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Thomas G "Tom" Woolfolk
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Birth: Jun. 18, 1860
Macon
Bibb County
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1890
Perry
Houston County
Georgia, USA

This is the double tragedy of a family torn apart by their senseless murders, and then destroyed again by the murder of an innocent man. Tom. A son. A brother. A husband. A friend. He was the oldest son of CAPT. RICHARD F. WOOLFOLK (who was a Confederate War Veteran, who was a farmer and listed with his family in the June 1880 US Census) and SUSAN A. MOORE WOOLFOLK. His father, Capt. Woolfolk graduated from University of Georgia in 1854 and also married his mother Susan, (daughter of Thomas Moore, Superintendent of Georgia Factory in Athens) that same year. During the Civil War, Captain Woolfolk moved his wife Susan 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; Thomas 'Tom' in 1860.) He then married Matte E. Howard (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 Mattie, 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 Tom, 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. Tragically, the noose was not tied properly and it took several minutes for him to die of strangulation. 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." Tom was married to Georgia Bird Woolfolk (she was later married to Reuben Lamb and Bryant Holcomb). She passed away June 22, 1932 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Macon, always believeing the innocence of her late husband. 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Franklin Woolfolk (1835 - 1887)
  Susan A Moore Woolfolk (1841 - 1865)
 
 Siblings:
  Lillie M. Woolfolk Cowan (1857 - 1936)*
  Thomas G 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)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Orange Hill Cemetery
Hawkinsville
Pulaski County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Mz Fish
Record added: Mar 27, 2005
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Though we be separated here one by one, may we all meet in that better world, where parting will be no more, but one continual round of joy, peace and happiness, world without end. (Green W. Davis)
- Jen
 Added: Sep. 11, 2013
I think about you every day.
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 26, 2011
TOM I AM SORRY THAT YOU DIED AND YOU TOOK THE BLAME FOR SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T DO.MAY GOD BLESSED YOU AND I HOPE YOU'RE IN HEAVEN WITH JESUS.REST IN PEACE AND FORGIVE THOSE PEOPLE WHO HANGED AND DID NOT BELIEVED YOU. PEOPLE ARE SO CRUEL SOMETIMES AND THEY J...(Read more)
- JANIE
 Added: Feb. 26, 2011
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