When Mansley W Woodruff was born on 22 November 1841, in Huntington Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States, his father, Benjamin Woodruff, was 28 and his mother, Lucy Rupe, was 30. He married Prudentia J Martin about 1860, in Ohio Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Ohio, United States in 1870. He died on 25 February 1871, in Gallia, Ohio, United States, at the age of 29, and was buried in Mount Tabor Cemetery, Huntington Township, Gallia, Ohio, 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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