My grandfather, James Ralph Woodruff

The research I have so far shows my ancestry originating in Chester County,
Pennsylvania. My ggggrandfather, Caleb Woodruff, is buried at the Faggs Manor
Presbyterian Church in Cochranville, PA. He was born ABT 1782, perhaps in
NJ (according to an 1880 Census Record).
My gggrandfather, John Woodruff was born in Pennsylvania around 1820
or so.

It is rumored that these Woodruff’s were of Scotch-Irish descent. The story I have been told is that
three brothers came from Fraserburgh, Scotland sometime between 1791 and 1809. Caleb came to Pennsylvania
Issac went to Ohio, and Hiram went to New York.

My great great great grand parents

Caleb Woodruff (b ABT 1782 in NJ(?) family story tells him coming from Fraserburg, Scotland) m. Emma ?

My great great grandparents

John Woodruff (b ABT 1824 in Pennsylvania, county unknown, probably Chester)m. Elizabeth McMeken
My great grandfather and great grandmothers, buried in Oxford, PA:

James Russell Woodruff b. 7 Feb 1862 in Cochranville, Chester, PA d. 14 Jul 1952m. Mary Louise Snyder b. 10 Sep 1859 in Harrisburg, PA d. 7 Sep 1901

m. Cora Coressa McCauley b. 15 Sep 1870 d. 1959

My grandfather’s brothers and sisters:

Alfred Lewis Woodruffb. 14 Aug 1889 in Harrisburg, PA

d. Aug 1967, St. Petersburg, FL

Sara Brickenmaker Woodruffb. 29 Jan 1891, was reported last living in the Chicago area

Paul Russell Woodruff b. 22 Dec 1892 in Oxford, PA

d. 21 Feb 1988, also buried in Oxford, PA

m. ?? and had a son, Paul Jr.

m. Elva Louise Keith d. 1983, also buried in Oxford, PA

Earl Robert Woodruffb. 14 Mar 1894 in Chambersburg, PA

d. 5 Jan 1983, Pompano Beach, FL

John Howard Woodruff b. 1 Apr 1896 in Oxford, PA

d. 1 Dec 1967, Glen Riddle, PA

James Ralph Woodruff b. 25 Sep 1898 in Oxford, PA, my grandfather, a very elusive person. Place/date of death, unknown.

m Priscilla Vivian Davies

Details about the family members …

Family Surnames

Persons in the family


See my Chester County, PA page for data

Other very useful sites:


History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy from  Home Advisor (lots of useful links)

Genealogy Resources by Veritas Prep (A really helpful overview on research and sources of information)

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites

Ancestry search (Social Security Death Index)

Ancestry Tree

Genealogy Online

Pennsylvania Genealogy

Woodruff Genealogy (Michael Hebert)

Surname Web

Cemetery Interment Lists on the Internet

UK Birth Certificates