Wilford Owen Woodruff

Brief Life History of Wilford Owen

When Wilford Owen Woodruff was born on 31 October 1899, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, his father, Abraham Owen Woodruff, was 26 and his mother, Helen May Winters, was 26. He married Evelyn Ballif on 20 June 1923, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 30 June 1986, in his hometown, at the age of 86, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Wilford Owen Woodruff
1899–1986
Evelyn Ballif
1901–1995
Marriage: 20 June 1923
Truman Owen Woodruff
1925–2007
Jacquelyn Woodruff
1927–2020
Jacquelyn Woodruff
1927–2020
Serge Ballif Woodruff
1929–2020
Nathan Howard Woodruff
1931–1986

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  • Wilford Owen Woodruff, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Wilford Owen Woodruff, "Nevada County Marriages, 1862-1993"
  • Wilford Owen Woodruff, "Nevada, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

1901 · The Daughters of Utah Pioneers

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers was organized by Annie Taylor Hyde after she invited a group of fifty-four women to her home to find ways to recognize names and achievements of the men, women and children who were the pioneers. They followed the lead of other national lineage societies, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution. They were legally incorporated in 1925.

1922 · Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a United States National Monument protecting the Timpanogos Cave Historic District and a cave system on Mount Timpanogos. There are three caves in the cave system, one of which is specifically called Timpanogos Cave but the caves are only viewable on guided tours when the monument is open.

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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