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.
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.
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