Lucy Woodruff

Brief Life History of Lucy

When Lucy Woodruff was born in 1752, in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, her father, John Woodruff, was 44 and her mother, Eunice Wiard, was 41. She married Timothy Stanley III on 22 December 1775, in Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She died on 1 February 1822, in Great Plain, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Old East Street Burying Grounds, Plainville, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America.

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Timothy Stanley III
Lucy Woodruff
Marriage: 22 December 1775
Timothy Stanley IV
Roderick Stanley
John Woodruff Stanley

Sources (7)

  • Lucy Stanley, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • Lucy Woodruff in entry for Timothy Stanley, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Lucy Stanley, "Find A Grave Index"

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1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.


George Washington elected first president of United States.

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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