Kate Trimble Woolsey

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Project Name:
Kentucky Woman Suffrage

Name of Historic Site:
Battle Grove Cemetery

Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
Burial place of Kate Trimble de Roode Woolsey (1858-1936)



Zip Code:
Street Address: 
531 E Pike Street

Associated Organization:
Battle Grove Cemetery

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Geographic Location: 
Your Affiliation: 
Kentucky Woman Suffrage Association

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Kate Trimble Woolsey (1858-1936) was the daughter of Judge William Wallace Trimble of Cynthiana, and his second wife Mary Barlow Trimble (1831-1912) who was born in France but raised in Kentucky. Woolsey was an author and suffragist who often traveled with her friend Susan B. Anthony. Her mother Mary Barlow Trimble was was one of the founders of the Covington Equal Rights Club. Kate's sisters, Frances "Fannie" Trimble Fackler (1854-1930) and Helen Trimble Highton (1860-?), were also suffragists working for the local and state associations. Other siblings included William Pitt Trimble who became a millionaire in Seattle and Lawrence. Kate joined the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1880, and in 1881 she married Eugene H. de Roode (1857-1887) of Lexington who moved to Covington to live with her there. They had a son together, Trimble de Roode (1884-1965). While her husband was ill with malaria and dying, Kate applied to gain custody of her fortune and child by petitioning the court to act as a femme-sole. She summarized the status of Kentucky women under state law in Volume 3 of The History of Woman Suffrage (1885) which was appended to the Kentucky report submitted by Mary Barr Clay. At the age of 37, Kate married divorcee Edward J. Woolsey of Astoria, New York in 1893. When he died in 1895, she went to live in England. There she published her book "Republics versus Woman: Contrasting the Treatment Accorded to Woman in Aristocracies with that Meted Out to Her in Democracies" in 1903. She used much of her book for speeches given at suffrage meetings locally and at the national conventions of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Her mother, a widow at 81 living with Helen in the Trimble mansion, died in 1912; she had appointed Kate to be the executor of her large estate which was shared among the five children. Kate died in 1936 and was buried near her parents, brother Lawrence and her son Trimble de Roode in the Battle Grove Cemetery in Cynthiana.

Reference source of Information:
John Farley Trimble, Trimble Families of America (Parsons, WV: McClain Print. Co., 1973), 174-76.