Susan Jane Woodruff

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

The Life of Susan Jane

When Susan Jane Woodruff was born on 4 February 1834, her father, Jacob Woodruff, was 29 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
Susan Jane Woodruff
Marriage: 30 January 1851
Alfred Marcellas Heft
Albert Heft
Walter James Heft
Susan Jane Heft
Mary E. Heft

Spouse and Children

30 January 1851
Shelby, Ohio, United States


    Alfred Marcellas Heft



    Walter James Heft


    Susan Jane Heft



Parents and Siblings

    Jacob Woodruff


    Hannah Miller




    Caroline P Woodruff



    Elizabeth Woodruff


    Wesley Woodruff


    Mary Jane Woodruff


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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: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Old English wudurofe (a compound of wudu ‘wood’ with a second element of unknown origin). 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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Susan R Whitehead, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Susan R Whitehead in household of John Whitehead, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Susan Woodruff in household of Jacob Woodruff, "United States Census, 1850"

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