George Woodruff

Male11 June 1851–18 July 1907

Brief Life History of George

When George Woodruff was born on 11 June 1851, in Reed City, Peoria, Illinois, United States, his father, Hosea Woodruff, was 42 and his mother, Mary Jane Burbridge, was 24. He married Ella E. Webster on 4 January 1871, in Farmington, Fulton, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Banner Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 18 July 1907, in Farmington, Fulton, Illinois, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Farmington, Fulton, Illinois, United States.

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George Woodruff
Ella E. Webster
Marriage: 4 January 1871
Mary E. Woodruff
Katherine “Katie” Woodruff
Luther Berg Woodruff

Sources (12)

  • Geo Woodruff in entry for Mary E Fidler, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • George Woodruff in household of Mary J Woodruff, "United States Census, 1870"
  • George Woodruff in entry for Luther B Woodruff, "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 January 1871Farmington, Fulton, Illinois, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 5

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.


    Age 12

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

    Age 15

    The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

    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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