Edwin Woolcock

b. 16 March 1850, d. 15 June 1925
  • Edwin Woolcock was born on 16 March 1850 in England.
  • He was baptized/christened on 9 March 1851 in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, England.
  • Thomas Woolcock and Susanna Testick Rescorl appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Belleville Township, Essex County, New Jersey. Other members of the household included Edwin Woolcock, William Thomas Woolcock, John Woolcock, Richard Woolcock and Philippa Woolcock.
  • He married Eunice Odell, daughter of Benjamin Odell and Sarah Bennett, on 2 July 1877.
  • The following appeared on 4 February 1913 in The Daily Argus: At the residence of the bride's sister, Mrs. J. W. Place, 210 Washing6ton street, last evening, Miss Nellie J. Cole and Edwin Woolcock, both of Peekskill, were united in marriage. The officiating clergyman was Rev. Dr. A. T. Fowler, the pastor of the First Baptist church. The bride and groom were attended by Miss Myrtle E. Place and Edwin Woolcock, sr., an uncle of the groom. Those present were Edwin Woolcock, sr., Mr. and Mrs. Place and Miss Myrtle E. Place. After a delightful dinner, the bridal couple left for New York and will spend the remainder of the week at Buffalo and Niagara Falls. They will reside in Brewster.
  • The following appeared on 6 September 1913 in The Highland Democrat: Edwin Woolcock, of 151 Depew street, who met with an accident on a baggage car of the New York Central last week, is improving. He is now up and about. A sudden lurch of the train threw him across a trunk and injured him quite severely.
  • The following appeared on 20 February 1915 in The Highland Democrat: William T. Woolcock died at his home, Ridge street, about six miles west of Newburgh, on Wednesday, after a brief illness, in his seventy-first year.
         The deceased was born in England, February 18, 1844, the son of Thomas and Susan Woolcock. He came to this country in 1857 with his mother and brothers, his father having preceded them. He was a miner by occupation and with his brother John came here and went to work at the Croft mine in 1867 for Seth Allen, father of the present supervisor of this town. He spent many years here until the blast furnace was closed. His last employment of that nature was with the Sterling Iron Manufacturing Company, Rockland County, as mining superintendent. He resided in Peekskill for some time, and just before June purchased the farm on which he died.
         Mr. Woolcock was a member of Courtlandt Lodge No. 34, F. & A. M., having been initiated July 29, 1867; passed August 28, 1869, and raised December 2, 1869, and made a life member December December 27, 1906. He was also a member of the First M. E. Church.
         The deceased married, in 1870, Miss Fannie Griffin. They have four [sic] children living. She died September 26, 1897. He married, four years later, Mrs. [sic] Carrie Sanger, of Peekskill. She survives him. He also leaves two daughters, Mrs. Charles Adams, of New York, and Mrs. Chas. Wright, of Peekskill; three sons, Edward [sic], of Poughkeepsie, Charles, of Niagara Falls, and Magrain, of Sloatsburg; two brothers, Edwin and John, of Peekskill, and two sisters, Mrs. C. M. Gardner and Mrs. Philipa Dennis, of Peekskill.
         The remains will be brought to Peekskill, and the funeral services will be held from the First M. E. Church this (Saturday) afternoon at 2.30 o'clock, and will be in charge of Courtlandt Lodge. The interment will be at Hillside.
  • The following appeared on 26 July 1919 in The Highland Democrat: Edwin Woolcock, 2nd, formerly of Peekskill, now of Chatham, N. Y., spent the weekend in Peekskill visiting his uncle, Edwin Woolcock, of 151 Depew street.
  • Edwin Woolcock died on 15 June 1925 at age 75 in Peekskill, Westchester County, New York, at 151 DePew Street.
  • Eunice Odell became a widow at his death.
  • He was interred at Hillside Cemetery, Peekskill, Westchester County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 20 June 1925 in The Highland Democrat: Edwin Woolcock, a retired railroad man, died at his home, 151 Depew street, on Monday morning after an illness extending over many months, in his 76th year.
         The deceased was born in England, March 16, 1850, the son of Thomas and Susana (Rescourl) Woolcock. He came to this country with his parents at the age of four years, to Ringwood, N. J. From there they moved to Croft Mine. Nearly 50 years ago, he came to Peekskill and has since resided here.
         He worked in the mines from late boyhood until January 4, 1878, when he began work for the New York Central, as a brakeman. Later he became baggageman, running on a local train. In 1886, he took a through run from New York to Buffalo, on which he continued 34 years until he was pensioned March 29, 1920. Since that time he has lived quietly at home.
         He was a member of the First M. E. church of this village since November 4, 1877, under Rev. H. H. Birkins.
         Although not much interested in politics, he was a Republican through and through.
         Mr. Woolcock had been an ardent and enthusiastic Mason for over a half century.
         He was the seventh oldest member of Courtlandt Lodge, No. 34, F. & A. M. He was initiated September 25, 1873, passed October 30, 1873. His lodge number was 173. His Grand Lodge Number 173410. He was granted a life membership certificate many years ago and a fifty year membership certificate on May 20, 1924.
         In Mohegan Chapter, he received his degrees: Mark Master, October 5, 1874; Past and Most Excellent, November 2, 1874; Royal Arch, November 16, 1874, over fifty years ago. His Chapter number was 62, Grand Chapter number 34593.
         In peekskill Council No. 55, R. & S. M., he received the Royal Master, April 8, 1901; the Select Master, February 10, 1902. His Council number was 79, Grand Council number 14,913.
         He was Knighted in Westchester Commandery, No. 42, K. T., of Ossining, many years ago. Later he dimitted to Poughkeepsie Commandery, No. 43.
         In earlier years he was very prompt in his attendance upon all these bodies and while always declining offers of preferment, no member was more loyal or enthusiastic. He believed in Masonry through and through, lived and practiced its principles.
         Mr. Woolcock married on July 2, 1877, Miss Eunice Odell, of Phillipstown, who survives him. They had no children, but Edwin, a newphew, resided with them from childhood and was considered as a son.
         He also leaves one sister, Mrs. C. M. Gardner, Sr., and one brother, John Woolcock.
         Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon from his late residence in charge of Courtlandt Lodge, No. 34, F. & A. M.
         The religious services were in charge of Rev. J. C. Eason. The interement was at Hillside cemetery.
         Harry B. Foshay sang "Some Time We'll Understand" and "There Is a Land That Is Fairer Than Day."
         The bearers were Chas. E. Roake, Elbert J. White, Thomas H. Barrett and Wm. B. Haight.
  • Last Edited: 2 Jan 2015

Family: Eunice Odell b. circa 1858, d. circa 1935