Elias Smith Woodruff

15 December 1873–16 November 1941 (Age 67)
Randolph, Rich, Utah, United States

The Life Summary of Elias Smith

When Elias Smith Woodruff was born on 15 December 1873, in Randolph, Rich, Utah, United States, his father, Wilford Woodruff, was 33 and his mother, Emily Jane Smith, was 23. He married Nellie Maria Davis on 20 June 1901, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States in 1935 and Salt Lake City Ward 6, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1940. He died on 16 November 1941, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elias Smith Woodruff
Nellie Maria Davis
Marriage: 20 June 1901
Nellie Woodruff
Asahel Davis Woodruff
Margaret Woodruff
Elias Laurence Woodruff
Mildred Jennie Woodruff

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 June 1901Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii
    Age 2
    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
    Age 2
    Brigham Young organized the Southern States Mission in 1875
    1893 · The Last Public Hanging in Georgia
    Age 20
    The last public hanging in Georgia was on September 28, 1893. The General Assembly prohibited public executions in December 1893. Prior to this law, Georgians commonly traveled to witness scheduled public executions.

    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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    These are letters that Bertha wrote to her missionary son William D. Park (July 17, 1927 to November 25, 1928)

    These are letters written to William D. Park from his mother, Bertha Park between July 17, 1927 to November 25, 1928. William was serving a mission in Colorado. The grammar is kept the way it was writ …

    Sources (61)

    • Elias Smith Woodruff in entry for Elias Laurence Woodruff, "Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914"
    • Elias S Woodruff, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Elias T. Woodruff in entry for Eugene Fagg Erickson and Mildred Jennie Woodruff, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

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