Note: * "The will of Joseph Woodruff Junr, of the Borough of Elizabeth, dated 15 Jan 1741/2 and proved Feb 1741/2: "To son Nathaniel Woodruff; my house and plantation bought of Joseph Bird, of said borough, lately deceased, he to pay to my son Isaac Woodruff, L30." Note: Joseph Bird is buried in Rahway; d. 28 Sep 1740, age abt 59; where was his land? His wife Elizabeth m 2nd Jonathan Hampton of Rahway whose daughter m John Stites. * lived at Ashswamp, NJ; named in his father's will of 1742; no issue (23 yrs of age); CNW *Name: Miles Williams, Date: 17 Oct 1747 Location: Borough of Elizabeth, Essex Co. yeoman; will of. Wife, Phebe. Children--Samuel, John, Joshua (under age), Ann; other daughters mentioned but not named. Land joining lands of James Hinds, Samuel Scudder and Joseph Williams; land bought of John Halstead, Esq.; bond of NATHANIEL WOODRUFF, of Ashswamp, weaver. Nephew, John, son of son Samuel Williams. Executors--kinsman, Benjamin Williams, yeoman, and son John. Witnesses--John Crane, John Denman, Charles Hole. Proved May 4, 1748. * transfer of land noted in the Winan's Collection of NJ documents; "Nathaniel Woodruff to Abraham Littell, deed of land in Elizabeth Town, NJ; July 16, 1743;" if this Nathaniel did sell his land at this time and removed himself from Etown, then his children were not born in Westfield, NJ; Abraham Littell of the Borough of Etown, will proved on 30 July, 1759 with witnesess Henry Clark Jr. of Westfield, John Woodruff and Ebenezer Price * Nathaniel Woodruff migrated from NJ along the Shenandoah Valley Trail sometime in the 1740s to have settle in Augusta Co., VA by 1751 where he appears in the Augusta Co., VA County Court Records as a witness. The Records which begin in 1745 also record when members are added to the county tithables. Nathaniel Woodruff is never admitted as a new member of the community so he may have settled in Augusta Co., VA before 1745. * Nathaniel first appears in the Augusta Co., VA records in 1751. Other men who also appear in the Court records, known to be from the Union/Essex area of NJ are Abraham Drake, John Allen, and Andrew Bird; note Nathaniel had lived on property that was owned by Andrew's grandfather Joseph Bird.
Volume I; AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT RECORDS. ORDER BOOK No. III. (cont.) NOVEMBER 30, 1751. (222) Nathaniel Woodroff--a witness. NOVEMBER 15, 1752. (361) Samuel Givins, Robert Patrick, to view, and Ro. Patrick, Wm. Hines, John Hawes, Joseph Bell, Wm. Bell, Wm. Finla, Archd. Stewart, Richd. Pilson, Wm. Johnston, Ro. Wilson, John Hind, Geo. Skilleron, Hugh Ross, Andr. Baskin, John Givins, Saml. Henderson, John Ramsey, Alexr. Henderson, Saml. Henderson, Nathl. Woodroof, David Logan and George Duglass, clear and keep in repair, a road from James Givin's Mill to the road over Wood's New Gap at foot of mountain. (361) James Simpson and Michael Stump, overseers, with Jeremiah Osburn, Geo. Osburn, Mones Alkier, Heorndkis Corlock, John, Jacob and Wm. Westfall, Michael Stumph, Henry Harris, Henry Shipler, and Philip Moore--view and mark and keep in repair, on petition of inhabitants of the South Branch, a road from their wagon road up the So. Fork to Peter Reed's Mill. * CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT OF VIRGINIA; Vol 2, pp 250-259 by Lyman Chalkley "Entries: 13th January, 1766, by Nathl. Woodroof, 400 acres on Buffalo River adjoining James Freeland. " http://www.rootsweb.com/~chalkley
* Nathaniel then moves with his family to Surry County, NC where he is joined with his Nephew. Moses Woodruff of Westfield, NJ * In Surry Co., NC, tax list, 1771, with sons Nathaniel, Jr., and Thomas, according to Phifer, "Upstate Ancestors," p. 4. (Both boys needed to be heads of household over 18 yrs of age) * 1786 taxables, Atkins District, Surry Co., NC lists a Samuel Woodruff and a Nathaniel Woodruff Jr., each owning 300 acres in Surry Co., NC * Surry Co., NC deeds, 7 April 1786; from Nathaniel Woodrough Sr. to Samuel Woodrough, for love for son Samuel
