I came upon this map showing the locations of various Woodruff properties in Elizabeth, NJ. The reverse side was labelled: Division of Ezra Woodruff and Enoch B. Woodruff [properties].
The property of Francis Woodruff, about whose family much has been written thus far in this blog, appears on the left side of the map. The map shows Francis’s property next door to the “Estate of Enos Woodruff dec’d.” The far right side shows the “Estate of Timothy Woodruff dec’d.”
Now, unfortunately names like Timothy and Ezra are common in the vast Woodruff line, so I don’t know exactly what to make of the names on the map. I will have to research that further. Perhaps the map was created after Francis inherited land from his father John Woodruff who died in 1857.
(On a side note: Francis had three brothers: Matthias, Enos, and Ogden. Matthias died at age 26 of yellow fever in 1844 in St. Francisville, Louisiana, under what circumstances I do not yet know. Enos died at age 46 in 1868. Only brother Ogden lived to a ripe old age: 86. He was mentioned in the previous post about his son, Frank Stiles Woodruff.)
In any case, the map shows how chopped up the original Woodruff lands became as centuries and decades went by. Were they to miraculously return today to their Elizabeth homesteads, the Woodruffs would find it hard, if not impossible, to get their bearings. Every time I look at the 102-year-old photo of Miss M.E. Woodruff’s dog “Button” sitting on a stump surrounded by farm land, I am reminded of that!
On an additional side note: I am wondering if the Salem School House referred to is where this previous blog photo was taken? I think it may well be.