George Washington Woodruff was born September 17, 1886 and died January 19, 1946. He is buried in the Glen Alice Cemetery in a grave marked only by the funeral home identification marker. His mother, Mary Jane Isham Woodruff, died in 1887, shortly after his birth, and he and his four siblings were left to be raised by a father who had to depend on the assistance of his two sisters, Mary Matilda “Molly” and Sarah Margaret “Maggie” to keep the family together. I imagine Grandmother Nancy Hinds, Richard's mother, may have assisted with the children until her death in 1898. His life again was disrupted by his father's marriage to Sarah “Sally” Majors, and the new siblings of this marriage. He and his brothers Charles and Jesse were shifted from home to home, working as farmhands and other jobs to keep the family together. His sisters Rosey and Lizzie helped at home with the new offspring of the family, and then marrying young and starting their own families. George married Pearl Dishone, March 02, 1904 in Roane County. She was quite young and when her mother found out about the marriage, she came and retrieved her daughter, dissolving the marriage. Again, George was left alone.
George worked in the coal mines and found his way to Virginia via the George L. Carter Coal Company, and a large industry begun in Roane County, Tennessee. He was a handsome man and when he met Georgia Ann Brown in Wise County, Virginia, they married July 15, 1917. This is merely an assumption, but it is possible that he worked with her father Isaac in the coal mines and was more than likely a boarder in their home. They moved to Tazewell County, Virginia where their family began with a daughter named Reba; twins sons, John and Isaac “Ike” soon followed. He registered to serve his country sometime after the twins were born and his registration reflects that he was medium height, medium weight, with dark hair and dark blue eyes. He left home shortly after his son Glen was born in 1921. There are many stories as to why, and possibly his work in the coal mines may have taken him from place to place, but in the 1930 census, he is not listed in the same household with his wife Georgia and the children. It is equally as possible that Georgia preferred to stay close to her parents to have help with the children. In the early 40's (word of mouth) he came to Maryland to visit Georgia and his family. He is pictured here with his oldest grandchild, Dorothy Woodruff, daughter of Glen and Edna Woodruff; a picture that was taken during this visit. Shortly thereafter, he died in Roane County, and the family made the trip to Tennessee for the funeral.
The Woodruff family talked very little about their family, even with family. We have bits and pieces of information that we have tied together to get a better picture of these ancestors. It is said that George was a wanderer and a man that couldn't be tied down. We know that in those last years of his life, from Aunt Maud Woodruff (his half sister), that he went from place to place, but didn't stay long anywhere he went. He is a mystery yet to be solved, but the reason we are all here. We welcome any input by those who may have known him or his family.