Elizabeth Woodruff

Female9 June 1796–29 October 1875

Brief Life History of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Woodruff was born on 9 June 1796, in Woodruff, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, her father, Joseph Woodruff, was 45 and her mother, Anne Lindsey, was 41. She married Caleb Allen on 26 December 1816, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States for about 10 years. She died on 29 October 1875, in Woodruff, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Woodruff, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States.

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Caleb Allen
Elizabeth Woodruff
Marriage: 26 December 1816
Matilda P Allen
Amanda Allen
Woodward Allen
Parthena Allen
Colonel Eber Sylvester Allen
Louisa V. Allen
Sarah Elizabeth Allen

Sources (2)

  • Eliza Allen in household of Caleb Allen, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Elizabeth Woodruff Allen, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 December 1816Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (7)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 4

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


    Age 7

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 23

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    Name Meaning

    English: from Middle English woderove ‘woodruff, sweet woodruff’ (Old English wudurofe), a sweet-scented plant. The leaves of the plant have a sweet smell and the surname may also have been a nickname for one who used it as a perfume, or perhaps an ironical nickname for a malodorous person. Alternatively, perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived at or near a place where woodruff grew. There may have been some confusion with Woodrow .

    History: Two English families brought the name Woodruff to the American colonies: those of Matthew Woodruff and of John and Ann Woodruffe. The latter migrated to Lynn, MA, from Kent, and moved to Southampton, Long Island, NY, before 1640. John and Ann's many descendants were established in NJ, NC, and SC by 1790. The city of Woodruff, SC, is named for this family. The name is variously spelled Woodrove, Woodroffe, Woodruffe, Woodrough, and Woodruff in colonial records.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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