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John Earl Woodruff, Sr
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Birth: Feb., 1876
Wirt County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1914
New Marshfield
Athens County
Ohio, USA

John Earl Woodruff was born Feb 1876 in Elizabeth, Wirt County, WV, the son of Rev. Erastus C and Mary Ellen (Chapman) Woodruff. He moved to Cameron, Marshall County, WV, where he met Nelle Sarah Duncan, daughter of James Clarke and Rebecca Ann (Hooton) Duncan. They married on September 17, 1902 in Wheeling, WV. Shortly afterward, they moved to Salem, Harrison County, WV, where he pursued a career in insurance. On March 16, 1911, their only child, John Earl, Jr., was born.

By 1914, John Sr. had developed active tuberculosis, so took his wife and son back to Cameron to be with her family, then traveled to Arizona where it was hoped the climate would relieve his condition. The treatment was unsuccessful, and he boarded a train for home, hoping to see his family before he died. He almost made it, but on March 29, 1914, he was found dead on the train, only 100 miles from Cameron. His body was sent to his parents' home for burial in Upshur County, but was later reburied in Highland Cemetery. Antill Funeral Home records show that they laid him to rest in Highland Cemetery on May 12, 1914. His wife, Nelle, was laid to rest beside him on Dec 12, 1961.

Although John Earl's death was registered in Athens County, OH, it was also registered in Upshur County, WV, under the name "R E Woodruff."

The graves are unmarked, but Highland Cemetery has records of the burials. 
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  Nelle Sarah Duncan Davis (1879 - 1961)*
*Calculated relationship
Highland Cemetery
Marshall County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Susan Duncan
Record added: Jan 17, 2013
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John Earl Woodruff, Sr
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You left our family much too soon, but we remember you still, great-grand uncle.
- Susan
 Added: Jan. 18, 2013

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