I sent off for the death certificates of my 2nd great grandparents, Francis Woodruff and Mary Jane Trowbridge Woodruff, who have been mentioned in numerous previous posts. I’d always wondered what had happened to them since they died in the same year (1883), just months apart. Both were in their early sixties, which probably was considered a good long life at the time. But by today’s standards, of course, that seems quite young. Too young. But the certificates have now arrived in the mail, so we have an idea of what happened to them.
Mary Jane died on February 27, 1883, of Bright’s disease (today known as acute or chronic nephritis, aka kidney inflammation). Francis, a farmer, died on August 8, 1883, at their Conant Street home in Elizabeth, NJ, of dysentery. Both were attended by Dr. G. W. Bailey. Her place of death and last residence were both listed as Lyons Farms, land that eventually became known as Hillside, NJ. I’m not sure what to make of that as I would have thought she lived on Woodruff Farms whose territory included the house on Conant Street and was adjacent to Lyons Farms.
Here is a map showing the division of Woodruff Farms and Lyons Farms in 1700. Conant Street was well within the Woodruff Farms territory.