* 1790 Spartanburg Co., SC Census 1st digit = (Free white males of 16 years & upward (including heads of families) 2nd digit = (Free white males under 16 years) 3rd digit = (Free white females in including heads of families) 4th digit = (All other free persons. "Free Slaves") 5th digit = (Slaves) 086 1 12 WOODROUGH John 4 2 4 0 0 who is John?; he is not on the 1800 census 086 2 77 WOODROUGH Joseph 1 4 3 0 2 086 1 15 WOODROUGH Nath 1 5 2 0 0 086 2 78 WOODROUGH Nathanel, sen. 1 0 1 0 0 086 1 77 WOODROUGH Samuel 1 1 1 0 0 who is this Samuel? a grandson of Nathaniel? 086 2 46 WOODROUGH Samuel 1 2 3 0 2 086 2 7 WOODROUGH Thomas 2 3 4 0 0 * 1800 Census Spartanburg Co., Census (Free white males 5 digits)- (Free white females 5 digits)- (all other free persons 1 digit) (except indians not Taxed) (Slaves 1 or 2 digits) 1st digit - number in household age under 10 yrs. 2nd digit - number in household age 10 & under 16 yrs. 3rd digit - number in household age 16 & under 26 yrs. 4th digit - number in household age 26 & under 45 yrs. 5th digit - number in household age 45 & upwards W361 WOODRUFF John $01 185 00010-21111-00 W361 WOODRUFF Joseph $02 189 01201-32011-00 W361 WOODRUFF Josiah $031 184 00100-01100-01 W361 WOODRUFF Nathaniel $04 188 11301-00001-01 W361 WOODRUFF Samuel $05 185 31010-02001-00 W361 WOODRUFF Samuel $041 186 41111-21001-03 W361 WOODRUFF Samuel $022 189 00200-20100-00 W361 WOODRUFF Thomas $03 184 01211-11110-03 W361 WOODRUFF Thomas $021 187 00100-01000-00 * in the notes on Burrell Pope Pace, m to Lydia, sister of Jenette, there are several land transactions Burwell witnessed for the Woodruffs in Spartenburg, SC. 1. 2 Apr 1773: between William Brown and James Woodruff; (note date) 2. 28 Feb 1788: between John Hendrix and Samuel Woodruff 3. 10 July 1792: between James Woodruff and Nathaniel Woodruff 4. 8 Aug 1795: between James Bruton and Nathaniel Woodruff * Who is James Woodruff, another son? not listed on any early census * witnesses to a transaction for Burrell Pace on 24 Jan 1804 includes Thomas Woodruff III
* in Landrum's History of Spartanburg, SC; there are 6 "Woodroughs," Perhaps these men are the 5 brothers; John, Joseph, Nathaniel, Samuel, Thomas and Nathaniel Sr.
* www.rootsweb.com/usgenweb * LDS IGI records * CNW II p 183
From the Files of W Lindsey * Dorothy Phifer, "Upstate Ancestors in 1790," p. 4, identifies this NW as the uncle of Moses Woodruff of Cranford, Essex Co., NJ, who disappeared from NJ records in 1741, after his father's death, aged 21. In a 20 July 1984 letter to me, Del Jackson (1738 Cedar Ave., College Hill, Cincinnati, OH 45224) tells me that NW was b. on 14 Oct. 1719. Note that Del Jackson has published a book entitled THE FAMILY OF MOSES WOODRUFF--see file of Jennett Woodruff. * According to Phifer, a Nathaniel Woodruff bought land on Buffalo River in the Shenandoah Valley, Augusta Co., VA, in Jan. 1766. Del Jackson, in the 20 July 1984 letter cited above, states that NW may have settled in VA in 1767, going to NC a few years later. * In Surry Co., NC, tax list, 1771, with sons Nathaniel, Jr., and Thomas, according to Phifer, "Upstate Ancestors," p. 4. *The 1 Sept. 1996 email message of Judy Roberts cited in file of Jennett Woodruff says that by 1779 NW had land below and near the Yadkin in Surry Co., NC. * NW is on the 1782 tax list in Surry Co., NC, south of the Yadkin, with 200 horses (or is this his son). * Phifer, "Upstate Ancestors," p. 4, says that in 1786, NW was exempted from all future poll taxes in NC, indicating his advanced age. According to Del Jackson's 20 July 1984 letter cited above, NW is on a Feb. 1786 state census in Capt. Wright's dist., Surry Co., NC, aged 21-60, with 6 white males under 21 or over 60 and 3 white females. Surry Co., NC, DB C, pp. 338-9, shows NW deeding land on 7 Apr. 1786 to Samuel Woodruff, identifying him as a son. * NW was received by letter at Jamey's Creek (later Bethel Baptist and First Baptist) church, Woodruff, SC, on 16 Sept. 1787. Also received by letter at the same time was a Hannah Woodruff. Is she wife of NW? * 1790 census, Spartanburg Co., SC, with a male 16+ and a female in the household. * Phifer notes that NW disappeared from the census in 1800, hence probably died 1790-1800 in Spartanburg Co., SC. The SC Archives has a listing for an estate file for NW, but cannot locate the file. But note that Dorothy Phifer's abstract of the minutes of Jamey's Creek church, cited in file of Joseph Woodruff, appear to indicate that NW died in 1805.
* Rev. Joseph W. Bozeman, SKETCHES OF THE BOZEMAN FAMILY (Meridian, MS; Mercury Publ. Co., 1885), p. 49, has this to say about the Woodruffs of Spartanburg Co., SC: "The Woodruff family of Spartanburg Co., SC, of whom Jefferson Bozeman's wife, my mother, was a member, possessed marked traits of character. Under a rough exterior, they had strong and acute minds, much inclined to polemics. Some of them would take my side of a question just for argument's sake. They loved knowledge, and were well educated for the times in which they lived. They were staunch Baptiststhroughout. For of them were useful preachers--Dick Woodruff, of SC, Gideon, Nathaniel E., and Robert Woodruff of MS."
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