Altha A Woodruff

22 January 1869–12 November 1945 (Age 76)
Huntington Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States

The Life of Altha A

When Altha A Woodruff was born on 22 January 1869, in Huntington Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States, her father, Mansley W Woodruff, was 27 and her mother, Prudentia J Martin, was 25. She married James Elmer Blackburn about 1888, in Washington, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She lived in Mt. Tabor, Multnomah, Oregon Territory, United States in 1900 and American Lake, Pierce, Washington, United States in 1930. She died on 12 November 1945, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Portland, Washington, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Elmer Blackburn
Altha A Woodruff
Marriage: about 1888
Laurel Madge Blackburn
Mabel Blackburn
Lura Madeline Blackburn
Eva Marjorie Blackburn
Jeanette Gladys Blackburn
Fred Elmer Blackburn

Spouse and Children

about 1888
Washington, Ohio, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    George M Woodruff



    Adda Viola Woodruff



    Luther W Woodruff


World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1880 · The Great Gale of 1880

Age 11

The Great Gale of 1880 was a severe snow and wind storm that devastated parts of Oregon and Washington on January 9, 1880. The extratropical cyclone caused tides to rise seven feet, gale force winds, and snow accumulations of up to 18 inches.  
1889 · Washington Becomes a State

Age 20

On November 11, 1889, Washington Territory became Washington State the 42nd state to enter the Union. The state was named in honor of George Washington.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Old English wudurofe (a compound of wudu ‘wood’ with a second element of unknown origin). The leaves of the plant have a sweet smell and the surname may also have been a nickname for one who used it as a perfume, or perhaps an ironical nickname for a malodorous person.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Altha A Blackburn, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Altha A Blackburn in household of James E Blackburn, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Altha A Blackburn in household of James E Blackburn, "United States Census, 1910"

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