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Georgia Ann Brown

Georgia Ann Brown was born in Kentucky July 5, 1887, to Isaac and Rebecca Jane Calfee Brown. Ike was a coal miner and farmer that moved to wherever the work was the most plentiful.  For Twenty years, he settled in the Gladeville Township of Wise County, Virginia, where as a further means of extra income, he and Rebecca took in boarders.  According to the census, Rebecca states she gave birth to 14 children, 11 of whom lived to adulthood.  Georgia Ann Brown's siblings were:

(Mother of the children below) Rebecca Brown
Georgia A. Brown b: 05 Jul 1887 d: Aug 1967

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Child b. 1889
James B. Brown b: Apr 1891
Celia Tiny Brown b: May 1893 d: 03 Jan 1977
Female Brown b: 30 Dec 1894
Alpha Brown b: Nov 1895 d: Jan 22 1993 - 97 years of age
Jetta Brown b: Dec 1897 d: Sep 1987
Pearl Brown b: 1900
Flossie Brown b: 1902 twin
Frona Brown b: 1902 twin d: at birth
Frona Brown b: 1904
Lawrence Brown b: 08 May 1905 d: Aug 1986
Margarety Brown b: 1908
John V. Brown b: 1909

Georgia was 30 years old when she met and married George Washington Woodruff. George, like her father, worked in the coal mines of Virginia, but was originally from Roane County in East Tennessee. This is merely the observation of this writer, but on the certificate of this marriage, Georgia lists the father as Ike Brown, but does not list the mother. On several occasions it is noted in our family of parentage refusing to allow their children to marry, and I feel that would account for the age of Georgia when she married and her mother's name not appearing on her marriage certificate. As I stated, it is merely speculation.

Grandma Georgia worked hard all her life and sometime after 1920 George just went his own way, leaving her with four children to raise alone. As stated early on, this writer is working on finding military records that would explain his not being present in the 1930 census, but most of the family stories that have been told, indicate that he just went away and didn't come back for many years.

It is said that Grandma was a very solemn person. One of her expressions most repeated by descendents is, “laugh today and cry tomorrow.” She couldn't stand a lot of noise and this seemed to intrigue her son John. He had a great love for the music of Hank Williams, and would often break out in singing “Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do.” This song had a very special meaning with reference to the lines “my hair's still curly and my eyes are still blue” (John had curly blond hair and blue eyes), and as he sang, Grandma Brown would yell and tell him to hush that racket. His Niece Janie said he would wink at her and sing even louder, just to get a “rise” out of her. I am sure she had a hard life growing up and especially being the oldest, and then having to raise her own children alone, but little can be said of any humor or emotion shown by Grandma Georgia.

To be continued …….