Saturday, February 28, 2015

Woolley Family Reunion

Woolley Family Reunion
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712

The idea occurred when a visitor to the Museum came bearing gifts. She is a Woolley descendent who had brought with her pages of genealogical research on the family. Her documentation may be exceptional, but her connection and her interest are not.

Since the Woolley House opened in 2009 --and even before--Woolley family members have lent their support to our mission. They range from Frank West, a Woolley descendent and gifted artisan who crafted the model of the house that helped us to raise awareness (and money) before the move, to Phil Parratt, master carpenter who devoted hours of skilled labor to the restoration.

Museum records for the Woolley Family go back to the 10th Century to a Ralph De Walegh in Chesire, England. Thirteen generations of Walegh, Woley, Wolley, Woolley’s appear in English records before Emanuel Wooley, born 1625, left England for Newport, Rhode Island. Our own Eden Woolley, is a descendant in Emanuel’s line--as are countless others, some living in this area.

The idea is to host a reunion--invite Woolley descendents (and anyone interested in the family’s history) to get together to meet each other, share family stories, and see what the Museum has learned and collected on their ancestors. We’re holding Sunday, August 16, as a target date, but we need to spread the word and hear from you. Please call the Museum (732-531-2136) or email ( if this sounds like a party you’d like to attend!

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