James Wool (1763-1852)
Death of James Wool, a Revolutionary Soldier.
Seldom are we now called to announce the death of “Another Revolutionary Hero.” A few days more and all will have passed away—but their memory can never perish. The tree they planted, and watered with their youthful blood, has spread from the atlantic to the Pacific, and the oppressed of every nation may recline beneath its vigorous branches. “Our Fatherland” is indeed “the land of the brave and the home of the free”—may her sons preserve unsullied their rich inheritance!
The father of James Wool was one of the earliest settlers of Rensselaer county. His farm is still in possession of his descendants. There the subject of our present notice was born,—there he lived and died—honored and beloved—a true patriot and an honest man.
In 1776 the family were compelled to flee from their home and seek safety for their women and children.—This done, the men went forth to battle and never laid down their arms till victory had crowned them.
Jeremiah Wool was one of the committee of safety for the city of New York. Isaiah Wool was a Captain in Lamb’s regiment of artillery; he went with Montgomery to Quebec, and was afterwards severely wounded in New Jersey, under Washington. Robert and Ellis Wool were taken prisoners at Fort Washington, and lodged in the Jersey prison ship, where Ellis died. John Wool (the father of our distinguished General, John E. Wool) was with Wayne at the storming of Stony Point. James, the subject of the present notice, was the youngest of the family. “I was a tall, strong boy,” said he, “and they let me fight at Bennington.” He was fifteen then. When the frosts of more than eighty winters had bleached his locks and palsied his limbs, he loved to dwell on these scenes and thank God that he had permitted him to live to see his children’s children enjoy the blessings he had helped to win.
Surely the spirits of such men never die!
Troy Daily Times. August 26, 1852: 2 col 3.
James Wool, Jr.’s son Benjamin Brewster Wool’s home can be seen on the 1854, 1861, and 1876 maps of Rensselaer County in the Town of Lansingburgh northeast of Speigletown, on the east side of Wetsel Road. James Wool, Jr. and his wife Mary were recorded as having been buried in a small family cemetery in that area. James Wool, Sr., while there is no extant record of his having been buried there, might nevertheless have been interred there as well. Benjamin Brewster Wool has at least two children in the Wool Cemetery, but he is in the Maplewood Cemetery in Cooksborough, in Pittstown.
ALL persons indebted to the estate of JAMES WOOL, late of Schaghticoke, deceased, are requested to make immediate payment to the subscriber; and all those who have any demands, are desired to present them for settlement. JOHN E. WOOL, Executor.
Troy, May 18, 1806.
Northern Budget. June 3, 1806: 1 col 4. [That part of Schaghticoke that would become northern Lansingburgh would not be annexed until 1819.]
John E. Wool, an aged citizen and native of this village, died Thursday morning at the Marshall infirmary. The deceased was born in North Lansingburgh and was a nephew of the late Major General John E. Wool. He was taken tot h infirmary several months since for treatment after breaking one of his hips.
Lansingburgh Courier. February 26, 1887: 3 col 4.