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Posted By: GUEST,CIty Cousin of Roy
05-Jun-10 - 03:02 AM
Thread Name: Roy Wooliver,Fiddler: Anyone Know Him?
Subject: RE: Roy Wooliver,Fiddler: Anyone Know Him?
Hello to all,
    Roy Wooliver parents were Melvina Wooliver and Sanders Wooliver. Yes, Melvina's maided name is Wooliver as well.   Roy was not quite right as told by some but he played the fiddle like a msster for being self taught. One of his eyes was cock-eyed as well. He was a drifter I am told but not in serious enough trouble for him to actually be in prison. I am not positive of a previous posting of his being in prison and the warden taking him on pass for fiddling contests. This may be Ozark Folklore. However, Roy was in the Dent County jail at one time (don't know why) and his mother, Melvina attemtpted to get him out by trying to burn down the court house. This is what landed Melvina in the State Pen in Jefferson City and she died in prison.
      Robert Wooliver (son of Daniel & Ann Wooliver - one of the first pioneer families to the Salem (Dent County), MO area was also known as an excellent fiddler & caller as well. Robert Wooliver fathered 24 children (three wives not all at the same time). So, I guess when he wasn't at a square dance he was doing quite a bit of fiddling around with the wives to have all these kids (however the 2nd wive died in childbirth). After he passed away (and the other two wives), all the kids from the 3rd wife was farmed out to families and friends in the area to finish being raised up. Some did well and some did not.
       The early Wooliver family is know to be quite musically inclined. There are many Wooliver's in and around the Ozarks as yet and of course we are all related (unless having a surname of Smith or Jones to try to trace family history),