Hezikiah Stites Woodruff

13 July 1811–12 February 1858 (Age 46)
Sussex, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Hezikiah Stites

When Hezikiah Stites Woodruff was born on 13 July 1811, in Sussex, New Jersey, United States, his father, Dr. William Paterson Woodruff, was 26 and his mother, Leah Van Houten, was 20. He had at least 1 son and 3 daughters with Ann Rockefeller. He lived in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States in 1850. He died on 12 February 1858, in Belvidere, Warren, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 46.

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Hezikiah Stites Woodruff
Ann Rockefeller
Adeline Louisa Woodruff
Arminta Woodruff
Frank David W. Woodruff
Mary Emma Woodruff

Spouse and Children




    Arminta Woodruff


    Frank David W. Woodruff


    Mary Emma Woodruff


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World Events (6)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Age 9

On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 14

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Old English wudurofe (a compound of wudu ‘wood’ with a second element of unknown origin). 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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Hezekiah J Woodruff, "United States Census, 1850"
  • G S Woodruff in entry for Frank Woodruff and Geraldine C Sigwald, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940"
  • H.S. Woodruff in entry for Frank Woodruff and Jeraldine Sigwald, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940"

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