Elisha Ashely Woodruff

MaleOctober 1799–28 April 1849

Brief Life History of Elisha Ashely

When Elisha Ashely Woodruff was born in October 1799, in Harwinton, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, Jesse Woodruff, was 27 and his mother, Sally Ashley, was 19. He married Nancy Clark in 1823, in Milton, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. He died on 28 April 1849, at the age of 49, and was buried in Milton Village Cemetery, Milton, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

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Elisha Ashely Woodruff
1799–1849
Nancy Clark
1801–1851
Marriage: 1823

Sources (4)

  • Elesha A Woodruff in the 1830 United States Federal Census
  • Elisha A Woodruff, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Elisha Woodruff, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"

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  • Marriage
    1823Milton, Chittenden, Vermont, United States
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    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 1

    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.

    1809

    Age 10

    Oldest grave seen in the Memorials list.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 20

    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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