52 Ancestors II, Week 61: Anna Julia Phillips and Harry R Woodley

Annie Woodley

Anna Julia (Annie) Phillips was born Jul 1852 in Belmont County Ohio (near Wheeling West Virginia), the youngest and 9th child of John Phillips and Julianne Pennington Phillips.

After 1860, the Phillips family moved to Kansas City, Missouri.

At age 16 (almost 17), Annie married Harry R (HR) Woodley (22) on 5 May 1869 in Kansas City, MO. Harry was born Mar 1847 in Canada. He was the son of John and Louisa Woodley.

On 15 Jun 1870, Annie and HR were living with her parents: John and Julianne Phillips.  HR is a lightning rod agent.

Only two months later, on 23 Aug 1870, Annie and HR were living with HIS parents: John and Louisa Woodley.

Annie (on the right) with an unknown friend.

Annie Woodley
In 1871, their son Charles Wiseman Woodley was born. 

In 1875 they moved to Chicago.

In 1877, HR was a printer and they were living at 112 Chicago Ave.

On 9 Jun 1880, they were living at 834 Congress St and HR was a printer

In September 1881, their daughter Maud was born.

In 1888, HR was a printer at 155 W Washington and they were living at 448 Irving Ave.

In 1889 HR was a clerk at 182 Monroe, and they were still living at 448 Irving Ave.

Annie Woodley

The 11 Jun 1900 census says that Annie had 2 children and they are both living. HR is a printer, and they were all still living at 448 Irving Ave.

HR must have died between 1900 and 1910

15 Apr 1910, Annie was living with her daughter, son-in-law and infant grandson in Chicago at 854 Wilson Ave.

In 12 Jan 1920, Annie is still living with Maud and son Frank (but Maud is a widow as well) at  4859 Kenmore Ave in Chicago.

Grandma Woodley (Annie) looking very stylish!

Annie died sometime after 1920.

Click to Enlarge:  The Woodleys were living and working right downtown!


  • 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 US Federal Census
  • Missouri Marriages, 1851-1900
  • Chicago, Illinois, Voter Registration, 1888
  • U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 
  • Family Photos


  1. So my grandmother's grandmother was born in the same part of Ohio where we stopped and ate at a Cracker Barrel restaurant on our way to Pittsburgh 160 or so years later. My grandmother's grandfather HR working for a time as a lightning rod agent ... very interesting niche profession. Fun to be in a realm of family that I remember my grandmother speaking about when I was young.


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