John Woodruff (1637 - 1691)

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Birthplace: Sturry, Kent, England
Death: Died in Elizabethtown, New Jersey
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About John Woodruff

This profile is for the older son John of the "Elizabethtown" Woodruffs, not to be confused with John "The Younger Son" whose decendants remained on Long Island or who settled in Westfield.

John Woodruff, son of John Woodruff, was baptized in 1637, in the parish of Sturry, Kent, England. About 1638-39 he emigrated with his parents and the Gosmer family, to first to Lynne, Massachusetts and then to Southampton, Long Island. He became a landowner and proprietor of Southampton February 20, 1659 and married the daughter of John Ogden around that date. John Ogden gave his son-in-law a tract of land, and town homestead lot and house in 1664. John Woodruff with his wife and John Ogden left Southampton that same year and settled in Elizabethtown. He disposed of his Southampton properties the following year.

John was granted 300 acres that became known as Woodruff Farms and acquired extensive holdings besides. He was a yeoman and served as constable (December 11, 1674) and high sheriff (November 28, 1684). He served as an ensign in the Elizabethtown militia. He made his will April 27, 1691; proved May 25, 1691.

According to the Woodruff Chronicles, A Genealogy compiled by Ceylon Neton Woodruff, 1967:

John Woodruff married first Sarah Ogden, daughter of John and Jane (Bond) Ogden. Children: 1. Sarah (died young). 2. John 1665-1722, married Sarah Cooper. 3. Jonathan. 4. Benjamin. 5. Joseph. 6. David. 7. Daniel. 8. Elizabeth. 9. Sarah. 10. Hannah, married Benjamin Ogden. In later life he married Mary Parkhurst.

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John Woodruff's Timeline

1637
1637
Kent, England
1655
1655
Age 18
Elizabeth, Union, NJ, USA
1659
1659
Age 22
Suffolk, NY, USA
1665
1665
Age 28
Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey, United States
1670
May 4, 1670
Age 33
Southold, NY, USA
1691
April 27, 1691
Age 54
Elizabethtown, New Jersey
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Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey, United States
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