Nelson Woodruff

Brief Life History of Nelson

When Nelson Woodruff was born on 29 March 1814, in Pickering, Ontario, Ontario, Canada, his father, Noahdiah Woodruff, was 35 and his mother, Charity Powell, was 26. He married Margaret Barnum on 1 January 1855, in Pickering, Ontario, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Ontario, Ontario, Canada in 1871. He died on 13 August 1874, in Brougham Township, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 60.

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Nelson Woodruff
Margaret Barnum
Marriage: 1 January 1855
Washington George Woodruff
Charity Woodruff
Dr. LaFayette Woodruff
Hattie Woodruff
Minnie Mary Woodruff
Frank Woodruff
Lottie Woodruff

Sources (17)

  • Nelson Woodruff, "Canada Census, 1871"
  • Nelson Woodruff, "Canada, Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"
  • Nelson Woodcuff in entry for Washington G Woodcuff and Nellie Read, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

World Events (2)

1867 · Ontario Founded

On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.


British Columbia joins the confederation.

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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