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.
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.
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