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Francis Woodruff Family

The last ten days or so have had me turning my attention to the Francis Woodruff family. Seems like every now and then, a variety of circumstances come together and put the spotlight on one particular person or family line. So why Francis Woodruff and his wife Mary Jane Trowbridge? Well, it began when I heard from a Find a Grave volunteer photographer who notified me she had photographed the graves of their son William Earl Woodruff, his wife Wealthy Ann Angus Woodruff, and one of William and Wealthy’s six daughters, Bertha Winans Woodruff (who has her own post in this blog). And, at roughly the same time, I heard from a descendant of Emma Woodruff, William’s sister, who discovered this blog and decided to get in touch. She was able to provide many details on Emma’s descendants. (All I had previously known about Emma was that she had married a dentist and lived with him in Brooklyn, NY.) A highlight of doing this blog, by the way, is hearing from distant relations; it is fascinating and enormous fun to meet cousins, no matter how many times removed, and compare information.

Francis Woodruff

Francis Woodruff

Francis Woodruff was a descendant of John Woodruff (b. 1637) who, in 1639, arrived as a toddler in Lynn, Massachusetts, from Kent, England, with his stepfather John Gosmer and mother Anne Gosmer (widow of John Woodruff (1574-1611) as well as Anne’s parents. The family settled the following year in Southampton, Long Island, making them one of the original families there. In 1664, John (the younger), by then married to Sarah Ogden of Stamford, Connecticut, and a group of Englishmen–the Elizabethtown Associates–from Eastern Long Island bought land in New Jersey from the Lenape sachem (the paramount chief), Mattano, and thus began settling the area now known as Elizabeth, NJ, then known as Elizabethtown. (To view a historical timeline for Elizabeth, click here). John and Sarah Woodruff’s son, John (b. 1665), was described in the Woodruff Chronicles (Vol. II, A.H. Clark Co., 1967, p. 27) as the “first white child” born in Elizabethtown. John Woodruffe the elder died in Southampton in 1670 and was buried in the old burial ground there.

View Near Elizabethtown, NJ, oil painting by Régis François Gignoux, 1847; Honolulu Academy of Arts (in public domain, copyright expired)

Of course, over the next 200 years, as the number of descendants grew, the size of land allotted to various descendents varied inversely. Still by the time of the 1870 census, Francis, then 50 years of age, listed his land value as $40,000 (in today’s money, that would be roughly $693,000), and his personal wealth as $12,000 (approx. $208,000 in today’s currency). So all things considered, Francis and family were doing quite nicely. Francis and Mary Jane Woodruff, as you may recall from previous posts [for Woodruff-related posts, click on Woodruff in the surname category on the right side of this page], had four children.

Mary Jane Trowbridge Woodruff, mother of Emma, William, Matthias, and Phebe

Mary Jane Trowbridge Woodruff, mother of Emma, William, Matthias, and Phebe

All of this prompted me to do a bit of digging on the Family Search website for Emma and William’s other siblings, Matthias and Phebe, and I found some descendants of theirs as well. Interestingly, Matthias and Phebe married two other siblings, Mary Agnes Ayers and Isaac Ayers, respectively. The latter were the children of Ezra Ayers (b. New Jersey) and his wife Mary (b. England). So, a number of upcoming posts will be about the Francis Woodruff family, the more immediate members of which appear below. The descendants of Emma Woodruff may help me put together a post about Emma and family. Stay tuned!

Francis Woodruff (1820-1883) and Mary Jane Trowbridge (1821-1883)

Emma W. Woodruff b. 1846, d. 19 May 1923, Hillside, Union Co., NJ
| +John W. Dickinson b. 1844, d. 9 Oct 1916, New York)
| |–2-John Woodruff Dickinson b. 1875
| |–2-Mary E. Dickinson b. 1877, New York, NY; d. betw 1910-1920
| | +William Chester Lamb b. 1878, New York, NY, d. 1946, New
| | York City, NY, bur. Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY
| | |–3-Edna S. Lamb b. 1900, New York, USA, d. 1994,
| | | Elizabeth, Union Co, NJ
| | | +Goddard
| | |–3-Florence A. Lamb b. 27 Mar 1903, New York, NY, d. Apr 1984,
| | | Irvington, Essex Co., NJ, USA
| | +John Mansel Britt b. 19 Sep 1896, d. 1970
| | |–4-Living Britt
| | |–4-Living Britt
| | |–4-Grace Adele Britt b. 1928, d. 1975
| |–2-Mabel T. Dickinson b. 1880, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, d. 1967
| |–2-Anne L. Dickinson b. 1886


William Earl Woodruff b. 4 Oct 1849, d. 18 Oct 1928
| +Wealthy Ann Angus b. 5 Aug 1850, d. 27 May 1927
| |–2-Jennie Belle Woodruff b. 24 Nov 1873, d. 20 Oct 1955, 17 Wilder St.,
| | Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ
| | +Charles Clarence Coleman b. 25 Nov 1877, d. 28 Dec 1953
| | |–3-Jennie Belle Coleman b. 11 Oct 1914, Elizabeth, Union Co, NJ, d. 12
| | | Jun 1997, Cumming, Forsyth Co., Georgia, bur. Evergreen Cemetery,
| | | Hillside, Union, NJ
| |–2-Flora M. Woodruff b. Apr 1877, New Jersey
| | +Baker d. Bef 1920
| | |–3-Norman Baker b. 1909
| | +John Jacob Ulrich b. 19 May 1884, Elizabeth, Union Co, NJ
| |–2-Cecelia R. Woodruff b. Nov 1878, New Jersey
| |–2-Fannie Bishop Woodruff b. Jun 1882, New Jersey, d. 5 Sep 1965, Abbott
| | Manor Nursing Home, Plainfield, Union Co., NJ, bur. Evergreen Cemetery,
| | Hillside, Union Co., NJ
| | +Frank Martin Brodhead b. 5 Feb 1882, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, d.
| | 8 May 1951, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. Evergreen Cemetery,
| | Hillside, Union Co., NJ
| | |–3-Frank Martin Brodhead Jr.
| | |–3-Woodruff Martin Brodhead b. 1912 d. 2004
| | |–3-Charles Douglas Brodhead b. 1921 d. 1992
| |–2-Wealthy Mildred Woodruff b. May 1884, New Jersey
| | +Dr. G. Carlton Brown b. 1865, New Jersey
| | |–3-Richard A. Brown b. 1920
| |–2-Bertha Winans Woodruff b. 28 Oct 1888, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, d. 1
| | Mar 1973, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ

Matthias Woodruff b. 1851, d. 6 Apr 1892, Chatham, Morris Co., NJ
| +Mary Agnes Ayers b. 1854
| |–2-Frances Woodruff b. Abt 1875

Phebe M. Woodruff b. 11 Oct 1855, Union Twp, Essex, NJ
+Isaac J. Ayers b. Jan 1848, New Jersey
|–2-Anna W. Ayers b. Aug 1875, Newark, Essex Co., NJ
|–2-Charles S. Ayers b. May 1878, New Jersey
|–2-Amy M. Ayers b. Jul 1888, New Jersey
|–2-Isaac Ayers b. Abt 1880, Newark, Essex Co., NJ

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