Mary Ethel James

3 February 1917–18 October 1978 (Age 61)
Prospect, Giles, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Mary Ethel

When Mary Ethel James was born on 3 February 1917, in Prospect, Giles, Tennessee, United States, her father, Andrew Todd James, was 28 and her mother, Lula Ethel Yarbrough, was 23. She married Russell Lee Woodruff on 23 March 1940, in Morgan, Alabama, United States. She lived in Civil District 3, Giles, Tennessee, United States in 1920 and Giles, Tennessee, United States in 1930. She died on 18 October 1978, at the age of 61, and was buried in Sheffield, Colbert, Alabama, United States.

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Russell Lee Woodruff
Mary Ethel James
Marriage: 23 March 1940

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    Russell Lee Woodruff



23 March 1940
Morgan, Alabama, United States

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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1931 · The Parthenon is Built

Age 14

In 1931, a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece was erected in Nashville, Tennessee. The Parthenon was meant to be temporary, but became a permanent part of Tennessee culture. It also has a replica of the statue of Athena the Goddess of War.At the same time a city over Memphis built  giant pyramid replica to remind everyone what the city was named for. 
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 18

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

Hebrew: A supplanter.

Sources (3)

  • Dora James in household of Todd A James, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary James in household of Andrew T James, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mary E James in entry for Grady Donald Smith and Mary Russell Lohmann, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"

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