a regular contributor to the Ladies' Home Journal, later on the editorial staff of the Daily News, of Chillicothe, owned by her brother, C. C. Waddle. She is a regular contributor to the leading magazines and papers of the day, such as the New York Herald, Harper's, Munsey's and the Illustrated American. Her parents, Dr. William and Jane S. (McCoy) Waddle, were both natives of Chillicothe. The doctor, who died in 1895, at the age of eighty-five years, was a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, and was engaged in the practice of his profession in his home city for half a century. For many years he was (p. 1168) president of the Ohio state board of examining physicians, and was a director in numerous state public institutions. His father, John Waddle, was a farmer and merchant and one of the pioneers of Chillicothe. Grandfather John McCoy, born in Carlisle, Pa., was also a business man and early comer to Chillicothe, where it is said that he cut the first tree and built the first house. Mrs. Jane S. (McCoy) Waddle is still living in her old home. Her great-grandfather, Rev. Samuel Finicy, was one of the early presidents of Princeton College. Mrs. Woodrow is next to the youngest of nine children. Two are deceased and the others are: Mrs. Elizabeth Renick, whose husband is president of the First National Bank of Chillicothe; Eleanor; Jane, Mrs. F. M. Guthrie, of Duluth, Minn.; Lucy; Edward, M. D., assistant surgeon of the Seventh Ohio Regiment; and Charles, ex-mayor of Chillicothe and editor of the Daily News of that city. Mrs. Woodrow is a member of the society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is a woman of fine literary ability, a strong and versatile writer, easy and graceful in her diction, and fluent in language.

    Subj: Re: Woodrow-Welles-Thackwell Families
    Date: 10/22/2003 9:10:22 PM Eastern Standard Time
    To: Erickdm

    Hi its me again - anyway i want you to have some info on the Denver, Colorado family - James W Woodrow was buried in Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec street, denver colorado 80231-1050 - date was May 29 1947, his bother was listed as next of kin Thomas R. Woodrow - Address of 660 Vine ST. also Harriet Woodrow Welles is also there Jan 5, 1948 and Helen Woodrow Thackwell Feb 15, 1952.

    anyway i hope you like this info

    yours Larry Thackwell

    Father: Thomas Woodrow Jr. b: 10 JAN 1824 in Carlisle, Cumberland Co, England
    Mother: Helen Augusta Sill b: 12 DEC 1841 in Chillicothe, Ross Co, Ohio

    Marriage 1 Nancy Mann Waddel b: ABT 1866 in Chillicothe, Ross Co, Ohio
    • Married: 04 AUG 1897 in Chillicothe, Ross Co, Ohio
    • Note:
      MARRIAGE: The Daily Gazette, Chillicothe, Ohio, Wednesday, August 4, 1897, p. 1, col. 4.
      Furnished Fitting Place for the Nuptuials of the Lovely Daughter of the House.
      In the presence of only the Immediate Relatives and Near Friends Was Miss Nancy Mann Waddle United in Wedlock, at Four o'clock This Afternoon, to Mr. James Wilson Woodrow of Colorado-The Loving Face of the old Doctor Looked Down Upon and Blessed the Union.
      Miss Nancy Mann Waddle, whose fascinating personality has so long pervaded the intellectual, social and literary circles of the ancient metropolis, will hereforward be known to her legion of friends in this city, and elsewhere by another name, dignified by the prefix Mrs., having been united in marriage this afternoon, at the hour of four, to Mr. James Wilson Woodrow, of Empire, Colorado.
      The groom of this happy event needs no more introduction to Chillicotheans than does the bride, this being his native _eath, which he left some years ago to try his fortunes in the south and west, returning at last, like the true prince of romance, handsome, prosperous and courtly, to claim his fair bride, after years of seperation.
      The wedding, which was a quiet but charmingly tasteful little home affair, was consummated at the family residence, on West Second street, and witnessed only by the immediate family of the bride, Mrs. Helen Woodrow and daughter, Miss Helen of Ann Arbor, Michigan, mother and sister of the groom, Mesdames S. F. McCoy, H. W. Biggs and Dr. J. B. Scearce.
      The large cool rooms and halls of the handsome old residence were beautified by diry lace plant ferm and palms, the latter banking the broad stairway and walls.
      In the majestic old hallway, thus framed for the setting of the lovely picture, Dr. R. W. Biggs, the life long friend and pastor of the family, awaited the coming of the happy couple, beneath the portrait of the bride's father, Dr. William Waddle, who seemed to smile upon them his approval and blessing.
      The bride was gowned in an exquisite robe constructed from white satin and chiffon, the plain rich skirt with its short train and chiffon waist built high and ending in a stock of satin, being intensely becoming. The sleeves were ________, and the gown finished with trimmings of lace and white satin striped ribbon and _____ ___. She carried a bridal bouquet of cape jesmine. Her hair was arranged high and without ornament. The groom looked very handsome in conventional black.
      After the beautiful words of the ritual had been spoken and answered in clear earnest tones, Dr. Biggs pronounced the blessing, with a fatherly warmth and depth of feeling, and the young couple were showered with congratulations.
      Later, a complete wedding dinner was served at several tables, the bridal table forming a lovely bit of coloring with its garniture of delicately tinted sweet peas.
      Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow will take the north bound train at 6:25 this evening, with Empire, Colorado, as thair main objective point, to which, however, they will be guided by that gay sprite Fancy, over a more or less indirect route, making numerous pauses on the way.
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