Susan Jane Woodruff

4 February 1834–15 August 1905 (Age 71)
Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of Susan Jane

When Susan Jane Woodruff was born on 4 February 1834, her father, Jacob Woodruff, was 28 and her mother, Hannah Miller, was 26. She married Ezra Heft on 30 January 1851, in Shelby, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Piqua, Miami, Ohio, United States in 1870 and Spiceland, Spiceland Township, Henry, Indiana, United States in 1880. She died on 15 August 1905, in Ohio, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

Ezra Heft
1828–1864
Susan Jane Woodruff
1834–1905
Marriage: 30 January 1851
Alfred Marcellas Heft
1852–1909
Albert Heft
1852–1931
Walter James Heft
1854–1935
Susan Jane Heft
1856–1920
Mary E. Heft
1858–

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 January 1851Shelby, Ohio, United States
  • Children

    (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (6)

    +1 More Child

    World Events (8)

    1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act
    Age 2
    The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
    1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated
    Age 2
    On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.
    1856 · The Town of Santa Claus
    Age 22
    The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Woodroof
    Woodrow

    Sources (27)

    • Susan Woodruff in entry for John Edward Whitehead, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Susan R Whitehead, "United States Census, 1900"
    • Susan Woodruff, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016"

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