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Sarah Woodruff (Cooper)

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
Death: June 3, 1727 (61)
Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey
Place of Burial: Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Timothy Cooper and Elizabeth Higginbotham
Wife of John Woodruff, of Elizabethtown
Mother of Elizabeth Potter; Timothy Woodruff, Sr.; Elias Woodruff; John Woodruff; David Woodruff and 5 others
Sister of Mary Ward; Esther Cooper; Elizabeth Cooper; John Cooper; Samuel Cooper and 1 other
Half sister of Rebecca Weed and Hannah Higginbotham

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About Sarah Woodruff

The children of John Woodruff and Sarah Cooper of Elizabethtown, New Jersey included Benjamin, Thomas, Elizabeth, Daniel, and David.

biographical notes

From Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Mar 12 2017, 21:35:30 UTC

Born Sarah Cooper in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1666--the same year that diarist Samuel Pepys wrote of the Great Fire of London--Mrs. Woodruff died in her 62nd year in Elizabethtown (present day Elizabeth) New Jersey. She was the wife of John Woodruff.

Her brown sandstone stele was carved by a craftsman known as "The Old Elizabethtown Soul Carver I". Active during the 1720's-30's, his work is distinguished by highly detailed mortality imagery and the use of skull-with-crossbones soul effigies. Mrs. Woodruff's gravestone typically speaks to the Puritanical emphasis on the brevity and fragility of life on earth, but the combination of the cross bones effigy together with an hourglass flanked by doves is a rarely seen arrangement of symbols. Birds have universally been used to represent spirituality since ancient times, and in colonial America, a bird in vines symbolized the soul partaking of celestial food, with the dove a Christian icon of constancy and devotion. For more information, click on uppermost photo (taken in 1991 by Nikita Barlow, originally uploaded anonymously in January 2002, refreshed in October 2014). Inscription:

  • "Her Lyeth ye Body
  • of Ms Sarah Woodruff,
  • Wife if John Woodruff
  • Who departed this Life
  • the 3, of June 1727 in
  • the 62d Year of her Age"

Note: Sources: maiden name: Findagrave member Mary Olive; birthdate & place: Findagrave member Glen Hockenjos

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Sarah Woodruff's Timeline

March 17, 1666
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
Age 13
Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey, United States
Age 16
Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Age 17
Age 20
February 27, 1688
Age 21
Age 23
Elizabethtown, Essex Co., New Jersey Colony, British Empire
Age 28
Elizabethtown, Essex Co., New Jersey Colony, British Empire
June 3, 1727
Age 61
Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey