City Directories and History: “Woodruff was variously known as The Mill, Cross Roads, and Woodruff Tavern until 1876 when it was surveyed and incorporated under its present name. It was named for Thomas Woodruff, who came to Spartanburg County from Yadkin Valley, North Carolina, after the Revolution. He operated the stagecoach stop here in the early 1800’s. Two textile mills are its chief industry.”
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
Susan Gray commented on FB 10/3/16 – “My Grandmother was the daughter of a sharecropper and his wife in Pendleton, S.C. This was the time period of about 1888 – 1918. She talked briefly about the crops they grew. She said it was a hard life and the only enjoyment was Sundays and during the time of year when they had a break from harvesting. She didn’t like picking cotton because her hands would bleed. Her sister, my Great Aunt, said they ate lots of field peas that they grew. In her elderly years my Great Aunt did not like eating these peas.”
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