Woodruff Ancestors

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Generation No. 1

JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF was born January 29, 1818 in Pennsylvania and died March 29, 1902 in Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois. He married (1) EMILY ANN BUCK in 1846 in New York, daughter of EBENEZER G. BUCK and JANE CUSICK. She was born May 11, 1824 in New York and died September 1856 in LaSalle, Streator County, Illinois. He married (2) MARY A. SPENCER, May 19, 1857 in Boone County, Illinois, daughter of JEHIEL SPENCER and ELIZABETH BLACKBURN. She was born July, 1832 in Geauga County, Ohio and died between 1902-1910 in McHenry County, Illinois.

Notes for JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF
According to the 1880 census, JESSE'S parents were both born in Pennsylvania but on the 1900 census, his parents are shown from Germany. I believe his parents were born in Pennsylvania primarily because in 1880 Jesse was probably furnishing the information for the census and in 1900 it appears someone else was supplying the info.

Children of JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF and EMILY ANN BUCK are:

  1. SARAH MARIA WOODRUFF, b. March 1, 1847 Steuben County, New York; d. December 14, 1935, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois
  2. CHARLES W. WOODRUFF, b. 1848, New York; d. between 1860-1870, McHenry County, Illinois
  3. HARRIETT ANNA WOODRUFF, b. November 1849, Orange, Steuben County, New York; m. FESTUS H. MERRILL
  4. JOHN B. WOODRUFF, b. March, 1851, Orange, Steuben County, New York
  5. EMILY J. WOODRUFF, b. November, 1853, Illinois; m. WALTER A. FULLER, 1873

Children of JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF and MARY A. SPENCER are:

  1. HENRY ALBERT WOODRUFF, b. July,1858, Seneca, McHenry County, Illinois; d. February 5, 1899, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois
  2. PHILO O. WOODRUFF, b. August 4, 1860, Illinois; d. February 14, 1922, Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois
  3. MARY ETTA WOODRUFF, b. October, 1863, Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois; d. July 4, 1928, Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois
  4. ADA A. WOODRUFF, b. July, 1865, McHenry County, Illinois; d. after 1900

Generation No. 2

SARAH MARIA WOODRUFF (JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF1) was born March 1, 1847 in Steuben County, New York and died December 14, 1935 in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. She married BENJAMIN LYONS in 1867, son of CHARLES LYONS and MARY GALBRAITH. He was born August 15, 1833 in Sussex, England and died November 12, 1919 in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois.

A photo of Sarah Maria Woodruff and her family

Children of SARAH MARIA WOODRUFF and BENJAMIN LYONS are:

  1. CHARLES BENJAMIN LYONS, b. 1869, Riley, McHenry County, Illinois
  2. LAURA LYONS, b. 1872, McHenry County, Illinois
  3. STEPHAN LYONS, b. 1873, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin
  4. MYRTLE EMILY LYONS, b. July 7, 1875, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin; d. December 20, 1963; m. ANDREW BARNEY LANNING
  5. RENA LYONS, b. 1877, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin
  6. FRANK WESLEY LYONS, b. August, 1880, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin
  7. EARL THERON LYONS, b. April 3, 1883, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin; d. April 15, 1964, Indiana
  8. UNKNOWN LYONS
  9. UNKNOWN LYONS

HARRIETT ANNA WOODRUFF (JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF1) was born November, 1849 in New York and died 1905 in McHenry County, Illinois. She married FESTUS H. MERRILL, March 8, 1870 in Boone County, Illinois, son of LEVI and ELECTA MERRILL. He was born August, 1850 in New York and died 1912 in McHenry County, Illinois.

Child of HARRIETT ANNA WOODRUFF and FESTUS H. MERRILL is:

  1. IDA MERRILL, b. June, 1870, Illinois; d. 1892; m. KING

JOHN B. WOODRUFF (JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF1) was born March, 1851 in New York and died about 1920 in San Diego, San Diego County, California. He married DELIA SMITH, January 8, 1872, in Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois. She was born March, 1844 in Illinois and died before 1920 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.

Notes for JOHN B. WOODRUFF
On the 1880 census, NELLIE SMITH is living in the household and is listed as a step-daughter to JOHN WOODRUFF. She was born in 1862 in Wisconsin so DELIA'S last name was SMITH when she married JOHN WOODRUFF but I don't know her maiden name.
On the 1900 census, JOHN WOODRUFF and DELIA SMITH had six children with three still living.

Children of JOHN B. WOODRUFF and DELIA are:

  1. JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF, b. March, 1876, Wisconsin; d. after 1930, California
  2. CHARLES E. WOODRUFF, b. July, 1879, Richland County, Wisconsin; d. February 5, 1953, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
  3. UNKNOWN
  4. UNKNOWN
  5. UNKNOWN
  6. UNKNOWN
  7. UNKNOWN

EMILY J. WOODRUFF (JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF1) was born November, 1853 in Illinois and died after 1930 in Bay Lake, Crow Wing County, Minnesota. She married WALTER A. FULLER, 1873, in McHenry County, Illinois. He was born February, 1852 in Illinois and died between 1920-1930 in Bay Lake, Crow Wing County, Minnesota.

Notes for EMILY J. WOODRUFF
Moved to Minnesota between 1879-1886. Living in Lake Marshall, Lyon County, Minnesota in 1900. Living in Bay Lake, Crow Wing County, Minnesota in 1910.

Children of EMILY J. WOODRUFF and WALTER A. FULLER are:

  1. CARRIE FULLER, b. 1874, McHenry County, Illinois
  2. FRANK FULLER, b. 1876, McHenry County, Illinois
  3. LINUS W. FULLER, b. November, 1876, McHenry County, Illinois
  4. CLARENCE FULLER, b. 1879, McHenry County, Illinois
  5. EVA B. FULLER, b. February 1886, Minnesota
  6. HARRIETT FULLER, b. January, 1888, Minnesota
  7. EMERY G. FULLER, b. January, 1890, Minnesota
  8. ERNEST H. FULLER, b. June, 1892, Minnesota
  9. ROBERT G. FULLER, b. May, 1895, Minnesota

HENRY ALBERT WOODRUFF (JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF1) was born July, 1858 in Seneca, LaSalle County, Illinois and died February 5, 1899 in Rockford, Illinois. He married GEORGIANNA LATCHENS/LACHENS . She was born November, 1861 in New York and died before 1910 in McHenry County, Illinois.

Children of HENRY ALBERT WOODRUFF and GEORGIANNA LATCHENS/LACHENS are:

  1. ROY WOODRUFF, b. December, 1881; d. between 1900-1910
  2. ETHEL L. WOODRUFF, b. May 4, 1886; d. January 22, 1888
  3. ALBERT S. WOODRUFF, b. August 13, 1889; d. October 3, 1892
  4. CARMEN WOODRUFF, b. April, 1895

PHILO O. WOODRUFF (JESSE STEPHAN WOODRUFF1) was born August 4, 1860 in Illinois and died February 14, 1922 in Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois. To my knowledge PHILO never married. He is shown on the 1910 census for Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois living with his sister, MARY ETTA WOODRUFF, niece CARMEN WOODRUFF, and his uncle, NATHAN SPENCER. On the 1920 census for the same location, PHILO is still living with his sister, MARY ETTA. Like her brother, it appears that MARY ETTA WOODRUFF never married.

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