Francis Augustus Woolfley, The Genealogy of the Woolfley Family in
America, privately published, pp. 14-15:
FLORENCE KESSLER was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on
19 August 1868, the youngest child of HENRY F. KESSLER
and MARY ANN McGAFFEY who were married in the First
Presbyterian Church of New Orleans by the REV. DR.
BEATTY on 23 July 1862. Little is known of her parents
and their family background; for such data is available,
see Appendix IV. Her mother died on 13 October 1868, at
the age of 24, and her father died on 23 December 1872,
at the age of 35. Thus left an orphan at the age of 4,
she was taken north by relatives and raised by an Aunt
and Uncle (MR. and MRS. HUGH McLEAN) in Manch Chunk,
Pennsylvania. She attended school in Manch Chunk and for
a while was a student in Cleveland College. She returned
to New Orleans in the late eighties and lived with her
mother's sister, MRS. SARAH BAKER, until her marriage to
FRANKLIN FLANDERS WOOLFLEY in 1890. MARY FLORENCE
KESSLER died at the family residence, 1006 Seventh
Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana, on 23 February 1957 and
was buried in the family cemetery in Goosport.
Lake Charles American Press, Saturday, February 23, 1957, p. 11:
Mrs. Woolfley Dies Saturday
Mrs. F. F. Woolfley, Lake Charles resident for nearly half a century, died at her home, 1006 Seventh street, at about 8:30 a.m. today. She was 88 years of age.
Mrs. Woolfley had been in failing health for about 16 months.
Final rites were tentatively set for Monday at 10 a.m. at the family home with Methodist services followed by burial in Goosport cemetery.
A native of New Orleans, Mrs. Woolfley moved here with her husband, the late Franklin Flanders Woolfley, also a native of New Orleans. He preceded her in death in 1941.
two daughters, Misses Margaret and Ursula Woolfley of Lake Charles; two sons, Clem Woolfley of Lake Charles and Brig. Gen.
Francis A. Woolfley, United States Army, retired, of New Orleans; six grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.