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Capt Richard Franklin Woolfolk, Sr
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Birth: 1835
Bibb County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 1887
Bibb County
Georgia, USA

Capt. Woolfolk, a Confederate War Veteran, was a farmer who was listed with his family in the June 1880 US Census. Son of Thomas Woolfolk (born in 1776 in Wilkes County, Ga.) and Fanny Wadsworth Woolfolk. He was the brother of Sowell Calhougn Woolfolk; John William Woolfolk, born in 1820; Thomas Jefferson Woolfolk born 1 Jan 1828 in Macon, Bibb, Georgia; and James Hamilton Woolfolk born in 1835 all in Bibb County, Georgia. Captain Woolfolk graduated from University of Georgia in 1854 and also married Susan A. Moore SUSAN A. MOORE WOOLFOLK (daughter of Thomas Moore, Superintendent of Georgia Factory in Athens). During the Civil War, Captain Woolfolk moved his wife and three small children from East Macon to Athens to live with his wife's family. He was a Captain in the Company A Ross Battalion. He was married to Susan A Moore until her death in June 1865 (with whom he had Florida 'Flo' in 1855; Lillie in 1857 and Thomas 'Tom' in 1860). He then married MATTIE E. HOWARD WOOLFOLK who was a graduate of Monroe Female College in Forsyth, Georgia and who's father was Benjamin Howard (born in 1811 and died April 4, 1890 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Bolingbroke, Georgia), and her brothers were Charles H. Howard who died April 14, 1928 and John D. Howard who died in 1939, (both are buried near each other in Rose Hill Cememtery in Macon), all from Howard's District. They married in 1867 (with whom he had Richard F., Jr. in 1867; Pearl in 1870; Annie in 1877; Rosebud in 1880; Charlie in 1882 and little Mattie in 1865). Sadly, he, his wife, her great AUNT TEMPERANCE WEST and 6 of his children were axed to death in their home on the morning of August 6, 1887. According to the account of THOMAS G. WOOLFOLK, Tom, the eldest son, whom walked in just after the murders, a man carrying an ax left on foot out the back of the house. Tom then ran to neighbors for assistance, but was later accused of the murders, tried several times, and found guilty and hung October 29, 1890, still proclaiming his undying innocense. There have been two books written about the murders, Shadow Chasers : The Woolfolk Tragedy Revisited by Carolyn Deloach in 2000 and The Woolfolk Tragedy: The Murders, the Trials, the Hanging & Now Finally, the Truth! by Carolyn Deloach in 1996.
The author uncovered much undiscovered evidence and was able to conclude that the actual murderer was Simon Cooper, a hired hand of the family. After Cooper's death, a diary was found that he had written, notating the Woolfolk murders just as Tom had stated. He had also written a statement, "Tom Woolfolk was mighty slick, but I fixed him. I would have killed him with the rest of the d*** family, but he was not at home.

NOTE: New markers have been added in recent years although the date on the Captain's reads "1877" is should read "1887" as the correct year. 
Family links: 
  Thomas Woolfolk (1776 - 1863)
  Frances Wadsworth Woolfolk (1798 - 1848)
  Susan A Moore Woolfolk (1841 - 1865)*
  Mattie E Howard Woolfolk (1846 - 1887)*
  Floride Woolfolk Shackelford (1855 - 1945)*
  Lillie M. Woolfolk Cowan (1857 - 1936)*
  Tom Woolfolk (1860 - 1890)*
  Richard Franklin Woolfolk (1867 - 1887)*
  Pearl Woolfolk (1870 - 1887)*
  Annie Woolfolk (1877 - 1887)*
  Rosebud Woolfolk (1880 - 1887)*
  Charles H. Woolfolk (1882 - 1887)*
  Mattie Woolfolk (1886 - 1887)*
  John Washington Woolfolk (1820 - 1892)*
  Thomas Jefferson Woolfolk (1828 - 1891)*
  Sowell Calhoun Woolfolk (1830 - 1885)*
  James Hamilton Woolfolk (1832 - ____)*
  Richard Franklin Woolfolk (1835 - 1887)
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Bibb County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Mz Fish
Record added: Mar 27, 2005
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Capt Richard Franklin Woolfolk, Sr
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Capt Richard Franklin Woolfolk, Sr
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